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Resistance Bands: Use Them For Better Joint Health

Hi my favorite readers! Resistance bands are cheap, convenient, and beneficial for getting or maintaining knee functioning. I still use them, seven years post-tkr. They are an easy way to get a workout no matter where you are. Just put one or two in a purse, backpack, luggage piece, or other item to have access whenever needed.

I was introduced to these workout marvels during my tkr recuperation process, as you likely were. If you are not familiar with these exercise tools, read further to learn why you need to add these marvels to your fitness routine. As usual, always consult with your medical care provider before starting any new exercise regime.

Side note: While going through physical therapy, I noticed different colored bands tied around the parallel bars. It turns out that these bands were known as resistance bands. They were in bright colors and I stated I wanted a red one. “This isn’t a fashion show, Marie,” is what I heard. The physical therapist then went on to tell me that different colors signify different strengths. Who knew? Not me..

rubber bands

* One exercise involves putting the band around your knee area. Wrap the band around a sturdy table leg or stationary bar. Tie the two band ends together. When done properly, the band will form a circle, with your knee in one side and the stationary item in the other.The band may start bunching together around the knee. Just flatten it out. Pull your leg out sideways. Start out slowly and gradually increase repetitions.

* Another variation involved working your glutes (or butt) and hamstrings. Instead of moving your leg out sideways, move it towards the backside of your body. Keep your knee as straight as possible. Slowly return to the original position. Rest for a few seconds. Repeat. Do the same with your opposite (“good”) leg, if desired.

* Here is a seated exercise that has always worked well for me. Try it!:
Sit on a firm chair with both legs firmly on the ground. Put both ankles inside the band circle. Separate your legs and hold for five seconds. Slowly return to the original position. Rest for a few seconds. Repeat this maneuver five times, or whatever is recommended by your medical care professional. When done correctly, you will feel the tension in your outer knee and leg area.

* For the arms: I have found them useful, also, in arm exercises. Simply place your hands inside the band circle. Pull your hands apart until a good stretch is felt. Hold for five or six seconds. Slowly return to the original position. Relax for 15 seconds. Repeat 10 times. And, the bands don’t have a chance to bunch up like they do in the knee exercises.

Here is a link to the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) site that contains a wealth of information about using resistance bands for an efficient workout:

ACE Fitness Rubber Band Workout

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 is currently 61 years of age, height-weight proportionate, engaged in a healthy lifestyle, and is proud to be medication free. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






TKR: What Does Your Knee Look Like Afterwards?

Hi everyone. I have received quite a few questions about what to expect after having a tkr or total knee replacement. What does the typical knee area look like? What did mine look like? At the two-year mark, I wrote the following post. It still applies at the 8-year post-tkr mark…fyi.

It finally happened. It’s been 25 months since my tkr and I’ve been looking at a swollen, flat knee area. Well, the other day, I took a close look at my knee. While laying down, I lifted my knee straight up to check it out. (Remember how difficult that is when first recuperating from a tkr? I sure do..) For the first time, there is a definite indentation along the inside of my tkr knee area. The area on the opposite side has a slight indentation also. The upper portion of my tkr still looks a little swollen. My surgeon said it would probably always be like that. No biggie to me.

I was curious to see how my leg looked while I standing up. The entire area surrounding my knee appears wrinkled. Big time wrinkles, like someone in the Florida sun for 30 years. There was still definition, but it appears slightly less. The swelling appears more intense when standing up. Actually, the swelling looks more like fat. Oh well. It could be worse.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. What does your tkr knee look like?

Find interesting? Kindly share….Remember, we’re all in this together…

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.







Eight Year Post-TKR Update

Hi everyone. Has it already been eight years since my total knee replacement, otherwise known as a tkr? You bet it has. February 2008 was when I had this surgery. So..it is time for an update.

KNEE FLEXIBILITY. My knee flexibility is still around 90-93. It is due to previous scar tissue dating back 30 years. The degree is about what it was prior to my tkr. I have written about this in numerous posts throughout my site. It is of no concern to me.

LIMITED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Due to the hindered flexibility, I am unable to ride a typical bicycle. Or, let me say that I can do it, but not at the speed to keep the bike and me upright. My body tilts to the right since my left tkr knee does not bend fully. Am I painting a proper picture? I hope so. I can use a stationary bike, but it certainly is not a pretty picture. 😕

TKR CLICKING. Just within the past two months have I noticed a regular clicking of my tkr. Before this, there was sporadic clicking during my initial stages of recuperation. Now, it happens daily. It is a curious event. There is no pain. Sometimes there is a sound, other times not. I guess ‘bizarre’ would be the best word to describe it.

TKR SWELLING. Only after being on my feet or sitting for an extended period of time do I notice any type of swelling. I simply elevate the leg, rest, and maybe apply ice.
By ‘extended time’, I mean about three to four hours. It does vary.

TKR PAIN. Pain occurs on such a minimal level, that I feel embarrassed to mention it. Again, when overdoing it, my tkr may be painful. I take an aspirin, elevate, and ice.

OPPOSITE HIP PAIN. I have noticed an increase in pain involving my opposite side hip recently. It may be due to my shoe lift being the incorrect size. It increases when doing stairs.

STAIRS. Speaking of stairs, if a slug and I were taking the stairs at the same time, the slug would finish first. I take my time while holding the rail. Going up is more painful than going down. Going down, however, is more difficult.

That is about it for now. If I think of anything else, I will be sure to update this eight-year post-tkr update.

Hope this helps those of you going through the same thing. If you find this post interesting, kindly share it with others. 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.






Looking To Buy Some Used Pots & Pans? Read this…

Happy New Year everyone. Hoping this new year finds you doing well and improving every day. Something recently came to my attention that …as the saying goes..”Set off the light bulb.” It involves buying used cookware from thrift stores, estate sales, consignment shops, or other venues where you do not personally know the buyers. Here’s the scoop I feel is worthy of sharing..

As many of you know, I wore a spica/full body cast for two years. How did I defecate during that time period, you may be asking? When standing, I used a sturdy hand-held cooking pot. Then, I emptied the contents into the toilet. Bedpans do not cut it when in the upright position. They didn’t for me, anyways.

Even though pots and pans can be scrubbed, sterilized, cleaned a million times, I still would not EVER buy or trust a used piece from anyone. That is my viewpoint, based on past experience.

Some of you may have a different opinion, I am simply sharing some insight into giving used cookware a second thought before purchasing. Do you really know how the cookware was used in a prior life?

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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 Holidays and Personal Reflections..

Wishing all my readers a wonderful, joyous holiday season! For all those who have shared their tkr experiences, thank you. For all those stopping by to receive support and information, thank you. This site would not exist and be as successful as it is without each and every one of you.

Personal reflections involving three main components (movies, music and food) of the holiday season:

It’s such a blast to watch the holiday classic movies including the original (black and white) ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, ‘Holiday Inn’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’ (with Jimmy Durante narrating) and ‘White Christmas’. I can’t remember the name of the episode, but there’s a Dragnet episode involving the theft of Baby Jesus that signifies the magical quality of this season. The episode usually plays on Christmas Eve. It’s just great to watch. :)

The beginning of the holiday season, in my opinion, is the showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. There is something in that movie for everyone. Whatever is occurring in one’s everyday life, at some point, is in this movie. I just love it. Plus, Jimmy Stewart is an all-time favorite. :)

And…let’s not forget ‘Christmas Story’. “You’re gonna show your eye out, kid.” The leg lamp, Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant, Bumpus Hounds, double dares, and others are timeless. I particularly like the double dare involving the kid sticking his tongue onto a frozen lamp post. When his tongue got stuck, his friend says…”It really works.” Gets me every time.

The music is another blessing. Tunes such as ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’, ‘First Noel’, ‘Halleluiah’ and ‘Silent Night’ never get old. Personally, I prefer classic versions and not that electronic stuff that some bands make money off of..(name unmentioned). I never get tired of hearing Bing Crosby sing ‘White Christmas’ or another Irving Berlin song titled ‘Count Your Blessings’. Wonderful….

It’s a blast to entertain at holiday festivities. It never gets old playing my flute, seeing smiling faces and sharing others’ personal reflections. The flute is so perfect for a wide variety of spiritual-related compositions. It even sounds good playing Jingle Bells. Nice..:)

Let’s not forget the food and beverage. It’s the only time gingerbread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie spices, yams, eggnog, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberries and ambrosia salad appear on the dinner plate. I don’t know about you, but this is the only time of the year I consume spiced wine, eggnog, gravy and dressing.

Side note: I served up gravy at a local holiday meal fest and was taken aback by the amount of people who didn’t want gravy on their mashed potatoes…what’s up with that? Me…I cover mashed potatoes, turkey and dressing with the luscious liquid. It never occurred to me that others wouldn’t. 😕

And, for those new to the tkr (total knee replacement) world, it does get better. Honest. Keep on doing your exercises and realize that all the pain and discomfort will result in a more pain-free living.

Happy Holidays! Remember not to overdo it and place your health above all else. Moderation is the key to success in all areas. :)

If traveling, be safe and patient.

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Appeasing My Marketing Guru…Last Minute Holiday Items

Hi everyone! Please pardon my last minute self-promotion pitch for the holidays. My marketing expert told me it would be very wise to put my personal feelings aside and share what I have to offer with my readers. So…

Do you know of anyone who is going to have a total knee replacement surgery? If so, I have authored a valuable ebook about preparing for this arduous medical procedure. This holiday gift is available for purchase in a variety of formats to suit your discriminating taste, or that of your recipient.

Have you, or someone you know, already had a tkr (total knee replacement) operation? Are you experiencing sleeping difficulties? If you are like me, you will be experiencing a solid 10 months worth without a solid night’s sleep. Insomnia prevails. Sleeping only two hours at a time is on a lucky day. If any of this sounds like you, or another, you could benefit from my book titled “Dealing With Insomnia After A TKR”. It is a gift that will ease stress and aloneness.

Are you done with your post-tkr physical therapy and anxious to get into the water? It is a well-known fact that water exercises are great for the joints and musculoskeletal system. If this sounds like you, consider buying my Water Exercises After A TKR ebook. The exercises were developed by me and are enjoyed to this day…Give it as a holiday gift and use it throughout the year!

All of my books are offered for sale through my website. Just click on the Books page and scroll down until you find the applicable book. If you buy via PayPal, you can receive the book as soon as your payment clears my account. The ebook will be sent in PDF format, for ease and convenience.

My books are also available on CreateSpace, an Amazon publishing store. They can be found on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords – also. There truly is something for everyone!

Well, I see a smile on my marketing expert’s face as he reads through this post. Ahh…I have received approval for posting. :) Here goes…

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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 My New Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipe…

Hi everyone. Autumn harvest brings with it a wealth of delicious squashes. I relish this time of the year due to the versatility of these nutritious gems. Every one has a unique taste, texture, and appearance.

I recently prepared one of my original spaghetti squash recipes during a cooking demonstration. It was a hit, so I thought it would be fun to share it on this site, as well as My Unique Cookery site.
spaghetti squash

Here is a link to my post: Sharing The Marvels Of Spaghetti Squash

You can also click on My Unique Cookery under my Blog Listings, lower right hand corner of home page.

Prepare this dish for your upcoming holiday celebrations and be prepared to share the accolades!
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.






How Do You Define Holiday Necessity?

Hi everyone! Seeing that the retail days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (except for extended dates) are behind us, the shopping season is in full swing. It can be so easy to forget about the true meaning of this festive time of year. I believe it is highly appropriate to post an image to bring us back to reality.

Think About This...

what is necessity?

Giving is something to marvel in for all parties involved. Enjoy your giving, but always keep things in perspective.

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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 Thanksgiving 2015!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers. I am grateful for all the support, willingness to share information, and friendship we have shared throughout this year. Each and every one of you are what makes this site such a success. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this trust and confidence.

Take these following tips this day forward: Be grateful for all you have. Bring a smile to someone’s face and spirit today. Help others in any way possible. Share what you do have. Concentrate on what you do have, not what you don’t have (or think you don’t have).

To quote a popular song…”Accentuate the Positive!” If you are not familiar with that wonderful song, simply do a Web search for it. It’s a true classic. :)

Thank you! Enjoy!

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The Holiday Food Police Are Back…Sharing My Recent Post

Hi everyone…I wanted to share a link to a recent blog post I did on my natural foods site. Enjoy!

Food Police Are Calling