Blog & News

Welcome to the Blog and News page.  Here you will find news articles from the 'hip' world, a blog of diaries from surgeries and recoveries  and also a collection of light-hearted stories from a 'day in the life' of living with Hip Dysplasia . You can pick the category from the blog dropdown menu below.

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Hippie’s Day Out

I’ve been spoiled with a trip out this week… grocery shopping. It sounds like I’m joking, but I’m really not! With Himself working away, we had to ‘set me up’ with all the easy-to-make food we could get our hands on. It mostly consists of cooking vats of food and storing them in the freezer in old chinese take-out boxes. The usual prep to go out ensued; packing the ‘day

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This week’s post is a tribute to all those independent, living-alone, Hippies… a massive hats-off to you all.  It’s also not as ‘light-hearted’ as you’d normally find me, but I’ve been facing less light-hearted issues this week and battling old demons.

The Implication of ‘alone’

Personally, I’ve always loved a bit of ‘alone’ time. But it can conjure up quite a few complications for a Hippie. Firstly, as a bit of background… Before I

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Valentine’s Day aka “Thank you my love”

Love it or loathe it, having someone to spoil, or to spoil you, is a delightful thing. However, when you’re pretty much housebound, otherwise completely reliant on someone else to get you here, there and everywhere, it can pretty much take the mystery out the romance. “Hey, my love… can you just drive me to the shops so I can get food/a card/pressie for you…?”.   Hardly

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You’ll Never Walk Alone… Unless You Really Want To…

I’ve felt ‘normality’ has been within my grasp this week. Making a meal, hot drinks… and taking my dog for a walk BY MYSELF! Taking Pooch out for a walk is ‘our’ thing… our time, which I was really starting to miss. If you have pets, you know what a difference they can make to your life, especially when feeling unwell. He gives me

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What Do You Do When Your Help Needs Help? So what’s the worst possible thing that could happen to myself and Himself during this current setup? While I’m ‘out of action’ and where Himself takes up all duties that involve bending too far, heavy lifting, driving, cooking, carrying… need I go on? The Hippies among you know what I’m talking about! I’ll tell you what that worst possible thing is, shall I? That Himself throws

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I have been genuinely surprised at how well I have been doing. From a Hip Dysplasia pain perspective, it’s gone, actually gone. All I have is post-op pain, but it’s a different sort of pain and one I know is going soon. The deep, sharp, grating, continuous burning ache has gone. Happy is certainly an understatement to how I’m feeling… anyone who has lived through Hip Dysplasia, arthritic pain, or both, will definitely appreciate that.

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What a week! I am now a Double-Hippie! Here I am in all my ‘shiny and new’ glory (a bit wonky, but I’ll straighten out with some hard work!). photogrid_1484776743334 As much as there has been the usual routine of organisation-surgery-recovery, there have

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Boy, having a life dogged by pesky Hip Dysplasia really does have its shortcomings… one being devoting a lot of your time as an in-patient. Now nobody is fond of spending what feels like confinement under guard. ball and chain (Okay, possibly a smidgen

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Today I have hit my 6 week mark!!!! Officially, it’s the beginning of the end of my restrictions! 🙂
So a Happy 6 Weeks to my Hip…

"Happy 6 Weeks, Hip!" I visited the doctor today and discussed where I was at and how I could work towards getting back

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12January

Day 41

Well, I had a ‘First’ today, alright!!!! A very dumb one! 2 days before the end of my restrictions… and I did this… without even thinking!!! legs living with hip dysplasia.jpg Silly silly girl!!   I have to say, I know

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