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Expressing Gratitude and Thanks To You

Hi everyone! It’s that time again for me to take a few moments and thank everyone for being so wonderful.

It is because of you and your continual support that this site has become so popular. And, it is only getting better, thanks to you! Your stories are helping others learn, expand, and find relief. Many of you communicate with other commenters. I regular get contacted by people referred by you, my readers. How wonderful….

I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude for you feeling comfortable enough to express your concerns, experiences, and insight on our site. It impacts others in a manner that is probably far greater than you realize.

So…thank you for developing such a wonderfully supportive community of folks undergoing or living with a number of physicalities including a total knee replacement.

There is a saying that goes something like “for every cloud, there is a silver lining.” The cloud may be the physicality or total knee replacement, but the silver lining is the definite sense of community you have formed. THANK YOU!!

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Do You Know Whether You Are Dehydrated or Not? I Didn’t….

Hi everyone! It’s that time of year when warmer temperatures are upon us. It is the heightened season for dehydration. With so much information available, it seems easy to do what is needed. For instance…

I normally drink plenty of fluids. Some may say I’m a fish out of water. :) Anyways, I was recently dehydrated without even knowing it. How did I figure it out? After going to clean my flute out after performing for an hour, I noticed there was no saliva in it. Let me explain..

Normally, when one plays the flute there is a cleaning process afterwards. The cleaning process is needed to remove accumulated saliva from the flute’s interior. If left in place, the saliva can easily penetrate the pads and cause all kinds of trouble. This can lead to pad replacements, impaired sound quality, and an all-around unpleasant experience.

So, after entertaining at a fun gig, I went about my normal post-performance routine of cleaning my instrument before putting it back into its carrying case. The first step is taking the flute apart and looking into the interior chamber. (I like to see all the saliva accumulated. It’s usually an indication of how hard I worked.) Imagine my surprise when I noticed the absolute lack of saliva. Not one drop! In my 50+ years of playing, that has NEVER happened.

The temperatures outside were in the 80′s (and I know you warmer climate folks are chuckling at that..:) ). I do not do well in prolonged exposure to higher temperatures. Still, I was drinking my water.

Throughout my performance I noticed blurred vision, but attributed it to needing newer prescription lenses. It was also more difficult for me to breathe properly. I was catching my breath more than usual. Still, I thought it was just one of those days. (Breathing difficulties are standard procedure for me due to a fractured C-1 from years ago.)

It was only after seeing no saliva in my flute that I realized those symptoms must be related to dehydration. Why else would there be no saliva after a solid hour of playing a wind instrument?

Upon reaching my homestead, I drank enough water to replenish the Pacific Ocean. Plus, the fresh plum, watermelon, and lettuce. Great stuff!

Here are some common dehydration signals to look out for, according to the Mayo Clinic and other sources:

* irritability and/or confusion
* loss of focus, memory, and concentration
* muscle cramps
* lack of urine or very dark urine
* very dry mucous membranes in eyes, nose, and throat
* thirstiness

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Stay safe!

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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.








Happy Independence Day 2014!

Happy Belated Canada Day to all my Canadian readers.

Happy 4th of July 2014 to all my readers from the United States of America….This is for us…

For those wondering what I, Marie (aka Booktoots) looks like…here I am celebrating. This happens to be my favorite holiday..:)
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This quote holds true today as when it originated…
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Searching For A Particular Topic? Here’s Help!

Hi everyone! Just a short reminder…it seems like many of you are visiting this site and not using the search bar. I promise, it is helpful!

This site has been in existence for 6.5 years. It contains a plethora of posts on a number of topics. Each post has tags associated with it. These tags, or keywords, are the words you search for when entering information in any search box. The same holds true for my site.

Take a look at the upper-right hand corner of this site. You will notice a rectangular search box. Just type in your interested subject topic. Click enter and a number of applicable posts with links with appear. Just click on the one you’re interested in and you will be taken directly to that article.

This is a great way to save time and find topics you are interested in.

Thanks for visiting my site. Hopefully, this suggestion will make the process a more fruitful and eventful one.

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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.








Happy Father’s Day

Hi everyone!

Wishing all the father’s among us a special day of celebration. All types of dads, whether of humans or animals, deserve extra special treatment today. Take some time to be spoiled, loved, and treasured. You deserve it! You touch lives in a manner that words cannot describe.

“A father is a boy’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.” I sure know mine is.

Enjoy!

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10 Natural Ways to Prepare for Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Hi everyone! We all know the importance of keeping everything as natural as possible before, during, and after our total knee replacements. Luckily, I have a guest post to share that is written by a tkr patient, Tamara Lujan, who is a holistic healing practitioner and herbalist with more than 27 years experience in the fields.

Tamara’s article provides valuable insight that is bound to amaze everyone! After reading her article, be sure to click on her links to learn more about her and her offerings. Here goes…Enjoy!

Nine weeks ago, at age 53, I had total knee replacement surgery. Some health issues and past surgeries placed me at higher risk for infection, skin tissue breakdown & blood clots. I decided to use natural treatments, dietary changes and herbs, to help ensure an easier recovery; reduce the risks of infection and inflammation; and help prevent blood clots.

As a holistic health practitioner I want people to be proactive in their health and total knee replacement surgery is no exception. I personally started by researching doctors and hospitals, finding information on everything from a doctors success rates to hospital infection percentages. I also began working on having my body in the best possible health prior to surgery. Here are 10 natural ways you can prepare for TKR.

1. Eliminate alcohol – Alcohol increases the risks of complications and slows down the recovery process.

2. Water – Water boosts your immune system, flushes toxins and helps keep you regular. I recommended about 90 ounces a day for women and 120 ounces for men.

3. Turmeric Extract – Turmeric is a powerhouse for fighting inflammation. Turmeric extract is an easy way to get the dosage you need.

4. Nettle Leaf Infusion – Dried Nettle leaves are a wonderful source of nutrients and are high in essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle infusion is a miracle working when it comes to inflammation. It has worked wonders on my fibromyalgia and arthritis. It is approved by the German Commission E for reducing inflammation.

5. Nettle Seed Extract – Fighting chronic pain is exhausting. Nettle seed helps build your energy in the short term. Take up to 1 week prior to surgery.

6. Shiitake Mushrooms – at least 2 x a week (great in Miso soup!). This mushroom helps prevent thrombosis. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

7. Seaweed – 2 x a week. I put this in my Miso, on salads or simply to snack on. Helps prevent inflammation. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

8. Homeopathic Arnica Montana 30x – Used to reduce bruising, swelling and joint pain. Discontinue use 1 week prior to surgery.

9. QUERCETIN with BROMELAIN – to help build immune system and for reducing inflammation. Speak with your doctor as to recommendation on use beyond 2 weeks prior to surgery.

10. Improve your muscles and body systems – Try yoga, massage and acupuncture. These can help limber you up, reduce inflammation, and keep the lymphatic and blood system flowing.

My knee surgery went great. Based on the damage to my knee and a pre-op ROM of just 68 degrees, everyone was very surprised at my recovery and that in just 7 weeks post-op, I was at a 100 degree ROM!

*Please let your doctor and pharmacist know of any herbal and supplements you are taking.

Bio: Bio ~ Tamara Lujan is a holistic health practitioner and herbalist with over 27 years of experience. She believes in a “wholistic” approach to healing, which includes using whole foods and herbs to help the body heal and perform at its best. Tamara owns Farmacology Organics where you can find her organic herbal products. Her Farmacology Organics Facebook page has over 75,000 followers. Her blog Farmacology Organics provides information on using whole foods, nutrition, herbs and green living for a healthier life.

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A Real-Life Story About Nerve Damage, a Shoe Lift, and TKR

Hi everyone! I’ve had a number of inquiries lately regarding nerve pain associated with a total knee replacement, so I wanted to share a recent story in an attempt to help others out…

It was a beautiful sunny day. After just finishing a tasty fundraising breakfast, going home just didn’t sound like a good idea. I was wearing business casual clothing, including my walking shoes. (As I have discussed in other posts on this site, my left shoe has a 1.75” shoe lift on it).

I hopped into the car and decided to go for a nice drive. There’s a beautiful waterfront community nearby that I knew had benches that provided a wonderful view. There’s where I was headed.

As I was approaching the town, I noticed signs stating a festival was taking place. “Oh, oh”, I thought. Parking is difficult enough as it is in that area, let alone during a festival. Anyways, I proceeded.

Someone (as usual) was watching over me that day, since ONE parking spot was available in an ideal location. My parallel parking skills came in handy. :)

After taking in the scenery while sitting on the waterfront bench for a bit, I decided to partake in the festivities. It was a medieval faire. WHAT A BLAST!!

However, to tie this in with my tkr and shoe lift story, the majority of festivities took place on open grounds containing uneven land. My ankle and shoe lift were getting an interesting workout! Without any ankle support (like my standard hiking boots provide), my shoe lift walking abilities were put to the test. There’s no point in getting frustrated about it. That’s what happens when one wears a shoe lift. It’s very easy to lose your balance or twist your ankle. Yikes…

I’m not going to complain about anything. I am very grateful for the opportunity, experienced wonderful things, and met fantastic people. I’d do it again in a second!

Let me just say…nothing looked more inviting than my sofa when I got home. I was going to shower, eat, and become a couch potato while watching game 7 of the NHL Playoffs, The nerve damage caused by my since-removed bone spurs was exacerbated. That’s an understatement. :)

My tkr scar was bright red (still can’t figure that one out). Both of my ankles were swollen. And my tkr knee was slightly swollen. Remember…I’m 6.5 years post-tkr.

How did I handle all of that? I relaxed, did some slow stretches, ate, took two aspirins, and elevated my leg.

That’s what happens when a shoe lift wearer walks on uneven land for a prolonged period of time. Not complaining, just providing insight that can hopefully help others.

NOTE TO SELF: Carry hiking boots in the car trunk at all times.

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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.








Memorial Day 2014

For all my readers. Memorial Day is not just about the long weekend, parties, or bbqs. Remember the true meaning of this special holiday. Pay tribute to those who sacrifice their lives for our freedoms. THANK YOU!!

Memorial Day 2014

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Does Your TKR Involve Nerve Damage?

Hi everyone…It’s been 6.5 years since my tkr and I’ve received a number of inquiries about how my knee is doing and what others can expect.

As I’ve mentioned before, everyone recuperates at their own pace. My tkr knee still looks a little “fatter” than my other knee. Depending upon the level of my physical activity, sometimes it just swells up more than usual. It’s usually not painful.

What is painful, however, is the extensive nerve damage left behind from my bone spurs. Bone spurs developed on each side of my knee to the point where they were digging into my nerves. I was told the tkr would not correct the nerve damage, but would make the knee pain go away. I was fine with that.

This pain is exacerbated by swimming, but I don’t care. I’d rather have pain than no swimming.
In addition to the swimming times, this nerve pain can happen anywhere, any time. There does not seem to be any rhyme nor reason. The pain always runs from my lower spine down the side of my tkr leg.

For the past two days, it has been there. The pain usually doesn’t occur two days in a row.

The pain will go away when my leg is elevated and resting. Ice helps and so does aspirin. Gentle side bends and toe touches also help alleviate some of the pain. Dealing with this pain is no big deal to me. It’s 100-percent better than the complete knee pain I had prior to my tkr.

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.






Sharing A Proud Healthline 2014 Ranking

Hi everyone…

I wanted to take a short moment and let everyone know that this site has been ranked one of the best tkr blogs by Healthline for the second consecutive year. I am very proud of that! Thank you, Healthline. And…

Thank you to all of you who find this site useful, informative, and supportive. Everyone who contributes a comment helps someone else. Everyone who refers this site to someone else in need helps another.

This site would not be possible without your help, my valued readers, commenters, and visitors.

Once again…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.