First step…

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Here is the day, bit faster than I thought if I’m completely honest, but it’s due to a cancellation. I rang up ROH just enquiring about the possible dates of the 3d CT scan, and she offered to book there and then. So exactly 20days after my consultant appointment, I’m back here to have the CT scan.

Bundle of nerves, not for the scan as that’s fine, but the knowing I’m firmly on this replacement train. Even though I’m 100% sure about doing it, I’m still nervous, and anxious over it all.

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The traditional CT scan compared to the 3d version. It’s all very clever and well above my comprehension.

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CT scan lasted all of a few mins, nice and easy really, apart from me personally keeping my toes together. I struggle to internally rotate the left leg, so holding it for a few mins feels like a lifetime.

Exciting times ahead. But for now it’s relax back at home and eat my most delicious dinner made by hubby. Half an muffin toasted with bacon and scrambled egg.

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And so it begins…..

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Here I am yesterday, at the hospital awaiting to find out my destiny. Nervous, sick with anxiety, yet excited!?! It all starts with this appointment.

Weird and eerily quiet, so unlike ROH we are seen quite quickly for there, about 40mins after my actual appointment time. Sadly no specific surgeon but a pleasant registrar no less.

Not familiar with symbios he gains an audience with another consultant that works more directly with my Surgeon to help explain the process. But he’s doesn’t do it well, he ignored my husband, who let’s face it needs the information more, as he’s living through it. And answered more like a politician than surgeon.

But not matter, we walk away being added to the waiting list and being referred for the 3D CT scan. How long this time frame is, anyone’s guess. Seen as he didn’t really answer. We got 4mths out of him, but 4 months to completion or 4mths to scan is unsure??

So moving forwards from that, it’s time to reflect on what’s ahead, read more, research more. Thankfully on Facebook there are countless supportive friends going through or been through the same process to help guide me.

Today was physio and I honestly walked in thinking we would revise the program in preparation for surgery, but instead she’s too happy with my progress and strength that as long as I do it at home, I’m fit enough already and muscles are strong enough to keep implant stable. So we’ve left it as an open appointment, to come back as soon as I can after surgery.

Bit disappointed in that I’ve left again, but I understand why. I do always do my at home physio and workouts, I am religious in doing it, so there isn’t a need to go in and show her each week.

Overall this year I’ve started to be unaided though it’s incredibly painful at times and not for long. It’s still a win.

I’ve also lost 12lbs since Jan. We are eating better, making better choices overall. And making so much more of an effort with physio, exercise and weights in general. So my physio is right, I’m in a much fitter stronger place than I was facing my Arthroscopy surgery back last Sept.

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42 weeks post #HipArthroscopy

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Well if I was pregnant I have now done a full term and then some… But I’m not. However I do feel more in a position to judge the arthroscopy surgery and it’s results so far.

Am I pain free? Quick easy answer is NO. but I’m coming to terms with its unlikely to be that painfree ever.

Am I more mobile? This is more difficult to answer, Yes I am doing more, but mainly because my mind isn’t as broken as before. And the realization that this may be as good as it gets forever, spurs me to make the most of it regardless.

Before my mind was truly broken, I didn’t trust my ability and stamina, I definitely didn’t trust the legs.

This past 9 months has been going to basics, working the muscles from absolutely nothing into legs I do trust to hold me up, they are stronger, I am fitter. (Sadly not lighter though)

It’s been 2 weeks since the steroid injection and it’s been ok, but it’s not been the magic pain free injection I hoped for. But I did have some improvement, so I can’t complain really.

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This week it’s been about getting into an exercise routine once more, though I needed Monday off completely to recover from our barmouth weekend.

Tuesday I did the basic post hip replacement physio exercises

Glute squeeze 20reps x 2

Quad activation 20reps x 2

Heel Slide 20reps x 2

Hip abduction (lying down) 20reps x 2

Short Arc Quad 20reps x 2

External hip Rotation 20reps x 2

Bridging 20reps x 2

Pull in stomach breathing 20reps x 2

Hip flexion (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip abduction (ankle weights) 20reps x2

Hip adduction (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip extension forwards (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip extension backwards (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Heel to buttock (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Mini squat (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip pendulum (on step ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Looks like a lot, but broken down in an overall day of physio. It’s done slowly and methodically, with resting at times. All its for is muscle activation and strengthening.

Wednesday to rest the lower limbs it was a weights day. I’ve read that if you have Arthritis you should try and lift between 5% to 10% of your body weight, so you don’t lift too heavy and speed the disease up. I use 7kg for my arms now, but I started slowly and light at 2kg at first. I don’t do much as hands and elbows are in a joint flare up today.

Bicep curl 10reps x 2

Shoulder press 10reps x 2

Lateral raise 10reps x 2

Bicep row 10reps x 2

Tricep kickback 10reps x 2

Chest press 10reps x 2

Tricep overhead 10reps x 2

Kettle bell swing 10reps x 2

Again it looks more than it is in reality, and the sets are broken up between morning and afternoon. It’s to lubricate and activate, more than anything.

Thursday I can feel a change in the air, my joints ache, mainly my fingers and elbows. Although hip is niggly too. Opt for a day of mostly rest, painkillers and hot water bottles. I discovered I can’t even lunge my left foot behind me due to ankle issues ( I rolled it in may 2017 and it’s still not right now. Perhaps I should see someone) I did try some compound exercise for physio though, only 5 exercises but they killed me off.

Goblet Squat 10reps x 2

Three point row 10reps x 2

One dumbbell reverse lunge 10reps x 2 (actually can’t officially lunge, it’s more of a step back, and letting leading leg take weight, super easy for most folks but for me it’s painful and very difficult)

Single arm chest press 10reps x 2

Supine marching 10reps x 2 (this really pulled operated legs glutes into action, but also hurt my groin. Don’t think hip is ready for this? It’s meant to work your core, but I felt it all in the hip??)

Friday I honestly feel bodily broken so it’s probably a curl up on the sofa, hot water bottle and Netflix kind of day. Frustrating as brain says go, body says NO. But I’m pleased I managed 3 days of various physiotherapy exercises, so if I don’t do anything today that’s still self care and productive in my healing.

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Steroid injection day 3 + 4 successes!!

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What can I say, I woke up feeling great today, though sticky from all our UK heatwave. But I’m not complaining, this heat is glorious. I expected at least 2 weeks of grumpy hip issues, and a catalogue of side effects like in 2016. But this time I’ve not really had any, a small extra amount of hair loss, but I have such thick hair it’s not too bad!!

Gently gently I’ve done some post operative physio exercises, and some days the groin pulled, but today on day 3 it didn’t!! And I’m not walking with a limp as much. Been eating light and well in this sunshine, so that’s a bonus.

So on Day 3 we decided in the gorgeous sunset to complete our week 3 of #couch25k. Crazy probably, but my god we did it. Hip coped fine, though I activated my #piriformis pain near my glute scar. I must stress I’m not actually doing the required times like a normie would, it’s all adapted to me and my disability and abilities.

Day 4 slightly sore knees, not sure if from just arthritis in general or from the steroid?? Side effects seem to be near to zero, whereas before I had 2 weeks of hell. Though last time I had Kenalog I got vertigo?! Wonder if that happens again.

Felt fine with physio exercises, so I introduced

  • Swiss ball pelvic tilts 20reps
  • Swiss ball hip glides 20reps
  • Swiss ball knee lifts 20reps
  • Swiss ball knee extensions 20reps
  • Swiss ball hip adduction squeezes 20reps

Then I continued with

  • Heel slides (lying down) 20reps
  • Front leg raise (lying down) 20reps
  • Front leg raise+ abduction (lying down) 20reps

It aches afterwards but that’s to be expected, and I rest well afterwards too. Only taking 1 x ibuprofen 400mg when really needed, often choosing hot water bottles even in this heatwave.

 

5 days and counting to steroid #couch25k

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As you know I’m 39 weeks post #hiparthroscopy and I’ve been doing all I can to increase my muscle strength, lose weight (not actually losing which is annoying) and generally trying to be healthier and fitter. Though I’ve not lost any weight, I feel better, feel stronger and not as bulky!!

This week 3 run has been a nightmare, it’s 1.5mins run (walk unaided for me) then walk normal 1.5mins, then 3 mins run, 3 mins walk. Do this sequence twice. But this sudden leap up from 1.5mins to 3mins has made it very hard. So as I write this I’ve managed 2 run out of 3 (3 runs or 3 outings each week is set) per week. How everyone gets out 3 times in a week is beyond me, and way beyond my pain threshold too.

So last Friday on 38 weeks post op we did run 1 week 3, and today it’s Friday and we are finally doing run 2 week 3. At least we have stunning scenery to do it in, so the fresh air and sights heal my soul as well as physically.

In my defence we’ve had family get-togethers, physio at hospital too, then an awesome #LennyKravitz concert and the following day my grandson came for the day, so seriously not had energy or will to do it.

Pain wise it’s been HARD this week, and not my hip either. My left ankle has been awful and rolling inwards lately. Plus my left hand is dreadful. But more worryingly my right hand is having some stiffness, my elbows both sides often feel strange. It’s like one minute I was fine ish, then suddenly over the last 3 months it’s spread it’s more days of feeling like I’ve been hit by a train. I’m hoping come July I will have a better idea of what’s going on.

Saturday it’s carnival time and seeing family again, so no exercise persay, but me doing stairs certainly feels like an epic battle! And much needed physio to help strengthen my legs up. But my groin is on fire, it’s grinding as I walk, so I’ll have rest as much as possible too.

38 weeks post #hiparthroscopy physio appointment

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Following #Chester you can imagine I’ve not done much in this week. Instead it’s been a week of trying to recover.

But I did have physio prior to it, and here’s what we are doing now.

  • Stationary bike level 3 5mins
  • Leg press 40kg 20reps
  • Hip Extension backwards 20reps Red Band
  • Hip Extension Forwards 20reps Red Band
  • Hip Abduction 20reps Red Band
  • Single Hip Bridges 20reps (hated every single one!)
  • Hip bridge with football between knees 20reps
  • Front Leg Raise to Abduction Raise 20reps Red Band
  • Side Leg Raise 20reps Red Band
  • Clam Raise 20reps Red Band
  • Hip Adduction with Football 20reps
  • Side steps Green Band 60steps

The weather has changed so pain has flared up, making me more tired, weaker and just increased pain tenfold.

But Wednesday we finished week 2 run 3. I feel I’m walking straighter, heart rate is better and I’m using the 1.5mins to walk unaided to strengthen my hip up. It’s took us 2 weeks to complete week 2, but I don’t mind, it has to compliment my physiotherapy and needs to be placed around my disability. So I am extremely happy I managed it.

Thursday came and I wanted to do weights, usual sets of 10reps x2 but I found them too difficult, needle like pains in my elbows, one finger knuckle feels sideways, and thumb is not holding a zip let alone a barbell. Disaster!!

Friday here once again, and I’m just alive with pain, it’s ridiculous. Main thing that’s changed is weather. It’s wet, windy and grey. So unfortunately it’s going to be an E4 and Netflix day for me 😥😥😥😥😥

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.

 

 

35 weeks post #HipArthroscopy New Challenges #couch25k week 1

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As you may know in life, if you do the same thing over and over you soon plateau. And that’s where I am with my hip, I’m getting good and reliable with the post hip replacement exercises I’ve been doing since 28 weeks they have made a HUGE difference.

But I’m going to attempt to push my boundaries while I can. So I’ve started a #couchto5k NOT RUNNING I stress, more like 1minute walk unaided, walk aided 1.5mins and so on, to try and challenge the hip, strengthen the muscles and get this form of walking straight lasting longer and longer. Because I can walk unaided, but not well or for long. My form reverted back to #Trendelenburg gait and pain flares up hugely!!

To do this I can’t be far from home, and most definitely I can’t be alone, in case I can’t get home. And I honestly can’t do it for long, but every little helps (as Tesco says)

So far only I’ve done it Monday (run 1 week 1) and in the evening my hip was crunchy, slipping and unstable, and the following morning extra pain in the groin and outer hip, the opposite knee was weak and feeling sore, so I’ve obviously activated some long gone muscles.

Tuesday I chose to solely rest lower limbs as literally no choice in the matter. But instead I did weights for my upper limbs.

  • Bicep curl 10reps x4
  • Shoulder press 10reps x4
  • Lateral raise 10reps x4
  • Bicep row 10reps x4
  • Tricep kickback 10reps x4
  • Chest press 10reps x4
  • Tricep overhead 10reps x4
  • Front pick up 10reps x4

Now using 5kg weights. I get easily tired and have to have a break, also my hand needs bracing else holding the weights can be impossible.

Talking of hand, had to cancel my MiCats appointment on 30th May due to family adventures, so that’s rescheduled for 4th July, it’s only an assessment appointment anyways. I see the GP at least 31st May, so if any medication needed I’m sure she can prescribe.

Wednesday saw us doing run 2 week 1, tentative walking as hip is angry still. It’s so difficult to keep form, when joints feel so unstable, so slower than Monday, but persevering and even if I’m the slowest person alive, then I’m still happy as I’m progressing. Besides it’s great bonding time for me and hubby. Groin is feeling like it’s on fire after the session, so hot water bottle and medication to see if it settles down.

Thursday it’s a repeat of the upper arm weights, though my right elbow is feeling odd at times, I think the joint is loose?? But it’s doing me some good overall, getting out of breath, working the heart, it can only help surely. Outer hip pain is dull but ever constant. But groin pain is such a white HOT burning pain deep in the groin, near the pubis bone.

Friday is a killer day, I have #Physiotherapy at the hospital. Hip is all crunchy again, it does concern me a lot!! We are meant to do our run 3 week 1 today. But I’m exhausted, and sore, and wanting to amputate the leg, so I’m taking today as my rest day, and see how hip feels tomorrow. I’m disappointed with my body, it’s frustrating that it forces a rest on you when in your head you’re raring to go!! But the pain today is too great, too painful (maybe the damp weather isn’t helping pain levels too?)

*Hip steroid injection appointment came through and it’s for 27th June, so I feel better knowing they are ready and available, I can now arrange things around them, and hopefully settle all these pains down.*