Hello everyone

How are you all?  Well I hope!  Here in  the UK we’ve got some sun and warmth at last so that does really lift the spirits and warms the joints! Yes, I need that warmth on the body as I’ve got arthritis in my right hip, which is now impacting my walking, but that impact is held at bay with exercises to strengthen my glutes and core, and through doing them every day, yes, every day, I have stopped (mostly) that unstable feeling I had when my hip gave way several times a day – got that down to once a week – huzzah!

And that’s relevant to today’s post as I want to talk to you about some great books on health and wellbeing that we’ve acquired recently. The first are five books about diabetic cooking. Yes, Mr F had some bloods taken last week (which was a bit of an achievement in the UK but I won’t go down that rabbit-hole!) and one of his results found that his blood sugars have tipped over into Diabetes Type-2. Ooops! I mean both of us think we eat healthily and we mostly do, our main meals are very healthy always with loads of vegetables, but there are things we do eat that are full of sugar, like jams and marmalades on bread, yum, biscuits, and me, I do like cake!  Mr F. loves his ice-cream and custard on a pudding, oh and the occasional beer. Neither of us drink very much, me not at all.

He’s seeing the GP next week, but in the meantime I ordered a bundle of 5 books of which one was: Dr Michael Moseley’s the 8-week blood sugar diet and, you know what, we realised that we’d read it before and discarded it when we were moving (we move a lot!). That previous book we think we got when Mr F’s blood sugars had started moving up, but did we truly take note of everything Moseley said, no we did not. Did we act on what he said, no, we did not. But now, it’s different and Mr F is reading every page. What’s more he has truly taken on board portion control and actually ate less than me last night, which is saying something as I always have quite a small plate and hardly ever have second helpings. The healthy minestrone I’d made was far too much to eat in one meal, so half of it has gone in the freezer, while before it would have been eaten come what may. Anyway, Moseley’s book is excellent with lots of interesting information giving lots of context and background to diabetes followed by some great recipes. The same goes for another of the 5 books which is, Antony Worral Thompson’s the diabetes Weight Loss Diet. That too has a lot of information on diabetes (about one third of the book) plus there are some sumptuous recipes so I am dipping into Worral Thompson’s book while Mr F is reading Moseley’s book.

The other three books are just recipe books and they are: Quick Cooking for Diabetes by Louise Blair & Norma McGough; Diabetic Cooking for One and Two by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson; and Diabetes Type 2 Healing Code, but we shall be looking at them all and this time, acting on them.

And that’s the point I’m making, there are some brilliant books out there and I have bought a few! I can turn my head to the left and see on my shelves numerous books on ageing and health, and two in particular, Dynamic Ageing by Katy Bowman and Strong Bones for Life produced by the Osteoporosis Society I bought ages ago when I was first diagnosed with osteopenia.  Both are full of exercises, but did I do them, no, I did not (of course I always do my Pilates classes and the 1-2-1 with my PT and I do have weights).  But it’s only when I wondered how long I would be able to walk that I faithfully began twice daily exercises, and actually, I’ve also moved my weights from a cupboard to those very shelves in my office and I am now doing upper body weights every day alongside the lower body strengthening that I have to do.

Perhaps you have been more motived than me, but what I’m saying is there are some great books out there to take up and read, but is it a fact that those books don’t get acted upon until that is, it becomes truly relevant?  I am certainly guilty of that, but I wonder what you think?  Is it that I love buying those books because they look good on my shelf?  Is it that I really do want to be healthy so I read all about certain issues so I have more knowledge, but in reality cook the same large portion meals and don’t do daily exercises because, you know, I’m a bit busy and quite well actually?  And then something hits on you – like my hip, like Mr F’s blood sugar?  And then….you act!

Here’s another book that I don’t need at the moment (thank goodness, but you never know) it is the Chemo Cookery Club, Cups & Sauces, Breast Cancer Edition by Penny Ericson & Barbara Park MSc RD. It’s sumptuous book and here can I say that I was given this book for free by a fellow Pilates class mate, the very same Penny Ericson, and it was my idea to review it, not hers and she’s had no input into these following paragraphs either 🙂

It’s actually a gorgeous book and highly relevant to anyone with breast cancer, or a carer, or a relative of someone with breast cancer as it’s got so much in it. Consequently it’s actually quite a weighty book in so many ways, because it has good information on cancer and food and eating well with just the most fabulous recipes. Penny has written six cookery books of which this is one and the recipes are mouthwatering, in addition there is a note of how easy or difficult a recipe is to cook plus a breakdown of the nutritional values, which I think is a really good idea for people who are obviously poorly. The bonus in this book, and what makes it rather special, is that it has a large section on moving with exercises provided by my very own Pilates teacher, Sarah Gibbings, and even some great advice on hair, scalp, skin and nail health. You really couldn’t ask for more, it’s very comprehensive. I loved dipping into it and think it would be a superb reference book for anyone suffering from breast cancer, and I say this because the whole approach of the book, and of the writers and contributors, is so helpful that it is, indeed, uplifting to read. I therefore highly recommend it

Now, unlike the other books where I haven’t given links to getting them because as you know all books can be bought from either your local bookshops or websites like Amazon, this book can also be found on the website: chemocookeryclub.com

There is another book translated into Italian, German, French and Russian called Around the Kitchen Table that can be downloaded free from the website: aroundthekitchentable.org

And finally it is so important these days to get out, be active and have some fun in the sun. On Sunday we had some fun, in some actual hot weather! We found a wonderful garden on the outskirts of Brighton in Stanmer Park called One Garden. I hadn’t been to this park for decades, not since we had a dog and I used to walk her in the woods surrounding the lovely Stanmer House, which is a Grade 1 listed building built in 1772 in the Palladian style. Here’s a photograph that doesn’t do it justice.

Facing the house are sloping fields that are typical of the English countryside.

Stanmer House has had quite a rocky few years with many commercial  enterprises failing but I believe there are some plans for the house to have 10 apartments built on the second and third floors and in a new annexe. Well, whatever happens it’s important that the building is maintained and it doesn’t fall into disrepair or worse.

We used to walk in the grounds of the house all the time when we had our dog, and I seem to remember a rather sad looking orangery. Today, though, round the back of the house a local college has restored the Walled Garden and within it is the most lovely garden, cafe and marketplace, of which they are called respectively, One Garden, One Kitchen and One Market.

The garden is laid out rather like Monet’s garden with rows of beds and is lovely.

Here’s another view.

And another.

The sweet peas were gorgeous.

As you can see I was rather taken by the yellow flowers.

But here’s an amazing blue geranium.

I’m standing rather awkwardly holding a polystyrene cup of tea which was so boiling hot when I bought it, I had to carry it around waiting for it to cool down.  But I was glad I hadn’t discarded it as, boy, was it a hot day. Have you ever seen me with so little on?! It was a delight to get out this summer dress which I’ve had for some years. To think a week ago I nearly packed away all my summer clothes! I didn’t, but that was a cold week – what a contrast this week is.  However, for those of you living outside the UK this weather breaks on Thursday and it’ll be back to normal. So there you are, we’ve had one week of summer in June, one week in July, no warm weather in August and the best and hottest weather in September – for 5 days!

Thats all for now, with love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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31 thoughts on “Health & Wellbeing – reading things up and actually doing the things that are suggested!

  • 7th September 2021 at 7:47 am

    Well done Penny on highlighting what I guess many of us do , have good intentions but don’t action them unless a strong motivator comes along . Maybe I am only speaking about myself ?
    I love the One Garden too and often suggest it as a meeting place now , especially as some of their plants are reasonably priced !
    All the best to you both , motivated me Re diet and exercise , thank you !

    • 7th September 2021 at 3:04 pm

      Honestly I have so many of those books! But did I ever….. not really! Now it’s different and I work jolly hard to keep myself going.

      One Garden is delightful and I agree it’s a good place to meet – take care 🙂

  • 7th September 2021 at 8:29 am

    Having recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I have been trying hard to improve my diet. Thankyou for the information about the books. I do have the Michael Mosely one but the others are new to me.

    • 7th September 2021 at 3:07 pm

      I really like the Worral Thompson book. The five book bundle cost a mere £19.49 which was well worth it, but it does include the Moseley book. Glad to have been useful 🙂

  • 7th September 2021 at 9:48 am

    Osteoporosis – is the one I tell you what helped get me out of the osteoporosis range. And it was NOT the National Osteporosis Society. There info makes sense if you do not know much abot nutrition. Basically your stomach is a heaving mass of acid (it has to be to digest food) BUT if you tip the balance of acid/alkali then your body cleverly takes calcium from your bones to neutralise this high stomach acid – and the biggest offender in creating ACID ASH in your stomach is HARD COW CHEESE. it is more damaging for people with osteoporosis than fillet steak (which also creates alot of ACID ASH). The first book I read that told me all this was Dr Marilyn Glenville’s Osteoporosis How to prevent, treat and reverse it. The reason I had OP was because of the meds i take for Epilepsy which , after meneopause and the loss of oestrogen, does not enable your body to absorb Vit D – and without Vit D you cannot utilise the calcium you ingest.

    • 7th September 2021 at 3:11 pm

      How interesting Sarah – thanks

  • 7th September 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Such an interesting blog Penny. I love all health books and cookery books, but as you say, the health books are always good to read but I don’t put it into practice much either. I have some of Michael Moselys books, The fast 800 easy is my favourite and I follow his wife Dr Claire Bailey on Instagram for her recipes but I will take a look at the 8 week blood sugar diet now. We can all think we don’t eat too much and have a healthy diet, but when it is written down and you can see what is actually consumed, it can be a worry. I have previously emailed you about my frustration of not seeing my GP face to face this year, suffering from considerable back pain and, like you, hip problems. Just been fobbed off with pain killers, some of which have made me so ill. Anyway I pushed and pushed and eventually have had an MRI scan on my back and pelvic X-ray. Imagine my surprise when I was told I have severe de-generation of my spine, osteoporosis (genetic) and I need a hip replacement!! All this after my doctor said it was a trapped nerve!! Anyway, have you been offered a hip replacement (12 months wait on NHS they said) or are you just carrying on with exercise? I am doing exercise but I really don’t feel ready to have a hip replacement. I am just 69 and all this has happened in the last 12 months. I love walking but this has stopped me in my tracks, and put the pounds on with lack of so much exercise. Do you think that just strengthening exercise will postpone a hip replacement for you. I’d rather try the natural treatments and see if they help.

    • 7th September 2021 at 3:22 pm

      Michael Moseley is a really good egg – always liked his programmes and my other half is reading the blood sugar one very closely. And we are both eating less as I think it’s taken me years to not cook for 4!!! I mean my kids both left home such a long time ago. I think we can eat better.

      Now re: the hip. Yes, I know what you mean as earlier this year my GP over the phone refused an X-ray. So, I went to a private physio and the first thing she said was, you need an X-ray which I got as I spoke to another GP who was very sympathetic. And of course, it showed degenerative arthritis in the hip. However, I don’t have pain (so thankful) it’s stiff and was very unstable with that ‘giving way’ thing one does. The physio’s exercises have helped hugely, but I am slow when walking and it does feel odd and ‘not right’. I must be on the slippery slope to have a replacement but not in the system as yet. The sympathetic GP said I was to contact her anytime for that, but of course, there’s that waiting list. Think the exercises were the best for now for me. And I wait to see if it deteriorates or I get pain, which again thankfully I haven’t got. I’m sorry to hear you are in pain, but actually it’s good to get that offer of a hip replacement as people I know who’ve had it done all say they wish they’d had it done sooner.

      Wishing you all the very best with this – and thanks for your comment 🙂

      • 9th September 2021 at 12:46 pm

        Interesting discussion about hip replacement. I found exercises helped me a lot – I got a programme of exercises from the NHS physio service – for a period of about two years. I then started to get pain and instability when walking and fortunately my GP referred me to the hip consultant at the hospital. He was so helpful and discussed it carefully – and listened, how rare is that! We agreed that I would go onto his list for replacement, which at the time (2019) was 7 months. Luckily I got called up within 6 months and had the op on a Saturday with just one overnight in hospital. I was so impressed with the whole set up. My gym instructor had given me exercises for rehab and together with those recommended by the hospital physio I was immensely improved very quickly. Back on my bike in 8 weeks and walking easily without crutches in 4 weeks. It really is a life changing operation. Best of luck.

        • 10th September 2021 at 8:35 am

          Hi Kathy – it’s so interesting to get your perspective and experience. My hip began with that instability which has been creeping up for years, it was earlier this year though when it became almost constant and felt so peculiar, that’s when I contacted my GP who was so unsympathetic as I had no pain (true) that I couldn’t even get an X-ray but as the instability was impacting me big time, that’s when I went to a private physio and from then on I’ve been doing the exercises (and got the X-ray). Basically what triggered the almost constant instability was me sitting on my backside for 3 months when I was ill the previous year, my glutes were practically non-existent!

          OK, since then my instability has reduced massively, but I’d say I must be on the way to needing a replacement, as my walking is impacted (I can only walk slowly) it’s still stiff and it doesn’t feel ‘right’. But I don’t have actual pain. I’m keeping a close eye as I’m not in the system. If I had pots of money I would, oh so sad to say this, go private. I rather think it would be good to talk the whole thing over with a consultant. And I might just do that – pay for a consultation and then get into the system if need be. As an ex-nurse I do feel for our NHS. Politicians have ruined it.

  • 7th September 2021 at 5:24 pm

    What a lovely photo of you in the garden Penny, you look great, the dress is very pretty and the garden beautiful. I miss the sculpture gardens that were a very short drive from my home, world class art, lovely plantings, a small lake. It was, and probably still is the world headquarters of a major soft drink empire. A number of years ago they closed the grounds for building renovation. It apparently reopened briefly but with more limited access, really open to the public only on weekends. and then covid hit and it closed completely. I am hoping that it might open up again soon. Well, what can I say about our weather here in New York. My last brief post said that I had managed to escape the flooding and winds which were the remnants if hurricaine Ida. While I was personally lucky, so many were not. One local couple were driving home from teaching their college courses when the flash flood overtook their car and they drowned. One friend lost all her appliances, I know two couples who lost their automobiles. I could go on. Driving through our local communities you see piles of belongings piled at the curb. President Biden is going to tour the area today. It has been declared a disaster. Tomorrow night more heavy rain is predicted, with possible flooding.
    I hope those cookbooks are helpful. I used to really like to cook but now find it often hard at times to find the motivation when it is just myself. I eat quite a bit of fruit but struggle to get my vegetables in. Also I worry that I do not get enough protein, as I eat little or no meat and will eat fish usually only when got out to eat. I am fairly sure I have declined in my fitness. I did walk regularly during the pandemic but of course spent so much time at home. I read more books but lost stamina. I do have osteoporosis, have never taken meds for it as so far my mobility has been OK, even good given my age. I should do yoga more often, especially since I am certified as a yoga teacher, and use the small weights that sit on my bedroom floor. before covid there was a yoga teacher teacher I really liked . She did begin teaching in person but then was away for the whole Summer and has yet to return to a regular schedule. I am lucky that I can still do the things I do. Anyway, stay well Penny, I always enjoy your discussions on any topic. Love, Darby

    • 8th September 2021 at 7:36 am

      Thank you re: the garden and how I looked 🙂 It’s such a nice garden and it’s shame your nearby garden has closed. And so very sorry about the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida. We’ve seen some footage which looks shocking (as of course, all events like that are, Germany’s floods were appalling) but I’m glad you escaped all the dangers.

      We have really taken on the need to reduce our sugars and my other half has reduced his portions a lot, but I was cooking for those larger portions so I have to change my ways too. I think anyone who cooks for just one must find it challenging, but I’d eat fish every day if I could! Do you live near a market? I was wondering about the vegetables – they’re so important really, and the more colourful the better

      It’s interesting you haven’t taken any meds for osteoporosis as I was offered that particular drug you take once a week that’s quite toxic really, well I refused it. I shall see what the bone scan reveals when I have one in October. Honestly the things that creep up on one as you age, but as we both know it’s a privilege to age as not everyone is able to age, so I hold onto that.

      Thank you as ever for your comment and very best wishes from Brighton 🙂

  • 7th September 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Is surprising how fast sugar destroys or bodies. But then again, with good food there is a lot to win. We are currently on a holiday in the Netherlands. On a island. But gosh, nothing compares to Sussex…

    • 8th September 2021 at 7:40 am

      Yes, I think I was having too much sugar too, as my blood sugars have crept up a little, but nothing like Mr Fs..

      One day, Nancy, one day!

  • 7th September 2021 at 8:36 pm

    First…that green dress is fabulous Penny!! I swear you look like a 30-year-old!!
    And I just love your honesty with the diet and workout books. I mean, how many times do we hear the same thing over and over and ignore it?? Until it really applies to us, and then sometimes it’s too late. Not always too late, but if we had been more diligent beforehand, it would have been easier.
    We are finally working out more which is why I’ve been including my fitness outfits on my weekly wrap-up posts.
    And after reading that AARP article on osteoporosis, I’m primed and ready to go!!

    • 8th September 2021 at 7:43 am

      Thank you so much Jodie, what a lovely thing to say. Of course, I wish….. then again I’m glad I am who I am right now!

      Yes, and the books I have……. but oh boy, am I doing the exercises now, yes I am!!!! Thanks again for your lovely comment 🙂

  • 8th September 2021 at 4:15 am

    Oh Penny how I relate to your comments about not acting on what sound advice written in these informative books you mention.
    I think with me it’s so reassuring to have the books and maybe by just having them makes me feel reassured! Anyway your comments have thankfully made me address some of the not so good snacks that have “slipped in” since moving.
    Love your dress Penny with the pineapples and the lovely green colour xx

    • 8th September 2021 at 2:36 pm

      Yes, I too like having the books and I do read them – it’s acting on the advice that is challenging, but we are now both working really hard to get our health as best as it can be. Those snacks….. for me it’s biscuits!

      Thanks re: the dress, it was so nice to get it out and wear it, the first time all summer.

      Best wishes to you Vivien 🙂

  • 8th September 2021 at 5:34 am

    So true that we don’t act on health advice books until the problem lands! Mr Mutton recently had to go on tablets fir high blood pressure. It wasn’t a complete surprise. But I then bought books about bringing down blood pressure naturally. Mr M has since lost nearly 2 stone.

    Lovely pictures of the gardens. You look lovely in the summer dress. What a shame the heatwave is just 3 days.

    • 8th September 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Mr F is really taking everything on board re: sugar and really wanting to lose weight. Two stone though! That’s really good – congrats Mr M!

      The garden is lovely and it was great to get that dress out, the first time this year!

  • 8th September 2021 at 5:11 pm

    “Beauty and Information”…that about describes this blog and the author!
    Hello, Penny! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of Stanmer House and it’s gardens! Glad that you were out and about in good summer weather.
    My husband also had a scare with diabetes 2! We changed our eating habits! He also has a small device that draws a bit of blood to check his glucose levels. He has been maintaining low numbers…so thankful!
    We, too, are going out a bit. Last evening, husband and I attended our church family Small Group that we haven’t seen in 1-1/2 years. We have been zooming but never face-to-face. It was a delicious potluck w/lively conversation, outdoors in a lovely patio surrounded by citrus and avocado trees and soft candlelight. We know there was a mix of vaccinated/unvaccinated attendees.
    And so, we, too, are slowly emerging from this quarantine cocoon. May we continue to be wise, safe, and healthy!
    Charlene H.

    • 10th September 2021 at 8:43 am

      Yes, the outing was lovely and it was so nice to have those few hot days – we’ve had very few this year!

      We’ve taken the blood results very seriously and have already altered our eating habits. It’s a good wake-up call!

      Lovely to hear of your outing too. Take care 🙂

    • 10th September 2021 at 8:40 am

      The garden is amazing and it was so hot that day but the weather has broken as we say here and it’s back to grey clouds! However, it was so nice to have those few days and wear that lovely dress – the first time this year!

  • 13th September 2021 at 3:48 pm

    As you say Penny there is a lot of good advice around but it’s easy to ignore until something goes wrong. I really dislike cooking so don’t read cookery books but we have greatly reduced the amount that we eat over the years to keep our weight down as much as anything. We don’t have deserts and cake or biscuits infrequently. However we do like our evening drink which is really just sugar so not that healthy really. Just come back from cruise and sad to see so many people grossly overweight and suffering in various ways because of it. We ate more than usual but confident – not been on scales yet! – that we’ll soon pull it back. I usually do exercise 3 x week but only manged 4 sessions in total while away. My severe OP was diagnosed nearly 20 years ago now, I was under 50 & I’ve been on drugs ever since. An attempt to have 3 years off them, as proposed by my consultant, led to such a deterioration in 18 months that I had to start again, this time with bi-annual injections. There are potential side-effects which I’ve not experienced but without treatment goodness knows where I would be now. The main thing s to avoid spinal fractures. In my case it’s genetic and I think it might be a malabsorption problem as I had loads of calcium in my youth and walked 3 miles a day forward and back to school.
    Cruise went very well, much better weather than expected. Some (not sure how many) people developed Covid, despite bring double vaccinated and tested before boarding. They and close contacts were isolated by the on-board tracking system which was taken very seriously. We had to wear medical -grade masks except when eating or drinking. I was content with the level of risk and had taken things to do if confined to cabin, all of which have balconies. Staff wore masks all the time when serving us.
    Passengers supplied sputum for PCR tests immediately before we left the ship so hoping not to hear anything more as feeling well, but no guarantees. It was all worth it to get away.
    Those gardens are lovely, such a bonus to get a bit of ‘Indian Summer’. Just been reading an article about how many health problems are being missed by reducing ‘in person’ appointments. It will take time to discover the wider ramifications of the need to prioritise Covid over everything else but then the NHS was struggling even before the pandemic. The austerity chickens are certainly coming home to roost………….

    • 15th September 2021 at 10:24 am

      Hi Lynda
      Oh yes, honestly some people we saw (on a different cruise line) were so overweight they were like those wobbly men you had as toys as a child! The last time we went on a Saga cruise there were fewer people like that. Not sure I will actually do the one we booked for next year – still uncertain. It’s a shame as I did love the dressing up!

      My other half is taking the diet he’s on very seriously and its good for him have that wake-up call. So I am cooking smaller portions, but consequently I’ve lost a couple of pounds myself – I’ll have to watch that and allow myself some cake!

      Your severe OP must obviously be genetic and gosh it must be serious to have the injections. However, I refused to take the tablet that is once a week because of my sensitive stomach – I have a bone scan in October and I will see what that reveals.

      That garden is lovely and we will go again later this month when I hope it’s not quite as hot as it was when we visited that Sunday. There’s also plants for sale so that’ll be nice.

      As ever thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 14th September 2021 at 7:20 am

    Good Morning Penny.Just popped by to say it was lovely to see you in Brighton on Sunday!.The marathon was great wasnt it and well done to your Son and all the others that took part!I got back to Leicester last night and woke up this morning wishing that I was still there.I got a great bargain from the Sussex Beacon charity shop at the bottom of St.James Street.A pair of blue suede desert boots for £5 which I will live in during the Winter,lol.Take care and best wishes to you and your Family.xx

    • 15th September 2021 at 10:26 am

      Hi Debra and thank you so much for those kind words you said when we met like that at the Brighton Marathon. My son had had an injury a couple of days beforehand so it was truly amazing he completed the course.

      The blue suede boots sound brilliant – enjoy wearing them 🙂

  • 15th September 2021 at 7:49 am

    What lovely pictures, the garden is fabulous and the dress is super on you Penny!
    I was interested in reading the comments about hip replacements – I have a hip joint that occasionally seems to give way, and I get a stabbing pain in my groin – as though someone had pushed a stick right into the fold where my leg meets my body. Neither the doctor nor my physio friend seems to think it is a problem, and as the pain seems to be in soft tissue rather than my actual hip joint I just put up with it and hold on to a banister if I am going up or down steps, just in case. Perhaps I should make more of a fuss and try to get an x-ray.
    About books – I too often lap up the theory but neglect the practice; however, I can recommend the books (and podcasts) by Rangan Chatterjee. They are beautifully presented, and I have found The Four-Pillar Plan to be highly motivating.
    Thank you for your blog, Penny! I always enjoy reading it even if I don’t often comment. xxx

  • 15th September 2021 at 10:36 am

    Gosh Lizzie, you sound as though you have the classic symptom of a dodgy hip with the pain in your groin – definitely push for an X-ray.

    The symptom of your hip giving way can absolutely improve with exercises from a physio. Like you my GP didn’t think it was all that important and refused me an X-ray. So, because it was happening so often and was impacting my walking big-time I went to a private physio and after 4 sessions (@£45 for half an hour) I had improved so much she discharged me. During the first session (which I think was £60) she told me I simply must get an X-ray for a proper diagnosis and that if the GP refused again she’d send him a letter but I spoke to a more sympathetic GP and the X-ray confirmed that I had degenerative arthritis of that hip. Anyway, the GP said I could get into the system at that point, but the exercises were working brilliantly so we decided it would be up to me to contact her again when I thought it necessary.

    So the exercises were explicitly for the one glute but my Personal Trainer has also helped to do exercises that are in the round for the whole body. Over several months I have done exercises on the floor nearly every day and the hip does not feel as though it’s going to dislocate at any moment – it does still happen but once a week maybe. I know I must be on the slippery slope to a new hip as it does still impact the speed of my walking and I have to work on the stiffness. What a bore!!!!!

    Anyway, definitely push for more help – go for it!

  • 17th September 2021 at 2:26 am

    I love the garden- those pretty yellow flowers! And those books sound pretty interesting and useful! Thanks for linking up:)

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