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[THR] Hiptopia!

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Calgal, Jul 7, 2019.

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    Oh bliss! That is a wonderful milestone no wonder you feel great :yes!:
     
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    :hi: Happy Friday, @Calgal
    Side sleeping is awesome. Glad you're doing it comfortably.
    I hope you are staying cool. Your high temps made it all the way to our local news.
    It was also mentioned AC isn't that common over there, is that true?
    Stay cool and enjoy the weekend!
     
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    @Layla True! We swelter here. Very few places and almost no houses have a/c. Spending too much time in supermarkets and shopping malls!
     
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    :sleep:hope you get some great restorative sleep.
     
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    Side sleeping. Yippee for you. Life's little pleasures.♥️
     
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    Hi, there, @Calgal, hope you're waking up to more moderate temperatures today. All that heat and nowhere to escape at night would be hard for me. We had our overhead fan as well as the box fan pointed towards our window both roaring away last night. I'm never a fan of really hot temperatures, but I seem less able to cope as a recovering hipster. I too would be spending lots of quality times in air conditioned stores. I've also found that taking a cool shower before bedtime helps to bring my body temperature down and allows me to sleep a bit better. And if I were able to roll onto my side, that would be heaven. Not there yet, but as you noted I will be able to do this eventually (I just hope the eventually would happen NOW!) Have a great day!
     
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    What about a movie theater? Do they have AC?
    I have a whole new love for the movies since last Summer. I took my granddaughter to a movie and hadn't been in a theater in years. I was pleasantly surprised at the change. Comfy recliners, carpet as opposed to sticky floors from spilled soda. If anyone tall, or with big hair, sat in front of us, it wouldn't have mattered due to the configuration of the theater. I was amazed.
    I hope you have a nice Sunday!
    @Calgal
     
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    Started week 9 with 4 days of socializing. Bracing myself (pacing?) not to join the ODIC again.

    So yesterday went to a garden party. The weather was foul (drizzled with rain all day) but they put up gazebos and we huddled and ate and laughed anyway. My achievements for the day were:

    1) I took my new memory foam seat cushion with me this time and was much more comfortable! I saw they had the dreaded wrought iron garden chairs that did me in a few weeks ago :no-fin: So swiftly chose a more comfy plastic one with arms to plonk my cushion on. Success!

    2) thanks to @ChrissyW idea, I even had painted toenails to show off! I couldn't get a pedicure appointment in time, but I managed to tape a small bamboo plant stick onto my nail polish bottle top. That 'handle' made it long enough for me to reach my toes! :yes!:. I had to have a very steady hand but it worked fine. Creative hippies unite. :heehee:

    I was exhausted when we got home so took a long nap. Energy drain is still lurking but hubby can't understand it. Today is day 4 social, with family visiting from Spain. Hopefully just a few hours then back home for rest.

    Our hot weather has broken and it looks like a week of British rain but I'm not complaining. Have a great summer all, however you can.
     
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    It's all about pacing ourselves, isn't it? Sounds as though you are doing really well! These chairs are a real problem for me wherever I go - too hard, too soft, too low etc. etc. Yesterday I visited a friend and I chose what I thought was a perfect seat. It turned out to be so narrow that I only just fit in it and after a while it began to irritate my incision spot!
    Enjoy your socialising, whatever the weather!
     
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    Great story with the toe nail painting. Pretty impressive dexterity! Lol. Happy to read your weather has cooled off. Hope you got some restful sleep after all your socializing. Happy Sunday! @Calgal
     
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    Those nasty uncomfortable chairs are lurking everywhere @linette333 ! I can't believe it but my little hospital has replaced all their seating in outpatient areas. The chairs are modern and sleek but sooooo narrow I had to wedge my swollen hip in it, and I'm not a wide hipped person by any means. I pity any large man or ample figured woman, there would be no chance. I can't believe a hospital that does 90% orthopedics would make such a stupid buying decision! :shrug:. I may write to their admin and politely point this out. :bignono:
     
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    This made me laugh. I'm envisioning Kim K getting up out of one of those chairs and unable to separate her "you know what" from the chair, nor able to stand up straight because it's tightly wedged in. :rotfl:
    That really is poor planning on the part of the hospital. You should write them, hopefully you're not the only one that takes the time to do so.
    Have a great week!
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    Good day, @Calgal. I never thought about the chairs in the hospital waiting room! I know they had chairs but also a few love seats so perhaps the more "generously sized" folks use those. There were also chairs that were bar height for folks who couldn't lower themselves down onto a regular height chair. But your description of narrow seated plastic chairs sounds awful--they should definitely at least have a couple of options for seating. And I have to say I am super impressed with your toenail painting ingenuity. I simply don't think I'd have a steady enough hand to manage that. I did get a pedicure right before surgery as they didn't have a problem with painted toenails but fingernails had to be bare so I got my gel manicure removed at the same time. You sound like you had a fairly ambitious few days with a lot of socializing and activity, I hope you were able to fit in some resting along the way or I suspect you were pretty tired by the time it all ended. Energy drain is such a sneaky thing, and it can catch us all unaware and bring on exhaustion. And hope you did get some rain--it would feel like such a relief after days or punishing heat. Happy Monday!
     
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    Yup. :dead:. I spent Sunday evening in my trusty recliner, feet elevated, sitting on an ice pack. As @Mojo333 says 'assume the position' :ice:. Always feels soooooo good!

    Took it easy today. Op side is feeling a bit stiffer than lately. Trying to walk a bit without crutch and conscious of making sure I don't waddle, but both quads hamstrings seem tight. Know any good stretches?

    Pleasantly warm today but thunderstorms due tomorrow. Need to get out and tie up my precious tomato plants tonight so they don't get blown down!

    Hope you are doing well after your dining out.
     
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    Another milestone to delicately discuss.

    Q: How do hedgehogs mate? (US hippies substitute porcupine)
    A: Verrrrrrrry carefully! :wink:

    Well, it's the same Q& A for a 9-1/2 week post THR and a 2 year post TKR hubby. No details necessary here in the interest of decency, but suffice to say my long suffering hubby (who endured my worsening OA then a bout of trochanteric bursitis then a THR) now has a smile plastered on his face! :giggle:

    The only detail I'll share is, despite his caution and my trepidation, NOTHING HURT! :wowspring:Amazing after months and months of gritting my teeth in pain.

    So hipsters, when your OS gives you the green light, go for it! :egypdance:
     
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    Woo, hoo--major milestone, @Calgal, I am betting it's a happy couple today! Hope the rain is still around, along with cooler temperatures, as recovering hipsters thrive best when it's not blast furnace hot! It's going to be much too warm here in my neighborhood today, but it's mid-morning so not too bad yet. After I slurped down my morning latte, I went out onto our back deck to water a few pots, and wished that the rest of the day would be as pleasant as it is in early morning. Anyway, congrats--and have a great day!
     
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    Wowza! And just like that...the magic happened. Someone is perky today.
    Hopefully the afterglow set the tone for the week and yours is an awesome one.
    Sounds like you're well on your way! :walking:
    @Calgal
     
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    How lovely for you @Calgal!workarounds and fear of pain in that department are no fun and when things get better it is joy for 2 people! Another occasion to say " the surgery was worth it!!":yes::yes:
     
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    @ahipgma definitely! I'm thankful every single day. Even on the days I don't feel much progress, I trust that in another day or two I'll be able to do something I couldn't do without pain before. :yes!:
     
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    Great updates! So many new accomplishments.. haha yay!! :giggle: :cheers:
     
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