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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by lovesstars, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. Layla

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    Oh yeah, THAT DISH :hissy: of course!
    Sorry, couldn't resist :heehee:

    Very happy you're getting there @lovesstars
    When you consider it can take a full year, sometimes even longer, for a complete recovery,
    you still have many months to go before you feel the full effect.
    You're moving forward...in the right direction, making progress. It's all good!
    @lovesstars
     
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    This is great @lovesstars but now I have to carry my laptop when we go out to dinner!!!! :loll:
     
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    Lovely analogy Lovestars! I think we can all identify with it. Xx
     
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    Lovely @lovesstars...it is a journey...but the way you are able to write about it.... thank you!
     
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    Happy Anniversary to you too, lovesstars!
    I hope 2019 is everything you want it to be.
    Hugs :loveshwr:
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    Happy 2019 @lovesstars and all Smarty pals! No snow here right now, mild but windy. Walked a half mile to the nail place today.

    xoxo
     
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    And Happy Anniversary!
    Hope all keeps getting better and better @lovesstars !:happydance:
     
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    Hi @lovesstars
    Wondering how you're doing? I hope you had a nice weekend.
    Things will finally feel back to normal again tomorrow with no holiday this week. Couldn't remember what day it was anymore. Would love to read an update when you're feeling up to it.
    A great week to you!
     
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    HELLO THERE @Layla !!!!
    My PT has officially released me from care as of last Thursday as long as I PROMISE to keep doing what he asked me to do AND email him if I have any questions or concerns. And...he shook my hand twice, telling me it was great to meet me (but in my humble opinion he is the one that made all the difference for me.)

    HE ALSO TOLD ME TO KEEP ICING! — especially my surgical site and my glutes. (He told me it would make me less tired when I overdo because of the cocktail of chemicals that build up in my muscles. That, he said, is the reason that athletes are dunked into ice baths...to flush inflammation out of the muscles to improve performance without fatigue). INTERESTING!

    Later in the day I have been getting a bit too twinge-y and grabbing a few Tylenol. But really...feeling good.

    Now that the holidays are passed I have cleaned out the fridge, emptied any and all sugary things out of the house. It is time to work on fitting back into my clothes.
    Here ya go, @1stSurgery :yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes:
     
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    See above: to inge-y = too TWINGE-Y
     
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    Oh, that's funny! I edited that for you in the first post. :)

    Sent from my SM-S327VL using Tapatalk
     
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    You brought tears... not sure why. Never thought of myself as shredded... but I am certainly not the same...maybe...hopefully...better...stronger and more ready to be open and embrace more stairs, more travels and more adventures...soon...not yet...but soon
     
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    @lovesstars interesting about what your physio said about icing. Thanks for posting that. I realise that I still need to to this after work to calm everything down as I get stiff and achy. Thanks for the reminder :)
     
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    @oregonlass — listen...things are really really really still so early for you right now. You cannot imagine how dark things were for me when I was as far along as you. In hindsight, yes, I was shredded...inside and out. And even after weeks and weeks of thinking I would never get my strength back, miraculously one day it happened. Yes, you will have more adventures. Yes you will do more stairs. Yes you will leave the house and have adventures. but it is really, really strange how small our world gets when we are seriously limited to the couch, the recliner, the bed. It happens very quickly. Write to me anytime you want. Believe me, (and @Layla and @Mojo333 — and @EL11 , @wonkyhipoy @SurreyGirl @1stSurgery will testify)...I HAVE BEEN THERE. (And yes, I too am moved to tears by the littlest things these days...perhaps it is because of how the surgery changed me.)

    @SurreyGirl YES! It was really interesting! I know a thing or two about physiology but I had not been updated in the last ten years of the ‘clearing the muscles of chemicals’ theory of icing to improve performance. In fact, he told me that they use the word “Stale” to describe a person/athlete whose performance is ‘stuck’. And the cure: icing.
     
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    Good Morning, :wave:
    Thanks for your updates, lovesstars. As you can see, others can relate. It's helpful and inspirational to those who's recovery may be moving a bit slower also. The icing explanation IS interesting. Thanks for sharing that too. I wish you many more happy tears. I can relate, I have my own happy tear experiences etched in my mind. I reflect on those memories at times when I need to feel an attitude of gratitude once again.
    I hope you have a lovely day!
    @lovesstars
     
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    @lovesstars—the icing suggestion was good for me to read too. I've slept through the night more often than not lately, without the need for another Tylenol in the wee hours, but sometimes I do wake up at 3-4am wanting to ice. It's just not quite bad enough to reach down for the Coleman carrier and get the ice pillow, then I drift back off.

    Today, several heavy packages came. I tried to lift one of them, realized it was a bad idea, and shortly thereafter I had a couple of stabs of electric-type pain in my thigh, ow, just had one again. So that was a lesson learned, but I think I need to ice whether or not it seems necessary.

    Temps have been up and down here, cloudy then rainy then foggy then icy .. important to keep a sharp eye on sidewalk conditions. Today I spoke to our handyman/friend on whose driveway I took that fall on Christmas Eve, luckily only scraping my knee and lightly twisting my ankle. He also slipped on the black ice in his driveway a few days ago, but was unluckier than I ... he broke his hand and is in a cast!

    So this post could be entitled: ICE: FRIEND AND FOE.

    Off to the freezer.
     
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    Oh man, @EL11 — he has been such a good friend to you, keeping an eye out! A BROKEN HAND! Awful!

    Yes, ice is friend and foe. When it is icy I am bringing my trusty cane. Better to lose pride than my independence.

    Bwahaha.
     
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    Absolutely correct! Gold ⭐️ for Lovesstars !
     
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