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Hi Beesquare

I too fancy a bit of Zumba Gold........I love to strut my funkie stuff and it doesn't sound like it would be quite so harsh on the old(new) hips!

My PJ party was fab. They all turned up in their night attire bless them. They brought a huge platter of delicious fresh fruit and copious pkts of low fat crisps(we're all on a bit of a health kick!). They were a real tonic, just what the doctor ordered. We had a good old gossip and a giggle. Perfick.

The weather in Devon is lovely. I'm going out for a walk in a mo cos it's perfect walking weather......Sunshine with a bit of a chill....fresh.
Hope you're able to get out and make the most of it.

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LOOKING FOR GLYNIS!!!

Hi glynis, I've not been able to find a thread where I can contact you so I hope you find this little note(I'm rubbish at technical stuff!)

You should write a book........no really you should. I have managed to piece together your story by finding numerous posts you've left on threads here(I'm not stalking you.....Promise!) and I have found them to be of great comfort. Not only because when I compare my story to yours then I really feel I have nothing to complain about, but more than anything I find your posts uplifting and very amusing. I especially love the story about Lady Glynis falling out of a plane in Peru(left on Tiredhippy's page)..........Oh My Goodness..........What the.....?!!!! I can only imagine how awful that was for you but you made it funny......I love that.
I'd love to know what you were doing there in the first place. Sounds like you have a very interesting life.......And yes, I'm very nosy.
How are you getting on? Can't find a thread to follow your progress.

Bought the Kalms and managed 4hrs sleep instead of the usual 2, so many thanks for the suggestion. I would recommend them to anyone having problems in the sleep department. For those who don't live in the UK, Kalms are natural sleeping tablets. The active ingredient being Valerian Extract.

Haven't really got much to report on my progress. Still very tight in the butt and groin but I'm walking ok...managed to walk round the block with no problems yesterday. I'm taking things very slowly.

All good in the hood.

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Hi Queenie, I tagged glynis for you. To tag just type the @ sign and then the person's user name (no space). Be sure and spell the name exactly right or it won't work. Then post the reply and the tag turns blue like your tag here.
 

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Hi Queenie

I'm so glad you found the Kalms helpful. I don't take them all the time, but I wouldn't be without them at home.

Thanks for your compliments on my writing. It has been my career since 1970, so if I hadn't got the hang of it by now I would be in big trouble.

After studying journalism at college I worked as a writer and editor in a publishing company specialising in background publications for popular TV shows. We did Dr Who for many years, Dad's Army, and many others. We also did a number of US shows. I particularly enjoyed writing for Dukes of Hazzard, and CHiPs.

I don't get as much work as I would like these days, but I am always happy to do stuff pro bono. I recetly wrote some Dr Who material for a fanzine, to mark the 50th anniversary. And I've also done some work for a charity which helps blind and visually-impaired people to visualise objects and enjoy stories: www.livingpaintings.org

It was actually directly through my career that I started on all this Dicky Hip Business. I used to write a lot about mysteries - Bermuda Triangle, Stonehenge, that sort of thing - and I've always been fascinated by the Nazca Lines in Peru. On New Year's Eve 2009 my husband Graham and I went to see them.

In short, I fell out of the plane, and spent my 60th birthday in hospital in Peru.

The moral of this story? Never achieve your lifetime's ambition.

Hope you are getting on OK. How did this operation ever get its reputation as being so easy? Beats me!

Glynis
 
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Hi glynis

Well that explains a lot. What an interesting career you've had. I used to love the Dukes of Hazzard and I remember watching Chips with my now Hubby when we were 15.....many moons ago.
My Dad is blind so I found the Living Paintings web site very interesting.
I'm a gentlemen's barber by trade but since I've had my children(15yrs), my husband and I have been living a very old fashioned 1950's styled marriage......He goes out and earns the bacon and I do everything else. It's certainly not for everyone but it works for us. It's enabled me to always be around for my kids and help out on a voluntary basis in the community.

I guess the recovery from a THR for some people is easy. Can't say I've found it easy at all, although 4wks down the tracks and I'm definitely in a better place than I was 2wks ago. I'm just feeling a little frustrated because my body isn't mending as fast as I'd like it to.
Good thing is I haven't put on an ounce in weight which is amazing considering the amount of comfort food I've consumed! And ladies, isn't it great to not have to wear a bra?!......Swiiing low!!(sorry, 6 nations Rugby on at the mo). Moving swiftly on..........

Going out for a walk now. Must catch the last of today's sunshine. : )

Queenie xxxx
 
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At last! I feel like I'm getting my MoJo back.....YEEHAA!!

My recovery has been a bit slower with this hip for some reason and I was beginning to feel a little flat. But I've not pushed things(still only 4.5wks). Today I'm home alone for the first time and I'm already thinking of what mischief I can get up to? Think I might put some of my old rave tunes(once a raver always a raver) on loud......Gotta be really loud and have a little sway in the kitchen. Dancing is my most favourite thing in the world to do. It's so therapeutic.
Please note, I said Sway, not dance so I don't need a gentle ticking off. I'm not that silly. Mmmmmmm........might have to put a bra on if I'm gonna have a li'l sway. 4wks without a bra and not a stitch of make up........How bohemian......Love it!

No real progress to report as such. Although I now walk up the stairs in a 'normal' fashion without a crutch in sight.

Now where are those old CD's?................

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I disagree Queenie, I think getting your MoJo back is real progress. Not all our progress through recovery is physical. Feeling better mentally and spiritually is a big boost and makes everything just feel GOOD!

And remember---your hips each has it's own life---so they don't heal alike. So try not to compare them---they'll just frustrate you (and enjoy doing it:heehee: ).

I like the mental picture of you swaying in the kitchen to your rave music----sounds like a lot of fun!
Take care and keep us posted. We care.
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Hi folks

I'm 5wks post op today and my GP has made an appointment for me to see a consultant hip surgeon. My surgeon is in New Zealand, so I'm seeing his partner. GP thinks I might have a few issues that need looking at and didn't feel comfortable suggesting anything herself. I'm hoping its nothing, but I still have tremendous pain in my butt and groin(have done from day one). Stretching hasn't made a jot of difference. I can't stand up from sitting without help, walking upstairs is painful and I can't do straight leg raises.....not one! Feels like I'm trying to lift a 10ton log!! There is also a twanging feeling in my groin with every step I make.
I'm trying to be positive. I just need a bit of reassurance. The recovery with my other hip was much more advanced at this point and its very difficult not to make comparisons.
On the up side, I have met this surgeon before. He is a lovely man and extremely dishy so I think I might make an effort and put a bra and some slap on!!...........It'll do me good to get out of these comfy sloggies and make myself semi presentable again. :wink:

Fingers crossed.

Queenie xxxxx
 

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Oh Queenie I am so sorry that you have these issues. You are amazing, though as you seem to be so positive and up beat on the surface.
I am so glad that you have been referred back for advice from the specialists. A good GP is invaluable.
Hopefully they can throw some light on your situation.

I've got my fingers and toes crossed that you will be back dancing sooner than you expect.

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Hi Ali

Just back from consultant. He's asked for bloods to check for infection, but neither of us think there is one, just crossing the T's etc. He said it sounds like all my muscles are still inflamed especially the Psoas muscle and tendon at front of groin. Being on Warferin for 5wks wouldn't of helped so he's taken me off the warferin(yay!) and given me a prescription for Diclofenac. He said it could take up to 2/3mths before it all calmed down but not to worry about it.
So I'm a happy girl again. Felt good to make an effort in the appearance front.

A Question re Pilates......I started going to classes 6wks before my op(wish I'd taken it up earlier), so I'm not as solid and flexible as most but I was wondering how long I should leave it before I start up again? Did you have to adapt some of your moves, exercises and postures?

How are you getting on with your recovery?........Pretty good I guess, if you are back at Pilates already.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Queenie xxxx
 

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Hi Queenie,

I started back at Pilates at 6 weeks but I went to a class at the hospital run by a trained physio instead of my normal one at the gym. That was good for me as I think I would have been tempted to overdo it at the one at the gym but at the hospital one the physio would say "not this one" or "only do 10" which helped me to remember to take it easy. I still managed to overdo it at about week 10 which I'm still struggling with at 4 1/2 months so please go steady!

It was really good though and I would recommend it!

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Hi Queenie,
I'm so glad you are a happy girl again! This recovery is really a journey isn't it? I hope the medication change will help you get some relief from the pain you are having. You have to tell me what it means to get some slap on. Makeup?
I'm doing ok. Going back to work was ok. I was really tired because I wasn't smart enough to sit when I had the chance to sit. Next week will be better since we have two full days and two half days.
Are you sleeping any better? I sure hope so. I've had a couple fairly good nights and some not so good.
Ok, enough whining. I just wanted to say hi. Please keep me in the loop about how you are doing.
 

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Hi folks

I'm 5wks post op today and my GP has made an appointment for me to see a consultant hip surgeon. My surgeon is in New Zealand, so I'm seeing his partner. GP thinks I might have a few issues that need looking at and didn't feel comfortable suggesting anything herself. I'm hoping its nothing, but I still have tremendous pain in my butt and groin(have done from day one). Stretching hasn't made a jot of difference. I can't stand up from sitting without help, walking upstairs is painful and I can't do straight leg raises.....not one! Feels like I'm trying to lift a 10ton log!! There is also a twanging feeling in my groin with every step I make.
I'm trying to be positive. I just need a bit of reassurance. The recovery with my other hip was much more advanced at this point and its very difficult not to make comparisons.
On the up side, I have met this surgeon before. He is a lovely man and extremely dishy so I think I might make an effort and put a bra and some slap on!!...........It'll do me good to get out of these comfy sloggies and make myself semi presentable again. :wink:

Fingers crossed.

Queenie xxxxx
Queenie, you're so funny (put on a bra and some slap)! I'm sorry that you're still having pain and hope that you get some answers from the dishy surgeon. At the very least, you'll enjoy some eye candy for a bit, and can then return to your comfy "sloggies." They feel even better when you put them on again after wearing "real clothes." I am sending you good wishes that maybe it's just a bit of massage, exercise or waiting that will turn the condition around and have you dancing in the streets, soon.

May I ask a question of you and the other knowledgeable folks on this thread? When I took my first post-op shower today, I was amazed when I looked down and saw that someone had replaced my legs with hippopotamus limbs! The occupational therapist blithely said that I could expect such swelling for two months. Two months? Please say it isn't so!
 

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Hiphiphoray,
I can't speak for everyone, but I think after a month, most of my swelling was gone. Maybe even before that. I have some swelling in my hip, right at the incision area, and I am at 7 weeks post op. Don't worry, it will be gone before you know it!
 

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gymrat1991 Do you have your own post-op thread where we can talk to you? Maybe a moderator can help Jaycey I don't want to hijack Queenie's. I will just say that the post-op blues are normal.. it is very common to feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster for quite some time. Hang in there!
 

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I'm not an expert but I have experienced both the things you mention. The nurse in the hospital sent me home with the words, "ice is going to be your best friend". My leg was very swollen but its been a month and it is back to its chubby self! I still have some tenderness at my incision and the top of my thigh.
As far as depression, I find myself feeling so vulnerable. I am second guessing my husband, frustrated at my progress although it has been good. Part of it is lack of sleep and unrealistic expectations that I had going in. I'm doing a lot of self talk at this point and trying to listen to the people who are telling me how great I'm doing rather than giving in to the negative. I love this site! It has been a life line!
Hang in there!
 

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Rest, elevate and ice is the best thing for the swelling... And yes it can continue for some people for quite some weeks even months. Once you become more mobile, this will help enormously :)
 
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Dear Hippopotamus limbs(hiphiphorray)

Welcome to the 'Baggy Slacks' Club!!...........My rump is still a wee bit swollen and I'm 5wks out. Make ice your best friend(pkt of frozen peas worked for me). This is normal, don't worry.
I have to congratulate you on your recovery. You are doing so well. Your pain hasn't gone above a 3.....That's amazing! I had zero pain in the first 4wks if I kept still, but if I moved it was around a 7-8. I always thought I was a toughie but maybe I'm not as tough as I thought!

Hi Liphip - So nice to hear from you. Can't believe you're back at work. I'm 5wks now and there's no way I could consider driving or going back to work(I'm a volunteer). I'm just doing the basics around the house and I've done a couple of big shops at the Supermarket with hubby. Last night I went to watch my 11yr old in her first High School production. It was brilliant but goodness knows how I managed to sit still for 2hrs! Well, I didn't actually sit still. I was wriggling around like I had ants in my pants all night but I got through it.
So I think you're doing really well too. I'm feeling a little frustrated because I've definitely got muscle/nerve issues(again) and feel so far behind everyone else. Drat drat and double drat! I'm just gonna be a good girl and stick to my surgeons plan re exercies/walking etc and see what he says when he gets back from NZ in March.

Note to self...........MUST NOT COMPARE(easier said than done). The Universe has a plan for me and my recovery is like this for a reason. :ok:

It's raining here so today we are going to have 'LockDown' and lots of DVDs and cuddles on the sofa. :happydance:

Sending healing love to all

Queenie xxxxx

P.s Putting some slap on means putting some make up on. X
 

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LOL -- Hippo limbs! When I chose a user name, I never imagined that connotation, but it fits. :heehee: The swelling is already down a little today, so I hope I won't be auditioning for a lead role in any Elephant Man production soon.

I think the pain scale is relative. It's not a matter of toughness, but pain threshold, which is probably determined by genetics (like handedness). In all fairness, maybe my idea of a "3" in pain differs from that of other people, even taking into account the smile/frownie face descriptions. As a figure skater, I'm accustomed to daily pain from falling, broken bones, concussions, etc. I've also had unintended natural childbirth when two epidurals didn't work to numb my bum and tons of truly horrendous dental procedures (as we Yanks are prone to do). So, maybe my pain "3" isn't really a "3" at all.

You're so wise to avoid comparing your progress to that of others. We're all so very different and so many factors are involved. It's so wonderful that you managed to attend a 2-hour production. Your daughter is fortunate to have a great mom (or is it "mum?") who loves her so much. I'm impressed with the big supermarket trips. Holy moly! I stopped in the pharmacy with my fiance just to pick up a pain pill prescription yesterday and thought it was the end of the world.

Having had your leg hacked into, various parts sawed and yanked off, other parts stuck in and the whole thing trussed up together again like a turkey, I think any nerve or muscle issues are to be expected. Pat yourself on the back, My Dear! Please keep us posted or just write when you feel like it -- always entertaining!

I love the "putting on some slap" expression -- new favorite.
 
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