#Blogmas 2018 2 weeks until #HipReplacement

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Christmas has come this week, and boxing day is my 2 week mark until surgery.

And a mere 5 days until my pre op. Because surgery originally was cancelled, nearly all my Christmas presents can and will be enjoyed after surgery.

Such as these cosy socks and awesome book to occupy me

Then these sweet PJ’s

And these cosy slippers

I enjoyed a stress free Christmas day, we visited our eldest daughter and her husband who cooked for us.

I have some lovely bath products from the body shop as well.

Moschino perfume, as my youngest knows I love Moschino and Flamingo pjs. Other presents to follow, from my other daughter’s that don’t live with me anymore, as they’ve flown the nest.

Have a lovely boxing day, it’s calm here as just us three today, before the chaos of tomorrow seeing all the children together.

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#Blogmas 2018 Top 10 Unusual gifts

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I Love unusual gifts, I have admittedly bought my husband an Acre of the Moon, (yep you read that right) and a Laird title in Scotland, well actually 2. Because I loved both areas so much and their conservation plans.

And family members I’ve bought Stars, roses that are personal. And the list goes on. I’m known for daft presents I think.

This really caught my eye, as I love Greek mythology. I have bronze statues of mythological creatures already, so this would fit in my house. Bit pricey at £51.99 but it’s a real good focal point, and will last forever. It’s available here

For the garden lovers in your life, a bee hotel, or any insect really. If you encourage the insects they bring the birds, and pollinate the flowers. £14.99 available here

Laird and Lady title in Scotland, own a patch of Scottish land and become a lord or lady. My favourite title and one I have myself. From £12.99 and buy it here

Not a usual gift, but for someone like me, it’s the gift of easing pains, and swellings of the hands, which is priceless. £5.99 and available here

I used to collect comics, I’m am avid marvel fan, loving the likes of Spiderman, Venom, carnage, and silver surfer the best. X men to follow and punisher. This hulk gift is fabulous for a fan £19.99 available here

My FAVOURITE artist had to be included, and though her original paintings are so far out of my price range, she does a collection of prints and canvases, limited editions and masters that are affordable. From £44 upwards on this print. But some start at under £13 and available here

I love the moon, I could spend hours just gazing at it. It really feeds my soul, and makes me feel whole. You can now get a cute lamp that looks like the moon. Now £8.99 available here

Sometimes gifts that are experiences are precious, do something different, and make some memories. £75 for this one with accommodation, but £30 without. Available here

Well we’ve all needed one at times, and now you can have your very own poppet!! I’d make myself on myself and give it back rubs and bubble baths, but that’s just me. £2.79 available here

Ive seen adopt pets and buy land, but I’ve never seen one like this before! For the true aeroplane lover, you can now adopt a spitfire! £19.99 and available here

Do you like unusual gifts? Or do you find them a waste? As I’ve got older I tend to have a personal rule now, it has to be edible, drinkable, wearable and useable. As I have too many trinkets, ornaments etc in my life. But experiences, or artwork have longevity, memories to make, so these appeal too.

#Blogmas 2018 the local Christmas lights

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We live in a small ish town so there’s not too much on for Christmas, but we go anyways for the lights switch on.

They usually have music on, singers and notable people to speak and present things, as well as some fireworks.

In the actual town you have a few stalls for food and fairground rides, admittedly none which appeal to me.

However we loved it, it’s the perfect start of the festive season. We topped off our evening with a warming Chinese takeaway, some gin and the Grinch film. Now I think I’m finally feeling a touch festive.

Disaster…. Help!!

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Last time we spoke my lovelies, all was going reasonably well, few hiccups and bumps in the road, but on the whole smoothly!!

Not anymore, I’ve pulled my back and I can barely move. It’s such a huge setback fitness wise and couch to 5k wise. I can’t do physio, weights or walking unaided. In fact I’m back on crutches as I can’t walk. I’ve never had a muscle pull like this before, and I have no idea how long it will take to recover from either.

Not what I wanted for my birthday week. 😥

Friday we had the wedding which was glorious, romantic and just beautiful.

Saturday was hangover and travel home from mother in law’s, so the day went pretty fast. All were exhausted but I felt ok, hip was angry was my biggest concern.

Sunday I was trying to pick my handbag up off the floor, when twang went my back. I couldn’t get up, couldn’t walk, only crawl to sofa. And oh my god did I cry and cry and cry….that was seriously painful.

And it’s still so sore now, all I’m doing is icing and ibuprofen, paracetamol. But I’m missing my routine of exercise and I’m frustrated already. Any advice??

3 weeks post intra-articular steroid injection in hip

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How time is flying by, it’s already been 3 weeks since the hip injection and even 2 weeks since the thumb one too.

Since then I’ve been active on our weekend away, getting into some exercise routines and just generally loving the improvement. Only marred by that in the hip it’s not a total fix. After activity it soon flares up again.

My thumb on the right hand however is awful. As soon as my left had its injection I needed to rely on my right one more, which has caused this one to flare up the same way. So although my left is feeling 90% better, I can’t escape splints and pain because of this stupid one starting up. Roll on rheumatologist appointment and maybe request a steroid in this as soon as possible.

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We haven’t done any of our couch to 5k for over 2 weeks simply because real life have taken over and it’s been difficult to fit it in. However I have done physio or weights or that other workout on most days.

Monday we decided to do week 4 run 1 and OMG I felt like I was dying. It’s 3mins run walk for 1.5mins then 5min run walk 2.5mins and repeat once more. In the runs I’m shuffling along as upright as I can, as fast as I can to increase the heart rate and lung functions, and practice my walking unaided. But I soon felt piriformis pain in the back, so waddle returned on the second set. But I’m still impressed, less resting, using uneven ground. The walk is getting straighter.

Tuesday’s physio appointment consisted of

Hip Bridges with Football between knees 25reps

Front leg raise and abduction red banded 25reps

Lie on front, bend knee and lift red banded 25reps

Sitting red band around knees hip abduction 25reps

Swiss ball between knees and squeeze adduction 25reps

Side steps red band around knees 80 steps

Came out barely able to walk!! Combined with Mondays couch to 5k and this physio session I’m done. Feels like walking on a dagger in the joint. And my lower back is aching. Need hot water bottle and rest now.

Had good discussion about a replacement with physiotherapist, but I’m still unsure. Whereas before my steroid injection I was deadly sure, so although the pain isn’t 100% gone it’s obviously improved enough that my mind has changed. Ever mindful that it will wear off soon though.

Wednesday is Mama Moons birthday so all exercise is halted as it’s a day of family and celebrating!! Wish I could spoil her more, but what do you buy the lady that has everything already?

 

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Thursday is #WyattWedding prep, we are invited to our Nephew’s wedding, so of course I had to make some hairpins for myself

 

Didn’t do my hand any good, but I enjoyed the relaxing craft (though it’s difficult on my hand – right hand, left one still wonderful). Now just to pack and ensure everything is already, and we are all prepared for the next few days ahead.

Nails I’m wearing are #Primark nails as I totally rate them, they are my favourite go to nails. I buy a separate brush on glue 99p from #HomeBargains or #BM and they easily last me a week, usually 2 weeks.

So that’s me I’m 43 weeks post #hiparthroscopy and due to steroid injections I’m enjoying life with some niggles.

Intra-articular steroid injection Day 1 + 2

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On the 27th I had my injection and this time round I had

  • 1ml Kenalog 40mg
  • 4ml Marcaine 0.25%
  • 5ml Lidocaine 2%

So that’s 10mls in total inside the hip. I had a different steroid in 2016, not had Kenalog since 2012? Or 2013.

I slept pretty well, the hip feels tender and bulky, so movement was restricted and I needed Ibuprofen 400mg as soon as I got home and 1 again for bed time.

Woke up feeling good, managed a few heel slides, front leg raise and hip abduction while lying down, just to lubricate the joint moving. But after a couple of these, I felt a sharp groin ache.

So that was my cue it’s too early to aggregate hip. Which means I should probably sunbathe and rest up as much as possible.

Lets see what the next few days bring, I have to do a pain diary for 6 weeks, until I see my Consultant, so I can give him as much information as possible.

Had a brilliant BBQ outside, so that was a lovely way to spend my evening. I am managing well with my walking stick, just pulls as I walk (perhaps that’s the hip flexor?)

Today I’m attempting some hip flexion, hip abduction, hip extension while standing, but only 10 reps of each, to assess its working. My aches are mainly felt in outer hip under my glute scar. And of course the dreaded groin ache too. But they are dull manageable aches at least. Still taking ibuprofen 400mg.

It’s another sunny day, so no doubt more sunbathing and resting at least for now. Hoping it all kicks in soon, so we can continue with our couch25k walking and not lose our progress.

Visiting Historic Chester!!

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When we last spoke properly (not the look fantastic box post) I’d just had my Friday 8th June Physio Appointment and straight after we were off to #Chester to visit my number 2 daughter for her 24th birthday.

We arrived at dinner time, and after rustling up some quick dinner, it was time to see some historic sights. First up was the famous Roman walls, which complete enclose the town, and also conveniently connect each sight with the other too.

It’s uneven in places, but wide enough to amble along. Steps can be an issue, so go slow and steady and with plenty of support. You can follow the wall at any point, and also leave in multiple places, if it’s too difficult to walk.

We found Roman bath ruins, along the walls, beautiful Roman gardens, all tucked away as if it’s a secret. It feels so peaceful here, yet in the middle of a busy town!!

Next to these we find the Roman Amphitheatre, we imagine the fear and horror this site has witnessed, the crowds it attracted. The gods and goddesses honoured here. Such different times. While being respectful, we did take a few minutes to think of those, but not to dwell. And yes we took photos as any tourist would.

The altar of Nemesis, the Goddess of Destiny, the Gladiators would pray for honourable deaths and victories.

Following on from here is Still John’s Church and Ruins

Seeing a coffin high in the walls with ‘Dust to Dust’ written inside. This place was heavy in atmosphere, it clung to every brick, so unlike the Roman Baths which felt light, airy and peaceful.

The tourist sights are beautiful, the tales they could tell, the ages they have seen. Weather almost held out all day, at the end we got drenched. But it didn’t dampen our spirits. And talking of spirits back at Sam’s, we got birthday celebrations underway.

Chester wore me out, it took painkillers, tears and gritting my teeth. It’s been an emotional epic day, and I was in bed by 11.30pm!!

36 weeks post #hiparthroscopy week 2 couch to 5k

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I finished the week 1 run 3 on the Saturday, it was hard but I survived even though hip was crunchy. The unaided walking bit is extra exhausting but I’m getting there. Getting ankle pains though which is concerning.

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The following day was Sunday and visiting parents day, so I’m glad I got chance to relax and recover my joints.

Monday still hip sore, I took a weights day, and Tuesday was total recovery day due as we had the #StaffordCountyShow on Wednesday.

Wednesday was amazing but ultimately it bodily broke me, just from standing when I had too, and walking when I had too.

Thursday passed in a lot of pain from the day before. This isn’t fun. But it’s expected.

Friday was the first day we felt we could start our week 2 couch to 5k. The sun was shining and we went to #staffordcastle for a different place to walk. But wow!! That was super difficult. More uneven ground, and uphill. I needed to sit down a lot, rest a lot, and afterwards once home I slept!!

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Saturday it was weights day, increased

to 6kg dumbbells which felt so much harder to me. But glad I did it.

Bicep Curl 10reps x2

Shoulder Press 10reps x2

Lateral Raise 10reps x2

Front Pick Up 10reps x2

Bicep Row 10reps x2

Tricep Kickback 10reps x2

Chest Press 10reps x2

Tricep Overhead 10reps x2

So it was a pants week for the couch to 5k wise, but you know, life happens and dysplasia is unpredictable and crippling at times, so I know I can only do it when my body says so. It may be a start of week 3 next week, but I’ll be continuing with week 2 to finish it when I can.

 

 

Stafford County Show 2018

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Hubby actually entered a competition, and he won! A family ticket for our local county show at the showground. We got to pick either the Wednesday or Thursday. I wanted Wednesday, as it had showjumping on that day.

We got there on a drizzly wet grey Wednesday morning at 10.15am and had missed some things as it started at 7am!! But no way could I survive that length of time. It was busy busy busy immediately.

We headed straight for the animals arena, where better for me to start. There’s tonnes of stalls and marquees for tractors, clothing, crafts and food. But none of these really called us. Do first up was the #ferretshow which bizarrely I loved, it was entertaining as well as educational.

Following this was a #dancingsheep show, and yes… They did actually dance too. And again I found myself learning new things, all about the breeds and fleeces. How they sheer them too. I loved it.

These were highly entertaining, and though raining quite heavily we enjoyed it. Off for a walk around, looking at some stalls, eat our picnic too. Sadly not as I’d imaged, I’d hoped for glorious sunshine liked we’d had the day before.

Wandering around we spot ducks, rats, snakes and owls and the like.

Heard beautiful music from the Grandstand. Perfect addition to the day.

Can you believe we found a PINK tractor?! I loved it.

Along with new fantastic looking tractors, there’s vintage and retro ones too!!

Woodland areas with besom making, willow baskets, fabulous crafts. Gorgeous scenery and nature’s best views. It’s just brilliant being outside even if it’s raining.

Horses next, showjumping. My guilty pleasure. I love horses.

We then saw hounds and beagles.

Then it’s #dancingdiggers which was actually really good. It was clever and interesting, and good times along with it, even pink smoke and sparklers. What a way to end this awesome adventurous epic day!!

Now to not move for days, I’m broken body wise, pain through the roof. But worth it. Fabulous event.

Feeling Lost and Frustrated 34 weeks Hip Arthroscopy

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We’ve had some amazing days out, some glorious weather and family adventures, and I’m truly grateful. I really am.

But one thing always brings me down, and that is PAIN!! It’s limiting, it’s depressing, and it’s always always there!!

If it’s not my Hand it’s my Hip, or Lower back. The pain that blurs the edges of all the good that you do, the pain that awakens you from sleep, the pain you can’t escape. But what has kept me going is knowing that my steroid injection should be soon.

But I’ve learnt that although I was penciled in for end of May, it’s now looking more like mid to end of June. Which has admittedly took the wind out of my sails. I’m so frustrated by the waiting, and wondering, it’s agony.

It’s something I can’t change, and though I feel a little lost as to what to do. My husband is right I should just forget it, keep on, keep going, and don’t get stuck or hung up on this date. It will happen when it does.

So for now, it’s continue as often as I can with physio at home to help ease pains and stability, while understanding that I’m not a failure if there’s days I can’t do things (hardest thing to realise) rest days are important too.