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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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01January

Day 30

Today is the day of nothing. Just pain. After not getting to sleep until 4am, I woke at 12:30…  and could not get comfortable. I can’t seem to tell the difference between cramp, my ‘old’ pre-hip replacement pain… and new surgical pain. Maybe it is actually all 3?! We went for a walk today.  It’s STILL raining…  like bloody biblical! I’ve had to stop worrying about the slipping and just get out there or I’ll

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31December

Day 29

New Year’s Eve.  I don’t think it kicked in until late afternoon that it was actually New Year’s Eve. Pretty much figured it would be a quiet one.  Himself spending half the day working and Myself, well, you know!  I stayed in bed until about 1pm, trying to rest…      eye-roll

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30December

Day 28

After a telling off from Himself for (possibly!) doing to much… I have tried to rest today.  Couldn’t get to sleep last night until after 2am because of the awful cramps. They had gotten so bad it reduced me to tears. What is it about the night time that makes illness and pain seem so much worse?! I know I kept Himself up as I had the TV on as a distraction. Took some paracetamol

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29December

Day 27

ARRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH!! MAKE IT STOP!!! A day of wandering the house groaning in pain over my continuing cramps.  It’s the worst.  It feels like spasms as well as an ache throughout my entire leg – you know that feeling that comes on just before that major cramp appears… the feeling that has you leaping up, out of utter uncomfortable shock and panic, jumping round the room like an unstoppable moron, as you plead to anyone who’ll

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28December

Day 26

Went to bed last night with the most horrendous cramp, but I think it was to do with sitting for too long that evening. I have always had restless legs and it felt a bit like that. Note to self… MOVE MORE!! Our walk today was about half a mile.. well done me! Still with one crutch. Every so often, I’ll put a lot of weight through the leg, just to see if I can take

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27December

Day 25

Sat on the sofa for the first time, as opposed to ‘The Chair’ (for a cwtsh with my Himself – which I have really missed. Sitting separately has felt like a barrier between us Was lovely to have him back for a little bit even if it did mean, unfortunately for him, it was during the 2 hour long Christmas episode of Downtown Abbey – My idea of heaven, possibly not so much for him!

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Then came the dreaded jaunt back to the B&B. I knew it would be a long one, but I had no idea. After sitting in the chilly night-time air for hours, now suitably cold-to-the-bone, we then had to queue for the return shuttle bus and because of how long it took for me to get from the stage to the buses, we were, of course, last in queue. (I’d like to have it noted that

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Now, I’m not condoning this, neither would I recommend it, but alcohol is one of those things that really helps me with the pain (recalling one New Year’s Eve Party, where I was so numb from the waist down, that I couldn’t even feel the smarting during a floor-seated performance of ‘Oops Upside Your Head’. But boy did I feel that the next morning!! Let’s just say I didn’t leave my bed until late the

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So after all that hard work of getting to York, scaling the B&B to set up camp, donning my fancy wears… we still had to get ourselves to the Racecourse itself. It was about 3 miles from the B&B. Now, do you think either Himself or I had even considered how we were going to get there?!!! At the time and when planning, in the back of my mind, I thought, “it’s okay, we’ll

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So you know what that means… I had to buy a hat! Jump for Joy (on the internet!) (I’m THIS happy! …if I could jump that way anyway! Oh well, I can on the internet! ) So I was all geared up and ready to go (being a ‘Hippy’ requires organisation to the highest degree; for example, ensuring you have all the right medication; CHECK. Water to

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