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Buying An Exercise Bike During Economic Trying Times & COVID-19

We all know an exercise bike really helps during the total knee replacement recuperation process …or for any fitness need. Brand new, though, they can be pricey. How can you get around breaking your budget? Below are a variety of tips for buying an exercise bike during economic times and COVID-19.   Hope they work for you. 🙂

CAVEAT: Be sure to follow COVID-19 protocol whenever engaged in any transaction.

Thrift stores. Check these regularly. You never know what you’ll find. A friend purchased an upright exercise bike in excellent condition. It was $15. Just be sure to try it out before buying it to make certain it’s in good working condition. (This applies irregardless of where you buy a used one).

Street/curb side. That’s right. While driving down streets, sometimes households will place their unused exercise bikes alongside the curb for pick up. Sometimes the bike will have a price sign, other times the sign may say “free”. One never knows. Keep an eye out.

Friends/Networking Contacts. How many times have you known someone with good intentions purchasing an exercise bike only to use it a short time? It happens all the time. Think of New Year’s resolutions. I know someone who has gotten rid of three upright exercise bikes this way. Every New Year she makes a resolution to exercise more. So, she buys the bike, uses it for 5 or so months, gets bored, and either sells it or gives it away. Go figure.

Bulletin boards. Retail, restaurant, and local venues usually have bulletin boards. Check these out to see if anyone has placed a notice about having an exercise bike for sale. This avenue will be limited during our COVID-19 pandemic.

Craig’s List and other online selling sites. There are great items for sale on this site. If you are lucky, the seller will live near you and can deliver the exercise bike. This makes it easy to go test the bike out, too. This is how I got my recumbent bike. It’s in excellent condition, also.

Moving. Many people need to downsize when moving. This is a wonderful way to get something you need or want.

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 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Attitude “I Know I Can Do It” Matters

Hi everyone. As a tkr blogger, I have mentioned before about the importance of having a positive outlook or grateful attitude while going through tkr recuperation. Everyone experiences negative emotions during life. Did you know that having an attitude of “I Know I Can Do It” matters?

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.

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.

Not Your Typical TKR Doctor Visit

Hi everyone. An event just popped into my mind while I was thinking about buying some new shoes requiring a shoe lift. As previously mentioned, I need to start wearing an external shoe lift again after my tkr. I thought the surgery took care of my leg length discrepancy, but was wrong. So, here is the event that turned the light bulb on….It is a book excerpt from my soon-to-be-released masterpiece.

It was during my year follow-up after my total knee replacement. My doctor and I were finding out how much of a leg length difference I had. He was placing different blocks underneath my tkr leg, with different thicknesses.

We went through about three of these. None seemed to work. Then, on the fourth….

“How does that one feel?” he asked.

“Hmmm. It feels better than the others. I’m not sure how much better, though,” I indecisively answered.

“OK,” he says as he removes the block and puts another one under my foot. (My back was turned to him).

“How does this one feel?” he asks.

The saga continues….

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.

How To Keep Your Aging Mind Active During COVID-19 Times

Hi everyone. Throughout our lives it is important to keep our brains healthy. The majority of people having a total knee replacement are likely in the older age range (including me!) , I thought it would be beneficial to share information about how to keep your aging mind active during COVID-19 times – and beyond! Of course, this applies to other age groups as well…

Play Brain Games.

Brain games come in all categories. The intent is to have fun while stimulating your mind. Whether it is memory training, visual acuity, puzzles, and/or video games – there is bound to be something that suits your fancy.

Examples:

Crossword puzzles

Suduko

Word games – word search, Hangman, Scrabble, etc.

Treasure hunts including geocaching

Concentration

Engage In Brain Training..aka Brain Fitness

Brain training, on the other hand, is gym exercise for the brain. These maneuvers improve your cognitive abilities. You need to do these exercises to work on/improve memory, intelligence, navigation, communication, focus, mental acuity, and brain processing speed.

An efficient brain training program will be backed up by scientific proof (research). Scientific studies will be peer-reviewed, independent, repeatable, and published in professional journals.

Benefits:

Improved self confidence

Decreased depression

Improved driving skills

Lower medical costs

Faster visual processing speed

Examples:

Visualization

Using your opposite-side hand

If you are right-handed, use your computer mouse with your left

If you are left-handed, brush your teeth with your right hand

Etc…

Close your eyes when performing tasks..rely on touch

Of course, use your common sense

Shower with your eyes closed and feel for your shampoo, soap, etc.

Play with coins to distinguish size changes

Change your daily routine

Walk your dog at a different time

Do a different exercise

Meditate in the evening, if morning is your usual

Play A Musical Instrument

Playing music offers so many benefits, it is a shame to not learn one that suits your desires. Find an instrument that sparks an interest and go for it.

Learn to Read Music

This is a language in and of itself. IT IS A BLAST! Since studies show that only 10% of musicians know how to perform this wonderful, rewarding task – you will be among the educated few.

Read, Read, Read

Our world is turning into a video-oriented one that discourages reading. What a shame. Reading powerfully stimulates the brain. It may take longer to read than watch a video, but the mental results far outweigh the video results.

Go to your library, check out a book, do some Kindle reading, and/or subscribe to a magazine/newsletter. The choice is yours.

That’s about it for now. Can you think of another way to keep your brain healthy as we age? Kindly share in the comment section below.

Here are some informative links you may want to check out:

https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/brain-exercise/

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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, popular 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. For more information, visit: https://www.wegohealth.com

11 Ways To Stay Safe During Smoky Conditions

Hi everyone. In addition to dealing with our COVID-19 pandemic, protests, governmental dilemmas, we are now living with poor air conditions caused by California wildfires. YIKES!! I was wondering why I woke up smelling smoke last night. Now I know.  It is difficult enough recuperating from a total knee replacement, but combined with poor weather conditions – it can be unbearable. Here are 10 ways to stay safe in smoky conditions.

  1. Keep a reserve amount of medications/inhalers available at all times. For those requiring these items, running out can endanger health. This is common sense, but needs to be mentioned. I am so grateful I do not require medications/inhalers. I feel for those of you who do.

2) Close your windows. Keep your windows closed to prevent smoky air from entering your living abode or vehicles.

3) Blink often. This is one I easily forget to do. Harmful air particles can easily attach to your eyes. Blinking keeps your eyes healthy by distributing moisture and oils across the surface. This moisture keeps eyes hydrated which prevents harmful particles from attaching to the surface.

If needed, remember to use eye drops. This is especially important if you have any eye health issues.

4) Rinse your eyes. I like simply rinsing my eyes with fresh, filtered room-temperature water. Plain, simple, and economical.

5) Run air conditioners. I understand this keeps internal air cool and circulating. Central air involves closed windows. When using one-window models, remember to close all windows.

The CDC recommends keeping the fresh air intake valve closed. Keep your air filter clean and replace when dirty.

6) Keep fans running. This circulates air, preventing staleness. It also keeps dust from accumulating on surfaces.

7) Stay indoors, if possible. The less time you spend outdoors breathing harmful air, the better off you are. Common sense, folks.

If you must go outdoors, consolidate your visits into one trip. Make short trips. Take precautions. Breathe through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Avoid deep breaths.

8) Drink water. Staying hydrated and flushing your system of any harmful particles is time-tested good advice.

9) Wear a mask. These are different than the cloth face coverings used during our COVID-19 pandemic.  There are respiratory masks available from your pharmacy. Talk with the pharmacist for more information about which ones are beneficial and which are useless.

 10) Keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Take responsibility for lowering your own pollution level. Do this by not using candles, incense, and/or fireplaces. Remember that smoking or vaping hinders air quality.

a) Air purifier. Consider using an air purifier. It not only circulates air, but also removes harmful particles.

11) Stop vacuuming. It recirculates dirt particles. Personally, I don’t see any problem with this recommendation. (joke attempt)

Contact your medical care provider whenever needed.  Emergency rooms are typically full of with people suffering from poor air quality during smoky weather conditions.  Stay safe and contact your doctor at the first sign of any concern.

NOTE:  When we are recuperating from a surgery such as a total knee replacement (tkr), our immune systems are hindered. We are in a high risk category that includes heart disease patients, elderly people, respiratory hindered folk, and the like.

Especially true in our COVID-19 pandemic, you MUST take responsibility for your health during smoky conditions. You, and only you, can prevent further damage.

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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 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.

My Newly Updated TKR Water Exercising Ebook

Hi everyone! We all know the importance of exercising regularly after having a total knee replacement, or for simply living a healthier lifestyle. So…I am pleased to announce the release of my recently updated 38-page ebook titled “Water Exercising After A TKR”.

You can buy it now by clicking on the Paypal ‘Buy Now’ button. As soon as I receive purchase notification, I will forward the PDF-formatted ebook to you. YOU DO NOT NEED PAYPAL TO PURCHASE THE EBOOK! Credit card options are available:

I will update more purchase options as more become finalized. Thanks!

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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 tkr blogging 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.

Closed Head Injury & Multi-Tasking

As I mentioned previously, I have experienced a closed head injury as a result of my car accident. Throughout the years there have been situations where I felt incompetent and confused. One area involves multi-tasking. I thought I’d discuss that here since I’m writing about frontal lobe injury exercises. Research has reassured me. Nice. So, here is an excerpt from an upcoming ebook. Enjoy…

So many times throughout the years of working in a corporate environment, I continually received feedback about the importance of multi-tasking. (Multi-tasking is doing more than one thing at a time). I am not a good multi-tasker and never have been. Due to that, I have felt inadequate in this area. In fact, more than one time I’ve been fired due to my “numerous mistakes”.

When I stated I needed time to concentrate, the feedback was always negative and condescending. Couldn’t be because the job required multi-tasking, could it? Couldn’t be because I was expected to concentrate on balancing a detailed trial balance while continually being interrupted for any number of things? Couldn’t be due to losing my place and having to pick up where I left off, could it? Of course it does.

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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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

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Watch Out For Fake Sponsored Content

Hi everyone. In this day and age of increasing social media popularity, I believe it worthy of share this article about online activities. It provides insight into fake sponsored content.

Click on this link to be taken directly to the article:

https://glean.info/fake-sponsored-content-dangerous-new-phenomenon-influencer-marketing/

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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. 

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Natural Home Cleaners For Our COVID-19 Times and Beyond

Hi everyone! Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post about natural home cleaners and a tkr that went over well. It is important to maintain a clean environment while recuperating from a tkr (or anytime, for that matter). This is especially true during our COVID-19 times.

Natural Home Cleaning
Everyone loves a clean, sparkling, fresh-smelling home. But when you look at your shiny bathtub after a good scrub, it is possible – depending on what type of cleaner you use – that you are inhaling harmful pollutants left over from that scrubbing agent.

Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that levels of pollutants inside the home are easily two to five times higher than levels outdoors. Many home cleaning products greatly contribute to lowering air quality in the home. They can also leave compounds floating in the indoor air long after your cleaning spree has ended. Not good at all!

Conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can also be harmful to the environment. When you clean your kitchen sink and rinse that harsh solvent down the drain, where does it go? Choosing environmentally friendly alternatives not only keeps your home a healthy place for your family during COVID-19 times and beyond, but it also helps the earth.

Easy alternatives
Buying eco-friendly home cleaning products is one way to solve these problems. Another idea for natural home cleaners and a tkr is to use kitchen items already in your cupboards for home cleaning.

There are an astonishing number of simple, easy, and affordable ways that basic home ingredients like baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and essential oils can be used to clean, disinfect, and deodorize your home.

Baking soda.  Is a natural cleanser, deodorizer, and scrubbing agent.

Liquid soap. Mix a concentrated, eco-friendly liquid soap with other ingredients to form homemade cleaners.

Vinegar. Use it to remove grease, wax, dirt, and mildew. White distilled vinegar is usually better because cider vinegar can stain some surfaces.

Isopropyl alcohol. Pour a little on a cotton ball or paper towel to disinfect doorknobs, telephones, countertops, or any other surface (aside from wood, which it dries out).

Essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oils can all disinfect as well as add a pleasant smell to your homemade cleaners.

Lemon juice. A cleaning agent on its own, it can also add a nice, clean smell to your homemade cleaners.

The recipes
All-purpose mildly abrasive cleanser. Baking soda, liquid soap, and an essential oil of your choice. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender are a great team because of their disinfecting properties and combined scent.

Use a generous amount of baking soda and mix in the liquid soap until you have a smooth paste-like consistency. Add a few drops of the essential oil and scrub away at your bathtub, sink, or toilet. If mold or mildew is present pretreat the area with hydrogen peroxide, and if there is grease use vinegar.

Nontoxic furniture polish. A combination of oil and vinegar works to extract dirt from furniture as well as moisturize and protect wood. Olive oil and jojoba oil are good choices, and white distilled vinegar is best because apple cider vinegar can stain. A ratio of 1 part oil to 2 parts vinegar will work, and can be adjusted depending on the finish of the wood.

Chemical-free oven cleaner. Who wants to put a rough chemical solvent in the same oven in which they will later bake food? A great alternative to conventional oven cleaners is baking soda and water.

Cover the bottom of the oven with baking soda and then spray with water. Leave the mixture overnight and then spoon it out in the morning. It’s that simple! Add a little lemon to the water for a fresh scent.

Improve your indoor air and health by finding out how these natural home cleaners  work for you. Keeping as clean and safe as possible is important every day, but especially during our unprecedented and challenging 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 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 similar experiences.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Leg Length Inequalities And A TKR

Hi everyone! As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the findings during my yearly post-tkr appointment was the fact that I needed to wear an external shoe lift. It turns out that my leg length discrepancy is greater than what was originally thought.

Three weeks after my total knee replacement, I was given a 1/4 inch wedge to put into my shoe since there was a slight discrepancy between the length of my two legs at the time I was going through PT. There were no measurements taken at the time, only an estimate. I thought that was great.

When I questioned my surgeon about it, he stated that there was no reconstruction nor realignment surgery done during my tkr surgery. The decreased lift amount must have been due to my leg just being straightened out when the bionic knee was put into place.

This was just the beginning of my journey of finding the correct shoe lift height or thickness. An ongoing learning lesson.

NOTE: The remaining post can be found in my upcoming book titled “My 45 Years Of Wearing A Shoe Lift”. Upcoming 2020 publishing date to be announced.

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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-related 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

How To Buy Off-the-Shelf Shoes For Orthopedic Uses

Hi everyone! As many of you already know, I wear an almost 2″ external shoe lift. Many women may marvel at the opportunity to purchase a new pair of shoes. Not me. It is something I put off until absolutely necessary. Here’s insight into how to buy off-the-shelf shoes for orthopedic uses.

I thought it would be interesting to write down the steps I take to find that “perfect” pair of shoes. Words do not do the process justice, but they will provide insight that will hopefully help some of you. So…here goes…Remember, these suggestions work for me and may not apply to your individual situation. It is an excerpt from my upcoming book.

Shoe type decision. Will I buy a walking shoe ideal for flat surfaces? These are ideal for short jaunts to the gym, store, or other paved area. Or, will it be a pair of multi-purpose hiking boots that provide ankle support? These are perfect for those occasions when grass, gravel, sand, or other questionable surfaces come into play. Having one of these pairs available at all times covers all bases.

That’s it for now. Hope my personal experience and insight helps others going through the same thing. 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 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 physicalities 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.

Helping Each Other…

Hi everyone. I check this site’s live traffic everyday and I wonder about its importance and whether I make a difference in lives. Many visits are just computer bots scrolling my content, while others are hackers with ulterior motives. Your comments prove we are helping each other… especially during our COVID-19 pandemic.

I just finished reading some comments about how my insight helps you feel less alone, provides a safe haven for discussing concerns, and offers an overall benefit.

To say I appreciate your feedback is an understatement. You have me realizing that my content is making a difference. This is a prime example about how sometimes words fail to completely express feelings. I am grateful.

To summarize, we are helping each other. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Is a Total Knee Replacement Worth It?

Hi everyone. I keep getting questions regarding whether is a total knee replacement worth it? Throughout my blog, I have mentioned the good and bad about having this surgery. Well, overall, it is without a doubt   worth it in my opinion. Here is a post worth resharing….

Prior to my tkr (total knee replacement), I could not go anywhere without carrying a pair of crutches. My knee was locking up, causing excruciating pain, and had a  mind of its own. I did not know when my knee was going to  lock up. It was bone on bone without any cartilage at all. And, bone spurs had formed due to this. Plus, my leg was misaligned due to my knee being so deformed. Enough.

There was one time that I did not carry my crutches with me, and I was left to rely upon strangers to help me walk. I vowed I would not have that happen again. Hence, carrying crutches around with me everywhere. No matter where I drove, my crutches were in the car.

So, if any of my readers get the impression that having a tkr is not worth it – think twice. There is no way that I would say it is not worth it.

Yes, the recuperation process is timely, painful, and a lot of work. It is worth it no matter how much pain is involved. The pain and recuperation is temporary. Having the ability to walk without pain is not. My love of walking outweighs the pain of recuperation- without any doubt.

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 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.