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[THR] Diary of my journey to happy times

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Klassy, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Klassy

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    Week 24, or 5 and a half months - I’ll have to switch to recording by months now, as day 166 slipped past unnoticed. My knee seems pretty good for walking, touch wood. I’ve yet to reintroduce it to it’s share of stair climbing. I’ve just done my first set of knee strengthening exercises.

    I’ve acquired a pair of aqua shoes, so inching closer to going to the pool. Not this week, it’s half term holidays so I suspect will be crowded.
     
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    Happy to hear your knee is settling down!
     
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    :wave: @Klassy. So pleased for you. Would you like to share what knee strengthening exercises you are doing, please? Isn't it strange that we don't have hip issues but knee grief as I like to call it. I am sure mine is due to not being able to properly utilise knee after TKR and now it is complaining.

    I too bought some aqua slippers for our hot tub ... hubby wanted one so we got it after my first THR but it is not my scene and he won't use it alone so we will sell it and turn the covered area where it is. I don't like public pools or the sea and we don't have a pool ... so, no being a water babe for me.

    Going back a bit, I agree @Carriemay60 must have meant Sweet Peas and not Sweet William, both of which I love.
    Have a peaceful relaxing day. animated-cat-image-0215.gif
     
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    Hi @Izabel . Knee grief is a very good way of putting it!

    The exercise is ( to strengthen left knee): Sit up straight in a chair with an elastic tied around your ankles.
    Straighten BOTH knees. Then bend your right knee so the tension builds on the left thigh muscles, then slowly lower the left foot down to the floor.
    Return slowly to the initial position.
    Like every PT exercise, do 10 reps, 3 sets. Twice a day.

    I love the little marching kitty in your signature!
     
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    Thank you Klassy. I will start that shortly when I do my exercise routine. My Physio who I have seen in the past from time to time gave me (no I bought it) a lesser strength band to use to strengthen my arm muscles which had atrophied along with my legs at the beginning of this journey. I also have a stronger one but will start with the lesser.

    Thank you for sharing that and I'll let you know how I go, xx
     
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    Yay! 6 month anniversary and all is well. More than well, wonderful.

    I haven’t been on the forum for ages, sorry my friends and I hope you too are doing well. Just too busy getting on with life! I could just about forget that I ever had a hip replacement. But I will be careful not to end up in ODIC, I have been here before. I made slow but fairly steady progress for 4 months, then got carried away with digging my garden and seriously upset my left knee. I gave it 4 weeks of rest and it finally stopped hurting. Since then I have cautiously increased my walking, and can now walk as far as I want on a level surface. I alternate feet going up stairs with help from handrail, but go downstairs toddler style, so not yet fully recovered to where I was. But it is just a matter of building up strength in the left leg after all those weeks of resting.
     
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    Happy Hipversary and great to hear you are back to life.
    Great job, @Klassy :egypdance:
     
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    Six months! Congratulations!!! :flwrysmile:

    I assumed you were off being busy so it was a good sign to be missing you. I'm glad your knee got over it's tantrum to let you get on with things. :egypdance:
     
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    Happy Six Month Anniversary!
    Back to life, that's why we do it. Your future looks bright.
    Enjoy and stop in once in awhile to say Hi :wave:
    @Klassy
     
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    And now it’s 7 months! Time for an update:

    Left hip is good. I still get a bit of that clicking sensation on occasion, but it isn’t particularly bothersome.

    Left knee is fine for level walking. In this aspect I’m back to the standard of several years ago, before the OA pain started. So just in that regard, the op has paid off. I don’t think I am quite there yet with walking up or particularly down hill.

    The left knee is still not doing stairs. I can alternate feet going up, if stairs are not too steep and there is a handrail. It is still strictly toddler style going downstairs. The right knee grumbles about the workload sometimes. I have had knee problems for 30 years so this may be nothing to do with the hip, but it is a limiting factor. I must admit to be very intermittent in doing my prescribed knee exercises - I need to make more effort.

    Right hip continues pain free, touch wood, but rom is less than I now have on the new improved left.

    I seem to be perpetually stiff all over. I don’t know if it is just what comes with age, rampaging OA (my finger joints for example are all lumpy, and I have to loosen them when I wake up each morning) or lifestyle. My lifestyle involves too much sitting in the car for long trips, and insane amounts of gardening.

    This is all for the sake of keeping a record of progress, not in any way complaining. I am doing all the things I wanted to do and that had become restricted pre-op: ringing, gardening, walking. I sleep, sit, put on my socks etc without pain.

    Life is good.
     
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    Nice update, Klassy.
    I agree that some of what you mention can be aging.
    It's good to read you're engaging in all of your interests.
    May it long continue!
    @Klassy
     
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