Week 38 Post #HipReplacement

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So much has happened in the space of a week, my youngest has been at uni for a week (well more like 10days as this goes live) and let me tell you, that’s been an adjustment for sure, coupled with many tears. Happy ones as I’m proud, but I do so miss her, and worry too. Thank heavens for video calling on whatsapp.

My Left hand injection was over a week ago, still painful memories. Fun Fact: I can hear it grinding when I move it too Ouchie!!

And I’ve helped (bossed and kept company, so not really helping) my second eldest daughter move from Llandudno to Manchester.

All the while, we’ve had horrendous rain, which has hugely increased pains and aches all over. Most notably end of stem aches (mid thigh right leg) and groin right leg, left hand and left ankle. I kinda feel like emigrating to a warm country!! Less pain then. Is this all just Arthritis or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, either way it’s pretty miserable body wise at times.

Even with the aches and pains, I’m LOVING my hip replacement!! It’s holding up so well, I’m so glad I did it. I struggle at times, but it’s the other hip failing me now.

Week 35 post #hipreplacement

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A quick relaxing break away before it’s all change and our youngest daughter paves her own path in life, when she starts university once we are home. So this week away is our last family holiday. So clinging onto the last second while we can.

So first aboard holiday with my hip replacement, I can honestly say I had envisioned that I would be skipping off into the sunset. And reality is, I’m still taking my walking stick, taking tramadol and ibuprofen, my splints and compression gloves. So there’s no rest or break away from health issues sadly.

I am armed with my sunflower lanyard for hidden disabilities, my first time ever using one for the airport.

Though with a splint on my hand and walking stick, I’m not sure it’s hidden!!

It helped with the security queue, though not mentioned I was ushered into a faster line, very professional. Once there though I was put into the x-ray machine is it? Then patted down, then with the wand all over, yes hip did bleep. I wore leggings so it would be easier to see that it’s my hip. They removed my hand splint, and put that through the machine, as well as my walking stick. Extremely thorough!!

Flight went ok, nothing to report, except I knew it would ache and it did, so plenty of fluids to help combat that, and moving the leg to prevent stiffness.

I will say I’m extremely disappointed that so many people will push in, shove and rush past me to get ahead. I was squeezed into a chair arm rest and this was the result.

The rush to get a seat on the bus was hilarious, and so obviously I’m slower,so I had to stand, complete with full death grip on pole and walking stick!!

But finally we arrived, middle of the night so it was a quick brew and water to drink then bed. Shattered.

But I’m determined to enjoy myself and kickback and forget my worries, if only for a week.

Catch you laters my lovelies.

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.

#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.

#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!!