Day 29 – Tuesday. Claire picked me and Lily up and took her to her house again for the day. I felt a lot more stamina today than last week and was able to do a bit more with Lily which makes me feel more of mum again for her. It is hard when you cannot scoop her up off the floor as you may compromise your prosthesis. I just need to do this for another 2 weeks (6 weeks post op) and then start attempting picking her up. My hip felt a little niggly today around the front/outer of the hip.
I used the gym and was able to do the cross trainer for 8.5 minutes and was quite puffed. it has been a while since doing any aerobic exercise but still it felt good! Tried back ward walking and sideways walking for 4.5 minutes. My walking has so many bad patterns that backwards walking helps undo this. In fact walking backwards looks better than walking forwards!
Day 30 – Felt tired today and decided to have a quiet day. Still did my essentials – clams, bridging, core exercises. Walked 30 minutes with crutch.
Day 31 – Had a Guy’s Hospital physiotherapy appointment to see if I could get a referral for hydrotherapy to strengthen the hip. The appointment was useful as it made me think about the quality of my exercises.
Went to Dulwich pool and managed to swim for 14 lengths – combination of crawl leg kick with float and front crawl. I felt good after this as felt like a real achievement. Did my usual leg exercises in the water.
Day 32 – Saw Stef at his place. Had manual treatment to loosen hip and spine. Hip flexion – 100 degrees but still difficult. Hip rotation is coming. Still a bit tight and pinchy on hip internal rotation but due to soft tissue tightness over incision. We went to Virgin Active exercises I did were: walking backwards and sideways on the treadmill – slightly awkward and sore in the groin and over incision, cross trainer and bike really good, weights – controlled dead lifts , squats, swiss ball pelvic rotation and sideways weight transference, lateral side steps using a block, hip flexor stretch. Felt good. Walking around the gym is hard without a crutch and seeing the hip drop on the operated side is still quite obvious.
Day 33 – Saturday. I was a bit achy after treatment and gym session yesterday so thought I would rest over the weekend. Continue to do hip range exercises and clams. I am walking well without crutch around house and garden. Just joined the gym at Brockwell Lido Herne Hill today! Great feeling to get here. Can’t wait to have a session!!
Day 34 – Managed first long drive up to Derbyshire from London to visit my sister and her family. It is my nephew Ben’s 9th birthday. Nic drove. I found the still quite uncomfortable but certainly better than it has been. I felt easier having the seat more upright. My hip does flex better but my biggest problem is my coccyx which aches like mad sitting. The coccyx pain has been with me for about 20 months (since having Lily) and I think just got worse with having hip bad and walking so badly before the operation. The reason for more coccyx pain is I am still struggling to sit upright whilst the hip is flexed to 90 degrees, it feels like there is a block in the hip.
Walked for 20 minutes with my sister at 11 in the evening after England had been kicked out of the Euro 2012. Rubbish. Bec and I had a nice chat and talked about her ailments and mine and how we are improving together! Ironic really as both of our issues have been made worse due to pregnancy and child-birth. Weight gain, loosening ligaments and decreased strength does not help any already underlying pain.
Land exercises – clams x 200 – bridging x 2 20 sec holds, hip bends (flexion) and out to the side (abduction) – abdominal exercises – walking practice.
Day 35 – Five weeks post hip replacement!
Said goodbye to my sis and her family and we drove from Derbyshire to Manchester to view a property. Managed to break up the journey and stretch on the way. My hip and coccyx was more comfortable today than yesterday’s journey, might be getting used to sitting or perhaps the fact I took 50mg Diclofenac and 2 paracetamol?? It does help if I feel niggly. Drove back to the Peak District and stayed at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn on Ladybower reservoir.
Land exercises – abdominal exercises – bridging x 3 20 secs holds – clams x 200 – walking practice forwards, backwards, sideways for 40 minutes – leg swings forwards, backwards and sideways. I will start my formalised gym session tomorrow at Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill.