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Post-PAO exercises October 21, 2009

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Dont try this at home!

Don't try this at home!

Around three weeks after my operation I had quite achy knees as well as the hip. It was suggested that this was because I was sat in a chair all day and not moving enough. The hospital didn’t recommend any exercises for me to do between discharge and physio (though I think this would happen in most cases). Huge thanks to Annick who suggested the following exercises, they have helped a lot!

[Don’t try these unless you are certain you can do them. If you do, take it slowly – I don’t want to be responsible for anyone hurting themselves]

1. Ankles – point and flex feet alternatively, do briskly and keep legs straight, will stretch calf muscles.  Repeat 10 times.

2. Bend one leg and put your foot on the bed and put a cushion under the other knee.  Exercise straight leg by pulling your foot and toes up, tightening your thigh muscle and straightening the knee (keep knee on cushion) Hold for 5 secs approx.  Lower slowly and repeat 10 times.

3. Both legs together and straight.  Bend your ankles and push your knees down firmly against the bed.  Hold 5 secs, relax.  Repeat 10 times.

4. Bring your leg out to the side and then back again to mid position.  Use dressing gown belt or similar hooked round foot if needed to help.  Repeat 10 times.

5. Bend and straighten your leg.  Repeat 10 times

6. Lying face down hips straight and knees together.  Bend knee as far as poss keeping hip straight and ankle flexed.  Repeat 10 times.

7. Lying face down, bend knee to right angle and lift foot towards ceiling.  Repeat 5 times.

8. Clench and release your buttocks. Repeat 10 times.

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28 days later October 20, 2009

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One month today since my operation. I can’t believe it! Time has actually gone quite fast.

I had hoped to bring you an update today my first physio session but it was cancelled just hour before! I am so disappointed. This was my first major milestone and now it could be delayed by as much as two more weeks. Hopefully I’ll get a cancellation but I won’t hold my breath. Thankfully, another hip woman has given me some exercises to do (I’ll add these in another post) to stop me wasting away completely.

My pain levels have dropped a lot this week and the last of the surgical glue was come off. I am finally feeling like I am making a recovery now. I hope it lasts. The only bad thing to have happened is that I have had a really bad reaction to some moisturiser that I put on the dry skin around my scar. It is red, bumpy and VERY itchy. There’s always something…

Scar status: Glue is all off now. Scar looks okay, a bit uneven in places but has healed well.
Pain levels: Pain was really bad at end of last week but I started to do some more regular exercises and that seems to have helped a lot. Hardly any pain now, just the odd twinge.
Medication: Hardly any!
Crutch ability: Have been out most days now and definitely building up some stamina.
High point of the week: Leaving my local area yesterday for the first time in a month. The world hasn’t changed at all.
Low point of the week: This morning when UCLH called to cancel my physio appointment.
Lesson learned: People really don’t make concessions when they see someone on crutches. They’ll just walk into you.
Main achievement: Going to a meeting yesterday.
Gains: God awful rash around my scar.
Losses: A stomach full of pills and surgical glue.