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Book Purchasing Update

Hi everyone. There seems to still be some confusion about ordering my books. Here’s the scoop just to clarify everything:

When purchased directly from my website, with payment via PayPal – the books will be transmitted to you when I receive payment notification. I do not currently have the software capable of allowing instant downloads. Hence, the books are NOT immediately downloadable.

You will receive a thank you email from me. If I do not have immediate access to the files (I do not sit in front of my computer 24/7..:) ) – I will notify you of a time frame. More than likely, you will receive the book within 24 hours after your payment has cleared.

I hope this clears up any confusion. All the details are located on my Books Page, but I thought a separate post may also be helpful to those so interested.

Thanks again for all of your support. Have a great one and remember to keep returning to this site for further insight about a number of topics.

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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.






Overdoing It: Are You Doing This?

Hi my favorite readers! I was just thinking about writing a post about how to tell when you are overdoing it, when a rescue team was called to the hot tub. It turns out a lady overheated while sitting in the tub. She didn’t realize she was overdoing it. I don’t know how it turned out, but hopefully she is home staying cool.

So..how do you know when you are overdoing it? When first recuperating from a total knee replacement, knee swelling and warmness are common symptoms. So is pain. So is pain. (The double entry is purposeful.)

I remember asking my physical therapist for an answer. She mentioned that if there was pain for more than two hours after exercise, it signified overdoing it. OK. More than one source confirms this two-hour period for being a gauge. So, I’ll buy that.

Now…how about the times not affecting a tkr, or total knee replacement? Like when one is sitting in a hot tub, wet or dry sauna, swimming or exercising in the gym? What about pregnant woman, those with diabetes, etc.? Hotter temperatures can easily lead to heat exhaustion or heat strokes without any physical exertion involved.

I had someone tell me to put a cold towel on my head while sitting in a sauna to withstand hot temperatures for longer periods of time. I can see how a cold head might help out. But, my question is…how can you tell when you’re overdoing it? If your head is cold, does that mean the rest of your body isn’t getting overheated? How can it? What if the nerves in someone’s cervical area, which send signals from your neck to your body are severed, or damaged, so proper transmission is hindered?

Anybody have an answer?

Anyways…overdoing can result from too much exercise, too much heat, too much food, too much anything..to be truthful. When doing research into overdoing it, I came up with a list of signals to look out for. This applies to the general population who do not have any predisposed conditions, like a fractured C-1.

Loss of appetite
Visual field impairment
Sleep disorders
Mood disorders like irritability..(yeah, I’ll blame it on that..:) )
Heart rate fluctuations like murmurs
Excessive fatigue
Incessant sweating or lack of any sweating
Shortness of breath, dizziness or breathing difficulties
Difficulties focusing and concentrating
Muscle cramps and spasms
Chest pains
Nausea and vomiting

It is imperative that you know your body so you can more easily notice when things aren’t feeling or going correctly. At least, that’s what I’m told.

Overdoing it is a foreign field to me, since I’ve had a fractured C-1. Personally, I don’t realize I’m overdoing it until I cannot function properly. That is why I keep track of my pulse, time spent engaged in activities and other external signals. Even those fail sometimes.

Whenever in doubt about any situation, I always place safety first. I would much rather be a “wimp” than someone in the emergency room.

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.








Happy Mother’s Day 2016!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers who are mothers of all creatures – human, animal, fish – you name it. Take the day to pamper yourself and 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.






Rated One Of The TKR Best: Sharing An Accomplishment

Hello everyone. I am very proud to announce the news of – for the third consecutive year – being rated as one of the top total knee replacement blogs online. Healthline.com has honored my site with this prestigious and honorable accomplishment. I could not have done it without your support and sharing.

I opened up my email today and received this inspiring message:
“Congratulations! Your blog has made Healthline’s list of the Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2016! Healthline’s editors selected each winner based on their reach to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high quality information.” Doesn’t get much better than that, does it? :)

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Some background on Healthline, as taken from their website: “As the fastest growing consumer health information site — with over 40 million monthly visitors — Healthline’s mission is to be your most trusted ally in your pursuit of health and well-being.” I can attest to its being a very informative and helpful website, containing only verifiable, realistic information in many medical areas.

Here is what they wrote about my blog in their listing:

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“If you’re looking for advice and information about total knee replacements from someone who’s undergone one, look no further than Marie Buckner’s blog, Booktoots’ Healing.

Marie’s posts are incredibly personal, and deal with an array of subjects related to joint replacement surgery. Her recent posts deal with post-surgery issues like how to perform chair yoga, do balancing exercises to help get used to your new knee, and use resistance bands for better joint health. Others discuss what your expectations should be regarding the aesthetics of your knee after replacement surgery.”

For more insight into other blogs receiving this proud acknowledgement, click on this link:
The 8 Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2016

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This blog started as a way for me to feel less alone about my tkr experience. It has since developed into a wonderfully supportive international community. 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. 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 Nerve Damage: Some Insight

Hi everyone. I have had quite a few inquiries about dealing with nerve pain after a tkr, so thought I would pitch in and provide some feedback. As I have mentioned before, I had developed very noticeable bone spurs on each side of my left knee, the knee that was finally replaced. The bone spurs dug into my nerves and caused quite extensive damage, technically known as severe neuropathy. Anyways….

There are extended times when the pain is either completely unnoticeable or slightly uncomfortable. When I swim, the pain is almost nonexistent. In fact, I had gone for so long without any pain, I forgot that the possibility was there.

Then, I attended a workout known as Body Pump. The workout can be adjusted to individual preferences. I chose to use very light weights of five pounds.

The workout consists of squats, pushups, planks, arm lifts, and other maneuvers that result in a whole-body set. Motions go from slow to fast-paced. It is a versatile workout program.

My squats were very shallow. Part of that was due to having decreased tkr mobility. I have a 93-degree bend in my knee. I did wall push-ups so I didn’t have to get onto the floor. No problem. None of the arm maneuvers were a concern. I felt very good after the workout.

The next day was another story. My nerve damage reminded me it was there. It is now a month afterwards, and I still have the remnants. I know it could be much worse, but it is an annoyance.

I hope this helps others going through the same thing. I must reiterate, the nerve damage is not caused by the total knee replacement surgery.

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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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Hi everyone. Are you familiar with how to develop a landing page, write and place powerful subheadings, tags, and other viable website development tools? If so, I sure could use your help.

I am looking to work with a website development expert who can guide my site and I towards higher levels of readership, search engine efficiency, and other viable subjects. Please be able to explain technical terms in easy-to-understand language that a non-tech person can comprehend. :)

Please contact me either by posting a comment below this article, or by directly sending me an email. My email address is: marieb@booktoots.com.

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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 Dead Weight: Is This You?

Hi everyone! I have received quite a few comments lately about the worries of having a very stiff tkr leg for a time after the surgery. This is no news to us who found out the hard way that this is a common event. Here’s some more insight…

My entire leg was a complete dead weight. None of my muscles worked. My tkr knee needed gentle stretching exercises to increase the bend along the front part of my new knee. I needed to work on stretching out my hamstrings, along the backside of my knee, to straighten my leg. My leg would not lay flat on any surface.

Even though I was up and walking on a walker the day after my tkr, my muscles were still not developed enough to support my body weight. I remember sitting in a chair and not being able to slide my foot at all. I am certain everyone goes through this. This is when those assisted exercises come into play.

It has been eight years since my tkr and my leg still gets stiff and painful after prolonged periods of walking or standing. I just rest, elevate, and ice. It’s no big deal.

Hope it helps others going through the same thing. Remember, you are not alone in this endeavor. Take a look around this site for more insight from myself and readers.

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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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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 Search For A Topic Here

Hi my favorite readers. It’s a friendly reminder time. I have received quite a few comments lately about wanting quick answers to tkr information. A search is required. Also, kindly remember that I am not a medical professional. I only share my experiences regarding a total knee replacement. And, my readers willingly share their experiences.

Since I have received quite a few questions and comments lately asking for answers about topics that have already been discussed on my site, I believe a reminder about the search feature available on this site is required. The search box is located on the upper right-hand side of this site. Simply type in the keywords, or tags, that you are searching for. Press Enter and a list of articles will come up covering your chosen topic.
This feature can save lots of time and frustration.

You can also visit the Category listing found in the lower left-hand sidebar. Click on the Category of your choice and see the article postings listed. Take it from there.

Hope this helps. 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.






Downtime Woahs..

Hi everyone. Thanks for visiting my site. There was recently a power outage due to inclement weather in my region. It affected my ability to keep this site up and running. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

We’re up and operating now, so take a look around, leave a comment, and know that you are not alone. Keep on truckin’….

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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.