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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:

Booktoots’ Healing

“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.






Website Development Help Wanted..

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.

Thanks for reading, considering my offer, and responding. If you are not able to provide this insight, perhaps you know of someone who can. Kindly share the news with them.

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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.






Leg Straightening Exercises After A TKR

Hi everyone. I’ve received numerous emails about leg straightening exercises and believe an update to a previously popular article is in order. Leg straightening was of particular interest to me during my initial tkr recuperation stages. I had to spend extra time working on this area, in fact. ..Enjoy!

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 fun to see these exercises in a different perspective – how they can be individualized to suit each patient’s needs.

I recently received some interesting information 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 fun to share with everyone. I tried them and they work very well. 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.






Blog Posting Courtesy Rant

Hi everyone. Well, something has come to my attention which I believe needs addressing here and now. We will “nip it in the bud”, as the saying goes. In technical terms, this is known as a blog posting courtesy rant. (SEO compliance.) It involves writing comments to this site. Here goes…

With thousands of wonderful, caring comments posted to various articles throughout this site, there will always be one or two which remind me that the commenter’s mental neurons aren’t operating properly.

So…Kindly do not post a comment if you do not intend to receive a response. Try to remember what you post. I personally respond to as many posts as possible in an attempt to bring friendship and support to everyone involved. I believe it is crucial for maintaining a personalized approach.

We all know that tkr recuperation is a harrowing experience. That is no reason to attack anyone. Perhaps some commentors are on mind-altering drugs. Perhaps they possess a mindset that is unfit for proper communication. Or, maybe they have had one too many alcoholic drinks.

Whatever the reason or excuse, KEEP YOUR HOSTILITIES TO YOURSELF. THIS BLOG IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOUR NEGATIVE VENTING AGAINST ME OR MY SITE. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT YOU READ, LEAVE. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. STOP YOUR USELESS AND POINTLESS JAW-FLAPPING.

I recently had someone post a comment that involved the individual receiving hindering surgical care. The person was left with a life-long debilitating side effect. He asked for suggestions about what to do. I have mentioned many times throughout this site that I DO NOT OFFER MEDICAL ADVICE.

I replied to his comment in a friendly and professional manner. Suddenly, I receive a response from him asking me where I got his information. He went on to ask how could I possibly know about his health condition? He was definitely not going to return to my site. Good, glad to hear it. We don’t want you or your attitude.

End of rant and blog posting update. Thanks for listening.

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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.






Vestibular Exercises: A Fun Way To Improve Your Balance

Hi everyone! For years I have been doing balancing exercises to maintain my vestibular system health, overall body alignment, and good health. This is due to years of double vision, closed head injury, leg length discrepancy and other conditions. I’m not your average bear. I’m better looking.

You may already know this, but the vestibular system is where your inner ear is located. The health of this system determines how well your balance is, your overall level of well-being, and how engaged you are in everyday activities. Wow…see how it’s important to keep it healthy? That’s only a very simplified description, too.

Anyways…I found an easy and safe way to regularly do some balancing exercises. It involves the water.

For a little background information: Vestibular rehab exercises typically involve sitting upright on a bed. Then, the exercise has you quickly fall to your left and stay in that position until you’re not dizzy. Slowly return to the sitting position. Repeat this exercise to the right.

A chair-based exercise involves sitting with your feet firmly planted on the surface. You keep your eyes open and quickly turn your head to the right. Keep it there until all dizziness subsides. Slowly return to center position. Repeat exercise to the left.

For more information, feel free to visit the Vestibular Disorders Association website at:
https://vestibular.org

These are good for land-based maneuvers. (Good, but NOT fun.) But…who wants land when water is available??!!

Recently I was in the swimming pool. I thought it would be fun to quickly do some log rolls. What could it hurt? I couldn’t fall. That’s the benefit of water exercises. :) It worked out perfectly. It was a fun way to exercise my vestibular system.

And yet another reason you need to start heading into the water and working out. The water’s buoyancy naturally supports your body weight, making it impossible to fall. You could be the clumsiest person in the world, but the water doesn’t care. It’ll lift you up. :)

You say you’re afraid of water? Many people are. I’ll keep my tongue in check, but quickly say that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. A number of YMCAs offer swimming lessons to introduce others to the wonders of water.

Remember to keep your vestibular system in good shape to improve your longevity and overall health. You’ll be glad you did.

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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.