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Bankruptcy of Purse or Bankruptcy of Life?

Hi everyone! Some of you have asked me for a reprint of this article/post by Sterling Hayden. Due to its popularity, Bankruptcy of Purse or Bankruptcy of Life? has been published on numerous sites over the years. It is written by a sailor for a sailor….Concepts hold true for anyone – whether a landlubber or seafarer…Enjoy….

“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea – “cruising” – it is called.

Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

“I have always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I cannot afford it.” What these men cannot afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of what is termed security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need, really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That is all that is needed in the material sense, and we know it.

But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”

– Sterling Hayden, Author/Actor/Wanderer

This piece is especially in sync with the spirit of Race To Alaska. For more information on this wonderful adventure, feel free to visit:
Race To Alaska

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I have. Find interesting? Kindly share…Thanks!

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






Finding Inspiration During Recuperation

Hi everyone. As anyone knows, any type of recuperation process is difficult, time consuming, and sometimes overwhelming. This is especially true with a tkr (total knee replacement). With all the exercises, lack of sleep, and hard work involved, it is too easy to get caught up in our individual situation. We must focus on the positive and start finding inspiration during recuperation.

It’s always informative reading through comments posted throughout this site. There seems to be an underlying theme found in most of the posts. That theme is inspiration. Most people find it from some source or manner. It all varies with the individual.

So…it brought some memories of how inspiration played a key role in my life while recuperating from my car accident. Here’s my story that I hope you enjoy…

I was in a body cast, visiting the doctor monthly. The doctor’s appointment was the only time I got out other than to walk the block daily. One time, after much pressure, I went on a date as a diversion. If you think dating is uncomfortable in everyday life, try doing it in a body cast. Ha!

Anyways, I was back at home all wrapped up in myself and my current situation. I needed hope. I needed to know that more existed than my continual, miniscule steps toward learning how to independently walk again.

One night I turned on the television and there was Jacques Cousteau. Back then (the 70’s) he had an hour-long show on Thursday nights. It was known as the “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”.

Each episode focused on introducing us to one ocean-dwelling marine species. Suddenly, my perspective changed. It gave me something to look forward to. What was I going to learn next?

Here I was one single individual (a small speck on the earth’s surface) learning about an entire species. I was also learning how that same species was under attack by human encroachment. I saw the marvel of lobsters walking single file over the ocean’s surface by using telepathic communication.

At the end of the episode we heard about how the lobster industry hones in on, and disrupts, this natural process. It is prime commercial lobstering time.

I learned about the wonderful, peaceful manatees and how they are affectionately known as the “gentle giants”. They were a sight to behold. At the end of the episode we learned about how boat propellers were damaging/killing them.

I remember an episode about killer whales. We learned about these beautiful wonders, their intelligence, communication skills, and other magnificent insight only he was capable of presenting so compellingly.

Then, he started discussing these mammals being kept in captivity. Cousteau emphasized how it was only a matter of time before these majestic creatures rebelled. Have you seen the movie Black Fish? Case closed.

Every episode featured the Calypso, his research vessel. The Calypso was a converted WWII mine sweeper. After my recuperation process ended, I became a proud member of the “Friends of Calypso”, a group of supporters who kept the Calypso operating.

I hung my Calypso flag proudly on my wall alongside my welcome letter, progress updates, current journey news, research projects, and other paraphernalia. It was a continual source of inspiration.

In conclusion, be sure to find something that takes you outside of yourself. Be inspired. It will improve your motivation, outlook on life, and enhance your body’s healing capabilities.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Find interesting? Kindly share…

For those wanting more information about the Cousteau Society, here is a link to their website:
Cousteau Society

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.








Thank You Booktoots’ Supporters…

Hi everyone. It’s that time again to say “thank you” for visiting and playing an active role in helping this site succeed. I have a very deep appreciation for all you do. Whether it is reading through the posts, commenting about your current situation, or encouraging other readers, thank you for taking time out of your day to participate.

Best of luck to everyone. Please share the news about this site with others you know could benefit. We are all in this together!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






Shoe Lifts: Little Known Benefits

Hi my favorite readers! Wearing shoe lifts, whether they are noticeable or not, provides many benefits. It can be easy to focus on the negative, but what’s the point in that?

I previously wrote about being grateful for my 1.5 inch shoe lift. And..seeing that the post received such positive feedback, I thought I’d talk about it again. Enjoy!

Some may think that wearing shoe lifts is a hindrance. After all, not everyone wears one and the wearer could be on the receiving end of some strange looks. I know since I have been wearing a noticeable external lift for 42 years. I am still sensitive to the strange looks I sometimes get.

Part of my recuperation from my tkr includes having to adjust my shoe lift thicknesss. That is a process I hope none of you have to go through. Anyways, that is why I have figured out reasons to be grateful for wearing these beneficial orthotics.

Puddle Conquering. Depending upon the thickness of a shoe lift, puddles can easily be walked through. Your shoe will not get wet, unlike your regular shoe. This statement applies to shallow streams, also. Your feet will stay dry.

Self Defense Tool. If someone starts to give the wearer a hard time, shoe lifts can be used to place a heavy kick to the groin. The extra weight will make for an extra punch.

This maneuver only applies if you can lift your leg high enough to get a good kick in, though. Your leg muscles may not be strong enough. If you have difficulties lifting your leg, give a good kick to the shins. Ouch!

Convenient Bug Squasher. The extra weight of shoe lifts can provide for an easy elimination of bugs that are otherwise hard to kill (such as immensely oversized cockroaches known as Palmetto bugs. Eww..!!).

All you need to do is get a quick whack! or stomp in and the little critter will be saved a lingering death. Plug your ears in case the critter has a hard shell. You do not want to hear the crunch..believe me. Be sure to apologize to them before the killing process, though. They usually do not mean any harm.

It Improves Mobility. Of course, the best reason for wearing a shoe lift is the fact that it improves your mobility. It balances out your musculoskeletal system and gait. As a walking aide, it makes getting around easier and less painful.

There’s nothing funny about this. Just a plain and simple, hard, cold fact. It has helped out tremendously since my total knee replacement.

Hoping this helps others going through the same thing. Do you have similar stories to share? Feel free to post your comments….

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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Baking Soda To The Rescue

Hi everyone. We all know the importance of using natural products for solutions to a number of concerns. Well, baking soda has been around for longer than most of us have been alive.

Here are some all-natural ways to start using these time-tested, versatile wonder:

Chrome polisher.
* Place a couple teaspoons of baking soda into a small container.
* Add enough water to make a smoothable paste.
* Dip a clean cloth into the paste.
* Gently start using a circular motion to apply the paste.
* Let the paste dry.
* Polish (remove) with a clean, dry cloth.
* Instant shine without any chemicals!

Bug bites.
Warm weather brings with it a slew of insects. Insect bites can happen before you even realize it. Did you know that baking soda is an ideal product to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness? It is extremely low cost, odorless, and easy to use.

Here’s what you do…
*Get a small container
*Put in about a teaspoon of baking soda.
*Add a small amount of water.
*Mix thoroughly until you get a thick paste consistency.
*Spread on the insect bite.
*Be sure to thoroughly cover the bite.
*Let dry for a few minutes.
*Put a bandaid on if you are planning on wearing clothing.

Store any leftover paste in an airtight container for future use.

I find this solution particularly beneficial since getting bit by a mosquito on my tkr leg. The itching was unbearable. This remedy was remarkably quick and convenient.

Coffee Pot or Carafe Internal Cleaning
* Handle those hard-to-clean carafes by sprinkling 1-2 teaspoons baking soda into them.
* Add enough water to fill the entire carafe
* Let sit for about 10 minutes
* Lightly swirl the water around for a few seconds.
* Pour out cleaning solution
* Rinse container thoroughly with water
* Dry thoroughly

All Types of Odors
Baking soda is a wonderful, odor-free odor killer.
* Lightly sprinkle some over your garbage bag.

* Put an open container into the back corner of your refrigerator. It keeps your refrigerator fresh smelling.

* Sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes to help remove moisture and odor.
Shake out any excess prior to wearing.

Laundry aide
* Have your laundry smelling like new by sprinkling some baking soda on top of the clothes prior to starting the wash cycle.

Teeth Whitener and/or Toothpaste
Forgot those expensive, chemically-enhanced dental whitening/cleaning agents. Baking soda has been used for these purposes since grandmother’s day.

* Mix some baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste.
* Wet your toothbrush.
* Dip your toothbrush into the paste.
* Gently start brushing your teeth.
* Rinse your mouth and brush when done.
* Store any excess paste in an airtight container for next time.
* NOTE: This also works well for dentures.

These are just some suggestions I have used and found very helpful. They will save you tons of money at the store. Plus, they do not harm the atmosphere or your health.

Good luck!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.








TKR Leg Straightening Exercises That Make a Difference

Hi everyone. I’ve been receiving numerous emails about tkr leg straightening exercises. It seems that an update to a previously popular article is in order. I am leaving the original comments intact so you can gain further insight.

Leg straightening was of particular interest to me during my initial tkr recuperation stages. I had to spend extra time working on this area to make my leg (knee) lie flat on any surface. You are probably the same way.

Hope the following information is useful to you..

Search online and you will notice that there have been a number of blog posts written about ways to straighten your leg after undergoing a total knee replacement. I have used them and they work well. Even though the basic exercise maneuver and format is there, it is always interesting to see these exercises from a different perspective. All variations can be individualized to suit individual needs.

I love sharing insight from my readers. In this instance, it is from Monique, one of my favorite contributors who just underwent a tkr herself. Her helpful suggestions put a different spin on some traditional leg straightening exercises to do during the tkr recuperation process. I thought her variations would be helpful to share with everyone. I have tested each maneuver and can attest to its legitimacy. They are as follows, in her words:

1) Lie on the bed and extend the TKR leg and place the heel on a rolled up towel so that the leg is slanted, not touching the bed. Then take a phone book, open it in half and place it across the knee. Stay in position for about 4 minutes. (I had to work up to this because it hurt when I first began doing this.)

2) Another exercise for straightening the leg…Lie face down on bed and let your leg hang over the edge of the bed about at the knee. Add a weight on the ankle of the TKR knee. I put the strap of my purse on my ankle and let the bag hang down. Stay in position for about 4 minutes or as long as your can stand it.

I like the idea of the phone book as a weight in exercise #1. And, the idea of using a purse strap in exercise #2 is very ingenious, in my opinion. 🙂

Thanks, Monique. I’m sure others will enjoy these exercises as well. Well, maybe not enjoy them (due to pain, you know..), but will get great use out of them. 🙂

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






Memorial Day 2017

Hi everyone. This Memorial Day 2017 post is for all of my United States of America readers and those celebrating this special holiday:

Remember that the true meaning of this special day is tribute and honor. It’s not just about the bbqs, parades, and office closings. Thank a veteran, his/her family members, and other military members for their sacrifices so we can have the freedoms that are sometimes taken for granted.. Visit a graveside to pay respect. Attend Memorial Day ceremonies/concerts.

Thank you…

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 35+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Advertisers: Promotion Requires Tact

Hi everyone. The Internet brings out all kinds of people who want something for nothing. Or, a quick fix. I recently updated my listing to numerous sites in an attempt to increase publicity. What’s happened? I forgot about the existence of tactless product promotions that exist out there. Advertisers: Promotion Requires Tact.

I have received numerous comments about how someone just read about certain things they see on my site. Well, in the comment, individuals leave their website address. It turns out that the commenter sells the products. That is not the way to gain publicity.

If you sell a product that provides miracle cures, is the best thing since cut cheese or one that you simply cannot live without…..keep it to yourself. It doesn’t belong on this site. It will go into my Trash bin. Promotion Requires Tact.

And, listing these type of comments is an unsolicited form of advertisement. It is not appreciated at all. In addition, the comment is a negative reflection of yourself and product.

If anyone is truly interested in letting my readers know about a product that may help them, contact me directly. Discuss the topic in intelligent terms that spark interest and a want for further information. It is that easy.

That’s all there is to that. Remember….Advertisers: Promotion Requires Tact. Thanks for your time.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 35+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Ankle Weights and Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi everyone. Some of you have contacted me about what exercises to do after your tkr. I find that ankle weights and knee replacement recuperation go together like apple pie and ice cream. Here are a some of the most beneficial exercises that helped me during my total knee replacement recuperation period. I still do them years after my tkr, fyi. They may originally hurt, but that means they are working…:)

1) An easy (I don’t believe I’m calling it easy) way to get some flexibility back into the knee, is to simply put a 5-pound weight around the ankle. Just by walking around, it helps stretch and strenghten your hamstring.

2) Another exercise involves sitting in a chair and doing a knee extension. Sit with your feet on the floor. Slowly and gently lift your foot from the floor and begin straightening your knee. For maximum results, keep your toes pointed toward the ceiling. Hold for five seconds, if possible. Slowly return to original position.

3) If you are like me, your tkr knee will be bent after your joint replacement. Here is a wonderful maneuver that I used to help rectify this situation: Sit in a firm chair. Lift the heel of your tkr leg onto another chair. The back of your knee will be unsupported. Then, put the ankle weight on top of your bionic knee. Be sure to start out with a lighter weight for safety purposes. Stay like this for at least 5 minutes.

Keep working at recuperating……it’ll come…..:)

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Total Knee Replacement: Telltale Signs You May Need One

Hi everyone. Many of you have been contacting me wondering whether it’s time for a total knee replacement. Even though I am not a medical professional, I can provide personal insight into how I decided it was time. Hopefully, you will find some useful information from my insight. Here are some telltale signs you may need one:

Cortisone wears off quickly.
When I first approached a surgeon about having a tkr (total knee replacement), cortisone was recommended as an alternative. The recommendation was having one every three months to ease the pain and stiffness.

The results were immediate. I walked out of the doctor’s office without any pain or difficulties. I was happy as a clam in mud. That is, until two weeks later when the cortisone wore off. At that point, I was back where I started.

Pain killers lack effectiveness.
What used to provide some level of relief, suddenly does not. Since I do not take any prescription medications, I used over-the-counter remedies. They became a waste of money as my knee cartilage disappeared.

Knee locks up.
This can happen anywhere, any time. The pain is unbearable. Sometimes it took a few minutes to “get back to normal”, other times it took 10-20 minutes.

Walking aides are needed.
The above reason is why I started carrying crutches with me everywhere. You may find a cane is easier. Whatever the device, extra precaution is part of everyday life.

Excessive pain in everyday movements.
Everyday movements include walking, sitting, standing, and laying.

Difficulty crossing legs.
No longer do I take crossing legs for granted. Do you find yourself looking at people with their legs crossed, admiring the fact they can do it? It may be time to take action.

Need assistance getting in and out of chairs.
Assistance can be another person, a chair arm, or a mobility-impaired recliner. Whatever it is, using your leg the usual way will become difficult.

Favoring “good” leg.
This is a common behavior. My “good” leg is able to do everything the ”normal” way, so why not take advantage of that? I found myself putting all my weight on my undamaged leg. This leads to further damage.

Looking for stair alternatives.
Ah, stairs. Instead of viewing stairs as exercise, suddenly they turned into torture devices. I was always on the lookout for alternatives. Alternatives included elevators and/or escalators. Whenever I did use stairs, a railing was necessary. And, it was not a pretty site.

Body realignment is required.
Do you find yourself having to adjust your body before moving? You may have to realign your spine, wait for your knee to get in place, and/or do some stretching. Whatever it is, getting up and going is not an easy task.

Well, that’s all I can think of for know. Hopefully, you have found something useful to aid your decision-making process.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 35+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.