Week 32 post #hipreplacement

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Well that was a week, that’s for sure!! I struggled, I moaned and I rested. And you know what, I do feel better for it. So it was worth the agony of resting.

So the week started with a renewed rigor of wanting to workout, and do some physio. But remembering to not over do it. However, it didn’t go exactly to plan as we decided to use this rare sunny day to have a nature walk instead.

Which honestly worked the glues on the right side immensely!! Still ZERO feeling on the left side. The uneven terrain helped to build up my leg stability, and pushed the ankles to work harder, as well as the knees too.

From this walk I did feel some groin pain in the right, my thigh on the right side. Left side the knee was angry. But maybe I need this more? As it challenges the lower body more. I had to use a stick in places too. And really remember to point my foot forwards on the left side, (it has a habit of going sideways when I’m tired)

Following this, obviously I couldn’t go hardcore the next day. So I opted for very gentle physio.

  • Ball squeeze ankles 20reps
  • Ball squeeze knees 20reps
  • Ball between knees hip bridges 20reps
  • Hip flexion (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip abduction (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension forwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension backwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Heel to butt 20reps
  • Mini squat 20 reps

Nice and slow, with no added weights on the ankles, and using no resistance bands. I’m eager to move but not adding extra stress to the joint either.

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This resonates with me so much. As it’s not an easy fix.

Wednesday (when I’m posting this post) I did the same routine as Tuesday, and so far it’s going well, not too stressful and certainly not making things too painful either.

Thursday is the day off any physio, as it’s Chester Uni visit day, to finalise paperwork for my daughter’s course, and sneak a peek at the accommodation as well. It’s starting to feel very very real now.


Friday it is our daughters birthday so another rest day. And of course I will be eating cake too.

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Day 103 Geocaching Fails

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We decided to do some walking but on flat ground as the thigh has been aching since Friday night, but I couldn’t waste this glorious sunshine.

So off we trot to explore the marshes, funnily enough we’ve lived here for 14yrs and not once gone to explore them. So today’s the day!!

Planned to do a loop around the water and it’s all pretty much flat. I’d love to see otters, but it’s not the right time of day to see them. Squirrels and birds are all we will see today.

Had a few (4) caches planned to find, but we failed at ALL of them. We tried to find them, but they are certainly too well hidden. And too many nettles for me to stick my hand anywhere too.

In my head the marshes were just boggy grounds, but actually we saw lakes, rivers, and small boggy pools, each with a different selection of wildlife to be found there.

I could hear frogs but sadly didn’t see any.

Sat down a few times as I needed too. Sneaked inside hides to have a drink break, and to gaze at the birds.

One day I would like to cycle it, the path seems easy enough too. I just need to get over my fear of putting the leg down.

It was so peaceful and quiet even on blazing hot bank holiday, I’ll definitely be returning again, possibly with some binoculars too!! And definitely in the evening to catch the elusive otters.

Day 102 Easter Weekend

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Well this weekend has been eventful and hugely victorious in the recovery period of the hip replacement.

I’ve done things I’ve not done for a decade (walk down stairs normally) standing to put trousers on, and finally going out clubbing with NO groin pain!!

We’ve celebrated this glorious weather and the celebration of ‘normie’ me returning to myself with Gin in the park.

Walking around the Victorian Park and River.

Even eating ice creams, because why not.

Loving the new lease of life this hip has given me. Yes I have niggles, and twinges, but absolutely nothing like before. Hoping it just keeps improving, and that the other hip doesn’t fail me.

Warm weather has meant minimum pain and stiffness for my hands, so that’s been a bonus. Though I did partially dislocate my elbow going to the toilet. That wasn’t so pleasant.

13 weeks post #hipreplacement

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Goals for this week is to keep up my red band resistance exercises, but maybe try and add some ankle weights in some exercises, such as step ups, hip abduction, extension and flexion. (as the band gets hard to use at times)

To roller my scar area, to try and awaken some nerves and break down scar tissue. The area is still NUMB as hell. I feel pressure if I press down, but the sensation of touch has gone altogether.

Had another #Geocaching adventure, I love this as it gives you a purpose to get outside and walk where you might not of thought to visit. It’s chilly, but wrapped up from the biting wind, we set off to find 1st of 3 caches, first one gives co-ordinates to the second and so on, so no treasure, just hunting the clues.

First cache above, have us numbers for the second cache below.

More numbers to add, to find the third

Oh no, cache 3 is missing (we have found it a few years ago) instead this tree had an egg in the trunk. So careful not to disturb, took photo to share with the cache owner.

Oh well had fun finding the clues, time to head back after walking in heather and weird spongey grass (adder fear was real at this point)

On the way back to the car, Mr Moon spotted on the GPS another cache close by, so we headed to this one, making it 4 in one day!!

Erm…. This wasn’t hidden, it seems someone forgot the memo. Not to worry logged we found it, and carefully hidden once again.

As much as I love all this walking, my hip still has its pain moments, and nags to go and rest. Walking is good for me, mentally especially. But physio works on the actual muscles I need waking up, so it can’t replace that for me.

I was pleased to get home and rest my aches with a hot water bottle, knee twinges and thigh pains are still real here. And I am still on a walking stick, just not strong enough to walk unaided outside.

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.

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 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.

Day 62 Walking Tall

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Today is Tuesday and following from Hydrotherapy yesterday there is not much I can do today, due to stiffness and soreness. However I have been doing something even on days off.

I have for the last few days, been walking unaided for short bursts of time around the house.

I’ve noticed that first thing in the morning I’m waddling a lot, to begin with. As I warm up and move more it gets stronger and I walk better, and straighter.

But I can’t keep it up entirely, so although it’s good news, it’s still very much a work in progress. But at nearly 9 weeks I’m pleased that it’s developing. It shows it’s possible.

Discussing it with my Physiotherapists, my expectations of ridding myself of the waddle have to be extended a lot, as I’ve personally had my waddle for my whole lifetime, it’s learned behaviour as well as anatomical.

I’ve started to want to do more activities than I have in years, I’m not quite there yet, but it’s nice that the desire is there.

Day 22 out out in town

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Today’s the day we go out out, nowhere particularly pleasant, but needs must. Off to a numeracy and literature skills test for my daughter’s teaching uni course. It’s something she has to pass to get a Qts course for teaching.

The place itself is only 40mins away, so we’ve packed a packed lunch, some coffee in a flask and crisps too. So while she’s having 2 exams, we have to fill our time somehow. We planned to fill 3 hours.

Nervous in the ice and snow, crutches and me with this weather freak out at times. Hoping I stay upright or its well gritted too.

It wasn’t too slippy but crowds were scary. I also found I had NO stamina for walking. As I walk the hip feels like it’s coming out the side, such a weird pain and sensation. As you may know there is never many seats around towns, unless you actually buy things. So we opted for a museum which was beautiful, visited the #StaffordshireHoard. Just as we were getting into it, with small frequent sit downs, she messaged to say she was finished!! Hours before we thought. So sadly not many pictures of the hoard. Nor did we finished even half of the display.

The detail in the gold is astounding, as a jewellery myself I know how hard it is to get minute detail and that’s with machines and tools that didn’t exist in the 2nd century. The patterns blow my mind, absolutely stunning. I’m definitely going to have to go back, and finish this display off. And look into the painting of #LeonardoDaVinci

Once daughter was finished, I had to go straight home. We had to walk back to meet her, but I struggled. Even more so when we were standing still to wait to meet, clearly walking was marginally better. But I couldn’t shop, or wander about. It was clearly too much too early for me as of yet. Though I enjoyed the time I did spend out, I’m happy to be getting home and nursing my hip with a hot water bottle, and having total rest now.

Weekend away with family

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Day 9, 10, 11, 12 post #intra-articular steroid hip injection, and day 2,3,4,5 for post steroid hand injection. Both have been tested greatly in our weekend adventures.

Sunny Barmouth has been glorious this holiday!! We loved swimming in the sea, I got to have my nephew’s swimming with me, and such giggles we had all round.

The cottage was amazing, it was 300yrs old,the history and tales it could tell. All higgledy piggledy and full of character.

Walked along beaches, which is still hugely problematic hip and mobility wise. Hip is 80% better than before the steroid, so it’s not fully pain free. Hand however is absolutely fabulous. Aches yes at the end of the day, but I expected that. Beach walks take A LOT out of me, and pain levels soon rise quickly.

So now we are home, it’s time to rest for a while, to settle the hip down and see how long it stays angry for. But I’m definitely impressed with the hand pain which had totally crippled me up until that steroid injection. I wonder how long it will last for?