Three weeks ago I dislocated my hip replacement and I am now slowly recovering, but I realise that it’s going to take time to get back to where I was right before the incident, and I have been told that I have to be careful for the rest of my life so that I don’t dislocate my hip again. I had my hip replacement operation in June last year, my third operation on that hip, after the two previous operations turned out to be unsuccessful and no other solutions were found than to give me a hip replacement despite my relatively young age. Since the hip replacement my hip has been a bit unstable and the pain after the operation never really settled, this is due to my primary condition and not something gone wrong during the operation. I have now been told that there is nothing more that can be done for my hip, I will not have the planned hip replacement on the other hip, and I will just have to careful not to dislocate again.
The thought of going through the dreadful experience of dislocating my hip again (think of the feeling of having your leg torn off at your hip...) makes me very careful right now, but I know once the healing process has progressed at bit further and I am feeling better, I will soon want to do more than hobbling around on crutches being constantly careful. Well, I’ve been there many times before, after numerous operations, eager to get out in the garden and just DO something. All my plants are crying out for some care and attention, and even if they can survive very well on just water without any other care, I just want to potter around in the garden for my own sake and sanity. So, in realising that I am not that good in listening to my body’s own voice when I am doing something I like, I have now got someone to help me with my garden :-) There is a charity where I live called Helping Hands who offer free help with anything from shopping and taking people out on trips to help with odd jobs around the house and help with gardening. I have had a visit from the charity today and on Thursday a ‘Helping Hand Volunteer’ will come to help me with my garden. My volunteer will help me; that’s what I have asked for, I haven’t asked for someone to do the gardening for me, but to do the parts I can’t do so that I can be outside with him or her and still enjoy the things I can do. That’s the kind of help I want and need and on the visit today the lady from the charity was very understanding when I said I didn’t want someone to come and take over the gardening for me. I am so grateful that charities like this exists and that with one phone call you can just ask for help when you need it. This charity is based on people donating their free time, as with any charity, and I asked today if I could help them back in any way and it turns out I can – I am going to redesign their website for them, that’s something I can do from my sofa on my laptop. Great exchange of resources!
I haven’t got any new photos from my garden for you today either, it is still very difficult to stand and take photos when on two crutches, but I am aiming to take my tripod out the next couple of days and have a go. With no new photos to work on for such a long time I have instead collected the best photos I have taken so far from this spring and summer and made another movie for you. The music is Dvorak’s Symphony no 9, fifth part.
The movie is saved in HD and will absolutely look best if you open it in full screen and view it in HD, but to enable my readers to view my movies in the small YouTube size if they want to, the quality setting is by default set too low for full screen view. For best result I recommend you to:
-Start the movie
-Click on the tiny gear icon on the bottom line to change quality and choose 1080p HD
-Click on the icon for full screen
-Push the progress bar back to start to get the movie to start from the beginning
...and when the annoying ad turns up, click the X inside the ad to make it go away. The ads are Google’s ‘punishment’ for when we don’t make our own music. If you find that your Internet connection is too slow for 1080p quality, try 720p instead, or pause the movie for a moment so it can download a bit before you resume.
Let me round up by saying thank you to all of you who wrote kind messages and well-wishes on my previous post on the 15th August, I really appreciate all the care you show me, it means a lot to me. Thank you everybody! Until next time, take care :-)