Day 179 post #HipReplacement

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As I relax today, first time since last Sunday, I think about my week round up after another full week of physio. And I’m honestly pooped, it’s wearing me out, but in a good way.

This time I had switched up some exercises up, to challenge the muscles, and gain stamina.

And I also did 2 days of double the amount. Which I admit killed me off at the time, but I do feel better for it. I can vastly see how incredible the right hip is, but left glute is all but dead, I’m struggling to activate it at all. So going to try single leg hip bridges both legs next week.

I’ve also been drinking at least 4 pints of water per day, watching my calorie intake more, doing food swaps, and a bit of intermittent fasting. And in 2 weeks I’ve lost 2.2lbs.

So it’s been successful, the beautiful weather has helped massively. Next week is rain due, so that will be a challenge for me, and more outings planned, ie hospital physio appointment, as well as family outing for birthdays.

Hands are a huge issue, but I’m going to attempt doing weights next week as well, for a more overall body workout. Even if it means wearing splints for support.

My back, is horrendous, knees too. I’m at a lost, as I have had my form checked for all exercises, and I’m not straining either, yet everyday I wake-up and I can’t move for a fair while, I’m so stiff and achy. Roll on sept when I can discuss this with MiCats.

It could be because I’m due on, as ankles have also been playing up, and cracking as I walk. Something to keep an eye on anyways.

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Week 25 post #hipreplacement

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I can’t believe how fast this time has gone, we are also halfway through the year, it’s been a real roller coaster of success and failure. Both hips and other joints, as one fixes others are breaking down.

I’ve made an appointment to see MiCats for steroid injection, but the assessment appointment isn’t until Sept so I’m looking at another 2 months of hand pain and swellings.

Testing the abilities and accepting some limitations for now. But overall I’m pleased with how it’s going. It’s not as fast as others, but I now know why and how to combat it as best as I can.

I’ve switched up my exercises for this week. Not too different but enough to challenge the muscle groups.

This week I’ve done

  • Hip flexion ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip abduction ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension forwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension backwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes ankles 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes knees 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges 20reps x 1
  • Traditional side clam raise green band 20reps x 1 (omg this is so hard)
  • Duck walking green band 20reps x 1
  • Lunge walking ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1

Somehow this really kicked my butt!! I felt so strong last week, but switching it up has activated muscles in different ways. So it’s all good but very very tiring.

Ive increased my water intake, started to think about foods more, and just have a more positive outlook on weight, life and health. Probably helps that the sun has been shining this week too. Love summer!!

Starting the week right!! Day 166 post #hipreplacement

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Now outings have settled down, I can get focused on my at home physio sessions again. Something I’ve really felt I’ve needed too.

As lately I feel like recovery is almost halted if not going backwards. However Mr Moon cleverly pointed out, that at first recovery phases are huge and so obvious, whereas now I’m still recovering but it’s harder to see. It’s an extra few mins standing, that extra rep at physio, more stamina gained, it’s the finessing of muscles and mobility that isn’t easily seen or felt.

So starting the week correctly, I embarked on a few exercises solely for lower limbs, as somehow I’ve pulled my shoulder, simply sitting in bed. Typical.

  • Clam Side Drop (green band) 20reps
  • Ball squeeze between ankles 20reps
  • Ball squeeze between knees 20reps
  • Ball squeeze between knee hip bridge 20reps
  • Prone lying Knee raise (ankle weight) 20reps
  • Prone lying heel to butt (ankle weight) 20reps
  • Supine lying front leg raise (ankle weight) 20reps
  • Side leg raise (ankle weight) 20reps
  • Supine lying hip abduction (ankle weight) 20reps
  • Duck walking (green band) 20reps
  • Walking lunge (ankle weight) 20reps

Totally pooped after that, takes around 20mins, and it’s to absolute failure. Ie I mean I couldn’t do another rep at all. After a good rest I probably could do, but that is an easy way to over do it, as our eds brains always think we can do more than we actually should do. So being sensible, I’m sticking to this. And I’m going to do it daily this week, see how I fair.

Day 155 post #hipreplacement physio

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As it’s June and #HipDysplasia awareness month, I thought I’d share some of Linda Bleck illustration to help describe and raise some awareness to such a debilitating mobility issue.

And I share them because as soon as I saw them, I realised someone other than my husband, ‘got’ me, really understood what I felt, physically, emotionally and mentally.

This is so true, they wait until you’ve created so much damage inside that it’s almost impossible to fully recover from.

So with this in mind, my physio appointment today was easier than last week’s, I explained that it took 4 complete days to ease the pains and stiffness. So we cut the amount of exercises done, and only did the operated leg this time.

  • Stationary bike level 3 5mins
  • Clam drop knees to sides green banded 25reps
  • Single leg hip bridges 15reps (somehow managed them but barely)
  • Ball between knees bridges 25reps
  • Prone lying Knee raise ankle weighted 15reps
  • Kettle bell sit to stand glute squeezes 25reps
  • Duck walking green banded 50reps
  • Lung walking (using 1 parallel bar) 25reps

This time we didn’t do the ankle weight leg raise, or the leg press. And we only did one leg instead of both. Hopefully I will recover a bit faster this time. Though I sure felt weak and sore coming out of that appointment.

My aim this week, and weekend is to try and do some exercises at home, but I won’t beat myself up over it if I don’t. As I realise it’s daft doing too much then I can’t move for days.

22 weeks post #hipreplacement Wales visit

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How wonderful was that weekend? though we were prepared for grey skies and rain, we actually managed to have a glorious sunny Sunday, and warm Monday (just as we were leaving) only the arrival day Saturday was it wet and miserable looking, but even that didn’t stay long luckily.

It felt good to be back to Wales, first Welsh trip since surgery, and though not totally perfect, it was nice to walk around with less hip pain. Only marred that knees and lower back have somehow replaced the hip pain.

Tucked into the heart of Barmouth we had a 300yr old cottage to share with family members, and there’s something comforting about greeting each other in the mornings, chatting over tea times, that it’s sad when it’s all over.

Cosy and quirky, the cottage is a family favourite. And comfortable for all 8 of us. Plenty of beds and rooms to relax in, so your not on top of each other at all.

Absolutely full of character, charm and nooks and crannies!! Imagine the history and stories this cottage could tell.

Did a fair bit of practice walking, which is probably why the knees hurt so much. And some of the inclines have made me rely on my walking stick heavily, so my hand has flared up. Sand is ok when it’s more packed down, as it still feels like walking in treacle when it’s not hard packed.

Felt some improvement in the hip, but the physio appointment from last week, really really took it out of me, and caused pains for 4 days, so I was careful, and mindful of the hip. Naturally just any slight activity has caused it to swell up once more and be painful, so it’s back to resting for a few days again.

Physio appointment on day 146 #hipreplacement

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So it’s physio time, and I’ve been looking forward to asking about the weakness I’m experiencing in the opposite hip. It’s something ive noticed ove the last few weeks. I do work both legs at home whereas at the official appointments we only do the operated leg.

Also I’m officially 21 weeks post op tomorrow. So it’s nice to show her how far I’ve come, as suddenly I feel like this leg has really turned a corner. Yes I’ve ached (well deserved aches, from pushing it hard) but rest, medication and time have stopped the aches, and I feel stronger than ever.

After a brief discussion of what I’ve been experiencing, such as weakness in the left hip, but with no pain. We decided it could simply be from muscle wastage and weakness, so the plan from now is to work on targeted areas (glutes and abductors) on both legs.

So we started with a Stationary bike for 5mins at resistance level 3

Then onto the leg press machine 25reps with 40lbs (I felt operated leg taking over though)

Onto a fave, duck walking with a green resistance band. Feet outwards, bend a bit, then walk sideways. 50 reps.

Onto other butt burners, walking lunges (so as deep) between parallel bars for stability. 30 reps.

Hip abduction with resistance band around knees 25 reps.

Onto hip bridges, where I know quads dominate. So adding a ball to squeeze between knee, engages the glutes. 25 reps.

Absolutely exhausted, but carrying on, we added an ankle weight and did a front leg raise, with foot out, toes pulled up. To engage abductors. 10 reps. (Left leg would NOT lift up)

Rolling into the front, prone lying Knee bent it was a knee raise with an ankle weight. 15 reps. (Left struggled)

Then to finish up we grabbed a kettle bell to hold. While sitting, going into a standing position, while pushing pelvis forward. 25 reps.

I can honestly say my butt was on FIRE after these. I surely waddled out as well. But I felt productive, and like we had done some good. So now it’s resting up, and nursing that burn.