22 weeks post #hipreplacement Wales visit

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How wonderful was that weekend? though we were prepared for grey skies and rain, we actually managed to have a glorious sunny Sunday, and warm Monday (just as we were leaving) only the arrival day Saturday was it wet and miserable looking, but even that didn’t stay long luckily.

It felt good to be back to Wales, first Welsh trip since surgery, and though not totally perfect, it was nice to walk around with less hip pain. Only marred that knees and lower back have somehow replaced the hip pain.

Tucked into the heart of Barmouth we had a 300yr old cottage to share with family members, and there’s something comforting about greeting each other in the mornings, chatting over tea times, that it’s sad when it’s all over.

Cosy and quirky, the cottage is a family favourite. And comfortable for all 8 of us. Plenty of beds and rooms to relax in, so your not on top of each other at all.

Absolutely full of character, charm and nooks and crannies!! Imagine the history and stories this cottage could tell.

Did a fair bit of practice walking, which is probably why the knees hurt so much. And some of the inclines have made me rely on my walking stick heavily, so my hand has flared up. Sand is ok when it’s more packed down, as it still feels like walking in treacle when it’s not hard packed.

Felt some improvement in the hip, but the physio appointment from last week, really really took it out of me, and caused pains for 4 days, so I was careful, and mindful of the hip. Naturally just any slight activity has caused it to swell up once more and be painful, so it’s back to resting for a few days again.

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21 weeks post #hipreplacement

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After all the excitement of orbital on Friday 31st may, I’ve done little in moving, due to massive increase of pains. So much so I’d had to take tramadol on that Friday.

So the whole weekend was catching up with #Terminator 1 and 2 movies, and various TV shows too. It was a tad boring, but very very necessary to allow pains to subside.

This week has seen me go back to basics, more to train the mind to muscle memory, so no weights, no resistance. Just purely focusing the mind on the muscle and contracting it, ensuring they are engaging properly, and not having other muscles (stronger ones from taking over the job) I find my quads do this over my glutes.

  • Glute squeezes 20reps
  • Quad (pull knee caps up) 20reps
  • Heel Slide 20reps
  • Short Arc quad 20reps
  • Hip abduction 20reps
  • Clam side drop downs 20reps
  • Clam side raise 20reps (finally I’m ok ish lying on operated side)
  • Hip bridge (really squeezing glutes, so quads don’t take over) 20reps
  • Dead bugs 20reps
  • Long arc quad 20reps
  • Ball squeezes between ankles 20reps
  • Ball squeezes between knees 20reps

Felt good to get thing moving and lubricated. I’m seeing improvements on the operated leg, though the weakness the opposite hip has is apparent!! So is that bone or muscle? Not sure, there’s no pain just utter weakness and limitations.

Really focusing on each muscle during the exercise, made it easier to contract the muscle, and hold for longer, tighter. So this week I’m definitely putting this into practice more. Even going to try it with the upper body too.

Had a physio appointment this week which was in a previous post here. It was a pure killer one too. The ache and stiffness afterwards was no joke!!

So Wednesday my official 21 weeks post op day is rest day. And that means #terminator3 never seen before. I know it’s pants, but I don’t care I’m watching it. Awful wet weather outside, so no walking planned either. It’s hot water bottles and rest rest rest.

Thursday I’m still aching a fair bit (groin and lower back especially), so resting the lower half and just doing exercises for the upper body. No weights just contracting the muscle and moving them in isolation. Or use a towel to grip and tighten (really helps) I use a towel, as it makes me focus easier on contracting the muscles.

  • Tricep overhead 20 reps
  • Tricep kickback 20 reps
  • Bicep curl 20 reps
  • Lateral raise 20 reps
  • Shoulder press 20 reps

Slow and steady wins the race at this point, keeping it simple and small for now. Not using weights helps with the thumbs and fingers at the moment, which are predictably flaring up.

I’m resorting to using ibuprofen gel 4 times a day, using compression gloves nightly, and splints during the day. ( Night time is when it’s horrendously bad, like being in a vice grips!!) But I have rung the GP so I’m going to enquire on regular blood tests, and better medication too.

Friday it’s my Wedding Anniversary 18yrs married, 20years together. I can honestly say it’s flown by so fast, it’s scary. There’s not a day he hasn’t made me giggle. I would not be without my biggest champion.

And we are off on Saturday to hopefully sunny Barmouth, probably will rain. But no matter, a night away with family to bond, relax and change of scenery too. So Friday was prepping our clothes, packing essentials, and doing good to take for the journey. Sadly tramadol will be also coming along with me too.

Physio appointment on day 146 #hipreplacement

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So it’s physio time, and I’ve been looking forward to asking about the weakness I’m experiencing in the opposite hip. It’s something ive noticed ove the last few weeks. I do work both legs at home whereas at the official appointments we only do the operated leg.

Also I’m officially 21 weeks post op tomorrow. So it’s nice to show her how far I’ve come, as suddenly I feel like this leg has really turned a corner. Yes I’ve ached (well deserved aches, from pushing it hard) but rest, medication and time have stopped the aches, and I feel stronger than ever.

After a brief discussion of what I’ve been experiencing, such as weakness in the left hip, but with no pain. We decided it could simply be from muscle wastage and weakness, so the plan from now is to work on targeted areas (glutes and abductors) on both legs.

So we started with a Stationary bike for 5mins at resistance level 3

Then onto the leg press machine 25reps with 40lbs (I felt operated leg taking over though)

Onto a fave, duck walking with a green resistance band. Feet outwards, bend a bit, then walk sideways. 50 reps.

Onto other butt burners, walking lunges (so as deep) between parallel bars for stability. 30 reps.

Hip abduction with resistance band around knees 25 reps.

Onto hip bridges, where I know quads dominate. So adding a ball to squeeze between knee, engages the glutes. 25 reps.

Absolutely exhausted, but carrying on, we added an ankle weight and did a front leg raise, with foot out, toes pulled up. To engage abductors. 10 reps. (Left leg would NOT lift up)

Rolling into the front, prone lying Knee bent it was a knee raise with an ankle weight. 15 reps. (Left struggled)

Then to finish up we grabbed a kettle bell to hold. While sitting, going into a standing position, while pushing pelvis forward. 25 reps.

I can honestly say my butt was on FIRE after these. I surely waddled out as well. But I felt productive, and like we had done some good. So now it’s resting up, and nursing that burn.

20 weeks post #HipReplacement

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Time to share again what I’ve learnt or experienced over this last week. Well I’ve learnt even with a walking stick I simply can’t stand, it hurts my back, my thigh, ankles and even the ball of my feet swelled up!!

So a day out is still equalling a few days rest, so not where I’d like to be in terms of daily living.

But I did manage to paint my toes for the first time since my op. And finally my big toe nails have grown back, for some reason I lose my big toe nails after surgery?

Ankles are often swollen now, especially after days out, so I need to see the GP again. As even my ball of my foot is swelling up. God knows why.

Scar is looking pretty decent, and I only remember it when it stings, aches after a long day. It’s still so numb around 3inches side to side all down the length of it. But it’s early days yet, it may come back.

In between days of doing things out and about, and rest days, I try to squeeze in at least 2 sessions of physio at home, using my step and ankle weights.

And in doing both legs in my physio, my left leg (non replaced hip) is painfree but so much weaker than the replaced hip. Hoping by regularly doing both legs now it will catch up at bit.

Day 121 #hipreplacement Second land physio

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Finally a second appointment, delays due to Easter holidays, then holiday for my physiotherapist too. And finally we are here, 3 weeks later.

Hopefully we can work on some weaknesses and build up some much needed muscles too. This month has been pants for physio, and Arthritis flare ups, so I really hope things start to settle down.

This time round (following knee discussion)

  • 5 mins level 2 stationary bike
  • 15 reps 30kg leg press
  • 15 reps green band hip extension backwards
  • 15 reps green band hip abduction
  • 15 reps green band hip extension forwards
  • 15 reps green band side leg raise
  • 15 reps green band clam raise ( it doesn’t raise at all, yet does when leg is straight?)
  • 15 reps front leg raise, abduction, lower and return
  • 15 reps Swiss ball squeeze between knees.
  • 15 reps bosu ball walkovers
  • 40 steps green band straight side steps

I’m absolutely shattered. I walked in reasonably straight and barely needing the walking stick. After this 30 mins, I’m like a waddling Bambi legged idiot. Totally needing the walking stick to keep me upright!!

16 weeks post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a funny weird week, I’ve not done much physio, and when I have done it’s caused so much knee pain, so much pain!! I’ve been forced to rest.

Had a lot of committments this week, family wise and going out to places, so the physio hasn’t been easy to slot in either. But I even found walking around town leisurely, this week was a miserable affair.

Straight away my knee was in agony, and I felt I hobbled, and waddled even with my walking stick. And using that so heavily, it’s flared up my hand too. I’ll be honest, I was better than this before surgery, so you can imagine this was quite depressing, and emotional to realize that.

And though that’s a huge negative, I may be a bit down this week, but I’m not out!!

Why have I struggled more this week, is it because I went out a fortnight ago? Or because I’ve had to increase the daily living, family commitments? I’m not sure.

All I know is, my Thigh KILLS, like a tooth ache nagging pain. And my knee is not happy either with walking, or with physio. I don’t see anyone for a while, except occupational therapist for my hands. So I guess increase rest periods and go steady as I can.

But I am camping hopefully at the weekend, so who knows how the hip will behave?? I will keep you updated.

15 weeks post #HipReplacement

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Has the weather turned for you? It sure has here, sadly with that comes the ever present extra aches, my hands are becoming clicky and stiff once again. (The reprieve wasn’t long enough)

The hip is achy and not feeling so painfree, but as every other joint hurts I know it’s just that time it’s all meant to hurt again. So it’s definitely shoots my happiness in the foot. But I need to make the most of it, as the weather is never going to be permanently dry and warm, mores the pity!!

I still can’t do weights, but as joints hurt, I have to do some physio to engage the muscles and stop them from dislocating.

Can’t hold weights, but I can pull the theraband resistance bands, that o have tied to my door. These are stabilizer exercises for the shoulders, but they help my wrists and elbows too.

Finished off with rolling a ball in a circle to the right, then circle to the left, then push the ball up and down the wall, do this both shoulders.

So it’s week 15 and though I have had rapid recovery as predicted. I’m still walking with a walking stick, I have numb areas, (seriously cant feel a thing!) Niggles of pain in groin occasionally, and thigh aches. Knee pain occurs with physio but quickly disappears. And the whole thigh still swells up.

But upon reading medical journals, it seems it’s not unusual for the recovery to keep going albeit at a slower rate for the first 2 years. So it seems frustrating at times, but really it is early days.

And here ends my daily updates, as now the progress is more minimal, and things are just going to be repeated until it gets fully better. I’m thrilled that I never once felt alone in this recovery, so thank you so much.

Day 99 First Land Physio

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The day is finally here, my first official land physio appointment. Thankfully I’ve retained my Physiotherapist that I’ve worked with for years, through various different surgeries. So it’s fair to say she knows me well and my abilities too.

So I loved it when straight away, she noticed that some of the waddle has gone. Yes it’s there when the leg is fatigued but no longer is it there 100% of the time.

First off it’s Stationary bike 5 mins

With the bike it was on level 3, so the first time in many years I’ve had a resistance on it.

Then Sit down/Stand ups 15 reps

Sat fully down, then got up again, without holding onto anything.

Dreaded Clam Raises 15 reps

I say raise but it’s not actually raising, but the muscle is tightening, so although I’m not successful yet, the muscle is still being worked.

Keeping bottom leg bent, into a Side Leg Raise 15 reps

Weirdly found these quite easy. Only doing the operated side at the moment at physio.

Into Prone Lying, Bent Knee Raise 15 reps

This feels a lot better than before, it used to want to fall outwards, so I’ve obviously gained some strength to hold it upwards and straight.

Next up is some Green Resistance Band exercises Hip Extension 15 reps

Hip Abduction 15 reps

Hip Flexion 15 reps

Found these not too bad as I’ve been practicing at home already.

Next up is my enemy!! Bosu Ball Lunge 15 reps

Single leg lunge into the unsteady unbalanced ball surface. My knee HATED it.

Staying with the Body Ball Walkover 15 reps

From the lunge then holding onto balance bars I had to walk over and return backwards. Emphasis on the single leg taking all the weight and balance. Thank goodness for the bars holding me up!!

Ended on one I’ve been doing at home, so felt a lot easier to me Side Steps Green Resistance Band 15 reps

I was absolutely shattered leg wise after this, walked out like Bambi, feeling muscles and aches I forgot existed. I’m glad I still have my walking stick, else I would not be walking out of there.

Knee very very sore, so home to a hot water bottle and lots of rest now.

Week 14 #hipreplacement

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A week of mini victories, first I had walked down the stairs once without holding on for dear life, and one step at a time.

Next I put on trousers standing up, wasn’t totally graceful but I did it!!

I’ve bought some skinny jeans for my out out evening Friday. Skinny style though not a skinny size (but that is something I am and I will work on) They both have a stretch in them so they aren’t too weird over the scar. As I still don’t like seams over scars.

Slowly slowly I’m regaining myself back which is wonderful news.

Then of course I’m going to a techno night out on Friday night, a night a friend runs in Birmingham. Chapel Of Chaos

So I can’t do too much physio this week, so I save my energies for this. We’d bought tickets for this before Christmas,and before my surgery dates changed too. Determined not to miss another one. Does anyone else rest a lot before a thing? I know I have too.

Heres week 14 scar, looking pretty deep still at the top, but almost disappeared at the bottom, looks as faded as the two scars that are either side of it. Should be fine wearing shorts if we get some sunshine this summer.

Day 95 Sunday Funday

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At weekends we are normally at our busiest with visiting family members, so there’s never a chance of physio. Although I do class climbing their stairs as physio. As I don’t have stairs at home to practice on like others do.

My hands have been feeling a bit calmer since Saturday morning, is it from weather or taking ibuprofen religiously? Not sure yet, either way it’s definitely welcomed.

Using ankle weights certainly kicked my butt, but huge improvement from how I was before to how I am now, so that’s encouraging. But I am waddling all the time if I walk unaided. Aarrrgggghhh super frustrating. Am I waddling from this hip, or maybe other one? Must ask physio on Thursday.

Anyone else thinking their weekend just flies by in a blink? I know I do. I feel like it’s over in a split second and boom its Monday all over again!!

I’m glad I use weekends as my main rest days, as I truly appreciate them, and it’s easier to just enjoy being with family, rather than trying so hard to squeeze in physio, and being exhausted.