Day 80 weekend has landed

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With no particular plans today set, and feeling better (ish) I have decided to do movements, and exercises to keep the hip going.

Just a few exercises but ones that give maximum impact. Thanks to Bee for reaffirming the more appropriate exercises for our age, and stage of recovery.

  • Hip Bridge 20 reps
  • Side leg raise 20 reps (still struggling to lie on opposite leg)
  • Traditional Calm raise 20 reps (my hardest one to raise, I really really struggle with this)
  • Supine Marching 20 reps
  • Step ups 20 reps
  • Mini squat (operated leg slightly behind other leg) 20 reps
  • Prone lying Knee bent, Knee raise (lie on front, knee bends and lift) 20 reps

All unbanded, as it’s too early to use resistance bands while I feel so weak. But it’s nice to be moving and doing things, than just resting.

I’ve loved the walking we’ve done as well, blessed to have such stunning scenery around us and so close too.

Watching the lochs open, I wonder if I’ve have the strength for them now?

Canal side walking is easy and flat, so doesn’t upset the muscle half as much as woodland walking, as that’s so uneven with various different gradients too.

I think I really could get into bird watching, heard the maddest of bird calls, I swear it sounded like a digital electronic beep!!

The canal gets wide in this area, due to Lord Litchfield wanting it to look like a lake from his windows at Shrugborough Hall. I’m glad it was, it’s stunning to walk around. And lots of birds to watch while you sit.

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Day 79 I think I’m back

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But tentatively back, as I daren’t rush back into over training, and doing too much. The way I’ve felt over the week has kicked my butt, and reminded me it’s still early days.

I class this stage of recovery from hip surgeries the worst stage, because you ‘look’ fine, you can do most things, but you don’t necessarily do them well, in good form, or for long. And most are off painkillers too, so once they tire, the pain can easily feel all consuming again. And because you ‘look and feel’ fine it gets frustrating when the hip decides to remind you, of your weaknesses, and limits.

Today it’s been exploring and strolling kind of day, a way to get moving but gentle, all flat walking, using my stick as I’m definitely not ready to lose it. And going slow, stopping often and just enjoying some fresh air.

Where we live, we have a house that author #JRRTolkien lived in 1916 and also a serene area where the books were inspired from the local countryside. Especially where two rivers meet, so that was our aim for the day to visit these places.

Looking at the house you let the mind wander of those years gone by, with his wife here while he was in camps over Cannock Chase and Rugeley too.

Wandering down the little village, in bloom with glorious blue skies and sunshine, we embark on an amble to the canal, and river waterways. To catch a glimpse of places visited by Tolkien and places that inspired him.

We find his spot where the rivers meet, the sounds of water is soothing, and mediative. We eat our packed lunch and gaze at the running water, imaging the stories he told. Listening to the wildlife and thoroughly enjoying every moment.

For once I wasn’t chased home quickly from pains and aches, like I’ve been for years. That isn’t to say it is painfree, because it isn’t there yet. But it’s certainly manageable. I felt the hip flexor area mostly, as lower back in this walk.

Day 74 Poorly

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After all my activities and loving life last week, it all came crashing down on Friday (day 72) and I thought I’d simply over done it all. So I opted to rest and do a few chores, but nothing taxing.

By the Saturday (day 73) I still wasn’t really feeling any better, which was concerning, I was starting to think I’d torn my muscle, or damaged the hip in some way, though not really understanding how.

As the day progressed, even though I was now on a second full day of resting, I felt rotten. But now not just my hips and hands, I was starting to feel generally unwell.

So here we are, I’m definitely under the weather, I have a sore throat, horrid cough and every joint aches like hell. Least this explains how I crashed out after Thursdays physio.

The weather is beautiful and here in the UK, you have to snap them up as you never know when the rain and grey weather is returning. So pulling up my big girl pants, I’m off out for a gentle stroll with the family, to blow the cobwebs away.

Wether it’s wise to or not, I used a walking pole, to give it a try. But I had my walking stick as well, for when I got tired. So sarnies packed and out the door. In a few mins we are in Chase heaven! And eating a picnic by the babbling brook in the valley.

I feel so much better for getting some fresh air, but I am tired, and sore. But making the most of my Sunday.

My adventure thrill seekers are off over the water on the log. I’m definitely not even attempting anything like this. But I enjoyed watching them do it. They jumped back over further down stream. Crazy idiots.

On the walk back the car, because we do a loop rather than back on ourselves, we walked a new trail and spotted the deer sitting around and eating. Obviously they start to walk off once we get closer, as they are 100% wild.

I feel very honoured to have gotten this close, and snapped a few photos. I did too much, I ended up on my walking stick, I am not walking anywhere near the amount others are, but that’s ok. It’s good for me, and it’s progress.

Once home it was definitely hot water bottle time, medication, and nap! I was done in, but felt accomplished at least.

Day 69 post #hipreplacement

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The last few days we’ve had exercise in the form of walking outside. Whether it’s as effective as physio is debatable, but it’s certainly more enjoyable at times. But I definitely need my walking stick and I stop frequently too.

Opting for picnic sarnies along the way, it’s been a good way to exercise, and bond with hubby. And better yet get some much needed fresh air too.

It all goes well for my overall fitness as we were trying uneven ground, different floor coverings such as mud, pebbles, grass. These help work the ankles, and knees and hips too.

We have walked around Ironbridge on the Sunday, and Monday we did the Sundial at Cannock Chase.

Tuesday we did more of Cannock chase as that’s our local. Each time we walk, although brief it’s really fulfilling. Though my operated knee is often playing up and stays for the rest of the day. And I definitely feel the glute not working well too.

I’m off to Occupational therapy and Hydrotherapy on Wednesday so I will see what they say about my hands which are admittedly painful this last few weeks.