Surgery Day!! #HipReplacement

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The day is here, and it’s come round fast really.

Sunday we enjoyed some last minute family visits, a beautiful meal and great company. While trying to avoid any sick family members and not getting to close to others.

Monday I tried to prepare the house more, though hip makes this a painful affair. Eat some nice protein and green veggies.

Tuesday was decontamination day, so stripped beds and re made, fresh PJ’s and that cleanser to decontaminate me. Eat a sneaky steak, and have a cheeky cocktail (thank you Hubby). Restless sleep, was it really sleep?

Then bam! It’s 4am time to shake a leg, so to speak. Have to re decontaminate myself with the cleanser,even my hair!! It’s vile and very drying afterwards, my poor hair, fresh clean clothes, last drink of water 1hr before admission time, and off we go!!!

Not sure how long I will be in for, or when I can blog again. But I found this on the site, for extra info.

Hip replacement

This service is provided by the Orthopaedics department run by the The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Key facts about the Hip replacement treatment at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Number of operations

1113procedures

Time from GP referral to treatment

Up to 22 weeks for 9/10 patients

How long people stayed in hospital

4.9days

Levels of surgical site infections

Lower than expected 0.2

Speak soon when I have gone bionic!!

#Blogmas 2018 getting closer

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So I’m all set and ready to go in 11 days. But I clearly need to return to better eating, and taking on more fluids too, to help with better healing post op.

I’ve hopefully avoided illness and sickness so fingers and toes crossed nothing stops it going ahead now.

I don’t mind admitting I’m terrified even though I’ve had many surgeries already. Mainly because once you remove bone, there’s no going back. But I’m a member of many groups and they often say it was the best decision they made.

But we all have that niggle that unrests our minds, and worries us with what ifs. I have also had these worries before the previous surgeries too, so knowing they were unfounded helps me a lot.

So today it’s been time to tidy the house, getting into a routine, putting things away (though not our tree or decorations yet) and having set meals again. I even did some physio on shoulders and hands too.

I need to find a decent packing list as well. Eek so much to do and fit in before the op!!

#Blogmas 2018 3 weeks until #HipReplacement

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Omg I’m here again, now I just hope beyond all hopes it isn’t cancelled again!!

I’m sort of ready for Christmas, I’ve shopped as much as I can. And we’ve done 3 universities in 3 cities over 3 weeks. We’ve heard from 2 so far and both have offered a place. So hope we will hear off this third one soon too.

With doing these, I can not do physio as well, I’ve tried and it’s been poor form, and extra exhausting. So I’ve admitted defeat for now.

And I can honestly say, from trying to keep up with the tours, and walking, and sight seeing, I’m so glad the hip is going. It’s just a bain of my life. Sat at home I can also convince myself it’s fine, and I’m over reacting getting it replaced. (How many of us do that?)

Recently it’s been feeling more unstable, and achy under my butt scar. The recovery time from one day out, is multiple days of being in sheer agony. The more it slips and hurts, the more I pitch heavily into my walking stick, which is also causing issues in the hands. Vicious circle of pain.

But it’s Christmas, so I can’t be blue!! So less than a week to the big Christmas day, I’m planning on resting as much as I can, but let’s be honest, no one can actually rest this time of year!!

I hope to delegate some jobs to relieve some pains and aches. I’m not cooking this year, as we’ve planned around me already having the hip done. And I didn’t change plans, as it will be pure heaven not to cook and wash up this year.

So nearly time I can put my feet up, and start to enjoy the festive season. How about you??

#Blogmas 2018 Post #SteroidInjection day 4,5,6

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Not exactly a Christmas story blog post, but this blog chronicles my actual life, so it makes sense to me o include it.

Following on from 6 days ago, I received an intra articular steroid injection in the right hand, the CMC joint to be precise.

Each day I’ve seen and felt an improvement in the functionality and pain levels, and in swelling too.

Day 4

I’m still doing my daily exercises with the bobble as a resistance band. I’m also not protecting it from normal daily chores. It’s ok, it’s not entirely painfree. Started to notice the DIP joint is tender, and stings at times.

The DIP joint is the top knuckle of the thumb (or fingers) this is a new pain? Also I’ve felt ridiculously tearful, literally over nothing!! But I know it’s a side effect so I’m not reading anything into it.

Headaches are pretty frequent as well, but again I know they are a common side effect, so I have to just ride it for a while. And hope it settles down.

Day 5

I’m noticing it’s not as painfree as the other hand was immediately, so that’s a bit frustrating. But at least it’s after the days exercise and only aches at night time after a full day of use. Maybe it’s slower to heal as it’s my dominant hand.

Some evenings I’m putting the brace on, to support it and rest it when I know I’m physically resting more. It’s mainly to stop the joints from flexing too much.

Both hands went sore and swollen at the MCP joints and CMC joints because I went for a woodland walk, only outside for 1hr 30mins with plenty of stops and rest. Not sure why they flared up? Thankfully they went down after 30mins.

Day 6

Wow nearly a week has passed, and though it has niggles it’s 90% better than before the injection. So for that it’s totally worth the added pains, swellings and mood swings. I just pray it will last a while, as really all that’s left to manage it, is bone removal, joint replacement (I’m going to end up as mostly machine)

In this the trapezium bone is removed and the fingers ligament is used to fill the space instead.

Here we have surface replacement, bit like a total hip replacement, creates new smoother surfaces that don’t rub together, unlike bones.

Next week I see the OT and I’m keen to see what they say, I honestly can’t face more surgeries, but then this pain can be so disabling as well. Torn by decisions.

Pre op day. 2 weeks until total hip replacement #THR well it was…..

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This week it’s been full on Christmas preparation for me, as I am attempting to get it all bought for before December even starts.

Why? You ask, well firstly I can’t and don’t get out much, so traffic, crowds, and stress aren’t my thing. And after end of November I could well be on a walker, or crutches so the idea of crowds and slippy floors doesn’t excite me.

So that’s been my Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, along with doing the shoulder exercises each day. Along with core strengthening exercises. I do a simple selection, adapted to my abilities.

  • Goblet squat
  • Single arm bicep row
  • Single weight reverse lunge
  • Single arm chest press
  • Supine marching
  • Single arm tricep overhead

Then comes Wednesday afternoon and I get a call, from McBryde secretary and it’s about my Stem not being correct, and needs re making. So my surgery is cancelled 😥😥😥😥 it’s now 9th Jan 2019!! Gutted.

Now I have to cancel my pre op and hip workshop which are both scheduled for today. What a palaver. Oh well silver lining and all that, least I won’t be on crutches on Christmas day.

My family are all cheering me on, convincing me it’s a good thing, as now I won’t be recovering over my husband’s birthday, and on Christmas day I won’t be stressing over heights of chairs either. So they are correct, and though I was genuinely gutted at first I do see their point.

So countdown is now on again, it’s 7 weeks and 6 days and counting….

3 week countdown to #THR it’s official

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Since week 4 some things have happened, none bad. Not really.

My appointment for the #TotalHipReplacement is officially through, it’s still 29th November and it’s at 10.30am so no mad dash at 6am, phew that’s better for me. I’ve had to ring to accept the date, so it’s set stone now and I can plan around it. Yay happy days. I must start measuring my furniture now.

And I’ve seen a Physiotherapist about my hands or so I thought!! But alas they don’t do hands which is a shame as they have been awful this week. The right hand thumb has flared up, hurts to lift the kettle, hold pens, it’s swelled up too. Hard to see on photos, but it’s super painful. No rhyme or reason but each day they are flaring up, and feel like lightening at times. But I’ve also rung MiCats as I’m desperate to find a solution for the pain and flares. But i find out they have signed me off, so back to GP for another referral, I see them 16th November.

Instead they were treating my hypermobility, with appropriate exercise to stabilize the joints. My shoulders being the worst that is what we are focusing on. I’ve been referred to OTs for hand assistance, possible mobility aids to have around the house. And to join a hypermobility group at physio for more assistance after my a hip replacement.

My usual shoulder stability exercises are above, but as I have certain times of the month when joints are rattling in and out of joint. She recommended these smaller exercises, to do daily to build up stability and strength.

So using a ball, press firmly, making small circles 10 reps clockwise, 10 reps anticlockwise, and then 10 reps up and down. Small actions, but I felt it immediately. So targeted. This should help for when I’m put back onto crutches after #HipReplacement I’ve been doing them 3 x a day and wow, what a exercise. Super effective and I’m keen to see how this will improve my future health.

Weather has really kicked the hip pain up a few notches, and I’m just so glad I don’t have long to wait now. The groin is like a white hot poker of pain just sitting, let alone attempting to walk or do physio.

Took all my body measurements so I can compare after surgery, it’s something I have always done. It’s a better gage than the scale for me. So I know what I’m working back to following rehabilitation. I’m feeling much more ready to get it all done.

54 weeks post #HipArthroscopy and I have good news

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Since holiday I’ve done zip, zlich, nada for a few days, because I got super sick as soon as I was home in the UK. I caught laryngitis and needed antibiotics, and lots and lots of rest.

While in this state, I’ve done a lot of resting as well as getting back into a routine, physio is a no no so far. But now it’s easing off, I’m hoping to return to it.

Instead we did do a walk, and attempt at #couch25k though we repeated week 3 run 1 as realistically that’s our actual level. Ended up being really good mentally, but physically it’s killed the hip (predictable) and following a bath to ease pains, I tried to lift my leg up to get dressed, and the hip feels like it’s coming out of joint?? It’s awful, painful and I’m grateful for my bathroom perch!!

Weather has made my hands so sore again, it was nice to have the week relief.

But my main news is….. I HAVE A DATE!! And it’s so soon. It’s exactly 8 weeks today, 29th November so a new hip for Christmas.

Thank goodness I got poorly now, rather than later. Now to plan, prepare and organise my house. It’s all too real now, it’s actually happening!! Woohoo

24 and 25 weeks Post #HipArthroscopy

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In the excitement of #Glastonbury and seeing my idol #JasmineBecketGiffith I noticed I hadn’t updated on my Physio and Hip Saga since week 23.

Well, where do I start? After a month away from physio at the Hospital due to sickness, being booked up and then snow drama. I finally got to see her on 12th March. And I had to tell her what had been truly going on.

Each time I do an activity, or at home physio, I’ve noticed a weakness, a giving way feeling and more recently a crunchy feeling too. Last slip I actually had to lie down on the floor for a while, and use crutch for a few days.

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So my Physiotherapist decided to actually test this reduced mobility and range of movement. Lots of lying on my back, allowing her to bend the knee and twisted leg in and outwards, straight leg hip abduction and adduction. All were very very painful inside the groin, white hot pain. It was good she actually got to see this joint behaving this way. And we discussed that it’s probably for the best to have the hip replacement sooner rather than later. Knowing that it isn’t a magic bullet, to cure all. But just touching the pelvic bone was tender as hell. Could it be scar tissue? Damaged muscle or nerves? Or is this bone pain? I just don’t know…. I’m at a loss, and I’m not ashamed to say I cried my eyes out too.

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I’m scared to replace it, scared that it still wouldn’t end my (what feels like) an eternal quest to end pain. Could it cause more issues? More disabilities? In so many ways I’m so much better, I’m walking straighter, I can physically do more than before. But I just have this slippage and crunching that makes me feel vulnerable, scared to do things in case it slips as I’m out?

But on the other hand, what if it’s the answer? It’s a faster recovery than previous surgeries, what if this is all I need to be ‘me’ again. I have so many questions, my brain can’t handle it. I also feel selfish to keep putting my family through all this, a burden because I’m useless around the house, or for doing things. My whole life and families life evolves around hips and pain. I just want it to stop. I want to be able to clean my own house, or go out to town, without it being a military decision, heavy price long after the outing.

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Not only did we discuss getting onto the replacement waiting list, as who knows how long that will take, as it’s a custom one needed. Which require working with Switzerland, needing 3d CT scans etc all take time. But we discussed that perhaps it’s another tear, in the labrum. I thought a debridement was all of the labrum removed, however they can just be cleaned up and sadly re-tear again causing same old pains and symptoms. As touching the pelvic bone is soooooo TENDER it’s ridiculous. So the plan is to see what Surgeon says on 20th March and hope I ask the right questions, and I get some advice and guidance.

Anyone else feel like this and confused??