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The Importance of Icing After A TKR

Hi everyone. The importance of icing after a tkr cannot be overemphasized, especially during recuperation. I have always found icing to be the best pain killer. Plus, it’s cheap and easy. It’s time consuming, though.

Icing in 10-minute increments is recommended immediately after exercise. I actually went for longer time periods. It can be tiresome having to ice every single day, sometimes multiple times during the day. It beats pain meds, though and is definitely worth the time.

I am 18 months post tkr and I still ice if I feel I need it. My knee just doesn’t hurt anymore. It’s still swollen, however. I was told by my surgeon that it probably always will be. That’s fine with me.

The manner in which my tkr knee area is supposedly permanently swollen differs from how it swelled up after exercise during my very early total knee replacement recuperation phase, though.

During the first weeks post-tkr- after exercise it was tender and pink. Now it’s not. It just looks like a fat knee with a large scar going down the center of it.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Ice, ice, ice. It’s important after a tkr.

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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, 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Healthy Eating Speeds the TKR Recuperation Process

Hi everyone. It’s common knowledge that eating healthy can help everyone. However, this is doubly important for us living with a total knee replacement (tkr) and through our COVID pandemic. Healthy eating speeds the tkr recuperation process.

So…here are some suggestions for quick, healthy eating that can be prepared at home:

Mix some fresh herbs with freshly squeezed juice for a low calorie dressing.

Squeeze an orange over your salad greens.

Spread some natural peanut or almond butter on an apple.

Enjoy a sandwich of tuna and mustard on wholegrain bread. Add lettuce & tomato, if desired.

Have some fresh fruit mixed with plain yogurt.

Spread some hummus on either pita bread, fresh veggies, or an English muffin.

For creamed soup, substitute pureed tofu for heavy cream.

All of these have worked well for me, and I am confident they’d work well for others. 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 a variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning tkr blog 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.

Stop Comparing Yourself To Other TKR Patients

Hi everyone. Even though it is a good idea to read about other total knee replacement patients and their experiences, please remember that we are all different. Stop comparing yourself to other tkr patients. Everyone recuperates at their own pace. And, everyone went into their total knee replacement surgery with a different background, different experiences. Some have experienced trauma, others aging issues,   and some have a combination of the two (like me).

My tkr is the result of a car accident which happened 45 years ago. There was trauma to my knee and entire leg. The main leg injury was a fractured femur (thighbone). At the time, the doctors said I had arthritis in my knee as a result of my knee smashing against the dashboard. I was told then that I would not really have any problems until 30 years down the road. As a 21 year old, I thought…”Yeah, ok. That’s when I’m old.”  So, here I am 40+ years later, living with a total knee replacement.

I am mentioning this since my tkr recuperation has added concerns as compared to the typical osteoarthritis (aging) concerns. That is the way it is and I accept that. I don’t compare myself with others and neither should you. There is no point in doing that. It can   result in feeling inadequate.

Recently one of my readers suggested having a flexion contest among the tkr readers/patients on my blog. I love that competitive spirit and found her enthusiasm refreshing. However, I would not stack up at all, and I’m not going to try to. While other tkr patients are striving for 115-135 flexibility range (kudos to you all!), I am not in the same ball park. I’m not your average bear.

Even though gauging yourself against other tkr patients will give you a general idea about experiences, comparisons between flexibility and activities is just not a good idea. That’s my opinion, anyways. For instance, I know that to “graduate” from physical therapy, 95 was the flexibility target goal for me. I saw other tkr patients, at the same time period of my surgery, with 115-120. I started to feel inadequate since I was struggling to reach 95. And, that was with my physical therapy lady pulling and pushing on me so hard I could have screamed loud enough for Asia to hear me. 😕 (I live in USA)

The only comparison you need to make is with yourself. All you can do is keep bettering yourself. Remember your pre-tkr flexibility and activity level. Then, compare it to how you are after your surgery. In my case, my flexion remains about the same as prior to my total knee replacement…90-95  And, I may never have more than that. My doctor told me to be prepared for that fact based upon my prior medical experience.

I believe it is important to mention this since comparing yourself with others can make you doubt your own accomplishments. What good is that? Anyone diligently working (doing their exercises) after a total knee replacement surgery needs to be proud of what they have accomplished. Do not doubt yourself.

So, when you hear of or see other total knee replacement patients with their desirable activity level, impressive flexion degrees, and other aspects you want to have – remember we are all different. You do not know their background. Stop comparing yourself to other tkr patients.

Good luck!

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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 45+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Meditation and Yoga For Seniors – Why You Should Include Them in Your Daily Practice

Hi everyone. Living during our COVID19 times can be trying at its best. Here is a guest article about Meditation and Yoga for Seniors by Hazel Bridges with AgingWellness.org. Enjoy!

Meditation and yoga have seen a significant surge in popularity in the last few years — this is best shown in the number of Americans who have started doing yoga, which has jumped to 50 percent in the past four years. While it is mostly assumed that yoga and meditation are ideal for those working stressful jobs, this overlooks the incredible potential of these practices for seniors. If you are a senior or a caregiver to one, now it’s the moment to introduce the benefits of meditation and yoga.

Meditation in Yoga

Meditation can also be part of a versatile yoga experience, although when most people think of yoga, they associate it with physical practice. Learning to meditate in yoga takes more than sitting still for a couple of moments each day. The reason is that your mind might still be burning through a stream of worries and thoughts.

However, the more you’re able to sit with your thoughts, which will eventually quiet your mind, the more you’ll experience a sense of presence. Research shows that being in the moment helps develop that unique mind-body connection most people seem to have lost during their lives. There are also numerous benefits to yoga meditation, including overall well-being and good mental and physical health.

Reasons to Consider Meditation and Yoga

One of the best reasons to consider introducing a daily yoga practice is to enhance your overall health. As we grow older, we’re encountering several health-related problems, both physically and mentally. These issues can often lead to some more significant concerns. For instance, isolation is known to lead to depression, which, in turn, can create issues with oral health and even malnutrition. Besides, seniors do not often follow a healthy diet, which can create an imbalance in the gut, leading to indigestion, mood swings, and skin issues.

Fortunately, meditation and yoga can tackle several different mental and physical concerns that often trouble seniors, allowing them to live healthier and fruitful lives; according to studies, both yoga and meditation have a powerful impact on a person’s overall well-being.

Yoga 101

Seniors sometimes assume that yoga is only for young people as it has various challenging poses. However, there are many yoga forms with gentler variations that are ideal for seniors looking to boost their muscle flexibility. Other benefits yoga is known to promote include anxiety and stress relief, reduced inflammation, heart health, and chronic pain reduction.

One of the easiest ways to get started is to practice yoga at home by using technology. There are hundreds of YouTube videos for seniors that teach a yoga level that’s not too vigorous for a beginner. Other solutions are fitness apps that can be installed on your smartphone for a more organized practice. Usually, these videos and apps are created by experts in the field, so they are ideal when you’re just getting started with yoga.

Meditation 101

Efficient meditation doesn’t take all day. At first, it is great if you devote just a few minutes and work your way up to extended periods. Meditation becomes easier if you start focusing on your breath first and become aware of it as you observe your thoughts. Acknowledge the wheel of thoughts and allow them to fade away rather than ignoring the thoughts that want to pull you into a state of anxiety or distraction, use this time to perceive and relativize them.

Meditation also has numerous benefits that both medical experts and practitioners have reported. These include decreased anxiety levels, reduced stress, boosted emotional health, improved self-awareness, more kindness, better focus, pain control, better sleep, and decreased blood pressure.

The Bottom Line

Both yoga and meditation are two incredibly healthful practices for seniors; in fact, doctors often prescribe yoga for their patients. Getting started the right way doesn’t require much, and you can find resources everywhere online. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube and numerous apps that can help you get started and practice yoga or meditation with ease.

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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.

Balance Issues After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone! I have been asked about balance issues after a total knee replacement.  I have written about this topic in numerous posts, but have received requests for more tkr insight. So..here is a reprint containing insight that still applies.

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 or did not have my “sea legs” on.

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 with balance issues after a total knee replacement. It is one of many tkr concerns.

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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 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.

Are You Human?

Hi everyone. Since the COVID19 pandemic started, I am wondering …are you human? Robot trolls abound and are having me wonder whether this site is even being read by live human beings! My spam folder is also being overloaded . Please help me out. Let me know by leaving a comment below. I view my live traffic everyday and am truly curious.

Are you human?

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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 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.

Quotes To Ponder and Enjoy

Hi everyone. I have always enjoyed reading and collecting quotes from different sources on a variety of topics. This is especially true during our trying COVID19 times. Here are some of my favorites:

“Better cut the pizza into six pieces instead of eight. I’m on a diet.” Yogi Berra

“Every day of life is precious if we appreciate it. Pain can deepen our appreciation of life or make us bitter.” Anonymous

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Sam Johnson

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – The Buddha

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” ~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

“The great tragedy of life is not death itself, but rather what dies within us while we live.” -Norman Cousins

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” Helen Keller.

Hope you enjoyed these as much as me.

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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.

And, Yet, Another Potential TKR Hazard

Hi everyone. Due to popular demand…Here is a reprint of a popular post of mine discussing yet another potential tkr hazard. The event took place prior to COVID19 times, but it is important to be aware of, since pandemic guidelines vary according to your area.

While eating out last night I came upon something I never in a million years would have thought of. It was a nail sticking out from the bench seating area. As I was fitting myself between the table and bench seating, something scraped me and caused pain. I looked down and ….a 3-inch nail was sticking out just waiting for someone to scrape against it.

Needless to say, as soon as the event occurred, I made a beeline to the kitchen and asked for rubbing alcohol and a band-aid. The scrape was starting to bleed, and it hurt. I was not a happy camper in the least. From now on I am going to check out everything prior to sitting down.

The management was very accommodating and soon I was bandaged and back at the table. Following me was the manager with a hammer in her hand. The nail was pounded into the wood so that no one else would have the surprise that I did.

Having heard so many horror stories about total knee replacements and infections, I wanted to play it safe. Probably…too safe. I called the doctor’s office to ask about if a tetanus shot was needed. I just envisioned having another tkr due to getting an infection.

As it turns out, no tetanus shot was needed.

Moral of this story: anytime you see wooden benches or furniture, look around for nails sticking out. Never before would I have thought about that. Nails are another potential hazard to watch out for when recuperating from a total knee replacement.  For that matter, this applies to anyone.

Remember it is always better safe than sorry. Sometimes I feel like a wimp. I do not like calling the doctor and am not used to it. After all, I’m in good health and plan on staying that way. My immune system is still recuperating and needs babied, however.

And so, Life goes on…if one is lucky…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 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.

The Immune System After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone.  Many of you have contacted me about having colds after a tkr. This information is especially important during our COVID19 times.  Here is my personal story about the immune system after a total knee replacement…

After having a prolonged cold, of which I rarely get, I was scared about the intensity of my symptoms. So, I called the doctor. (Remember….I am not a doctor calling kind of person. Prior to my tkr, I only saw a doctor for annual physicals.)

I did not even have a general family doctor at the age of 55, since I didn’t need one. This isn’t intended as bragging, simply stating a fact.)

Anyways, I had never had such a serious cold and was concerned about it turning into a bacterial infection. Us total knee replacement patients (at least I am) are super sensitive to infections.

When I described my concern to the nurse, I asked if my swollen knee was a result of my immune system still being “not up to par”. I knew that a cold was a result of a weak immune system.

Yes, your immune system is still recuperating. That is why your knee is still swollen,” is what I heard. I was told that if it lasted for another couple days (it had already been two weeks), to go see my general physician.

Luckily, I just started drinking more warm liquids and eating soft foods. The symptoms were greatly decreased in two days. So…..no doctor. Whooppeee!!! (Nothing personal against doctors. 🙂 )

I am only relaying this information since it is amazing how everything in the human body is tied together in some form. To me, the human body is awe-inspiring. (Even with a recuperating bionic knee).

Everyone heals at their own rate and in their own way. Respect the intricacies of the human body to heal itself and adjust to the foreign object it has in it now (aka  your “bionic knee”).  Help it along as best as you can. This is especially true during our COVID19 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.
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.

Sharing The Appreciation Philosophy During 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 Philosphy 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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Her mission is to help total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Her mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other health concern.

 

 

 

Have You Had These Post-TKR Symptoms?

Hi everyone. I recently received a call for help from Nancy, who is trying to help her sister out. Here is her comment:

“I am so glad I found your site! my sister ( 70s ) just had a knee replacement and she started feeling flu like symptoms. achey , an tired, and going from cold to hot. is this anything you have ever heard of ? its been one month.


Its not her knee that is that painful now.. its the other effect.s.
she went to Dr and they took Ekg… and her heart was rapid… and pulse was going up and down.


she does have anxiety.. Can you please see if anyone else has these symptom s that you have heard of?
I thank you so much ..”

END OF COMMENT…

Have you had any of these post-tkr symptoms? If so, please feel free to share your insight so Nancy and her sister can begin to relax.

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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 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.

Humorous Quotes to Ease The Pain After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone. Actually, I put the total knee replacement term in the heading so that search engines will like it. These quotes will work for anyone looking for a good chuckle. So, here are some humorous quotes to ease the pain after a total knee replacement.

While riding my upright bike during my total knee replacement (aka tkr) recuperation, I was lucky enough to catch two classic cartoons on the Cartoon Network. Being a classic animation fan, I about fell on the floor (figurately, not literally) when I found out I turned the television on just in time to catch Yogi Bear. And, following that show…POPEYE!!!!! Woohoo!!!

Here’s the scenario:

Yogi and Boo Boo were walking in the forest looking for their cave.
Boo Boo: “We’re lost, Yogi.”
Yogi: “We’re not lost, Boo Boo. We just misplaced our cave!”

I’ll remember that quote next time I get directionally challenged while driving. 🙂

Popeye didn’t have any memorable quotes this time, but watching him eat his spinach left me with a hankering for some of the green stuff. Plus, it just never gets old hearing him say how something is “embarrasking”.

Here is an older NHL hockey-related quote. While watching the New York Rangers V Boston Bruins game video the other night, a big deal was made because Sean Avery was playing. So, of course, the media needed to interview him. He was asked something to the effect of why he is so disliked in the NHL (I didn’t hear the exact question). I did hear his reply, though.

“Even a mild aversion to Sean Avery is not that….chuckle while searching for the correct wording…”mild”, Avery replied. Good one! 🙂

Hope these quotes brought a smile to your face and a chuckle to your belly. Humor heals. That is especially true during our trying COVID-19 times. Stay safe and healthy!

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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.