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!!

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.

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

1yr Post #HipReplacement appointment

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Another milestone hit, it’s finally here my 1year Post Hip Replacement appointment. Although it’s technically 13months post op.

I went in fully prepared to say what I needed to say, I even wrote it down too, Nervous but intrigued. I dressed with no metal on my trousers so I would be as fast as lightening in the x-ray department. Which I scan safetly say with confidence I’m the fastest x-rayer!!

I requested my consultant, but alas it wasn’t meant to be, I ended with a Registrar instead.

This is last year’s x-ray. I can see a tiny spot now I’m home and studying x-ray on the bone.

Today’s (tuesday) xray and OMG it’s still there but moved.

No real explanation to why I still get groin pain, and stem pain. Except he reminded me it was never a normal hip replacement, it said it’s more like a revision one, because of the extensive work I’ve had done prior to this implant. So he said it would be 10 times longer to recover. So I’m prepared to work more and wait.

He watched me walk, we discussed quad weakness and my struggling to do stairs, the quads would explain that. And knee pain too. So more years until it evens itself out. He checked the ranges and was happy on the replaced hip, but noted the limitation on the left one.

We discussed that I have no pain in the left just very restrictive, so he suggests I leave the replacement in that side until I do have pain, so the success is greater. And it also gives this side more time to fix itself better too, without adding more stress and weight to it.

So although I was originally disappointed to hear the initial results of expected pain for a while yet, and using stick too (Will it ever go, will I ever ditch the limp), and not to replace hip for a long time yet, when I was totally expecting too in a year’s time. I feel slightly better about it now.

He asked if I was happy with the leg length, and I casually said yes. But now I’m home and freaking out, am I happy with the length? Is there a difference?

So I’m not back for a year, well sooner if need to be seen. But if not another year and we can discuss if progress has actually been made or not. And see how the left is holding up. Pleased I saw no damage to the stem or around the acetabular cup, as they were my greatest fears.

And with that I hobbled myself out, with the worse gait you’ve ever seen!! Damn it

* once home I noticed a white dot on the x-ray next to the hip replacement, so I looked at older x-ray and it was there too, but more on edge of the bone. So I think it’s a rogue staple left in!!*

56 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I am struggling, mainly with stiff lower back and deep groin pain. But I’m wondering if it’s simply arthritis elsewhere or the actual hip? And I have to remember how much better I am than before the surgery too.

The weather at this time of year is never nice, and the dampness soon makes me feel at least 80yrs old. I’ve started to use the ibuprofen gel on my back too now.

Thankfully I’ve got the hands under as much control as I can, never again will I forget the splints at night. That was a painful reminder.

So I’m thinking it’s time to try and get myself out for walks again, even though I feel rigid. And welcome these things back into my life too.

Aerobic step as steps/stairs are still my nemesis. Ankle weights to help build the glutes, and I’m never far from a green resistant band.

Roll on 3 weeks when I see the surgeon!! And better yet Lana Del Rey and Theo Paphitis. How’s that for excitement!!

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.

#Blogmas 49 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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The weeks and months are flying by, and inevitable progression has slowed down, and you don’t notice the victories as you did before. But overall I’m actually enjoying this hip, and I’m keeping myself on top of painkillers and hot water bottles. I’ll soon be at the hospital in Feb discussing the progress and the other hip. Looking forward to it really.

But as it’s the run up to the busiest time of year, I thought I’d share some self care tricks and hints that I use myself, to get through this festive period.

1, Pacing

Accept you can’t do everything, and be flexible with plans. Say no when you need too, leave earlier or nap whenever possible. It’s hard to keep high energy, when just getting dressed wears you out. Hard to implement at first, but no one wants you to feel stressed out and more in pain, just because it’s Christmas.

2, Medication

Its better to stay on top of medication than let it wear out and pain peak, so you are chasing the relief. So I become more regular and consistent with my pain killers.

3, Comfort

I have my comfort clothes, things without buttons (for my hands) and sweatpants for loosened around hips, and scars. Baggy snuggly jumpers for warmth. Not everyday has to be a fashion show, so be comfortable, it will help with pain levels.

4, Hot Water Bottles

My biggest win is a hot water bottle, it soothes most back aches, and hip pains, while warming me up overall which is a win for arthritis. Best Christmas presents ever to receive is a hot water bottle.

5, Tv, Movies

I watch a lot of tv, or movies when I’m really bad in pain and feel like I can’t do much. It distracts me, much like a favourite playlist of music can do too. Binge watch some series, your body and mind will love you for it.

6, Bath

I love a good soak in the bath, I will take my tablet to watch a good tv show (usually supernatural) and have a long soak in bubbles or a bath bomb. Use a sheet mask, or hair mask for an extra pamper treat. Be kind to yourself.

7, Journal

I vent, I blog, I journal so I can log my frustration out onto pages, and work through it. Sometimes it’s good to see what affects you and why it did, to see the pattern of change. I notice my moods and pain levels change with my menstrual cycle, and weather.

8, Sleep

I know Christmas is exciting and lots to do, but really honestly don’t short change yourself of sleep. You may need it more than ever. Crowds and travelling always exhausts me more than I realise. So a good sleep will help.

9, Prep

I helped myself out a lot more this year, by buying online, and before December even started. As I knew I wouldn’t be able to cope with the crowds, and the stress. Having it all delivered at home, meant less travelling, less people and ultimately less stress. So I find myself enjoying December more.

10, Enjoy

Try to enjoy the festive period, I do more now I released all the things that stressed me out, and I started to accept more assistance from others. Start meal prep on Christmas eve, wrap presents early, Enjoy nice food and stop the guilt train that we often impose on ourselves.

#Blogmas 48 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I confess I cancelled my physio session due for yesterday, I just don’t have it in me to do it, as I have two days afterwards that would require energies.

We are driving up to Chester today to collect our daughter from uni, but we’ve planned a walk around the Christmas markets and packing up half of her room. I’m going to struggle with that alone, so physio was not happening. Pain is on the increase, but I’m unsure of why.

However that doesn’t mean I’ve been taking it easy in the meantime. We’ve expanded on walks, each time I lift the walking stick and walk as far as I can without it, before the waddle returns. Once it does return I go back to the stick.

I’ve stopped leaning so heavy on it, as a measure to help my hand that suffers so bad from arthritis. So the distance isn’t far. But I think it’s helping.

Walking along canals it’s an easy path, even and less arduous to try lifting the stick.

The mud is a bit of a wild card, I’ve slipped a few times, thankfully caught myself before hitting the deck. But when I slip it’s jarred the hip a few times, causing pain.

The pain I’ve had lately is in the illiac crest. A dull nagging ache, that I’m nursing with a hot water bottle. I’m taking 8 paracetamol and 3 400mg ibuprofen a day in a bid to control my hands flare ups. Weirdly though this isn’t helping the illiac pain.

Let’s hope it settles down and isn’t a frequent occurrence.