Hippy Times # 17 🏋🏻‍♀️

Well, we are up early as David has an early flight – pioneering our new adventure. He leaves at around 4.45 am and I pack and clear out the kitchen cupboards as I am moving to another Airbnb today with Lexi for a week until I go.

At 7 am, when the gym opens, Lexi and I go there for a glute session – soft gentle session for me to take into account my hip replacement – lots of the exercises they have me doing at rehab are for glute activation so I do those in the gym and Lexi does a heavier version of the same.

Lexi has to rush off for a hair appointment so I finish my sets and do 20 minutes of cardio on the cross trainer. This movement doesn’t entail my knee going past 90 degrees and also doesn’t put any undue weight on my knee so it’s a comfortable exercise to do.

Apartment packed, I don’t need to check out of this one until 11.30 am and can check into the next one at 12 noon. I struggle a little to get all my luggage downstairs in the lift but do it in small lots so it’s not so much strain on my hip by trying to support too much weight. The Uber driver turns up and asks me to help him with my suitcase as he’s not permitted to lift anything over 20 kgs!!

When we pull up outside the new Airbnb, I am a little taken aback. We chose it because it is close to the rehab hospital and the ad said there were no stairs. Hmmm – looks like about 10 steps to the front door. The Uber driver off loads my bags and off he goes. I have to negotiate the stairs or sleep on the street so I struggle to the door with the pieces of luggage and thank goodness all but one piece is on wheels. When I eventually get in the front door, I see there are more stairs – two more flights of stairs. When I speak to the agent for the property she offers to help with the luggage when I explain I have just had an operation etc and that I can’t get the luggage up two flights of stairs as there’s no lift. The agent leaves and I start to unpack. I leave the kitchen until last but when I go to unpack the foodstuff, I notice a few discrepancies from the Airbnb listing.

There is no microwave.

There is no dishwasher.

There is a fridge with no freezer and just an ice box which is so iced up, nothing can be stored in there

Only two mugs exist for an apartment that sleeps 4 – and no other crockery to drink out of.

I switch on the TV for noise and guess what, it is such bad reception in the area that the picture freezes for what seems like ages intermittently.

OK, this is all too much – I phone the now departed agent Anna and explain my first world problems. Her response is that when she has a moment, she will buy more crockery and a small microwave. She apologises for the lack of dishwasher, says the TV is a smart TV as they are aware of the poor reception in the area (it’s not that smart – or perhaps they just haven’t told it reception is bad) and says they ticked the ‘no stairs’ box as there aren’t any stairs inside the apartment. WOW!

I advise her that we need to discuss the false advertising and what will happen if I want to move out. She says if I go now, she won’t charge and will refund the full amount. If I stay even one night, I will have to pay for one night and the cleaning charge. I let her know I will be gone in half an hour. I ring Lexi who is on her way to a birthday celebration picnic in Balmoral, and let her know what has happened and that I am on my way to her place. There is a key hidden but unfortunately it doesn’t fit the screen door on the back and that has been locked so I can’t get in. I sit on the front verandah with all my luggage and attempt to spread some peanut butter on a rice cake using a piece of cardboard – failure. I have a bottle of red wine so I take a swig of that and then fire up the laptop to search for somewhere else to stay. I have struggled with luggage today so sit on the garden chair with my feet resting on my suitcase to stop any swelling and to ease my knee which has been painful the last couple of days.

So, I do identify somewhere in Bellevue Hill to stay and book it. An Airbnb which is close to Woollarah and the rehab hospital. When Lexi arrives home we transport all my stuff in and settle down to watch some movies. I don’t often do binge movie watching as David will attest to but Lexi has some good movies I’d like to watch so we have a movie night. We break a little way into it and go to Macelleria for dinner.

The house is quiet when we go to bed and I get the best sleep I have had for a long long time.

Sunday morning is a beautiful day. Lexi and I go for a walk – unfortunately I trip on a loose brick on the pavement and jar my knee a little so out comes the walking stick. Breakfast is at Trio before returning home to finalise the packing (again) and order the Uber to take us to the Airbnb in Bellevue Hill – this is much much better than yesterday and has all the items it says. We have lots of luggage as we have brought my things, Lexi’s things and food – my little pocket rocket won’t let me struggle with heavy luggage and so transports all the stuff down the steps to the front door – thank goodness that once inside, the apartment is on the ground floor.

We unpack and then Lexi is off to a yoga class – assistant teaching for a couple of hours and I take the bus a few minutes up the road to Bondi Junction and get some groceries.

When Lexi comes back, we watch a couple more movies, have dinner and then off to bed.

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Hippy Times #16 🏋🏻‍♀️

Saturday morning and what a great sleep I had – the whole night in a bed – yay that’s progress – it was a good sleep too, not sporadic at all. The hip is feeling good and so it’s off to the gym to meet Lexi.

As I come out of the Manhattan building where we are staying I see Phil Harding (my Personal Trainer) waiting on the opposite side of the road. He queries where I have come from and I explain. True to form, Phil has a story about absolutely everything and he tells me that the apartment we have as an Airbnb used to be the home of Renata (another PT at Fitness First). Renata had to move as they were told the owners wanted to take back the apartment to upgrade fit for an Airbnb. They have done some renovations to it but have missed the mark on some things for example, the oven has two dials on it but there are no markings at all so you have no idea at what temperature you have set it and no idea what time the timer is set for. To top that off, I believe it’s a very dangerous oven as it appears to get as hot on the outside of the door as on the inside. The cutlery they have supplied is cheap and bends when you attempt to eat ice cream!!!

Lexi and I do a chest session at the gym, not often we do a full session of chest – normally tag one or two exercises onto a shoulder day but not today.

I spend some time doing emails and applications for other house sits in Europe and then we’re off to do grocery shopping – Aldi is my new favourite store, they have amazing stuff in there. The rest of the day is spent just hanging out. We are off to a Mexican restaurant in Newtown tonite with Larissa and Lexi. It’s got a great atmosphere and is really busy, the food is good but it’s so noisy that you can hardly have a conversation. It’s an early night as everyone seems to be exhausted!!

Sunday was intended to be a growth day but Lexi and I feel we both need to go to the gym – but we’ll leave it until the afternoon and then Lexi is going to come back for dinner and maybe a movie.

I was given a voucher a while ago for Matteo in Double Bay and we haven’t yet used it. We decide to go over for lunch. It’s a beautiful day and we hop on the bus. We’re a little early for our booking but the staff don’t mind and we have a lovely table outside. We decide to go tapas style for lunch so order a few entrees to share and a nice bottle of Prosecco. It’s a great way to spend a sunny Sydney Sunday lunchtime. It’s the bus home and a snooze for me but David decides to go for his walk – in this heat!! Anyhow, he’s back in time for a cup of tea in the afternoon and then it’s time for Lexi and me at the gym. Lexi pops in first as she has brought some Ben and Jerrys ice cream for dessert – hmmm hopefully the spoons can stand up to the challenge?

Gym session is a soft one – we do abs and some cardio. Back home for a nice glass of wine, cannelloni and ice cream – thankfully not all at the same time. We watch a movie and then just before Lexi falls asleep on the sofa she goes home on her trusty Ninja.

Monday is here and I’m working again this week as the new EA has Monday and Tuesday off and the boss thinks it will be good for me to hang around for the rest of the week. I’m happy to do this, every little extra helps. A memory pops up on Facebook – a year ago today I won my first competition. The photo is with Lexi, my trusted training buddy and my amazing coach and PT Phil Harding.

Monday is quite busy in the office and time flies but I have to go to rehab at Wolper for 1 pm so trying to fit a whole day’s work into half a day really. So off to Wolper. I spend 30 minutes filling out paperwork and checking in with the Doctor. She asks all sorts of questions and looks at the scar etc. I then spend 30 minutes with the Occupational Therapist who goes through a raft of questions that she knows I have answered before but ‘needs to complete the forms’- do you live alone / do you have stairs in your home / do you have rugs on the floor / do you know how to sit in chairs / low chairs etc?

All the admin stuff done, I meet my physio (he’s only my physio today, I will have different ones on different days as they are cramming three sessions in this week and three next week). Today’s physio is James. We do some functional movement work just to see where my hip is at and then there’s a lot of stretching. This is something I’m not accustomed to doing – although we all know how important this is, it’s the first thing that gets cut from the training routine when time is short.

After about an hour with James, it’s off to the hydrotherapy pool. Matt and Natalie (both physios) are down there today. It’s great exercising in the pool, it’s so warm, just like bath water and it takes the weight off the joints. There are a few of us in the pool – different ages, different operations etc. Seems like the men mostly have knee replacements and the women hip replacements. It’s an hour worth of exercises in the pool and by the end of that, I am absolutely starving and can’t wait to get back to the office to eat!

I’m pretty tired on Monday evening and feel that my movement is a little easier so rehab seems to have been helpful.

Tuesday morning and because I had a couple of hours at rehab yesterday and have to do the same again today, we skip training at the gym. The morning at the office is the usual mix of emails, phone calls etc and then rehab at 1.30 pm

I have Cecelia today. She’s a lovely physio originally from Sweden. Some great exercises and a bit of walking. I have been experiencing some pain behind my knee cap – there’s a connection there somewhere – but after some exercises with Cecelia, this seems to have subsided. I am even able to do 15 minutes on the treadmill on an incline – feels good to do this. The pool has different physios again today and we do new exercises, the last one of which is to balance on an unstable inflatable ball with your eyes closed for at least 10 seconds – sounds easy – definitely not easy.

I am absolutely exhausted when I get home and by 8 pm am asleep on the sofa!

Wednesday is a PT session with Phil – my favourite day, back. Kath Vaca has a session with Phil afterwards and has a bikini check in as she is competing at the fitness show on 21 April. Kath has been on a meal plan for a long time now and she had a slight slip last night so is feeling pretty bad about that but she looks good. I think her mind is back in the game and she has such a short time to go she needs to try and dig deep – we tell her how good she is looking. Her back has amazing definition and she is pretty shredded everywhere.

I don’t have any rehab today so it’s a day in the office and Victoria is back from her holiday – she’s been busy with her Dad here and like everyone, she feels she needs a week off to get over her holiday.

Run of the mill day and then it’s home to collapse in front of the TV. My knee is very sore today – may have been putting too much weight on it so will introduce the walking stick tomorrow to see if I can ease that a little. It’s good to have work during the day, I think it curbs my frustration with not being as active as I normally am – when in prep we complain about huge amounts of cardio but I’d give anything to be able to do 2 hours of cardio. Slowly does it though as I really do not want to mess this hip up – can’t afford to.

Wednesday night is disjointed – David seems to be restless so is up and about and as usual, he’s not good at being quiet so we are up having a cup of tea at 2 am. Thursday morning sees another PT session with Phil today, we do shoulders although he thought we would be doing legs or glutes. I have rehab tomorrow and that will be 2 hours of legs and glutes so I don’t really want to do them today.

David can check in today – wow – it’s really happening now.

The office is quiet as Peter plays golf on Thursday mornings and as Victoria still has her Dad staying, I get in for 8 and she can have breakfast with her dad and not rush in. No rehab today so a full day in the office.

I catch up with a dear friend for coffee and he brings a long a mate – this beautiful puppy – such a gorgeous temperament and what a handsome looking fella he is.

I am getting some pain behind my knee – I think it’s the weight that it’s bearing so I have started to use my stick again when I am walking any distance and it seems to help so I’ll talk to the physio at Wolper tomorrow morning and see what they suggest.

The evening is spent with a take away and a discussion as to whether David should actually try and change his flights to fly the same day as me. It’s a bit of a quandry as he should be sorting out cars etc when he gets there to save some time when I get there before our first house sit – anyway, we decide to see what we can do tomorrow in terms of maybe changing his flights. We decide to have take away tonite so David goes in search of something yummy to eat. He returns after not too long with a Vietnamese meal from a local restaurant.

Friday and it’s my very last day at the office here. I send an early email to my lovely travel agent to see if we can change David’s flights. They say they will look into it. The short story is that there is no availability on the day I go so we decide to leave things as they are.

Rehab is early today – 7.30 am start. I have a different physio and we go through some different exercises and stretches for over an hour and then it’s off to the pool. This is the worst session in the pool I have had. The physios there today just seem to be going through the paces and ticking off the sheet, no real interaction and it’s pretty boring.

Finishing at Wolper and off to the office. Peter is taking the whole office to lunch today – a farewell for me and a welcome for Victoria. We go to Verde where Peter often goes with his business associates. It’s a smallish restaurant in Riley Street with a limited menu but the food is really great and the service too. After lunch we go back to the office and I pick up my stuff and say goodbye.

Back at the Airbnb to pack – David for his trip to Spain and me for my move to another Airbnb tomorrow. It doesn’t take too long before everything is ready. Lexi comes over after work to say goodbye to David. We have a drink and a chat and they say their goodbyes. It’s a quiet dinner this evening before David departs tomorrow.

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Hippy Times #15 🏋🏻‍♀️

Tuesday morning and we’re doing legs at the gym.  I’m taking it easy and only doing body weight or pin loaded machines with virtually no weight on them at all.  The session is still very enjoyable as I am definitely in my happy place.

I returned this week to my old role as EA to the Chairman of an investment group based in Sydney.  His new EA has taken a week’s annual leave and I offered to go back for the four days and cover for her so off we go to the office.  I’m perfectly able to get around and have checked out all the chair heights and placed cushions in strategic spots for the chairs that may be a little too low and would mean my hip might need to bend beyond 90 degrees which is not allowed.  Everyone is being very considerate.  At lunch time, I decide to walk up to Kings Cross – it’s not far but probably will take me 15 minutes each way which means I get my rehab exercise in during the day too.

The walk from our temporary home in Berwick Lane to the office and back would also count for around 25 minutes so I am staying nicely mobile.  Tonite I have decided to not even try and sleep in the bed.  I tend to go to bed, sleep a couple of hours and then find that I am so uncomfortable with this urge to lay on my side.  Of course, the side position is not permitted so soon after the operation and therefore I need to get up to stop myself fidgeting and I go to sleep on the sofa.  So, I have decided just to start on the sofa and I may get an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Wednesday morning looms and I wake at 3.30 am – much better than previously and I’m not sure if this is the position I can sleep in on the sofa or just because I did a day’s work and was more tired before going to sleep – more than one variable so I will never know.  I have a couple of things to organise this morning – a request to our Airbnb host for a late check out on Friday as our next place doesn’t allow check in until 3 pm so I’ll send an email.  Also, need to book another pick up by Seven Seas Shipping to ship some excess baggage – it’s sooo much cheaper than taking it on the plane and paying through the nose – the airline charges $30 per kilo so when you figure that the suitcase probably weighs a total of 30 kgs, it’s so expensive!!

A back session with my Personal Trainer and training buddy today – my favourite day.  Pushed and pulled some heavy weight but it’s only upper body stuff so won’t be detrimental to my recovery.

Off to the office for day two – the air conditioning in the building had broken down yesterday and still doesn’t seem to have been rectified – it is so stuffy in the offices, let’s hope some progress is made today.

My lunch time walk is to Storage King in Palmer Street to drop off the Foxtel box and sundry items so that it can be returned to them.  Seriously, Foxtel don’t allow you to cancel at a month’s notice unless it happens to be on your payment anniversary and to top it off, you also are responsible for returning the equipment – they don’t even pick it up now.

I haven’t heard back from Wolper Hospital about the out patient rehab.  I decide to ring Waratah Private Hospital to ensure that they have done their part of the paperwork.  Sophia at Waratah declares it has all been done and returned and that Wolper will be in touch.  I wait.  At 4 pm just as I had given up hope, Wolper call and they are booking me in for assessment and my first session on Monday 9 April – hydrotherapy too so I am looking forward to that.

I had written to the surgeon over the weekend asking them to move my follow up appointment to the week prior to my departure.  I received an email with very terse undertones and a refusal to move my appointment.  I wrote back outlining many reasons why this should be rescheduled not least of which was the fact that I was flying out of the country on 23 April and my appointment was scheduled for 2 May !! That in anyone’s books creates an issue I think.  Also, I advised them of a compelling need for good customer service and the fact that I and my health insurance have paid their fees and would appreciate some flexibility.  David was fired up and wrote a short and sharp email expressing his concern … to put it mildly! This obviously stirred something and so at 9 pm this evening, I received a call from the surgeon himself.  He apologised for the tone of the email etc and said that I should go and see him tomorrow morning at 8.30 am after having had a new x-ray.  Good customer service, good outcome.

Thursday morning and it’s a light leg session at the gym under the guidance of Phil Harding, Philosophy Fitness, my PT along with Lexi. After our session, Lexi comes home for a coffee.  We arrive at the house and David is sitting on the sofa with the front door open and it looks as though he has nothing on as he is working on his ipad and is surrounded by cushions – I gingerly ask if he is dressed as I have Lexi with me – phew, he is wearing his shorts I just can’t see them.

I am off to St Vincent’s Clinic to get my x-ray and consultation with Dr Nick.  This all goes very smoothly and the x-ray looks good.  Dr Nick removes the dressing from my op site – it’s the first time I have seen the size of the scar – it’s not looking too bad considering this is the first time it has been exposed and he declares that it is lovely and clean so all I need now is to use the Vitamin E Cream / Bio Oil to help reduce the scarring. He also removes two sutures which are not dissolvable.  Clean bill of health, Dr Nick is happy and so am I.  So, it’s off to the office.  As I finished earlier with Dr Nick than anticipated, I decide to call into home on the way to the office and drop of the x-rays. David is there and has listed LVC (Elvis) the scooter last night and somebody has already come and paid a deposit and returning in a short while to finalise the purchase – it’s only 9 am !!!

Whilst there I get a call from the driver of 7 Seas Shipping who is picking up one last box (in fact a large suitcase) to be shipped to the UK for our arrival.  There’s no way he will get up the lane in his van so I walk to the junction pulling the suitcase to meet him there whilst David is dealing with the sale of LVC.

Suitcase gone, I update David on Dr Nick’s feedback and it’s off to the office.  Although Dr Nick has told me I am OK to sleep on my stomach and my side, I find the bed in this Airbnb to be a little too soft for me and as I have been sleeping better on the sofa, I decide to remain there for tonite.

Friday morning is a shoulder session at the gym and this is our check out day to move to another Airbnb – which is even closer to the gym. Most of the stuff was packed last night but I am leaving David to do the final things such as food etc and to do the move.  The walk is about 8 minutes but with so much stuff to carry I am thinking he will use an Uber – wrong!  David decides it’s a good workout and makes 6 trips back and forth with the baggage.  I would have gone back at lunch time but have a farewell lunch to attend for somebody who is leaving where I previously worked (Caltex).  Was a great lunch.  Although the service was unbelievable slow, it was lovely to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a long time.

When I get ‘home’ to our new Airbnb, most everything is sorted out – what a gem of a hubby I have, he’s even done some grocery shopping.  We decide on dinner and then watch some Commonwealth Games coverage on TV – but David’s sister Kim has a bit of time to spare (she’s in the UK) and so he decides to Skype and catch up.  The bedroom here is on a mezzanine floor so I hear some of the conversation but I am absolutely exhausted and so fall asleep on the sofa for just over an hour until David comes downstairs and wakes me.  So, it’s off to bed – let’s see how this goes being in what seems to be a much better bed with far superior pillows and to cap it off, I am able to sleep in various positions rather than just on my back ……………….. watch this space to see how much sleep I get!

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Hippy Times #14 🏋🏻‍♀️

Saturday morning – I haven’t slept well again.  The bed is too soft I have decided.  I also have decided to cease taking the cortisol tablets as I think they may be contributing to my problem or perhaps I have just got into the habit of waking.

I phone the Dr’s surgery to check on how I get my dressing changed when the time comes and the lovely receptionist says that Dr Small will do it so I don’t need to make an appointment with the nurse – makes life a whole lot easier.

The gym is opening at 8 am – meeting Lexi there for a session– can’t wait.  I walk slowly up to the gym and my leg is feeling better than ever – remind myself not to get too confident and just take it slowly.  Nice slow heavy chest session today with Lexi and a few squats on the Smith machine – no added weight for me but we load it up for Lexi.

Training complete, it’s back home to have breakfast with David before he goes off for his first walk of the day.  When David goes off, I decide to go in search of a pedicure.  Walk back up to Oxford Village shopping centre and get a really good pedicure from California Nails– nice and handy.  I pop into Aldi – not somewhere I have really shopped before but they have some good stuff in there at good prices so I am quite impressed.  Can’t buy much though as I don’t have the shopping trolley with me and can’t carry a huge amount when I have the walking stick as well.

Lexi went to Health Nuts at Kings Cross for me to buy me some Creatine as I had run out so she is on her way over with that.  She’s been to East Village to get her nails done and stopped at the deli style shop there and bought herself some fresh bread and caviar.  This is her breakfast so I make coffee and we sit in the courtyard while she eats breakfast and we chat.

David comes back from his walk and asked me if I wanted lunch – I feel as though I only just had breakfast so he makes do with a fruit salad.

I’m feeling really good today, the hip is improving so well, I am so impressed.  Have found a series called The Crown on Netflix which our dear friends Phill and Viv said they enjoyed immensely so David and I have decided to watch a couple of episodes this afternoon.  It really is very good and I text Phill and Viv to thank them for the recommendation.  Viv calls shortly after and we chat about all things hippy and about all the stuff they are getting up to in their new home in Hobart, Tasmania.  They are doing tourist things and have joined a ‘meet up’ group and are making new friends.  They are really happy down there – it was a good move for them.

David returns from his second walk of the day and we spend the evening with a lovely curry.

Sunday – all my days are mixed up, not sure what day of the week it is – it hasn’t really mattered the last two weeks as I haven’t been working so there’s been no need to focus on it – freedom!

We have decided to go to the Sydney Fish Market today – haven’t been there in the longest time but saw an ad on TV with yummy prawns so thought we would take a trip out and get some lunch there.

We have an early breakfast then I go to the gym and David is off on his walk.  I am doing some very very light leg work today.  Pin loaded machines set at their very lightest – feels strange but mustn’t be tempted to push it.  Towards the end of the session my hip feels a little tired so I simply finish the last two sets as body weight exercises.  Then, it’s off for a 20 minute walk on the treadmill – just gently at 5 kms per hour.  It feels good to be doing some cardio or should I say a token gesture to some cardio.  It will come in time I know, so I just have to be patient.

We head to the fish markets on the bus – there’s a bus at the bottom of the road that takes us almost to the entrance of the market so not too much walking either end.  True to form, the market is absolutely packed – there are heaps of people everywhere and coach loads of tourists – everyone is vying for a spot to perch down and eat their lobster, prawns, oysters etc.  It’s a little nerve wracking as it’s so busy and I really don’t want to be knocked on my ‘bad’ side so I’m being quite protective of it.  The floors are also really wet so it’s a good job I have rubber thongs, I’m walking gingerly so as not to slip up.

We decide that the experience of buying food and eating it there at the market is really not that pleasant!  Firstly, there’s not really anywhere to sit unless you hover over people waiting for them to finish and then pounce.  Secondly, I’m not a big fan of seagulls on the table 😊.  We decide to buy prawns, anchovies, caviar and some fresh bread rolls and take it home to our little courtyard to enjoy with a cold glass of rose.  That’s much more pleasurable.

The rest of the day is spent lazing in the sun and reading.

This has been such a good recovery weekend so far – we may risk the Easter show for a few hours tomorrow – let’s see.

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Hippy Times #13 🏋🏻‍♀️

Friday 30 March – Good Friday Holiday.  It’s so very quiet around as there’s nothing open today – well virtually nothing and that means the gym isn’t open either.  David goes off on his walk and so I get going on my rehab exercises.  Waratah Rehab finally returned my call and left a message to say that they were waiting for a form to be sent through from Wolper Rehab which they needed to complete, return to Wolper and then I would be contacted in order to start my outpatient rehab there.  As I am going back to work next week just for four days, I won’t be able to attend the rehab classes anyway however I would very much like to do the half days for the two weeks after that.  There’s so much I need to learn about how hard I can push myself, how far I can walk, when I can start doing exercises that have weight added, when I can ride a bicycle etc etc.

This is going to be a lazy day – the sun is shining so I think I will sit in the courtyard and catch some rays whilst reading my book.  It feels like a Sunday today, not sure why, probably because it’s so quiet everywhere.  I’m doing roast chicken tonight and normally a full blown roast dinner is reserved for Sunday so that contributes to it too.

My hip is feeling more and more normal every day.  The swelling is gradually subsiding, and I do mean gradually.  If I spend too long on my feet, they still swell so periodically I have to sit down and put my feet up on the chair to reduce this effect.

It’s turned out to be another stunning day weather wise – we have been so lucky over the last week, long may it continue.

David goes on a second walk during the afternoon and I do my second lot of rehab exercises.  It’s not much compared with what I am accustomed to but I must put the brakes on and only do what I have been advised as there is no way I want to put this hip in any jeopardy.

Yesterday evening I also phoned my surgeon’s rooms to ask what I should do about the dressing on the wound.  They had previously advised that the longer the original silver dressing stays on (and there is silver in it as it assists in the healing process) the better so I am doing everything I can to keep it dry in the shower etc.  The surgeon had said there would be dissolving stitches, the nurse at Waratah had said that the two she had seen where there had obviously been a separate small incision for something, were not dissolving.  So, that said, I was told that my GP will be the one to change the dressing.  I make a note to call him tomorrow morning to check and see if I need to make an appointment when the nurse is there or if it’s Dr Andrew Small who will do this – I can then plan when I go in.

That’s all for today……..the lazy day😊

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