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.

I was wrong, it’s so so painful again!!!

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I had a couple of months, where I really felt like I was winning in the pain stakes with my hands. But the bliss is over, for now at least.

So I’m hating life, hating my hands, I want to chop them off. Recent warm sticky weather means my splints are uncomfortable and yet here I am needing to wear them all day and night.

My routine of CBD oil x 3 a day, 8 x Paracetamol and 1 x Etoricoxib and numerous Ibuprofen Gel rubs, just isn’t cutting it, even though I’m wearing Compression Gloves, and Splints more than 80 percent of the time too. So now I’ve added 1 x Tramadol on the worse days.

I’m really hoping it’s merely a blip and I need to ride it out.
Many young women with inflammatory arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, report flares in their symptoms when they have their period. Hormones such as estrogen may have an influence on the immune system. The relationship of flares in arthritis symptoms at the time of menstruation may also be due to the effects of pain perception related to estrogen. When estrogen levels are low, women report more pain. In clinical trials, those given a placebo without estrogen have more joint pain than those given estrogen. Thus, the lower levels of estrogen during menstruation may be a cause of the increase in joint pain that many women with arthritis report.

How my hands feel below

As it’s my Birthday next month I’m seriously considering a push brace type of splint, as my dominant hand is catching up and feeling as bad as my left hand. At the moment they are both audibly grinding as I scroll my phone, or to hold things like mugs and bottles.

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!!

Finally some relief, #CmcJointArthritis

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At long long last, after 7 weeks of #SimplyCBD and 23 weeks of #Etoricoxib I have some relief. Though I really need to add those #Paracetamol to achieve it.

Splints are needed still, and the gel, but I’m not having that absolute bone crushing pain, that makes me want to amputate the hands, so that’s a win.

I had to increase the drops of CBD oil from 1 drop x 3 a day to 2 drops x 3 a day, once I hit that amount, I noticed a change. Beforehand it definitely helped with anxiety around pain, and sleep too. But for pain it didn’t. So upping the dose slowly I gradually saw a difference, and I made sure I did it over a menstrual cycle too,which is when my body overall is more painful.

I would still prefer an steroid injection to really kick the inflammation down, and I wouldn’t need splints as much. But still not an option sadly. But maybe soon, now the lockdown is easing off in places.

A big break for 2 weeks in physio, and walking has helped with getting my shoulders and hip pain under control, which allowed me to really work on getting the thumbs also under control. I’m glad I took the pressure off myself, and gave things time to work as well.

Ninth Week #SelfIsolation

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Lockdown has been adjusted slightly, though none of it relates really to myself. Though we eagerly await being allowed to empty campus rooms.

Now the exercise can be more than once a day, and for as long as you like,and even drive to it, in my wildest dreams I can’t personally walk more than once a day, but it does help fitter and healthier people.

Driving to exercise definitely helps me, means I can walk more local remote areas, without being done in hipwise before I’ve left the street.

Mentally I feel a weight has been lifted, anxiety has dampened down, now it’s just the sadness of missing my daughter’s birthdays, wedding anniversaries, grandchildren’s birthdays and it looks like father’s day is off the cards like mother’s day was too.

Being able to walk the waterways has given us some great opportunities to watch the sun go down, and reconnect with energies that help us feel grounded.

Easing off finally pain wise from that dreadful flare up, still taking my CBD oil on top of Paracetamol and Etoricoxib. And it’s going well, I’ve resisted to taking tramadol which I’m pleased about. The CBD oil I would say eased anxious thoughts, helped me relax around my pain, which in turn eases the flare. But I’m unsure if time itself would of also done this. So I’m continuing, and seeing of the cycle of huge flare around menstruation time pops up again and if it helps.

I’ve taking a backseat with my fitness programme as I had too, now it’s more walking based and some joint stability exercises. Rather than exercise to lose weight (Though I know I’ve gained weight sadly) I’m also still learning my languages, as I was before the lockdown. I do these for my own sanity and not from enforced lock down.

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Issues

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EDS Strike’s back!! This last couple of weeks have been honestly quite hellish. Pain is all consuming and it feels like there’s no end in sight.

This is a dark dark place to find yourself in, felt trapped and lonely and deeply depressed. It’s not often I’m this low, and I usually hide it away from others, except family as they physically see it.

But as it’s May it’s #EhlersDanlosAwareness month I thought I’d share my woes.

I have EDS Hypermobility type, formerly known as EDS type 3.

Hypermobile EDS

People with hEDS may have:

Currently, there are no tests to confirm whether someone has hEDS.

The diagnosis is made based on a person’s medical history and a physical examination.

On top of this I have MCAS too Last Cell Activation Syndrome,in which I can be allergic to the air, a scent, a food, a colouring at any time! Thankfully though mine seems to be more flushing and heating. So it’s manageable.

For my EDS my hips, ankles and shoulders are the most affected. And recently it’s been my shoulders, Ive wanted to amputate them so many times this month already.

To combat the pain and instability, as they are subluxing while dressing or brushing my hair, Ive been going back to basics, to pull the ligaments and tendons back into line to hopefully make the shoulder more stable.

Lying in bed with it just hanging down is literal heaven right now. The arms weight naturally pulls it right in the joint, so it sits comfortable.


With the ball I rotate it in circles going clockwise, then anti clockwise, and gently roll up and down. Though SMALL movements to ensure it stays in joint and not extending too much.

There are some amazing YouTube videos by #JeannieDiBon https://youtu.be/jQjKzp-QxWg

And you can find her on Twitter too, for a wealth of advice and guidance.

@jdibon Twitter.

Smart women’s guide to Murder by Victoria Dowd #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED once again I’m reading for the blog tour, murder, mayhem and thrills, I love it all. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MURDER

A GOLDEN AGE COUNTRY HOUSE MURDER MYSTERY BROUGHT BANG UP TO DATE
A faded country house in the middle of nowhere.
The guests are snowed in.
The murders begin.
Ursula Smart (not her real name) gate-crashes her mother’s book club at an isolated country house for a long weekend retreat. Joining them are Mother’s best friend, Mirabelle, Aunts Charlotte and Less, and Bridget with her dog Mr Bojangles. It doesn’t matter that they’ve read Gone Girl three times this year already. But someone has other ideas.
A body is found in the grounds.
Is a lone killer hunting them? Or has one of their own group embarked on a killing spree?
What they need is a guide to survive.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz, Liane Moriarty, Faith Martin, Frances Lloyd and Stuart Turton.

About the Author
After graduating from Cambridge, Victoria was a criminal law barrister on the London circuit for many years, where many of her cases were much stranger than fiction.
Victoria is now an award winning writer, having won the Go Gothic Short Story Award for 2019. She has had short fiction published in places such as Aesthetica: A Review of Contemporary Artists and was chosen as the runner up in The New Writer’s writer of the year award. Her work was Highly Commended by The Writers’ Forum and long-listed for The Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition. She has had short stories published in the BTS Literary and Arts Annual, Dream Catcher arts journal and Gold Dust Literary Magazine.
Victoria lives with her husband and two children. She writes full time, splitting her time between London and Devon, where she can indulge her passion for all things Agatha Christie.
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My Review

I have been howling at this, not often is a good murder mystery quite so comedic as well. It’s been an eye opener for me, and one rabbit hole I will have to fall down.

The writing is absolutely genius!! The characters are despicable but so glorious at the same time. A modern day murder mystery but so dark and twisty. It’s macabre but delicious too.

Never have I enjoyed a book so thoroughly and laughed so heartedly, especially when you shouldn’t!!

I’m sure how ever lovely the estate was and is, I would never want these people as my friends to be snowed in with.

Definitely looking forward to more of this style and from this author.

19 Weeks #Etoricoxib

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I’ve had to finally ring the GPs as I’ve been struggling a lot pain wise, out of sheer desperation I rang before putting in my repeat. I can honestly say I’m having the biggest flare I’ve personally ever had. Wonder if it’s lockdown related?

After a lengthy intro on covid and how to ring 111, I finally got to a human to book a telephone appointment, and it was literally in 5 mins, so that was fast.

We talked through the pros and cons on all other meds I’ve tried in the past, like pregablin (made me slur and fall over, not good when you already have mobility issues) amitriptyline (groggy forgetful and felt like death) naproxen (heart racing and no sleep for days)

We’ve sadly concluded that while steroid injections are NOT allowed here, I have to go and use the pain killer ladder,which is my splints gel paracetamol, etoricoxib and tramadol (reluctant to use as I hate the side effects) I had no choice but to agree.

They sent me a new gel to try, Ive only had over the counter ibuprofen gel before. Now I have this

Still testing my #SimplyCBD and it’s been just over 2 weeks, I will say no change yet in pain levels, but as ever some things take time. Perhaps while in a huge flare it’s unfair to judge, so I’m going to continue and try and get on top of this flare up, and see how it all goes. I’d rather this work than me taking tramadol again!! It took a lot of pain sweat and tears to come off that.

Walking Unaided Week 69 Post #HipReplacement

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I’m FINALLY doing it, not always especially well. And often with a bigger pay back than I’d like. But it’s a foundation to work upon.

My desire to ease the pain and disfigurement to my walking stick hand has drove me to walk unaided, regardless of trendelenburg gait. I’m experiencing the biggest arthritis flare I’ve ever had, could this be lockdown related?

The walks are usually pretty flat and even ground, as I’m not looking to run before I can master a real walk.

Sadly the walks we’ve had have featured some nasty fires lately, probably due to the lovely weather we’ve had, making everything so dry.

Air was heavy with the scent of smoke and burnt trees. Sad to see it damaged. But from this we’ve seen new life sprout up already in a week.

My biggest issue with walking unaided is obviously the fatigue afterwards,it’s all too consuming. And secondly is the pain which spikes up. Then thirdly is the swelling the leg always has afterwards. Measuring on average 2 inches fatter than opposite hip.

For now I’m enjoying the accomplishment of walking unaided, even if it does cost me a few days to recover from.

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.