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Stop Complaining & Start Working

Hi everyone. Our mental attitude affects everything. I know that’s a common sense statement, but it makes for a great opening line. Many people, with or without realizing it, are in a permanent state of complaining. Everything is fatalistic, not worth trying, and simply worthless. Complaining is constant on every level, from the conscious to subconscious. These individuals enjoy being around other complainers. Do you fall into this mindset?

Everyone complains at some time or another. However, half of the population loves complaining so much that it becomes ingrained in their personalities. Instead of viewing setbacks as hidden opportunities, these people see everything in black. Negative thoughts and language take over.

Cases in point:

Instead of doing physical therapy exercises that can improve flexibility and comfort, the person chooses to focus on the immediate pain level. “Oh, I don’t do those exercises. They hurt too much. What’s the point?” are the thoughts that are both verbalized and internalized. So..the person has a reason for living in continual pain, discomfort, and “sympathy mode”. It draws attention to them. The individual believes those exercises won’t work, and by golly, they won’t. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Some people are lucky enough to have walking aids that increase motoring speed and skill. Please remember..not everyone can afford these items or have access to them. That is why I say some are lucky to have the items. Musculoskeletal pain levels likely diminish when these aids are used. But are they? No, complainers choose to focus on the drawbacks of using these items.

Focusing on the drawbacks fuels the fire that hinders pedestrian and motorized traffic. Instead of using the aids to make mobilizing easier an attitude of “Let them wait. They don’t know what I’m going through,” is adopted by the individual. “That walker is too difficult to fold up. It gets in the way, etc.” So, a cane is used that completely alters the individual’s body alignment. It exacerbates the pain and discomfort. This is but one example.

Kindly take some time to notice your everyday attitude. Is it one of viewing life as a creative “can do” challenge or one of viewing life as a horrible existence? The decision is yours.

Find interesting? Kindly share with others..

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.






Gratitude Works Wonders

Hello everyone. Any one who has been through a total knee replacement knows that it takes a lot of recuperation and hard work. (That’s an understatement!) Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any better. I regularly hear from readers who express this. You are not alone. I have a story I wanted to share about this.

While going through physical therapy, I was put on the stationary exercise bike. This was very difficult, caused a lot of pain. I downright dreaded it and every moment involved. The experience was two-fold, though. I dreaded it since I knew what a hard time I had with it. I could not make a total revolution without experiencing immense pain and discomfort. On the other hand, I wanted to do it since I knew how helpful it was for my recuperation process.

One day, as I was bicycling, I was griping up a storm. Life was miserable, I was in pain, and I hated that damn machine. Gripe, gripe, gripe. Then, I turned and looked at the lady laying next to me on the workout mat… She had no legs. Both of her legs were amputated at the knee.

To say I felt awful, is an understatement. How could I possibly complain about my one knee when someone else has no legs? Wow… Reality hit hard that day. It’s strange how the universe works. Suddenly, things were put into perspective.

This isn’t to say that I don’t complain (who? Me?) about the tkr recuperation process still – I just think more often about how much worse it could be.

So, be grateful for what you have every day. Yes, I know, sometimes it is easier said than done. However – Gratitude works wonders. 🙂

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, 2016 Independence Day

Wishing everyone a joyous, festive and safe Independence Day, July 4th weekend. Happy Independence Day to all my U.S. readers. For my Canadian readers, happy belated Canada Day. 🙂 Enjoy the barbeques, good food, fellowship, and…if you have a chance…watch the the traditional holiday favorite movie starring James Cagney.

Titled “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, Cagney won his only Academy Award for portraying George M. Cohan. Cohan was the first nonmilitary person to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his lifetime musical achievements. It’s the best!

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Always remember to be grateful for our freedoms, that we sometimes take for granted. Again, Happy July 4th, Independence Day 2016.

Pay respect to the power of fireworks by placing safety first when using or watching them.

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 Exercise Is Critical

Hi everyone! One of my readers sent me this article about the importance of exercising after a total knee replacement. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it again. The powerful data never grows old…

Exercise after knee replacement critical..
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-02/uod-eak020209.php

It may be uncomfortable at first, but doing exercises to strengthen your quadriceps after you’ve had knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis is critical to your recovery. In fact, it can boost the function of your new knee to nearly that of a healthy adult your age.

That’s the finding of a University of Delaware study published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

The authors include Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, Stephanie Petterson, clinical faculty at Columbia University, Ryan Mizner, an assistant professor at Eastern Washington University, Jennifer Stevens, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, and Drs. Leo Raisis, Alex Bodenstab, and William Newcomb of First State Orthopaedics in Newark, Delaware.

“It sounds logical that exercises to strengthen your knee should be a component of your post-operative physical therapy after a total knee replacement, but it’s not the convention at all,” says Snyder-Mackler.

“There are all of these old wives’ tales that strength training is a detriment to the patient and that the new knee should be treated delicately,” Snyder-Mackler notes. “Our study demonstrates that intensive strength exercise as outpatient therapy is critical to begin three to four weeks after surgery.”

Nearly 500,000 knee replacements, also known as total knee arthroplasties, are performed every year in the United States to treat severe knee osteoarthritis, the loss of the cushiony cartilage padding the knee. The joint disease leaves its sufferers with persistent pain and limited function, resulting in an overall diminished quality of life.

While knee replacement alleviates the pain of osteoarthritis and improves function, patients exhibit impaired quadriceps strength and function for such activities as walking and climbing stairs, and the levels remain below those of healthy people of the same age.

In a randomized controlled trial at the University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy Clinic conducted between 2000 and 2005, 200 patients who had undergone knee replacements were given six weeks of progressive strength training two or three times a week starting four weeks after surgery. Half of the group also received neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

Their function was compared to that of 41 patients who received conventional rehabilitation and home physical therapy. Quadriceps strength, knee range of motion, and gait were measured in such tests as timed up and go, stair climbing and a six-minute walk.

The group in the progressive strength-training program showed significant improvement in quadriceps strength and functional performance. They also demonstrated substantially greater quadriceps strength and functional performance after 12 months than the group that underwent conventional rehabilitation.

“This study clearly demonstrates the importance of surgeons encouraging their patients to be compliant with progressive quadriceps strengthening during their rehabilitation to enhance their clinical improvement and function post-total knee replacement,” notes Dr. Leo Raisis, a total joint surgeon and adjunct associate professor at the University of Delaware.

“Why undergo a $25,000 elective surgery and then not do as much as you can to get the most out of it and improve your quality of life?” Snyder-Mackler says. “Older people are incredibly motivated—they hurt after the surgery and they want to be better. They need to do this.”

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Remember, you are not alone. Check back here often for further insight to help your tkr recuperation process.

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.






7 Ways to Speed Up Your Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi my favorite readers. I have had quite a few readers approach me recently and inquire about ways to make the tkr recuperation easier. There is no simple approach, unfortunately. Sharing one of my more popular posts regarding this topic may help you. Good luck!

Having a total knee replacement surgery is only part of the process. Always remember that. How you deal with the recuperation to actually use your new knee is another part. It, actually, is the hardest part. Only you can determine the extent of your success.

  • Here are some ways I have noticed an improvement in my total knee replacement recuperation. My knee is getting better every day because of them. They may work for you. Here goes…

    * Every hour on the hour, get up and walk around. Even if it is for only a couple of minutes. You need to stand up and get your blood flowing. Your level of recuperation (and physical therapist) will determine whether you use a walking aide or not.

  • *Do as much as you can for yourself. Lower your reliance on others when you can easily do it yourself. You will only be hurting yourself.
  • *Know that it will be painful. You cannot get around having pain after a major surgery. Bummer.

    *Take a pain med prior to your exercise. I find that ½ hour beforehand works best for me. This will help make your exercise regimen go easier. Of course, your pain meds will decrease as time goes on and your level of recuperation increases. The sooner the better, I say.

    *Set a goal for your knee flexibility. Find a ‘hash mark’ on the floor that you want to stretch your foot to. Lift your leg farther than an earlier attempt. Your physical therapist can help with this.

    *Keep icing. After every exercise bout, ice your knee area. The best is a simple ice pack. Or, frozen peas and carrots work well.:)

    *Elevate. Keep your leg elevated when not exercising. This helps the healing.

    Recuperating from a total knee replacement takes work, time and effort. Stay with it and you will only benefit. Remember to check back here often to realize that you are not alone.

    Find interesting? Kindly share…

    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.







    “I Know I Can Do It”

    I have mentioned before about the importance of having a positive outlook while going through recuperation. Sometimes it is easier said than done. We all know that. Everyone is entitled to get depressed or experience other negatively-oriented emotions. Your overall mental state determines your ultimate success, however..

    Upon doing research into games for handicapped individuals, I came upon this enlightening article I wanted to share. It just goes to show the importance of maintaining the proper attitude.

    Enjoy!

    Here is the link:
    http://www.cureourchildren.org/sports.htm

    Scroll down on the page and see an article titled..”I Know I Can Do It”. It’s worth taking the time to read…:)

    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.






    Enjoy Your Memorial Day

    Happy Memorial Day to all my USA readers. Remember to pay your respects to those who have sacrificed their lives to give us our freedoms.

    Remember this day is about more than having picnics and barbeques. Celebrate the true purpose.

    For some interesting reading that provides more insight into this federal holiday, please visit this site:

    Memorial Day – In Memory of Our Honored Dead

    MemorialDay

    Thank you…

    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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    Book Purchasing Update

    Hi everyone. There seems to still be some confusion about ordering my books. Here’s the scoop just to clarify everything:

    When purchased directly from my website, with payment via PayPal – the books will be transmitted to you when I receive payment notification. I do not currently have the software capable of allowing instant downloads. Hence, the books are NOT immediately downloadable.

    You will receive a thank you email from me. If I do not have immediate access to the files (I do not sit in front of my computer 24/7..:) ) – I will notify you of a time frame. More than likely, you will receive the book within 24 hours after your payment has cleared.

    I hope this clears up any confusion. All the details are located on my Books Page, but I thought a separate post may also be helpful to those so interested.

    Thanks again for all of your support. Have a great one and remember to keep returning to this site for further insight about a number of topics.

    Find interesting? Kindly share…

    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.






    Overdoing It: Are You Doing This?

    Hi my favorite readers! I was just thinking about writing a post about how to tell when you are overdoing it, when a rescue team was called to the hot tub. It turns out a lady overheated while sitting in the tub. She didn’t realize she was overdoing it. I don’t know how it turned out, but hopefully she is home staying cool.

    So..how do you know when you are overdoing it? When first recuperating from a total knee replacement, knee swelling and warmness are common symptoms. So is pain. So is pain. (The double entry is purposeful.)

    I remember asking my physical therapist for an answer. She mentioned that if there was pain for more than two hours after exercise, it signified overdoing it. OK. More than one source confirms this two-hour period for being a gauge. So, I’ll buy that.

    Now…how about the times not affecting a tkr, or total knee replacement? Like when one is sitting in a hot tub, wet or dry sauna, swimming or exercising in the gym? What about pregnant woman, those with diabetes, etc.? Hotter temperatures can easily lead to heat exhaustion or heat strokes without any physical exertion involved.

    I had someone tell me to put a cold towel on my head while sitting in a sauna to withstand hot temperatures for longer periods of time. I can see how a cold head might help out. But, my question is…how can you tell when you’re overdoing it? If your head is cold, does that mean the rest of your body isn’t getting overheated? How can it? What if the nerves in someone’s cervical area, which send signals from your neck to your body are severed, or damaged, so proper transmission is hindered?

    Anybody have an answer?

    Anyways…overdoing can result from too much exercise, too much heat, too much food, too much anything..to be truthful. When doing research into overdoing it, I came up with a list of signals to look out for. This applies to the general population who do not have any predisposed conditions, like a fractured C-1.

    Loss of appetite
    Visual field impairment
    Sleep disorders
    Mood disorders like irritability..(yeah, I’ll blame it on that..:) )
    Heart rate fluctuations like murmurs
    Excessive fatigue
    Incessant sweating or lack of any sweating
    Shortness of breath, dizziness or breathing difficulties
    Difficulties focusing and concentrating
    Muscle cramps and spasms
    Chest pains
    Nausea and vomiting

    It is imperative that you know your body so you can more easily notice when things aren’t feeling or going correctly. At least, that’s what I’m told.

    Overdoing it is a foreign field to me, since I’ve had a fractured C-1. Personally, I don’t realize I’m overdoing it until I cannot function properly. That is why I keep track of my pulse, time spent engaged in activities and other external signals. Even those fail sometimes.

    Whenever in doubt about any situation, I always place safety first. I would much rather be a “wimp” than someone in the emergency room.

    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 Mother’s Day 2016!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers who are mothers of all creatures – human, animal, fish – you name it. Take the day to pamper yourself and enjoy!

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    bird moms

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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.