Posts tagged ‘hip replacement’

December 7, 2016

#511 – Long-Handled Lotion Applicator

lotionapplicatorgraphicThis summer, I spent a number of late afternoons at the beach. Sadly, I often went alone, as no one was available to join me. (Boo Hoo!)

I was well-equipped to enjoy the beach, though. Chair, hat, towel, water, book – √!

“Wait a minute, what about sunscreen?” you ask.

If there is no George Clooney look-a-like to massage sunscreen onto your back, here is the next best thing.

This lotion wand is ideal for those hard-to-reach places, whether you’re recovering from hip surgery and can’t exceed that 90 degree bend, or if you want to moisturize your back.

It’s easy to use, too. Simply unscrew the roller-ball head from the base. Fill it with lotion or sunscreen and apply. There’s even a cap that fits over the roller-ball head to prevent the remaining lotion from drying out.

This makes a great gift for that person who lives alone and isn’t as flexible or mobile as they once were. It’s also a great gift for someone who wishes to remain as independent as possible.

If you need gift ideas, check out: More Gift Ideas for Loved Ones.


Time is running out to enter the giveaway for Lene Andersen’s newest book – Chronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness. This is a world-wide giveaway, so wherever you are in the world, you can enter. Hmmm. Lene, do you deliver to the space station?

Enter here.

May 31, 2013

#457 – The Log Roll


Image courtesy of Vivek Chugh.

Post hip replacement, whenever I wanted to roll over, or get out of bed, it was mandatory to place a pillow between your legs, then do a log roll.

It’s just as it sounds, except that you are the log. In one fluid movement, keeping your body as straight as possible, roll to your right or left, just like a log that is set in motion. Be the log. 🙂 (That reminds me of a professor I had in university, but that’s another story for another day.)

This move has come in handy, upon more than one occasion.

If you’re going for surgery, or have back pain, I suggest that you work on this manoeuvre.

February 16, 2013

#401 – Treadmill

treadmillMy hip replacement was a success. My stay at the rehabilitation hospital was done. It was time to begin out-patient physiotherapy.

One of the best things that Anne, my physiotherapist, did for me was to get me walking on a treadmill. I began very slowly, increasing it as I became stronger and my gait evened out.

A poor gait develops as a result of the years of living with a deteriorating hip. A kindergarten student aptly described my sidle-hitch-waddle walk here. 🙂  The pain of bone on bone forces you to compensate, which then becomes habit, which is evident even after a prosthetic hip is in place. It’s important to observe, correct and practise your new walk post-hip replacement.

The slow, regular speed of the treadmill forces you into walking more naturally. It’s even better if there is a mirror in place to check out how good you look monitor your gait.

Be sure to check with your healthcare professional before beginning this on your own.

June 14, 2012

If She Walks Like a Duck . . .

 I felt a tug on my shirt.

“Teacher, did you poop your pants?” asked the little boy in my kindergarten class.

Although, the surprise may have registered on my face, I waited for what came next, knowing that he had to have a good reason for asking that question.

“Well, you’re walking like this.” He then proceeded to demonstrate my distinctive walk.

He wasn’t done, though. “My brother walks like that when he poops his pants.”

Children are honest. To quote Bill Cosby, they do “. . . say the darndest things!”

You see, I was waiting for a hip replacement, which resulted in a very distinctive way of waddling, er, walking. Although this anecdote is humorous, there is nothing fun or funny about the pain of a hip that needs replacing. Left untreated, the joint deteriorates to the point where it becomes a grinding of bone on bone. It is extremely painful and hard to get relief, whether sitting, standing, sleeping or moving. I am astonished that a hip replacement is considered elective surgery; in my experience, the alternative would be zero quality of life.

I can usually spot a deteriorated hip socket walk. Can you?

Image courtesy of Joanne Wilson.

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