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Yoga as TKR Recuperation

Hi my favorite readers! Yoga has become mainstream as being the ideal way to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. There is something particularly interesting about this ancient practice, however. It seems that the more we learn about yoga, the more we realize how intertwined it is into a variety of life’s areas. I am speaking about calisthenics and tkr recuperation, for this article’s purpose.

Look at any of the calisthenic stretching exercises and you will find a common yoga thread. Some of the yoga positions may be altered, but the basics are there. It’s quite interesting, actually. Of course, all exercises have standardized Western names to fit them in more perfectly with the culture. Go online to any reputable yoga site. Yoga Journal comes to mind. Find a list of postures. Then, go online to any fitness site and check out the flexibility exercises. Compare the two and find the similarities. If you do not want to go online, simply pick up a hard copy of your favorite yoga or fitness-oriented publication.

Case in point: While recuperating from a tkr, or total knee replacement, a common exercise concentrates on stretching out your hamstring. As you probably know, this is the muscle that runs along the backside of your knee. It plays a crucial role in properly supporting your knee.

One particular exercise is known as a wall slide. The wall slide involves laying on your back and placing your tkr leg on the wall. To stretch your hamstring, you need to place as much of your leg as possible against the wall.

As it turns out, this same position is titled a “Supported Inversion” in yoga. This posture is currently being promoted as one of many postures that can help you get a sound night’s sleep. Go figure.

Life is intertwined, isn’t it?

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Do You Know About Blogging Etiquette?

Hi everyone. It’s that time again when I must reiterate some information. Due to the increasing popularity of my site, I am receiving greater numbers of people attempting to use my site for free exposure. Blogging is a way to bring people together. Sly advertising ploys do not fit the bill. Here are some fundamental rules of blogging:

* If you have something to sell, contact me directly. Do not include a link to your valuable website or product site in the post/comment. My site is not a free advertising forum. If you do include a link, I will simply remove it and post your comment “as is”. My readers regularly approach me asking where to turn for specific products or services, so take advantage of this and inquire about advertising opportunities.

* Stop sending me very well-written posts discussing the virtues of a product that you or your company either sell or develop. I’m not printing these comments without removing the link(s) first. Period. The best way to get your point across is by approaching me directly and asking about guest blogger opportunities. Every guest blogger on my site gets a free link to his or her own site/product at the end of a 500-word post/article.

* I do not accept product reviews as comments. Most of the reviewers are paid, therefore skewing the information. So..stop sending them. They will be deleted. Or, I will alter content to suit my reader’s needs. Period.

* Everyone loves praise, except when it’s used as an enticement. Avoid telling me how great I am only to end your comment with a pitch about how I can benefit by visiting your wonderful, SEO-impacted website or utilizing your state-of-the-art technological skills. It ain’t happening.

So, that’s about it for now. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. So many people are blogging anymore, the rules of blogging etiquette are easily forgotten. If you do not know the rules, go to your local library, bookstore, or online REPUTABLE source to learn more. Tons of information exists.

It is VERY important to remember that proper protocol exists in well-established, high caliber blogs like this one. Use it and succeed. Ignore it and fail. Period.

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Florida Flooding 2015

Tampa Bay Florida is flooding. The media, both “real” and “social”, seem to think this is a humorous and entertaining matter. There is NOTHING humorous about this situation. Seeing a picture of the Bayshore Blvd sign with human rafters floating nearby is simply not funny – as captions want us to believe. I feel for everyone involved with that horrendous situation. Poor Florida…

Do you agree with this viewpoint? Consider sharing it with others…






For All The Pet Lovers Among Us

Hi everyone. As many of you know, I am a pet lover. I am currently watching a friend’s two dogs..one is a two-year old puppy and the other a beloved 15-year old dog. Let me say..I’m on the same wave length as the one with extended longevity (another term for “old”..:) ). I forgot what it’s like to be around energy-filled puppies and I’m being reminded daily. Anyhow…

Here’s an article I came across about pets. I’ve had numerous requests for it. I did not write it, nor know the author’s name…but it’s good – so, here it is for all the pet lovers among us….Your daily chuckle….

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…………….






Sharing The Appreciation Philosophy

Hi everyone! Here are some interesting facts to ponder during those days when it seems everything is going wrong. We all have those days. I found this post while going through my older files. It is overdue for sharing with everyone again… I received the original copy from one of my friends and believe it is appropriate for everyone. The author is unknown.. The piece is titled the ‘Appreciation Philosophy’.  Enjoy….

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness …..
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation …
you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death… you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead, and a place to sleep… you are richer than 75 percent of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a
dish someplace…. you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married…….
you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly
thankful…… you are blessed, because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder….. you are blessed, because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in
that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than more than two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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How To Buy Off-the-Shelf Shoes For Orthopedic Uses

Hi everyone! As many of you already know, I wear an almost 2” shoe lift. Many women may marvel at the opportunity to purchase a new pair of shoes, but for me, it is something I put off until absolutely necessary. Why? As grateful as I am for being able to perform this needed task, it’s a royal pain in the patoot.

I thought it would be interesting to write down the steps I take to find that “perfect” pair of shoes. Words do not do the process justice, but they will provide insight that will hopefully help some of you. So…here goes…Remember, these suggestions work for me and may not apply to your individual situation.

Shoe type decision. Will I buy a walking shoe ideal for flat surfaces? These are ideal for short jaunts to the gym, store, or other paved area. Or, will it be a pair of multi-purpose hiking boots that provide ankle support? These are perfect for those occasions when grass, gravel, sand, or other questionable surfaces come into play. Having one of these pairs available at all times covers all bases.

Budget. How much money can I spend on a pair? I have a range in mind when shopping for a pair and stick with it. In addition to the cost of the shoe, I must take into consideration the additional $60+ needed for a shoe lift.

Material. What type of material do I desire? Is it already waterproofed or do I need to add that? How much elasticity is there? This is where the side-twist maneuver comes in handy for walking shoes. If the shoe can easily be turned, it goes back on the shelf. It’s too flimsy for my blood. If it has a slight turn, it is a possibility.

Soles. Does the shoe have a sole that can be removed or altered by a shoe repair person? Is it relatively flat? Is it high quality? This is the area where many manufacturers fail, in my experienced opinion.

Construction. Is the shoe durable? How is the stitching? Is it precise or are there threads sticking out? What type of sole is there? Does the footbed offer security? Will it hold my foot upright after a shoe lift is added? Are there “breathing holes” that hinder durability?

Manufacturer. I know that generic brands are always emphasized for cost-saving purposes. I choose to purchase a name brand that has a strong reputation for excellence in craftsmanship, technological advances, and customer service.

Toe area. Is there ample room for my toes to stretch out? If the shoe narrows down from the foot bed to the toe area, it goes back on the shelf. If it appears to have ample room available, I try it on.

Fitting. This is the final step. If a shoe passes all of the above inspections, I try it on. This step can be a few seconds or few minutes. If it is difficult to put on, it goes back on the shelf. If I stand in it and feel discomfort, no go. When the shoe is comfortable to stand in, it is a possibility. I go for a short test walk. How does it feel? Does it bend easily when taking a step? Does it constrain my bones or allow comfortable movement? If satisfied, I wait a few minutes. Then, I go for another test walk.

P.S. Whenever engaged in the shoe buying process, I wear the appropriate socks.

That’s it for now. 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.






Walking Surfaces Matter After a TKR

Hi everyone! I’ve written other posts before about walking as an exercise for recuperating from a total knee replacement. Walking surfaces matter as much as the walking itself, also. After 40 years of dealing with different types of walking surfaces and the effect on my leg length discrepancy, I would like to share some insight that can help others gain a better understanding about this sometimes “simple” topic. It’s amazing what we take for granted until it is gone or nearly impossible to accomplish. This is especially true after a tkr. Here’s the scoop…

Asphalt offers the harshest surface as far as joint impact goes, I have found. Orthopaedic literature, fitness publications, and bone health news state the same. As softly as I try to walk, I still notice and feel the impact.

Walking on gravel is no easy walk in the park, either. Gravel has a tendency to cause my ankles to sway sideways since it is so uneven. Even when wearing hiking boots, this can be discomforting. It’s especially discomforting due to my leg length discrepancy and need to wear a 1.75″ shoe lift.

I found a perfect solution last weekend. While walking on the beach, I stayed on firmly-packed sand. No joint impact at all. It was a very comfortable and enjoyable walk.

Walking on packed sand allowed me to walk further and receive a nice workout. It was quite enjoyable. It was especially nice not to end my walk by having knee area pain. :) The only drawback was ending up with sand-coated boots. But, who’s complaining? Not me. I’ll take beach sand any day and twice on Sunday. :)

Thought I’d share this in case anyone else is 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.






Balance Issues & A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone! I have been asked about balance issues after having a tkr. I have written about this in numerous posts, but have received requests for this particular one. So…

Something strange and perplexing has been happening lately. There will be times when I move and suddenly lose my balance. It is not extreme, only a simply side step. To someone who didn’t know any better, it might appear as if I had been drinking too much alcohol.

I don’t understand why it’s happening, either. Sometimes it is due to my shoes losing ankle support. Other times it happens when I get out of a seating position and start to walk. Other times it occurs for no reason at all. It may be due to my leg length discrepancy. Sometimes it happens when my glasses are not properly positioned (I have a prism in my lenses). It’s been 7 months, 1 week since my total knee replacement surgery.

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 July 4th Weekend!

Wishing everyone a joyous, festive and safe July 4th weekend. Happy Independence Day to all my U.S. readers. :) Enjoy the barbeques, good food and…if you have a chance…watch the holiday classic with James Cagney playing George M. Cohan…”Yankee Doodle Dandy”. It’s the best!

Be grateful for our freedoms, that we sometimes take for granted.

Be safe while using or watching fireworks.






Thank You Booktoots’ Supporters…

Hi everyone. It’s that time again to say “thank you” for visiting and playing an active role in helping this site succeed. I appreciate all you do. Whether it is reading through the posts, commenting about your current situation, or encouraging other readers, thank you for taking time out of your day to participate.

Best of luck to everyone. Please share the news about this site with others you know could benefit. We are all in this together!
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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.