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Proud To Announce New TKR Water Exercising Ebook

Hi everyone! We all know the importance of exercising regularly after having a total knee replacement, or for simply living a healthier lifestyle. So…

I am pleased to announce the release of my new 38-page ebook titled “Water Exercising After A TKR”. It currently is available for purchase on my BOOKS Page. Look for this page on my top toolbar.

I will update purchase options as more become finalized. 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. 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.






Chair Yoga After A TKR?

Hi everyone! First of all, let me start by simply extending my thanks and gratitude to all of you for visiting my site. It’s so nice to receive private messages and posted comments letting me know how useful this site is. That is always nice to hear and read! Now..on to the topic for this article…

I recently had the opportunity to attend a chair yoga class. After hearing and reading so much about this gentle form of exercise, I thought it would be interesting to experience it first hand. The results… what a wonderfully effective way to spend an hour. Here’s the scoop…

The class started with us setting up a firm chair that was placed on a mat. There was a strap, ball, and block nearby. We all introduced ourselves to each other before taking our places. The instructor personally greeted newcomers and returning students with a genuine friendliness and concern. Before we began exercising, she broke the ice by sharing a story about her dog and some missing chickens. It was quite entertaining and an excellent way to put a personal spin on things.

Our class took place in a large workout room, with a closed door. Our exercise started with deep breathing exercises that transported our mind and body into a state of calmness and readiness. There was gentle music playing in the background. It was very peaceful.

Every movement was explained and demonstrated before we attempted it. No movement was forced, accommodations could be made so no pain was experienced. We were told to not push beyond our comfort level. The importance of maintaining a silent, straight string from the top of the head to the bottom of the spine was discussed.

The other students were shoe-less, but since I need an almost 2” shoe-lift to balance myself, my shoes were on the entire class. There was no pressure for me to remove my shoes. I was very concerned about that when the class first started since I noticed everyone else removing their shoes. I felt out of place and uncomfortable. I thought maybe I could not participate. Nope, I was luckily wrong.

We stretched our obliques, shoulders, neck, abdomen, glutes (or butt as some know it…:) ), and entire legs. We did some stand-up balancing poses. While other students were replicating the instructor’s movement, I could gently alter the applicable exercise and still get a wonderful stretch.

I was pleasantly surprised how tired I was when class concluded. My entire body felt it had gotten a good workout. I will be returning….

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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. 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.






Can Hamstrings Hurt after a Total Knee Replacement?

Hi everyone!I recently had someone ask me that, and the answer is a definite, resounding “YES!!” I originally wrote about this topic in 2008, and because I have received numerous requests for this article, it seemed logical to bring it to the front of my home page again. So, that is why you will notice comments dating back to that year. FYI..

The back of the knee is where the hamstring muscles are. In fact, four months after my surgery, I still needed to elevate my leg on a pillow while laying down. Without doing that, it can be very painful. Even seven years post-tkr, the back of my knee hurts sometimes.  It is getting better, however.

If someone does not have painful hamstrings after a total knee replacement, I say they are very lucky.  I’m envious….

BTW: I Just found out about a great exercise for strengthening hamstrings…sit in a chair with feet flat on the floor, pull your heels back toward the chair.  Or, sit in a chair that has wheels (like an office chair) and pull yourself around the room with your weak leg.

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Pony Up Rescue..Helping Those Who Cannot Help Themselves

Hi everyone. I know there are many animal lovers among us. Let’s get together and support a worthy cause that is near and dear to my heart. It is known as Pony Up Rescue for Equines. We need to help these majestic creatures that cannot help themselves. How can you show support?

Today is May 5, the Great Give day where charities match donations for this day only. Here is a story about a horse named Zoey, who is alive today because of Pony Up and its tireless efforts:

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Because she didn’t have the appropriate coloring, Zoey was cruelly ripped from her mother and destined for slaughter when #PonyUpRescue stepped in and gave her a home. Today she is a beautiful young horse dearly loved by her adoptive family. You can help save other horses like Zoey by making a donation today through the #KitsapGreatGive. For one day, every dollar receives matching funds – and all money will go toward the care, feeding and training of abandoned or neglected horses. Won’t you help? It’s easy, just click on the link and follow the directions.

https://www.kitsapgreatgive.org//#npo/pony-up-rescue-for-equines

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Proudly Announcing….

Hi everyone. I am honored and humbled to announce that for the third consecutive year, this blog has been voted One of The Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs 2015 by Healthline.com. It is only due to the support of you and the other 331,000+ readers that this is possible.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Marie (aka Booktoots)

Kindly click on the link below to be taken to Healthline’s site for more information about this prestigious list. If the link is not clickable, simply copy and paste it into your computer’s address field.


http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/best-total-knee-replacement-blogs

Find interesting? Please share with others…

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.






How To Extend The Life Of A Swimsuit

Hi everyone! As many of you know, I am an avid supporter of swimming and water aerobics. It is the ideal way to get exercise without putting much pressure on the joints. Granted, it is not for those fresh out of a total knee replacement, or tkr. Down the road, however, it provides many benefits.

The cost of swimsuits can seem rather high. The more costlier, the longer the suit lasts. A quality, higher-priced suit can contain chlorine resistant components that extend the suit’s useful life. It can be made out of more durable materials. Whatever the reason, a good suit is worth the investment. There’s nothing like a good water workout, in my opinion.
Continue reading How To Extend The Life Of A Swimsuit

TKR Advice Update

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by my site. It’s that time again…

I completely understand the hardships and frustration of undergoing tkr recuperation.
However….

I am not a medical professional who dispenses advice. READ THE WAIVER OF LIABILITY IN THE LEFT SIDEBAR.

* I do not know how soon you can engage in weight bearing.

* I do not know if your condition warrants medical attention….etc…etc…

PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT ME TO DISPENSE MEDICAL ADVICE….IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I only share my personal experiences. My readers also pitch in and share stories whenever possible. That is it.

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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.






How To Enjoy A Body Cast

Hi everyone. While recently talking with one of my friends about the benefits of having pets, something came to mind. It involves me and my cat Puffy and my days of living in a body cast (in technical terms it is known as a spica cast.) I was in a body cast due to having a fractured femur (thigh bone).

My entire upper body was encased in plaster. From directly below my breast line to my hip bones, my body was completely covered. The portion over my torso was totally flat. It was the perfect environment for holding my drinks, plate of food, and/or my cat Puffy.

Here’s the scoop…

Puffy was used to jumping up onto my stomach, getting a few friendly petting strokes, then settling in for a nap while I was laying down. He’d delightfully purr away while enjoying his sleep time. He would gently go along for the ride as my lungs filled up with air, then lowered as they emptied. He was very content. And, so was I. It was a relaxing sight.

Then, I was in a body cast. I was laying on the sofa when suddenly Puffy jumps up. He’s standing there, probably wondering “what the hey?”, then turns to take a look at me. I petted him. He just lowered himself into his typical sleeping position (where his front paws were gently placed underneath his chin). Then he started taking his nap. This became a regular habit throughout my body cast days.

Puffy enjoyed my body cast. It provided the perfect flat solution for a good few hours of restful sleep. So, the way to enjoy a body cast is by having a pet who enjoys it also. :)

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. 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.






How Long Do You Need To Exercise After Your TKR?

Hi my favorite readers! I’ve received quite a few emails recently about exercising after a tkr. It seems there is some concern about how long one needs to continue PT exercises following their total knee replacement. I believe sharing some first-hand information is useful…Here is a previously published article of mine:

Exercising is a part of my daily routine. I still do my tkr exercises and I’m 7 years post-surgery. The exercises may not be daily or on a scheduled basis. But, I still do them. I also enjoy doing isometrics throughout the day. There is no set time, place, or routine. I simply tighten various muscle groups and hold the tension for 6-8 seconds. Then I release and go on to the next muscle group. If you followed the same PT routine that I did, isometrics were the first tkr recuperation maneuvers we went through. It feels very good to do these maneuvers.

I have an exercise bike at home that I use whenever I feel like getting tortured. It’s particularly helpful when my tkr is stiffer than usual. Swimming is much more fun, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Swimming doesn’t improve my tkr flexibility like an exercise bike does.

Luckily, there is a local YMCA nearby. I use that for swimming and water exercises (woohoo!) and the fitness machines. I dread those fitness machines. They’re just no fun. We always hear how one can change his or her attitude towards the positive and beneficial. Well…this is a perfect test case. As much as I look at these machines with disdain, they are improving my strength (or so I am convincing myself..).

A real-life story: Recently, one of my swimming buddies and I were discussing my dislike for fitness machines. She reassured me that I’ll eventually overcome that. She went on to regale the fact that she originally hated those machines. Now, she loves them. Hmmm…I’ll keep you posted.

Without any type of exercise, I would turn into a grumpy old lady in no time. I could easily join those aches and pains complaining sessions and start popping all kinds of pills. Instead, I choose physical activity. It’s only because I like to be charming as much as possible. :)

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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 similar situations.

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Do You Need Personalized TKR Help? View Update

Hi everyone! It has recently come to my attention that an increasing number of my valued readers are privately contacting me for personalized consultations. It is important for me to mention that even though I am flattered by the increased trust and confidence placed in me, I do not offer free advice.

As stated on my Services Page, I do provide fee-based consultations as an extension of my blog. This is the result of being asked by numerous people who requested such services. Find the specific details outlined on the page, located on the top portion of my home page.

Remember, I do not provide medical advice. To reiterate….I am not a medical professional. I only discuss what has happened to me and my unique situation.

Find interesting? Kindly share with others who may benefit. 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. 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.