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NHL Hockey Rivalry Joke

Hello everyone. Let’s take our minds off the busy holiday season for a bit. Here is an NHL hockey rivalry joke that has been shared among Detroit Red Wings fans for years. It dates back to the days of immense rivalry between these two teams. . Enjoy…

A teacher in the Colorado school district asked her class of third graders…”How many of you are Colorado Avalanche fans? Raise your hands if you are.”

All the students except for one raised their hands, eager to please their teacher. The teacher saw this, was perplexed and said…”Maybe you didn’t understand the question, Ann. I want you to raise your hand if you’re a fan of our Colorado Avalanche hockey team.”

“I know what the question means. I’m not a fan of the Colorado Avalanche. I am a fan of the Detroit Red Wings,”  the little girl named Ann proudly replied.

Confused, the teacher said…”Why is that?!”

“My mom is a Detroit Red Wings fan and my dad is a Detroit Red Wings fan. So, I am a Detroit Red Wings fan,” Ann confidently replied.

By now, the teacher was getting angry. “Oh, that’s ridiculous. What if your mom was moron and your dad was an idiot?”

“Oh, well then I’d be a Colorado Avalanche fan,” Ann said.

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Remember to keep humor in your soul.

Think About This...

Define Necessity

  Hi everyone. It is that time of year again when we need to be reminded of the importance of certain things..including our beliefs. How do you define necessity?

Think About This...
what is necessity?

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients and others 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 variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr bloggeer, and tkr patient who has been living with various  health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://wegohealth.com.

Sharing The Appreciation Philosophy During These COVID19 Times..

Hi everyone! Here are some interesting facts to ponder during those days when it seems everything is going wrong. We all have those days, especially during our current global pandemic.  Sit back and enjoy sharing  the Appreciation Philosophy during COVID19 times.  

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 …even outdoors…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.

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. During our COVID19 times, Zoom meetings and other methods provide virtual means.

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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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing is an award-winning site owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a tkr blogger, published author, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40 years.
 
Her mission is to help total knee replacement patients and others to find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Her mission is for individuals to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other health concern.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://wegohealth.com

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

Hello everyone.  Send early Happy Thanksgiving wishes to one and all. Enjoy this special day in any way that floats your boat – mind, soul, and body. This is especially true after our COVID-19 lockdown/ antisocializing predicament of last year.

Thank you for your continued support. Without all your visits, likes, comments, and insights this site would not be as successful as it is. I am very grateful for all of you, especially those of you eager to share your experiences.

Remember to be grateful and thankful for all you have. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

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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, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://wegohealth.com.

Do You Have Foot Cramps After A TKR?

Hi everyone. I have received a number of comments from many of you regarding foot cramps and a tkr. I do not feel so alone regarding this topic since it seems to be a common occurrence.

I also experience foot and toe cramps on a sporadic basis. Mine occur within the arch area of either foot. Sometimes they extend into my middle toe on my non-tkr leg. On my total knee replacement side, the cramp usually occurs in my big toe.

It is always painful and unexpected. To alleviate the pain and cramp intensity, if possible, I massage the area. If i t is not possible to immediately massage the area, I simply stand up straight and use positive affirmations. That actually works. “It will go away. Just give it time,” I tell myself.

I do not panic. Panic increases pain levels. I know because when I first started having cramps, I did panic. And…OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! You may likely do the  same.

When I am able to immediately massage the area, I also tell myself “It’s not that bad”, “it’s OK” as I gently rub the area – if at all possible. When the cramp goes away, I stand up straight and gently walk to my destination. If possible, after massaging, I elevate the leg.

I also find it helpful to eat bananas – high in potassium -daily. Sometimes more than one. Potassium helps.

A very good exercise for alleviating foot pain involves a tennis ball or similar size ball. Sit upright in a comfortable chair. Put the ball underneath your affected foot. I find it particularly helpful to have the ball directly under my arch area.

Slowly begin rolling your foot over the ball. Apply enough pressure to provide a mild massage. Do this movement for as long as comfortable.

When done properly, you will feel the pressure points of your feet getting a workout. You will probably find yourself smiling. 🙂

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Let me know your experiences so we can all help each other.

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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 health concern.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. More info here:

https://wegohealth.com.

How Does A BMI Fit In With a TKR?

Hi everyone. Another topic some of you have recently approached me with is “How does a BMI fit in with a tkr (total knee replacement)”? Good question. Since I am not overweight, I thought I would do some research to answer this question to the best of my ability. So…

I was surprised to find out what I have known for years about information on the Internet still exists. Only before, the websites dealt with businesses like construction, fitness equipment, real estate, music tools, and other tangible products/services. Not something as personal and heavily-regulated as medical procedures. What did I learn?

There will be three websites all discussing the same topic. In this case, the topic is BMI affecting a tkr. Only this time, all the sources were reputable, scholarly articles found on NCBI, WebMD, Science Daily, various university sites, etc. All results came about from extensive studies.

RESULTS: One website has one viewpoint. Another website has the exact opposite viewpoint. And, the third is a combination of the two.

How Does A BMI Fit In With a TKR? Well, it is up to your doctor/surgeon. Online research provides no insight whatsoever.

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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 health concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, published author, blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://wegohealth.com

Insight Into Nerve Damage, Bone Spur & TKR Insight

Hi everyone. Recently, I have received a number of comments regarding nerve damage after a tkr. I have written about this previously, but wanted to provide yet another update. The update is based on my personal experience. My nerve damage was caused prior to my tkr. Remember, your experience may be different..and probably is. Anyways…here goes with my insight into nerve damage, bone spur and tkr:

The nerve damage pain is caused by a former bone spur. It  is unpredictable. Sometimes it flares up after swimming and sometimes it does not. I have noticed that when I extensively use my legs during the paddling process, the pain exacerbates quickly. Sometimes the pain is so intense that I need to bite my tongue to walk into the locker room. Sometimes the pain is simply an annoyance.

When the pain does flare up, I notice that doing some upper torso turns provides a natural way to reduce pain levels. The exercise involves keeping my lower body facing straight ahead while my upper body turns from right to left. Or rather, I turn my body in those directions. 🙂

What I find interesting is over the years, I have noticed that the nerves alongside my knee seem to be attached to the lower portion of my spinal column. Knee-to-chest exercises also work well to reduce pain levels. Rarely does the nerve pain extend to my ankle.

NOTE: My physical therapist worked miracles with this reducing this pain by recommending this maneuver to stretch out my hips: Stand with your nonhurting side against the wall. Keep your torso against your upper arm. Touch your hip to the wall. When done properly, there is a definite stretch going on. Do this 10 times to start.

Well, thought I’d share the information to help 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 variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others realize they are not alone with their ordeal.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://www.wegohealth.com

Personal Insight Into Facial Recognition Disorder

I never gave it any thought about this concern until the recent years. It appears one side effect of a head injury is my inability to recognize faces when seen out of context. Technically, it is known as facial recognition neurological disorder.

One case in mind involves spending a few hours sharing breakfast with a group of new friends. One person was in her bathrobe at the time. We spoke face-to-face on numerous times throughout this time period.

Later in the day, I was walking along and a woman came up to me. She started chatting like we knew each other. She was wearing street clothes. After speaking with her for a few minutes, I asked if I knew her.

She was startled and replied, “Well, yes. We had breakfast together earlier today.” “Oh, yeah. I didn’t recognize you without your bathrobe,” I said.

The next time we saw each other was over breakfast the following day. “See, Marie. I’m wearing my bathrobe so you can recognize me,” she told me. We both chuckled. This led me to start believing I had some kind of facial recognition disorder.

Another case involves a well-known sports figure. When he was in uniform, I had no problem recognizing him. Or, if I was attending a sporting event that I knew he would be at…no problem. Without his uniform (in street clothing), I was forever wondering if that was him. It is a strange feeling of confusion and inadequacy. So many missed opportunities.

If I did think it was him and acknowledged him, then not receive a response, I thought it probably was not him or some other reason. Maybe he did not recognize me. From what the media reports…He has had concussions and head injuries. Will I ever know? In any case, I would like to thank him for opening my eyes to this condition.

This facial recognition disorder..or concern.. must be a result of my closed head injury. I never had that concern prior to my injury. This topic sounds like a research project.

NOTE: After wondering about this topic, I did perform some research prior to publishing this blog post. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) – there is a medical term given to this condition. Prosopagnosia. My eighth grade teacher would call that a “$50 word”. (A very large word..)..

“Prosopagnosia is a neurological disorder characterized by the inability to recognize faces.” For more information, click here: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Prosopagnosia-Information-Page

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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 variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

What About Those Personal Injury Lawyers?

Hi everyone. A television commercial just prompted my memory of something that I was apparently blocking. It involves my experience with personal injury lawyers after my car accident. Seems there is enough content with this and other stories for another book. Here is the scoop….

While I was laying in the Intensive Care hospital bed, completely drugged and almost coherent, I was approached by attorneys. “Hi, Marie. I hate to see you like this. Do you have legal representation? I bet you have a case,” I would hear. Since I was so out of it, I didn’t give the question a second though.

I could not talk at the time because of a closed head injury. I was recuperating from a multitude of injuries. I was attached to IVs and an oxygen machine. One attorney after another (I do not remember how many) simply put their card on my hospital bedside table. “Be sure to give me a call when you are up to it,” I heard. This happened both in Intensive Care and my ward room.

If this is not a case of a profession being predatory, I do not know what is. The situation came across as someone profiteering off the less fortunate.

It reminds me of when I worked as a State Bar auditor years later. When interviewing a personal injury lawyer, an ambulance sped by outside. Upon hearing the sirens, and me mentioning how someone was having a “trying day” – I heard, “Oh, that is the sound of money! That’s how I stay alive!” replied the attorney. At first, I thought he was kidding. Then I realized that, no, he was quite serious. That is when I realized that the rumors about personal injury lawyers were, indeed, real.

Even though personal injury lawyers do serve a purpose in helping others going through turmoil, and there are professionally competent ones, the insight I gained from those experiences was life-changing.

I was eventually referred to a personal injury lawyer by the local State Bar Association who put my interests above his own. That helped restore my hindered viewpoint of the hospital-based piranhas.

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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 health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

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 after a tkr as much as the walking itself, also. Thank you to my curious reader Elaine for providing feedback about my forgetting to mention any soft sand insight.  It is included now. 🙂

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.  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 during my knee recuperation.

Gravel. 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.

Beach Sand. Two types:

Firmly packed. 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 firmly-packed beach sand any day and twice on Sunday. 🙂

Soft sand. Quite the workout. I needed a nap afterwards, actually. Besides my ankle getting a workout due to my shoe lift, my overall tkr leg was very tired. I needed to take breaks. Depending on how long after my tkr, the pain and discomfort ranged from intense to moderate. Of course, the sooner I went walking after my initial tkr recuperation, the more intense the pain and discomfort.

Thought I’d share my total knee replacement insight in case anyone else is 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 health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Using Hills as a TKR Walking Exercise

Hi everyone. Here is some insight worth resharing. While recuperating from a total knee replacement, I found it advantageous to walk up and down small hills  It took about four and a half months to do this, however. The incline provides a good overall leg workout, along with circulatory benefits. The decline seems to mainly work on my quads and knee flexibility. Have you tried using hills as a tkr walking exercise?

And, I find it great to walk backwards up the hill.  This is great for the hamstrings. I have written about this on other posts throughout this site. Take a look around!

Of course, what works for me…may not work for you. I am simply sharing insight from personal experiences that prove beneficial for myself.

Even those without a total knee replacement can find using hills as walking exercise helpful. Just ask my neighbors. It has become a trend around here.  🙂

NOTE: Sturdy, nonslip soled shoes are essential for this exercise. This goes without saying, but needs to be mentioned for safety purposes. Well-fitting walking shoes are crucial for comfort and safety purposes.

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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 a variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

https://www.wegohealth.com

Happy Labor Day 2021!

Hi my favorite readers. Today is the first Monday in September. This means that it is set aside as Labor Day in the United States. Dating back to 1894, the year Congress passed an act that legally made this a holiday.

The holiday is intended to give workers a chance to relax. The day of celebration was originally developed by the labor movement. The day was set aside as a tribute to specifically show appreciation for the dedication, economic, and social accomplishments the American workforce has made toward the government’s overall success.

Accordingly to this year’s industry statistics, an estimated 45% of the population will be working. (Just thought I’d throw that in.) I know my neighbors sure are…lawn mowers, construction, landscaping, etc….yikes….

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1
Click on the above link for more historical information about Labor Day.

Enjoy and be 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 a variety of other health concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Changing Leg Lengths After A TKR

Hi everyone. Due to popular requests, I am resharing this post about my changing leg lengths after a tkr. Something strange has been happening lately. As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I am back to wearing a shoe lift on my tkr leg. This started three months ago, about a year after my tkr. Wearing the shoe lift is no big deal to me since I have been wearing one for 35 years.

However, and this is my dilemma now, my leg length changes. Some days I will notice I need more lift on my tkr leg, while on other days…I need less. It is totally bizarre to me. (Prior to my tkr, my leg length never changed on a daily basis).

The only thing that I attribute the discrepancy to is the fact some days my bionic knee is more swollen than on other days. Perhaps this swelling affects how straight my total knee replacement leg gets. I.e. less swelling means more leg length (more straightened) and vice versa. I don’t know.

Could be much worse. I’m not complaining just puzzled. I just wear an internal lift on days I notice I need more than what my external lift provides. No biggie…

Hopefully this can help someone else who is going through the same thing. Have you experienced this dilemma?

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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 health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://www.wegohealth.com