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Happy 242nd Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps

Hi everyone. Today, Nov. 10, is a very special day. It marks the beginning of one of the branches of our (the United States of America) treasured military. So…below are some tributes as a way to say…”Happy 242nd Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps”! Enjoy…

U.S. Marine Corps band..Semper Fidelis

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Here’s another informative source:
From the U.S.M.C. Press…
U.S. Marine Corps Heritage

2017 Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts

Hi everyone…Here is an informative and helpful article about 2017 Veterans Day freebies and discounts to show our appreciation for services provided by our valued military…
Enjoy!

Veterans Day 2017 Freebies and Discounts

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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.







Veterans Day 2017…Give Thanks

Hi my favorite readers. Nov. 11 is a special day of recognition for all veterans who ever sacrificed for their country. Happy Veterans Day 2017!

Recognitions go out to all of my U.S. readers. Happy Remembrance Day to my Canadian and European visitors. (Remember to buy and wear a poppy. Proceeds helps support disabled vets).

Please take the time to thank a veteran and pay tribute today. We would not have our freedoms without their sacrifices.

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Just A Common Soldier Poem

Hi my favorite readers! It is that time of year to thank and pay tribute to our Veterans. Both Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day are fast approaching. Nov. 11. I believe it is time to reprint a poignant and touching poem written by A. Lawrence Vaincourt, titled “Just A Common Soldier”.

Enjoy…

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

Pass On This Tribute to as many as possible. We must never forget…
YOU can make a difference!

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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 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.






Ways To Optimize Your TKR Success

Hi everyone. This post is about finding ways to optimize your tkr success. Doing as much as you can, before and after your surgery, will pay dividends beyond your wildest dreams. They will put you back on the road to living a fruitful, healthy lifestyle. Here goes….

Be Frugal
More than likely (if you’re lucky), your health insurance will cover a total knee replacement (herein known as tkr). Still, you must concern yourself with getting the most for your money. There will probably be some out-of-pocket costs (expenses) involved. Get the biggest bang for your buck.

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Develop A “Can Do” Attitude
Your train of thought will help or hinder the entire tkr process. If you go into the endeavor with a “I’m dreading, hating, despising this” mode of thinking – you’re doomed from the beginning.

It is natural to have some negative thoughts at times. You are undergoing a life-changing, arduous surgery that requires immense sacrifice, fortitude, and determination. If you think you cannot do it, you will be correct. You won’t achieve success.

It’s a psychological phenomenon known as a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. There are numerous articles, books, and other media that discuss this topic, if you are interested. Just do some research. Or, as is common nowadays..”Google It”.

For a real-life case of children surviving by having this “I Know I Can Do It” attitude, click here:

“I Know I Can Do It!”

Follow Your Physician’s Orders
That seems like common sense, but there are those who refuse to do this. There is a reason your doctor tells you to do something. It is to increase your tkr success.

Do Your Physical Therapy Exercises
This is the toughest part of any tkr recuperation. You need to do guided exercises that focus on all your leg muscle groups. You need to “rebuild” your strength, endurance, and flexibility. And, it will be painful and trying. I guarantee that!

Continue Exercising
Yes, that’s correct. Once your tkr physical therapy recuperation office visits end, do those exercises at home. Keep on doing them. NEVER GIVE UP!

Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll update this article when needed.

Your tkr success is up to 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 concern.

This 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.







For The Pet Lovers Among Us

Hi my favorite readers! I have received numerous requests to reprint an entertaining article/story about pets. So, for the pet lovers among us..here it is…enjoy! We could all use a smile and/or chuckle.

Please know that I came upon this article while searching the Internet. I did not write it, nor know the author’s name – but it is too good not to share. So, without further adieu…

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary..
8:00 am Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary:
Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ˜good little hunter” I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies”. I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow – but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now!

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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 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.







Easy Exercises for Arthritic Knees

Hi everyone. While browsing the Internet recently, I came upon an informative and illustrative article about easy exercises for arthritic knees. It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when in pain, but it does help you out in many ways.

For the records, I do many of these exercises to this day – even years after my tkr (total knee replacement). They are helping my “good” knee while keeping my tkr knee in shape. 🙂

Click on the below link to be taken to the article found on Healthline.com:

Easy Exercises for Knee Arthritis

Thanks for stopping by. 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.

This 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.







For Inspiration…The Old Fisherman

Hi my favorite readers… TKR recuperation can be a difficult and lonesome time. If you are like me, there will be times when you just wonder what the point is. This is when we must be extra diligent in finding inspiration. We all need inspiration. It can come in all forms. When it comes in the form of real-life stories, it is particularly welcoming.

While searching the Web, I came across one such story that is bound to touch your souls and heart. It is called “The Old Fisherman”. Click on the link below to be taken to the actual story. If this story doesn’t lift your spirits, nothing will. Enjoy!

The Old Fisherman
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How To Exercise Without Exercising

Hi everyone. There is sometimes a stigma associated with the word “exercise”. At least that is what I am hearing from some of you. So, I thought it would be helpful to post some tips for how to exercise without exercising.

1) Hamstring stretch. Sit on a firm chair. Scoot your body near the front of the chair. Straighten your legs so your heels are only touching the floor. Gently lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of your knees. Hold stretch for a few seconds.

2) Upper body stretch. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your hands above your head. Start picking imaginary apples from the top branch. Feel the stretch.

3) Shoulder rolls. Shoulder rolls are wonderful ways to increase circulation and energy levels. Do them throughout the day, both forwards and backwards.

4) Spinal stretch. Stand up straight. Extend your arms to the each side. Your body will resemble a “T”. Start gently rotating your body to the right, then to the left. If you are like me, you will instantly feel better.

This is enough for now on how to exercise without exercising. Remember, any amount of exercise is better than none at all. If the word “exercise” brings up images of pain, doom, and frustration – think of it as “moving around” in everyday life. Not everyone has that priviledge, you know.

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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 physical concerns.

This 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.







Kneeling Exercises For a TKR

Hi everyone. One of my readers, Sharon, recently asked me if there was any specific exercise I did so I was able to kneel. Since I have had more than one other person ask me the same question, I thought devoting an entire post to the topic of kneeling exercises for a tkr is in order.

First of all, let me say that kneeling is not recommended by some surgeons. Not all patients can do it. Just because I can do it, does not necessarily mean you have the capabilities of doing it. With that waiver being out of the way….

The only exercises I did involved the traditional total knee replacement exercises that improve the knee’s flexibility. There are so many of them scattered throughout literature and my site. Some that come to mind include…

Gently rocking in a chair, sitting in a chair and gently sliding the upper body forward until a stretch is felt in the tkr knee, knee bends, gentle squats, and water aerobics.

Take a look around this site and find complete articles on the topic. You can also put the words “knee flexibility exercises” in the search box found in the upper right hand corner of my site.

Be aware that to this day, 9 years post-tkr, kneeling only occurs at a 95 degree angle. And…it’s not a pretty sight. It’s doable, but uncomfortable.

Anyways…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.

This 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.