Rated One of Healthline’s Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2020!

Hi everyone. I am proud to announce that this blog has been rated one of Healthline’s Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2020. I am humbled and honored. This accomplishment would not be possible without the support of you, my readers. Thank you!

Some of you voted for my site. Others willingly leave comments to share experiences, show support, and/or join the community in other ways. However you got involved, you played a part. 🙂

According to Healthline: “We carefully selected each blog based on the quality of content, the consistency in posts, and engagement with their community.”

https://www.healthline.com/health/total-knee-replacement-surgery/best-blogs#1

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

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Even in our 2020 COVID-19 year: Happy Independence Day Everyone.

 Hi everyone. Even in our 2020 COVID-19 year: Happy Independence Day everyone. Celebrate safely.

For those wondering what I, Marie (aka Booktoots) look like…here I am celebrating IN A PRE-COVID 19 environment. This happens to be my favorite holiday. This year’s holiday is quite different, for sure.
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I would like to share a traditional quote and image that reminds us of the true meaning of this national holiday.. when a global pandemic like COVID19 does not exist:
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  Please….no political ranting.

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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 health concerns.

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

It’s That Time Again For Expressing Gratitude…

Hi my favorite readers! It’s that time again. The time for expressing gratitude for visiting my site and leaving your valuable comments. Everyone has been so generous with their support, comments, and insight. I am certain that many others benefit from what everyone shares. I receive comments on a daily basis from appreciative readers. How nice is that? 🙂

The success of this site would not be possible without all of your help. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

Keep supporting each other. That’s what it is all about. You are not alone in your journey.

Enjoy!

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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 award-winning 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Meal Preparation After A TKR

Hi everyone. Literature regarding preparing for a total knee replacement states that for a time period after this arduous surgery, patients will need to have help in many areas. One area is meal preparation after a tkr.   I’ll vouch for that…

The first week after my tkr, it was very uncomfortable to stand up for longer than a few seconds. And, the crutches I needed to walk with added to the concern. It could be worse, yes, but I definitely agree it makes for an easier recuperation to have someone else do this task.

After the first week, there are ways to do it on your own. As much as I love eating plain steamed veggies, the task of preparing the veggies was too cumbersome for me. Heck, just filling the ice bag took everything I had. 🙁 So, I needed to make some changes. Here’s what worked for me:

Frozen vegetables. There is a reason for frozen vegetables. They came in VERY handy during my tkr recuperation and meal preparation. Either microwaved or poured into a steamer – quick and easy. The less time I spent standing in one position, the better. You are likely the same.

Frozen entrees. Formerly known as “tv dinners”, there are so many varieties and brands to choose from – it’s easy to find something that suits your palate. Plus, the nutritional value is decent.

All you need to do is remove them from the box, poke the plastic film, and pop them in the microwave. When done, just dig in. Quick and easy to the max.

Crockpots. I swear by these and have loved mine for more years than I care to admit to. 🙂 All you need to do is put in a piece of protein (like chicken), a washed and cut baked potato, and whatever other veggies you want. (If you don’t have the energy for the potato, just put in some rice with a little bit of liquid).

Of course, frozen veggies are the easiest. Sprinkle with some Italian seasoning, put on the lid, cook, and you have a great meal. It probably takes about 5 minutes to prepare.

There were (still are) times when I’d fill my crockpot with water, add some split peas, herbs, and frozen veggies. Cooked at high for about 4 hours is all it took to give me a deliciously easy and tasty bowl of soup.

Frozen fruit. These are marvels for not worrying about spoilage. Just take a handful out and add to some yogurt or simply pour into a bowl and enjoy.

Hope some of these meal preparation suggestions help you during your recuperation from a total knee replacement. The first couple of weeks is the most difficult. If you’re like me, the less time standing – the better.

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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 a number of other health concerns.

This award-winning 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Life’s Ironies Involving the NBC and NHL

Today’s tickle: After just watching the NHL Game of the Week between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins , I thought it would be fun to share something that happened. It highlights life’s ironies involving the NBC and NHL.

NBC was holding a “Get Out of the Cold” contest whereby the winner would win a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

Results: The winner of the contest lives in Florida, about 150 miles from Orlando.

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

The Immune System After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone.  Many of you have contacted me about colds after a tkr.  Here’s my personal story after the immune system after a total knee replacement…

After having a prolonged cold, of which I rarely get, I was scared about the intensity of my symptoms. So, I called the doctor. (Remember….I am not a doctor calling kind of person. Prior to my tkr, I RARELY needed the services of a doctor since my health was overall very good.

I didn’t even have a general family doctor, since I didn’t need one. This isn’t intended as bragging, simply stating a fact.)

Anyways, I had never had such a serious cold and was concerned about it turning into a bacterial infection. Us total knee replacement patients (at least I am) are super sensitive to infections.

When I described my concern to the nurse, I asked if my swollen knee was a result of my immune system still being “not up to par”. I knew that a cold was a result of a weak immune system.

Yes, your immune system is still recuperating. That is why your knee is still swollen,” is what I heard. I was told that if it lasted for another couple days (it had already been two weeks), to go see my general physician.

Luckily, I just started drinking more warm liquids and eating soft foods. The symptoms were greatly decreased in two days. So…..no doctor. Whooppeee!!!  (Nothing personal against doctors. 🙂 )

I am only relaying this information since it is amazing how everything in the human body is tied together in some form. To me, the human body is awe-inspiring. (Even with my still recuperating bionic knee).

Everyone heals at their own rate and in their own way. Respect the intricacies of the human body to heal itself and adjust to the foreign object it has in it now (aka  your “bionic knee”).  Help it along as best as you can.

Hope this  post about The Immune System After A Total Knee Replacement 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.
This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Book Buying Message

Hi everyone. It appears something is amiss with my book buying software program. Many of you have contacted me after not being able to complete purchases. So..here is my book buying message…

Please contact me directly at booktoots35@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing any of my books. All are immediately available via instant downloads once payment is received.

I apologize for any inconvenience. As a way to show my appreciation for any convenience, I am offering a reduced rate.

Believe me when I say I am as frustrated about this as you are.

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 multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

We Remember

Hi everyone. Here is a poignant poem titled ‘We Remember’ that is worth sharing about Memorial Day and more:

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
–Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
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 multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.





Announcing New Ebook Titled “My 45 Years Of Living With Double Vision”

Hi everyone! I am excited and proud to share with you information about my new ebook titled “My 45 Years Of Living With Double Vision”. Yes, the main jest of Booktoots Healing is my tkr, but I also have vision issues worth sharing with you and others affected.

After searching the Internet, I realized that there was no independent patient information available. All I could find was tied in with clinics or surgeon’s offices. Since I have been living with the condition for decades, I felt the need to write about it since I am sure others are dealing with this troubling eye condition. Some of you have already responded positively. Thank you!

For some background: A head-on car accident caused my head to hit the dashboard/steering wheel/and go through the windshield. This impact resulted in a closed head injury, multiple fractures, traumatic brain injury, and …among other things….double vision. “

I am asking you to come explore my 45 year history in dealing with eye care professionals, triggering mechanisms, pre and post prisms, and strabismus surgery. You will also learn how to naturally lessen symptoms.

Do you experience the progression steps of double vision that I have? Do you know about triggering mechanisms? How about dealing with the vision care professionals? My experiences can help you.

This book is a must read for others who are living with this bothersome and uncomfortable condition. You are not alone.

This information -packed, tried-and-true ebook is immediately available for download from my Booktoots’ Books page.

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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 health concern.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

How Modern Technology Harms Us

Hi everyone. Back in the 1920’s, Thomas Edison was warning people about how he envisioned science becoming out of control and beginning to harm people. Here is my take on how modern technology harms us:

I think we’ve reached that point. Modern technology has advanced so rapidly and provides a wealth of amenities to make life easier. It also is making us a dumber society full of brainless drivers. In particular, I am speaking about the modern gadgetry found on new automobiles.

Modern technology is turning drivers into robots that are not smart enough to properly operate their own car. Visions of the Jetsons come to mind..only, the drivers I have seen are not even that smart.

Case in point: Some young female driver cut me off the other day, without turning her neck so much to see me. She was looking straight ahead when she pulled into traffic.

So, I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting her. That’s good defensive driving and a testament to my car’s good braking system.

However, after I honked my horn, she turned and saw me, stuck out her tongue and flipped me the bird. That’s just one story about disrespectful and stupid drivers.

It happens all the time, as I’m sure you have your own stories to tell. I’m not even getting into the amount of drivers who text or use their cell phones while driving or who sit in their cars texting after they are done pumping gas (while others wait in line).

Another example: …a parallel parking device that parks the car for you. If you cannot perform this function, DON’T DRIVE!! Give me a break..

Drivers are not supposed to learn how to judge the distance between cars, from the curb or maneuver their car into a position? How is this device supposed to make life easier for fellow drivers?

Here’s another one: There’s a computer chip that checks whether anyone, or anything, is behind you. The purpose of this technology is to make pulling out of a parking space or driveway easier. It’s supposed to lower your chances of hitting someone due to having blind spots or poor visibility.

Here’s a hint…if you cannot turn your neck enough to look behind you or understand how to use your rearview mirrors…DON’T DRIVE!!

How about checking your car’s surrounding area and making certain it is clear before jumping in and backing up? Is that too difficult? I think not. How about doing what pilots do and yell “CLEAR!” prior to moving the car?

I have seen more than one individual drive while wearing a soft neck collar. One friend said she felt comfortable doing this and couldn’t understand what the deal was.

I know of someone else who has a fused neck (with screws and plates) and is unable to turn his neck at all. He still drives (and flies a plane) and ridicules me because I refuse to drive or fly with him.

Or, if you are too lazy to use proper driving techniques to operate your vehicle…DON’T DRIVE!!!

What happens when these high-technology devices fail and people have to use their driving skills to get by? It’s a sad state of affairs, indeed.

Off note:
I saw a road sign the other day that stated…”Pull over for emergency vehicles.”  WHAT??!! This has to be a roadside sign? How stupid have drivers become? What happened to learning that important fact during your driver’s training class?

Don’t people put what they learned on their driving test to “real life” driving situations? What is currently being taught?

Another point…drivers who operate a vehicle without the capability of being able to turn their neck. Whether it be a fused neck, neck injury requiring a collar or brace, or any other physical reason..driving without being able to turn the neck is dangerous and stupid.

It endangers the lives of the driver, passengers, and other motorists on the road. And…don’t tell me that it’s no big deal to drive while wearing a neck collar or having your neck fused. I don’t buy it. Tell that to the person laying in a hospital bed due to you not seeing them while driving.

Motor vehicles are not toys. They are deadly weapons that deserve respect and proper handling. People need to learn that. Having modern technology take the place of common sense good driving is utter stupidity, in my opinion.

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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 health concerns.

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

Feeling Down Today? It Is OK..

Hi everyone. We are living in a strange time that has us all with mixed feelings. Are you feeling down today? It’s OK…Especially during our COVID-19 pandemic.

Some personal insight into why I am writing this article:

I woke up this morning with the sun shining in my window. Songbirds chirping. Beautiful day. How nice it would be to get a change of scenery. Only thing is, we are in a ‘stay home’ situation. Bummer. Guess I will play my flute outdoors in my back and front yards. Music will change my mood. Always does. 🙂

It is OK to feel down today. Why? Some suggestions..

First, enjoy this virtual bouquet of mums to brighten your day.

Mums Bouquet

You are human. Humans experience things in their own way.

Start being easier on yourself. Accept your feelings and let them ride.

Stop comparing yourself to others. Do your best with what you have.

Stop believing you are supposed to feel “up” all the time. If that was true, there would be no word like ’emotions’ which run the gamut from happy to depressed and beyond.

Gratitude. Do be grateful for what you have. No matter what. There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.

Take news breaks. Take news breaks. Take news breaks. The fear mongering, stupidity, and negativity is enough to change anyone’s perspective for the worse…

Remember: We are all in this COVID-19 pandemic together (no matter how some may believe otherwise). Do your part to make our globe a healthier, safer world.

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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 health concern.

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

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Total Knee Replacement Clicking: Do You Have it?

Hi my favorite readers! Here is a reprint of a popular post I did a couple of years ago that has received very positive feedback. Quite a few readers have asked to read it again…so here it is. Enjoy! Total knee replacement clicking: do you have it?

I have had a number of readers relay information to me that I find quite interesting. It seems that there is a major concern with their bionic knees making clicking sounds.

My tkr does click every now and then, but nothing serious.The majority of the time I have no problem with any sound that could be interpreted as a total knee replacement clicking.

However, sometimes I do  feel something similar to that of taking a sheet of aluminum foil and wadding it up. My bionic knee sometimes   “crinkles”.

It is a difficult feeling to describe. I cannot hear it, either. And, when I put my hand over my tkr knee, I cannot feel this “crinkling” or clicking happening.

I just wanted to bring it up since I know others who have had a total knee replacement are having similar experiences as mentioned above.

Anybody else have similar experiences they would want to share?

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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 health concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

 

Come Join Our Community At Booktoots’ Healing News!

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Here’s hoping your tkr recuperation is going well. I am inviting you to come join our community at Booktoots’ Healing News!

My newsletter will contain new developments, helpful exercises, fun tips, and a multitude of other information intent on helping you improve your overall life.

Being a total knee replacement patient myself provides me with first-hand insight that is worthy of sharing with you – my reader!

So, please take a moment and fill out my Email Signup Form found on the right sidebar. We will be helping each other! Let me be your partner throughout your tkr recuperation journey and beyond.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon! Stay safe and healthy..especially during these surreal COVID-19 times. Remember, 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 health concern.

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

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.