Lud’s Church, Peak District

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What is Lud’s Church? Well it’s NOT a real church, instead it’s a deep, moss-covered chasm full of history, myths and dark green wherever you look. Its colder and damp as soon as you walk into it, stepping down its stone steps deep into the cleft is to escape into another world… I imagined Merlin and Legends of old here.

Near the Roaches which is where we are walking and exploring. Is located in Leek and through Staffordshire’s Back Forest, is Lud’s Church. An 18 metre deep chasm created in the Roaches’ gritstone caused by a giant landslip, ( we did wonder if it elemental causing the tunnel) which over the ages has been covered from top to bottom in vibrant moss and lycan too The green is vibrant emerald. This makes the entire chasm outstanding to walk through, the dampness, the deep green colour has suddenly replaced the bright and expansive landscape of the Roaches, and it almost seems unbelievable. It doesn’t take long to explore the chasm, as it is only 100 metres long, but you could spend forever studying every nook and cranny- each as unique as each other. I however did not explore too much as it’s not that accessible for people like me.

Coming for the Solstice, as our Spiritual walk (as Stonehenge and Avebury are out this year) Lud’s Church was our alternative, as it’s not only interesting from a nature viewpoint, it’s also know for it’s history as in the Fifteenth Century it was used as a secret place for worship for people who would have otherwise been prosecuted. Sounds like my kind of place for sure!!

The people using this deep chasm as a church were the Lollards,(love that) followers of the early church reformer and so-called ‘heretic’, John Wycliffe.

Other than Luds Church’s religious history, there are also some myths that come with the area. It’s a fascinating place to research. Apparently one of them is that Robin Hood and Friar Tuck are reputed to have stayed in the cleft whilst hiding from the authorities. Easy to imagine, lots of nooks and crannies to hide in.

Going further back into the depths of Lud Church’s history is a myth that the chasm was created by the devil’s finger nail as he scraped back parts of the earth. Interesting, but I don’t think that happened.

And these steps, will be forever known as my victory steps. But for now, lots and lots of of recovery needed.

76 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I have been progressively challenging myself and this hip replacement. This lockdown has pushed us to walk and get out and about. Pushing a lot harder than me doing a workout routine at home.

And living in such beautiful countryside I’m lucky to have challenging hills, rocks, and pathways.

We climbed with flat levelled surfaces, I scrambled up some rocks (the left hip hated every step though)

My biggest challenge was to try and get up some Rocky steps. I wasn’t pretty but I got up there!!

After this epic adventure I won’t lie, I HURT like hell, took days and days to recover.

One day I will have a king of the castle moment like Mr Moon.

For now I can dream. Roll on hip replacement for the left side, I want to be fully bionic!!

Physio over the phone

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After 14 weeks of zero physio in the hospital, while being assessed by my physiotherapist, I had an appointment over the phone.

We discussed how my lunge onto the bosu ball, or going to do steps, is making the hip feel like it’s popping out, she feels it’s a muscle issue, so to shorten the step, and dip shallower to build it up slower. And do little but often.

And to maybe try a kneeling lunge if knees allow it, to take some pressure off.

But as I do have sore knees, I may have to do these with a cushion under the knee first.

Or I was given the option to swap forward lunges for side lunges and see if they both cause same pains, or if this one doesn’t.

We touched upon the encroaching groin pain from the left, the limitations it’s presenting and we decided the ROH should be approached for an appointment for that hip.

But I’ll be honest I’m not hopeful, I have one set for Feb 2021 and I may wait until then anyways. As I know they have some serious backlogs as it is. And physio itself may not be face to face until October, I’m sure I won’t see a consultant before Feb 21 anyways.

* Finally started exercise besides walking at home again, need to help this dodgy left hip while I can. And lose some lockdown weight!! *

68 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I’m missing my physiotherapist for sure. But I decided to not let my physio routine slip. Though with my hands and hips I’ve had more flare ups since this all happened, wonder if connected with stress and anxiety??

Most days I’m doing static physio exercises, incorporating the Bosu ball as it’s amazing for balance and micromovements in the muscles. Feels like for less exercise I’m working the joints more.

While I feel improvement at home, I’m definitely NOT with walking, which is a huge disappointment if I’m honest. My hand is wrecked from my walking stick, it’s also dislocating/subluxing my shoulder too!!

So new goals I need to try and walk without it, but I’m still struggling distance with it. Catch 22. Though I have managed some walking without it (heavenly) while it lasted.

Walks are beautiful though and great for my mentality too. I’m just so so broken afterwards. Like 5 days totally off exercise and much movement after a walk. Anyone else? Leg swells up too.

The gradient is flat and not hilly really, even base too. So confused as too why it’s still causing so much groin pain.

At least it was a good opportunity to test the hip out, it’s just a shame I can’t ask for advice or see the therapist about it all.

65 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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As you can guess, Physio is cancelled at the hospital. Which I am obviously sad about, but it’s understandable too.

As we go through this third week, things are getting into a steady routine, fitness is going well, and at least once a week we are doing a walk outside.

As you can see, it’s peaceful and relaxing. We also saw so many Peacock butterflies along the way too.

The Bosu ball is keeping me fully active at home. Not just for lower limbs like I’d do at Physio at Hospital. But I’m even doing some arm work, via tricep dips and press ups. It’s very versatile.

Some exercises to give you an idea, I bought my ball from #Aldi and it was £25.99 I believe it’s even cheaper now. The official ones are well over £100. But this feels exactly like the hospital one.

My newest exercise is mountain climbers. Not at a fast rate, but slow and learning to lift the knee up. Building the range of motion up.

How are you doing Second Week #SelfIsolation

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As we start to form new realities and routines, how are you doing?

Are you being super productive, active and learning new skills? I’ve seen a new love of baking on Twitter and people taking up Joe Wicks exercising.

Whereas I also see lots feeling lost dazed and confused, and to be honest that’s been me a little bit. But I finally realised it was me watching the news religiously and absorbing as much information as possible, which now with hindsight was my worst decision. It started to feel all too oppressive and miserable. Like your taking on all the world’s negative energy.

So I’ve had to take a step back in time, back to 2009 when I had my Triple pelvic osteotomy and femoral osteotomy done. This rendered me completely housebound for a very very long time, and at no time was I miserable from it. So stepping away from Statistics that are hammered home to you each night, and turning off the news.

I realised I needed to get back into being me, and my usual routine, which is working out for physio, as my hip replacement recovery is still on going. And using down time to read, carry on learning my #Dutch and #Swedish and maybe when hands allow colour in too.

I use the #LosingWeightApp for Men. It’s great as you can customise it for no impact, and no jumping.

For example, here are the exercises, ranging from 12-14 exercises and 8-10mins of time.

For the languages I love Duolingo and it’s been a fun journey. I had already started way before all this happened in the world. As a fun way to occupy and work the brain for 10- 15 mins a day.

Easy to use and actually a great time filler, you can do as much or as little as you like, and whatever language you desire too.

So that’s week 2 we’ve all completed. Give yourself a minute to embrace that victory. X

Valentine’s? Nah it’s Physio time!!

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I don’t do Valentine’s I confess, as I am happily married and we show acts of love everyday, which doesn’t cost a thing.

And we often have date nights, special events and outings, that this really is another day to me. Though we are planning a nice bottle of wine and roast dinner.

Though I was spoilt this week with something I’ve wanted for a while. It’s a Bosu ball, so I can do the same physio at home as I do at the hospital.

It makes one legged lunges and step ups so much harder, so less reps but works the muscles so much more. Great for helping with balance too, when your foot isn’t level. It works all the micro muscles we don’t think about.

So it’s off to the hospital and get ready for a beasting physio session. The last one before I see the surgeon too.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 4mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 20reps
  • Trampoline marching x 1min
  • Bosu ball side lunges x 16reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball x 10 reps
  • Bosu ball 1 legged squats x 10reps
  • Green resistant band Duck walking x 20reps

Thank goodness for parallel bars as these exercises would NOT be possible. And I’m glad I have nothing else to do afterwards, as she always makes me almost crawl out. Bambi legged.

55 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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Flying by these weeks and in general I’m feeling pretty good. So it’s easy to forget yourself and act normally.

In my case I spent the longest time without my stick, only to be harshly reminded it’s not at it’s best yet!! And I’m not ready to say goodbye to it either, mores the pity.

I’ve been so focused on my hands recently, That I’d overlooked my hips entirely!! Which has caused a huge kick in the ass. I’ve got that familiar sitting on a golf ball feeling back,though I have been perhaps overdoing it lately.

With that in mind, I’ve had a whole week of resting the hip, but now it’s physio time. I hope it doesn’t kill me off again.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 20reps
  • Kettle bell glute squeeze x 20reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball squats x 20reps
  • Flat Bosu ball side lunges x 20reps
  • Standing on 1leg on Flat Bosu ball x 1min
  • Trampoline marching x 1min
  • Side steps up stairs x 20reps

I did more than I’ve ever done, hard sweaty but I survived. Now back to that resting!!

Physio at hospital

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Is still going strong, it’s every fortnight, so this is why and how I can do some at home too.

Told her the results of my hand specialist and we agreed that as I have had poor healing hip wise with ligaments and tendons, it’s probably wise to put off hands as long as we can.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Kettle bell glute squeeze x 15 reps
  • Leg press 40kg x 15reps
  • Bosu ball against bars, side lunges x 10reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball squats against bars x 10reps
  • Trampoline marching x 1min
  • Side steps on stairs x 15reps

Not as much as usual, as these were harder to do, and leg was quickly tired.

So now it’s time to quietly collapse on the sofa and not move for a few days.

Stupid rainy days,freezing cold days have made hips and hands considerably worse lately. Hoping this increased dosage helps, but it’s early days yet.

Tried to do a small walk a few days after physio, and I had ZERO motivation,High pain and I was limping immediately so more rest days needed I feel.

No weight loss so far, but I’m happy enough with being 5 min productive each day. So even on my high pain days, I’ve found a way to be productive yet protective too.

Physio Adventures

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So far this year, I know it’s not far into the year, but I’ve been going steady with simple exercises done most days, with a few rest days and then walking outside too.

I’ve been using the Losing Weight App, found on the play store, and it’s free.

I know its says Man, but i am happy with it and I’m female. You can also adjust for any disabilities or hindrances you have. And they set up some structured exercises to do each day, they are merely 5mins long.

They include lunges, squats, crunches, cobra pose and planks. You can do as many or as little as you like. From this I’ve discovered I actually can’t lie down on my back and have my legs up at 90degrees, they are too heavy, too stiff. It’s not happening!!

It’s to kick start me back into a routine of doing some exercise every day, and get these hips strong.

Early days yet only just started, I’ve completed 5 days. But I’m hopeful

Have you embarked on any 2020 changes in your life? How is it going so far?