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Music and TKR Recuperation

Hi everyone. Sending the best wishes that this New Year is finding you in good spirits and that you are working hard to make yourself better. Have you thought about making music part of your tkr recuperation? Or..everyday life? It is a perfect tool.

We always hear that music soothes the soul. As a musician, I have seen and heard remarkable things related to music. After listening to my performance, people regale wonderful stories that sometimes stand my neck hairs on end. Nice…It can work for you, as well.

Anyways, whenever the times gets tough…put on some music. You likely are already doing this, but for those who forget about the powers of lmusic..get started. The sooner, the better.

With so many genres available, there is bound to be one (or more) that suit your individual preferences. What is even nicer, is the fact that there is music available to suit your mood at any time.

Music can transport you to a happy place when those tkr exercises seem like they will never end. Music can also take your mind and soul to a relaxed state that is perfect upon the completion of your workout. Whatever the need, music will satisfy it.

To quote Dr. Daniel Amen, “The best music is the kind that inspires a different feeling or emotion, the kind that elicits a reaction.” For more information on this mental health professional, visit:
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There are numerous studies and professional resources available touting the benefits of music. Check them out if you have some time.

So…put on your favorite music and help your blood pressure, mood outlook, energy level, and other health-promoting items.

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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.







Happy 2017 Everyone! Calling All Readers! Help!

Happy 2017 to all of my readers! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look around. Hoping this year will bring each and every one of you an abundance in every area of your life.

On a short note…this site has been around for nine years (you read that correctly. 🙂 ) Since this site is solely operated by myself, it can be difficult coming up with fresh ideas. Hence..I am turning to you!My readers have always come through before and I am confident you will this time. 🙂

Do you – one of my valued readers – have any suggestions for article topics? Are you dealing with a situation that could use some outside insight? Let me know!!

I promise to take all suggestions under consideration. This is already one of the most popular blogs online, let’s make it even better!

Feel free to contact me at booktoots35@gmail with your suggestions. You can also simply leave a comment below. Whatever floats your boat works.

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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.







Happy Holidays and Personal Reflections..

Happy holidays! Wishing all my readers a wonderful, joyous holiday season! For all those who have shared their tkr experiences, thank you. For all those stopping by to receive support and information, thank you. This site would not exist and be as successful as it is without each and every one of you.

Personal reflections involving three main components (movies, music and food) of the holiday season:

It’s such a blast to watch the holiday classic movies including the original (black and white) ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, ‘Holiday Inn’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’ (with Jimmy Durante narrating) and ‘White Christmas’. I can’t remember the name of the episode, but there’s a Dragnet episode involving the theft of Baby Jesus that signifies the magical quality of this season. The episode usually plays on Christmas Eve. It’s just great to watch. 🙂

Another one of my personal favorites is Going My Way’ starring Bing Crosby. The message is powerful and the music is outstanding. And…what would the season be without the Grinch? The traditional, animated version is wonderful, but the movie version is also available. The choice is yours. Or, why not watch them both? 🙂

The beginning of the holiday season, in my opinion, is the showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. There is something in that movie for everyone. Whatever is occurring in one’s everyday life, at some point, is in this movie. I just love it. Plus, Jimmy Stewart is an all-time favorite. 🙂

And…let’s not forget ‘Christmas Story’. “You’re gonna shoot your eye out, kid.” The leg lamp, Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant, Bumpus Hounds, double dares, and others are timeless. I particularly like the double dare involving the kid sticking his tongue onto a frozen lamp post. When his tongue got stuck, his friend says…”It really works.” Gets me every time.

The music is another blessing. Tunes such as ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’, ‘First Noel’, ‘Halleluiah’ and ‘Silent Night’ never get old. Personally, I prefer classic versions and not that electronic stuff that some bands make money off of..(name unmentioned). I never get tired of hearing Bing Crosby sing ‘White Christmas’ or another Irving Berlin song titled ‘Count Your Blessings’. Wonderful way to celebrate happy holidays!….

It’s a blast to entertain at holiday festivities. It never gets old playing my flute, seeing smiling faces and sharing others’ personal reflections. The flute is so perfect for a wide variety of spiritual-related compositions. It even sounds good playing Jingle Bells. Nice..:)

Let’s not forget the food and beverages. It’s the only time gingerbread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie spices, yams, eggnog, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberries and ambrosia salad appear on the dinner plate. I don’t know about you, but this is the only time of the year I consume spiced wine, eggnog, gravy and dressing. Happy holidays!

Side note: I served up gravy at a local holiday meal fest and was taken aback by the amount of people who didn’t want gravy on their mashed potatoes…what’s up with that? Me…I cover mashed potatoes, turkey and dressing with the luscious liquid. In fact, I make a volcano out of my potatoes and let the gravy overflow begin. It never occurred to me that others wouldn’t. 😕

And, for those new to the tkr (total knee replacement) world, it does get better. Honest. Keep on doing your exercises and realize that all the pain and discomfort will result in a more pain-free living.

Happy Holidays! Remember not to overdo it and place your health above all else. Moderation is the key to success in all areas. 🙂

If traveling, be safe and patient.

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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.

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Sponsored Articles: The Scoop

Hi everyone. As this blog increases in popularity, certain events are occurring which need clarification. This article subject involves sponsored articles…as the title suggests. What, exactly, is a sponsored article?

Some writers approach me wanting to increase their exposure and online presence. Some contact me as “experts” in their field. Others have no experience, but want to use my site as a platform for growing an online community. Whatever the reason, I am asked if there is interest in having a sponsorship arrangement.

Once communications start, I find out that there is definitely confusion as to the actual definition of sponsorship. So….

A sponsored article means YOU pay ME for the privilege of promoting your article on my site. Your fee provides me with support to perform my services and keep this site up and running. I DO NOT PAY YOU. Check any dictionary definition of a sponsorship and you will receive the same information.

I do not know how the topic of sponsorship became so confusing. Perhaps it is the Internet platform. Perhaps it is a simple misunderstanding.

Anyways….I am always open for true sponsorship opportunities. You will have ample opportunity to promote your business/self within the article. Details will be forthcoming as the final details are arranged.

Hope this post provides proper clarification regarding sponsorship writing/links.

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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.






Health Blog Voting Plea: Vote For Me!

Hi everyone. As noted earlier, Booktoots’ Healing has been nominated as one of the best health blogs by Healthline. The voting period has started!

Consider this my health blog voting plea: Vote for me!

If you could find it in your heart to visit the below link and enter Booktoots Healing into the search field, it would be greatly appreciated. So many of you have mentioned how my site has helped you…so please take a short moment and place your vote.

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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.






Define Necessities

It’s that time of year again when we need to be reminded of the importance of certain things.

Think About This...

what is necessity?

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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.






Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my U.S. readers, hoping everyone has a wonderful, relaxing and fun Thanksgiving!
Please give thanks daily for everything you have. I thank you for your support, comments and online friendship.
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. 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.






Honored To Announce Booktoots’ Healing Being Nominated for Best 2016 Health Blog by Healthline

Hi everyone. I am honored and humbled to announce that this site/blog has been nominated by Healthline as one of the best health blogs in 2016. This site could not become as successful as it has without the help of each and every one of you – my readers and contributors.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Voting will begin shortly. When that time comes, count on me to share the news with you. Hopefully, you can find it in your heart to shoot a vote my way!

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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.






A Rocking Chair For Total Knee Replacement

We all know the importance of improving our flexibility after a tkr (total knee replacement). A great way to do this is by turning your rocking chair into an exercise tool. When done correctly, you will feel a wonderful stretch along the front portion of your tkr.

All you need to do is position yourself in your favorite rocking chair. Sit upright, being sure to use good posture. Make certain your feet are firmly planted on the floor’s surface. Gently start rocking back and forth at a slow pace.

* Just keep rocking forward until you feel a pull. Slowly return to the original position. For myself, this works well for 5-10 minutes. It’s a wonderful warm-up exercise maneuver. It also works well on those days when you are feeling a little stiff.

Don’t have a rocking chair? Don’t worry..you can use an exercise bike. Put your feet on the pedals. For your right knee, bring the right pedal to the uppermost position.

* Gently start rocking/moving the pedal back and forth until you feel a gentle stretch. Use your left leg as an anchor to add resistance. Hold this position for five seconds, if desired. Do the opposite with your left leg.

Yes, it likely will be painful. No one ever said that recuperating from a total knee replacement is easy. As you progress in your post-tkr period, the pain will diminish.

Hopefully this will work for you, too. Good luck!

Of course, be sure to check with your medical care provider before starting any new total knee replacement exercise maneuver.

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Gratitude For Shoe Lifts

Hi everyone! Some may think that wearing an orthopedic shoe lift is a hindrance. After all, not everyone wears one and the wearer could be on the receiving end of some strange looks. I know, I have worn an external 1.5″ version for 40 years. Part of my post-tkr includes adjusting my shoe lifts. It is a difficult and frustrating process So..that is why I have sat down and developed reasons to be grateful for wearing them.

Decreased back pain. Properly sized shoe lifts straighten your spine. When this happens, spinal alignment improves and everything starts to function at an improved level. The risks of developing pinched nerves, internal organ stress, strained muscles, and other conditions diminish.

Lessens leg length discrepancy. People with even length legs likely take this for granted. Us with leg length discrepancies know better. When one leg is shorter than the other, all kinds of health concerns result. A properly-sized shoe lift will improve the situation.

Better balance. An imbalanced body lays the foundation for a number of mental and physical ailments. Shoe lifts even out your body.

Better mental functioning. Something as insignificant as a shoe lift can improve your mental outlook. Nothing is more pleasurable than being able to walk without pain and/or discomfort.

Less strain. Failing to wear a shoe lift when needed results in placing extra strain on your opposite side. Your “good side” will be taking the brunt of pressure. This can result in muscle swelling/inflammation, painful hip and/or knee joint, and lower back pain.

Puddles. Depending upon the thickness of one’s 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.

Self defense. If someone starts to give the wearer a hard time, the shoe lift can be used to place a heavy kick to the groin. (That is if you can lift your leg that much. :)) The extra weight will make for an extra punch.

Toe stomping. Shoe lifts are perfect for this. If needed, it could be part of self defense. This is especially true for an external lift.

Bug killing. The extra weight of a noticeably-sized shoe lift can provide for an easy kill of bugs that are otherwise hard to eradicate (such as a Palmetto bug..aka heavy duty cockroach.) Just properly position your shoe over the critter and press down firmly. It saves the little critter from experiencing a lingering death. Be sure to apologize to them before the killing process, though. They usually don’t mean any harm.

Gait. I can’t think of anything funny about this, though. 🙁 Just a plain and simple, hard, cold fact. It has helped out tremendously since my total knee replacement.

Why am I writing this blog post? I have been wearing a shoe lift for so long, I forget that others are confused about wearing this walking aid. Numerous people have approached me asking for insight. Hope this helps others going through the same thing…

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read my post! Hope it helps you and others going through a similar situation.

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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.