On Holiday with a #HipReplacement 36 weeks post op

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It was lovely to get away on holiday finally and soak up some sunshine, and warmth into my bones. This is the first time aboard with my new implant.

And it was quite different to other holidays that have been marred completely with pain and immobility. But it also wasn’t the completely ‘normie’ holiday I was expecting either.

Rather it was something in between. A limbo of sorts. Pain in the hip has definitely decreased and that is wonderful, but the knees and back take the hips old role. So the walking stick still ever present to keep me stable. Thankfully I took this and my splint for me hand, both in constant use.

My hands pain did improve while away, though of course using the walking stick does hurt the hand greatly. Using the splint at night helped, as well as my ibuprofen gel. Well worth taking with me. It was even heavenly on my aching swollen feet and ankles.

As I said in a previous post, I had a slight accident on the flight over to Rhodes, where my leg was trapped from people rushing to get passed me, so the ‘good’ leg looked unsightly all week.

This is how it looked on the first morning on holiday.

But it got a lot worse over time. And the leg seemed to collect bruises all over it, I counted 20 at one point.

Last day the bruise finally looked like it was going. The knee gave me some issues especially day 5 onwards, super squeaky if pressed and sharp pains on heel strike while walking.

I’ve noticed I can barely swim now, the tiredness and ache the leg experiences is something I’ve not had before. I’m usually a very very strong swimmer, but now not at all. I will work on this though. Wonder if other hippies have experienced this?

Overall though what a brilliant time away, and the sunflower lanyard certainly worked and helped on the way home, twice I didn’t have to queue as long as everyone else, and honestly it was much needed and appreciated help!! Thank you airport staff. Pride had stopped me so many times, and even taking photos I would push the stick away. Hiding the real truth. But here it is and me, as it’s as part of me as anything else! Here’s to admitting you can’t do everything. And some help can really change your outlook on some experiences.

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Date Night #HeartbeatOfHome

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HEARTBEAT OF HOME is a spine-tingling, tantalizing, high octane, sexy, dance and music extravaganza. Embracing flavours and cultures from around the world, it is a heart–stopping tour de force that features the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary music and dance, uniting performers and audiences on a journey to find a home, wherever that may be.

HEARTBEAT OF HOME showcases 33 world-class dancers and live musicians from Ireland, U.S.A, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Argentina and Spain. Produced by Moya Doherty, conceived and directed by John McColgan with award-winning Irish composer, Brian Byrne (who has worked with Katy Perry and Barbara Streisand), concept development and lyrics by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor and choreography by David Bolger.

We got the chance to see this show, and omg it was amazing!! I’ve never been so entranced and memorized in my life.

Grabbed our tickets, and San Miguel for a quick wait before we could take our seats.

Sat in the bar, (we stood at first, but I was offered a seat lots of times by customers, which was heartwarming) it’s so cutely decorated. It’s my first time in this theatre and staff are lovely.

Mr Moon caught unawares!! Lol. Excited to go in and see what this show is like.

Seats were uncomfortable for folks like me, my only grumble. They aren’t disabled friendly seats, but the place is 125yrs old this year! Great view of the stage, I only wish seats were more staggered, as taller folks in front block your view a tad.

Now phones off, as photos and videoing is not allowed, and I can honestly say, I had the best 2hours of pure entertainment. Every musician, artist, singer, and dancer were absolutely incredible. I’m a concert, I bloody love Irish dancing, was so skeptical before.

Blackpool the Big Switch On!!

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Last year I applied for the free wrist bands to be at the Big Switch On at Blackpool, where you have a concert and fireworks and they switch on the Illuminations.

Blackpool for me is a huge childhood memory, with my grandad living down the road. Sadly no longer there, it’s a lovely trip down memory lane every time we go, and we’ve been paving the way with new memories, especially when we had Merlin passes, which meant we could visit Sea life Park, the Tower, the Dungeons and Madam Tussauds too.

We had such an incredible time last year that obviously we applied again, but we weren’t lucky this time round, so instead of missing it we bought the Golden Circle Tickets. Which means your at the front this time.

So what is happening for this Switch on you ask?

Award-winning actress Lucy Fallon is to switch on the world-famous Illuminations in her home town of Blackpool.

Lucy, who has won a host of TV awards for her role as Bethany Platt in ITV’s Coronation Street, will pull the famous switch in front of 20,000 people at the official Switch-On concert on the night of Friday 30 August.

Lucy, who studied singing, acting and drama from the age of two, made her first public stage appearance as a dancer in pantomime at the historic Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Since joining the cast of Coronation Street in 2015 she has enjoyed a stellar rise to fame winning the National Television Award for Serial Drama Performance in 2018 and also Best Actress and Best Female Dramatic Performance in the British Soap Awards in the same year.

Joining Lucy that night will be Brit Award-winners Busted will be joined by the multi-talented singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, and Sigma, the British drum and bass DJ and record production duo who have twice topped the UK singles charts.

The tour coincided with the release of their brand new studio album, Half Way There.

Scotland’s Nina Nesbitt is a hugely talented singer, songwriter and musician. As a songwriter she has written for various artists including Jessie Ware, Olivia Holt and The Shires. As a singer she has found success in her own right and has just released her second studio album.

Sigma, comprising Cam Edwards and Joe Lenzie, topped the UK singles chart with Nobody To Love and followed that success with another number one hit,Changing, featuring Paloma Faith. They will take to the stage immediately after the big Switch-On moment for an epic finale under the Lights!

Diversity will return to the Switch-On stage to perform yet another scintillating routine just weeks before they embark on their massive UK tour to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, they have completed eight sell-out arena tours and appeared on numerous shows and in the West End.

Also returning are crowd favourites R3wire and Varski, the Club MTV DJs and record producers who have helped turn Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On night into the coolest party in town.

The Friday night celebration will start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, prior to the start of the main show, the Switch-On itself, and then an hour-long party under the Lights.

We sadly had rainy Blackpool not the sunny one like last year. But no matter, we filled our bellies with some food from Wetherspoons, drank some IPA and got ready for an epic night.

I had chicken, brie and chilli jam burger!! Omg how delicious.

Mr Moon had the ultimate burger, tasted like a big Mac only far better quality!!

Mini Moon ate a roasted vegetable pizza with pineapple added. This looked lovely.

Drank my birthday prosecco!

Becky Hill

Diversity

Busted

Sigma

Missed Nina personally, but I had an epic night, loved every minute of it all. I think this will be a new Moon family tradition.

#Orbital Live Digbeth 31st May 2019

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Never been to this venue so it’s a new exciting experience for me, and I’m hoping it’s going to be an awesome night out.

Been really enjoying concerts lately, as our usual nights out are getting too long and hard for me to deal with, these are a couple of hours of fun, and I’m soon back to resting. So concerts are easier on me bodywise and painwise.

Off to see the Electronic music legends Orbital, hoping for some audio and visual delights!!

DIGBETH ARENA

29 Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, B94AG

Digbeth Arena is the outdoor sister-venue to The Mill – an old builders merchant yard, situated against the backdrop of Birmingham’s Victorian railway arches.

These look amazing as the sun is going down, totally transformed it, truly magickal.

Above is when we first arrived, but later on the sun caught the arches as it was setting at 9.15pm, and it’s so golden, see below.

It is a unique and versatile open-air space in the heart of Birmingham. A 3500 capacity configuration with over 12,000 sq ft extensive outdoor space.

Because it’s outdoor, it has a real festival vibe going on, watching the planes fly over it was like a UK version of Ibiza’s space. It was glorious in weather which was lucky!!

Digbeth Arena offers an array of flexible and impressive infrastructure to producers, agencies and brands & provides the most unique backdrop for conferences, exhibitions, experiential events, live music and more.

Look at these backdrops, just amazing art all around, making it unique and adds to the visual magic.

It was such a breathtaking visual and audio concert, that nothing has ever come close too. It was an experience of a lifetime, and one I will certainly treasure forever too.

Now I’m home my head says I want to do it all again it wasn’t enough, but of course body, mainly operated hip says you ain’t moving ever ever again!! Pain is off the charts

Weekend Vibes

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The weekend has arrived and I’m prepping for a birthday party for our soon to be 3yr old grandson Leonardo.

Cue mass meet up at ours for all of my children together, and my parents. It was chaos at times, loud other times, but good fun was had. And I think we had one very spoilt boy.

Laughs, cake and being together made it worth all the aches my hip gave me, preparing for this.

It was all Thomas the Tank Engine themed, he loves his trains.

Boy gifts and parties are all new to me, as I had 4 daughters, so everything was pink, lilac, glittery and Barbie, or bratz. So trains and cars are new to me.

Sunday came and it was family visiting day, but the treat is we get a Sunday dinner made for us.

And we got to capture a photo of us when we were in the audience of Ninja Warrior too. It’s from last week’s show.

3rd row up that’s me! Mini moon and Mr Moon. We went to Manchester last August and it’s finally been aired on TV. Hilarious seeing yourself on the Tele.

So from one hectic day, to a pretty relaxed chilled day, its been a perfect weekend. Spent with the people we love the most!!

Day 101 #hipreplacement

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Well it’s the day the night before! I’m a little bit hanging as I was full of absinthe, prosecco and aperol, and Stella.

Club was ace! I felt steady on my hip all night so that was good, there was really good seating so that helped massively. I saw another walking stick there, and he had a light (like a bike light on) I think I need one!!

Small club, so not endless walking to places. It was the longest I’ve ever stood up for. I did use my walking stick most of the night. Hip held out well, just nagging thigh pain. In fact I was just tired more than anything.

So recovery mode on, out in the garden. Rest and recover time. I’m immensely stiff this morning.

Day 94 Weekend vibes

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It’s a warm ish looking weekend, so it’s a nice day for my belated Mother’s Day meal with my eldest daughter.

Off to Aston Marina for an extra special treat. An afternoon tea.

So no physio exercises for me today, it’s full on family time this weekend, making all that work during the week worth it.

Though walking up this bridge felt like physio, I did it unaided (no walking stick) but boy oh boy that was HARD.

I love boats, there’s something relaxing about water and the boats there. The wildlife around them too. It’s a lifestyle I envy, but I’m realistic and don’t think my body could cope with boat life sadly.

The meal was Afternoon Tea, which I can confirm was absolutely delicious!! And extremely filling too.

Four types of sarnies, salmon, cream cheese and cucumber, cheese and tomato, ham and mustard. And a HUGE sausage roll slice.

Next was the scones with clotted cream (cream first for me) and strawberry jam. We had a plain and current scone.

Lastly it was the choice of the little cakes, a cherry bakewell, brownie, macaroon, and raspberry tart. With the cutest flowers on too.

We didn’t walk far but I was walking unaided around the marina, and it was good practice. Though totally exhausting.

Day 89 #hipreplacement

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Yas!! The sunshine has returned, it’s a little nippy out, but dry, which means it’s a good day to get outside for a walk.

With a mission to go Geocaching to make it a little more fun.

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Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, I think of it like treasure hunting!!, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

These can be filled with little gifts, like a pencil sharpener, or pretty pebble, or just paper to write that you found it and what the date is. Really good ones have disposable cameras to take photos of you finding it.

I love Geocaching, the aim is to take you off the beaten track a bit, and show you an area that is pretty, or stunning views.

Came across a Deer bone first. Not sure it’s treasure we want, but still privileged to see it.

Aiming for the funny tree, let’s see if we can find one?

Path isn’t always easy though.

I see one!

No good gifts, but logging that we found it. Back to hiding it again. Making sure #muggles don’t see us.

Sarnie break, and much needed leg break too. Though I can feel such improvement in this hip. Hope other one stays behaved. Hand is particularly sore on my walking stick though.

Another cache to find, but harder this time and definitely prickly too. But we had success. Again no gifts as it was an old camera film container.

Hidden once more, it was time to meander home. The routes have took us on uneven grassy tuffs, and heather filled areas (bit scared of adders)

Only beast we found was a millipede.

Nice to see new growth coming through, and the dead old brambles disappearing now.

Following husband’s footsteps so I don’t stumble, though I did kick a rock which hip did not like at all.

Once home we were all shattered, I ached everywhere, especially glutes and quads.

Day 88 #hipreplacement Family Time

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It’s important to have some down time and not over train, ie do too much physio. As I have found this has helped me overall, to have rest days.

But as every parent knows rest days aren’t truly resting and not moving, it’s purely me not doing specific physio exercises.

Instead I did something a bit more exciting, I finally saw my grandson Leonardo, nearly 3yrs old he’s full of beans and hard to keep up with. I say finally as I’ve been poorly, then she was poorly too, then life gets in the way etc etc…

The trampoline was out for me obviously, but Nardo loves the trampoline and my youngest Daughter is doing Best Aunty and joining him, but I did lots of getting the ball, and picking up toys which soon had me tired out.

Just walking unaided up and down the garden was all the physio I needed. And he was perfectly behaved, but I was shattered!! Aching thigh and aching back, so once he evening came it was snacks (maltesers and crisps) and #Glass film

Day 52 lazy weekend vibes

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Weekend is here, and I literally have nothing planned in particular. All I know is my hands are like claws, so there’s no chance of weights. Arthritis really sucks, it’s hard to admit that some days you can’t open the milk, or hold a kettle at times.

And my poor hip buckled on my last goblet squat yesterday, I felt the familiar hot burning sting as I started to squat. Like when I stepped up wrongly. So I immediately stood up, and stopped the exercise. Thankfully it was the last rep anyway.

So following that I know bodily I need a rest day, to help heal and grow stronger. Although I hurt myself a bit, I definitely didn’t do half the damage, so the two days off at the weekend will do me some good.

Let’s hope it stays behaved and doesn’t give me too much grief.