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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.

Ways To Keep Your Aging Mind Active

Hi everyone. Throughout our lives it is important to keep our brains healthy. Since 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 ways to keep your aging mind active. This is especially true during our COVID19 crazy times!

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

Water-Based TKR Clicking..WHAT??!!

Hi my favorite readers! I’ve written previously about tkr clicking occurring  after my surgery. The short-lived experiences all occurred on land.   When it does happen, it is very sporadic and not painful. Something recently happened involving water-based tkr clicking that is worth sharing…

It happened while I was swimming. Water is known for its buoyancy factor, meaning it supports most of the body weight. It takes pressure off your joints. That’s why it makes such a fantastic exercise medium. Anyways…

I was swimming and suddenly my knee felt like it was clicking. It was the strangest feeling. It only last for a few kicks. What a bizarre feeling, though.

Since then, it has happened occasionally. There is no pain associated with it. Talk about strange…

Well, that’s the end of my experience with water-based tkr clicking. Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

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 A Laptop After A TKR

Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me about using a laptop after a tkr..aka total knee replacement.   Since I was doing this one week after my surgery, here are a few suggestions that worked well for me and are worth sharing again:

BTW: It was too painful to sit with my feet on the floor during this time period. Besides…I didn’t have the flexibility to do that. 😕

* Sit on a sofa with a pillow behind your back. I’m a stickler for good posture. 🙂  Place a coffee table parallel to the sofa.

* Straighten your tkr leg and place your  foot onto a coffee table. Yes, there will be room between the sofa and table. This will help stretch out your hamstring. It may be painful, but what part of your tkr recuperation isn’t?

* I found putting some ice onto my tkr knee afterwards helped. You may decide to not do this…your choice.

* Put a pillow onto your lap. Place the laptop on the pillow. Make certain the distance/angle between your laptop and arms is not too much.

I like to have my lower arms parallel to my laptop to avoid any carpal tunnel effects. The pillow I use is not too fluffy and provides a nice cushion without affecting the laptop.

* Type away.

When it starts to get warm, just move the pillow & laptop onto the side for a bit. Stretch your fingers and arms.

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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.

How To Exercise Without Exercising

Hi everyone. There is sometimes a stigma associated with the word “exercise”. At least that seems to be a popular misconception regularly expressed by many. So, I thought it would be helpful to post some tips for how to exercise without exercising.

1) Hamstring stretch. Sit on a firm chair. Scoot your body near the front of the chair. Straighten your legs so your heels are only touching the floor. Gently lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of your knees. Hold stretch for a few seconds.

2) Upper body stretch. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your hands above your head. Start picking imaginary apples from the top branch. Feel the stretch.

You can also do this stretching maneuver while sitting in any kind of chair.

3) Shoulder rolls. Shoulder rolls are wonderful ways to increase circulation and energy levels. Do them throughout the day, both forwards and backwards.

4) Spinal stretch. Stand up straight or sit in a firm chair. Extend your arms to the each side. Your body will resemble a “T”. Start gently rotating your body to the right, then to the left. If you are like me, you will instantly feel better.

This is enough for now on how to exercise without exercising. Remember, any amount of exercise is better than none at all. If the word “exercise” brings up images of pain, doom, and frustration – think of it as “moving around” in everyday life. Not everyone has that priviledge, you know.

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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 physical concerns.

This 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.

Another Needed Update About Booktoots Healing

Hi my favorite readers!It is time to share another needed update about Booktoots Healing. So here goes…

Something else has come to my attention that needs addressing. This site has been up and running for over 12 years, and some new readers have been asking me some strange questions.

Anyways, here are some answers that need to be reiterated:

* As stated in other parts of this site, I own all content on this site. That is, outside of sponsors and advertising links and logos. Those are clearly stated to avoid confusion.

* I write all the posts, not some content farm. If there is a guest post…it is clearly stated. Credit is given where credit is due.

* I do not pay anyone to write anything on this site. So, don’t approach me with your great compliment about my site that turns into a request for a job.

When needed, I do all research to write my posts. I state sources.

* I get the information for my tkr posts from first-hand experience. Don’t insult me by asking who gave me the info about recuperating from a tkr. I know, because I’ve been there and done that.

* Look down in my footer area and you will notice that this site is using Word Press software.

* All links included in any of my posts have been researched by me and found fit to share with you, my valued readers. I do not take part in sharing gossip.

* Kindly take the time to peruse through my site before asking me a question that more than likely has already been answered. Use my Search box!

* There is no such thing as a quick fix.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and visiting my site.

Good luck and keep in touch!

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Rated One of Healthline’s Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2020!

Hi everyone. I am proud to announce that this blog has been rated one of Healthline’s Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2020. I am humbled and honored. This accomplishment would not be possible without the support of you, my readers. Thank you!

Some of you voted for my site. Others willingly leave comments to share experiences, show support, and/or join the community in other ways. However you got involved, you played a part. 🙂

According to Healthline: “We carefully selected each blog based on the quality of content, the consistency in posts, and engagement with their community.”

https://www.healthline.com/health/total-knee-replacement-surgery/best-blogs#1

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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 tkr blog 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.

Even in our 2020 COVID-19 year: Happy Independence Day Everyone.

 Hi everyone. Even in our 2020 COVID-19 year: Happy Independence Day everyone. Celebrate safely.

For those wondering what I, Marie (aka Booktoots) look like…here I am celebrating IN A PRE-COVID 19 environment. This happens to be my favorite holiday. This year’s holiday is quite different, for sure.
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I would like to share a traditional quote and image that reminds us of the true meaning of this national holiday.. when a global pandemic like COVID19 does not exist:
Fourth-of-July-USA-Independence-Day-Quote-Wallpaper

  Please….no political ranting.

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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.

It’s That Time Again For Expressing Gratitude…

Hi my favorite readers! It’s that time again. The time for expressing gratitude for visiting my site and leaving your valuable comments. Everyone has been so generous with their support, comments, and insight. I am certain that many others benefit from what everyone shares. I receive comments on a daily basis from appreciative readers. How nice is that? 🙂

The success of this site would not be possible without all of your help. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

Keep supporting each other. That’s what it is all about. You are not alone in your journey.

Enjoy!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author 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.

Meal Preparation After A TKR

Hi everyone. Literature regarding preparing for a total knee replacement states that for a time period after this arduous surgery, patients will need to have help in many areas. One area is meal preparation after a tkr.   I’ll vouch for that…

The first week after my tkr, it was very uncomfortable to stand up for longer than a few seconds. And, the crutches I needed to walk with added to the concern. It could be worse, yes, but I definitely agree it makes for an easier recuperation to have someone else do this task.

After the first week, there are ways to do it on your own. As much as I love eating plain steamed veggies, the task of preparing the veggies was too cumbersome for me. Heck, just filling the ice bag took everything I had. 🙁 So, I needed to make some changes. Here’s what worked for me:

Frozen vegetables. There is a reason for frozen vegetables. They came in VERY handy during my tkr recuperation and meal preparation. Either microwaved or poured into a steamer – quick and easy. The less time I spent standing in one position, the better. You are likely the same.

Frozen entrees. Formerly known as “tv dinners”, there are so many varieties and brands to choose from – it’s easy to find something that suits your palate. Plus, the nutritional value is decent.

All you need to do is remove them from the box, poke the plastic film, and pop them in the microwave. When done, just dig in. Quick and easy to the max.

Crockpots. I swear by these and have loved mine for more years than I care to admit to. 🙂 All you need to do is put in a piece of protein (like chicken), a washed and cut baked potato, and whatever other veggies you want. (If you don’t have the energy for the potato, just put in some rice with a little bit of liquid).

Of course, frozen veggies are the easiest. Sprinkle with some Italian seasoning, put on the lid, cook, and you have a great meal. It probably takes about 5 minutes to prepare.

There were (still are) times when I’d fill my crockpot with water, add some split peas, herbs, and frozen veggies. Cooked at high for about 4 hours is all it took to give me a deliciously easy and tasty bowl of soup.

Frozen fruit. These are marvels for not worrying about spoilage. Just take a handful out and add to some yogurt or simply pour into a bowl and enjoy.

Hope some of these meal preparation suggestions help you during your recuperation from a total knee replacement. The first couple of weeks is the most difficult. If you’re like me, the less time standing – the better.

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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 number 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 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.

Life’s Ironies Involving the NBC and NHL

Today’s tickle: After just watching the NHL Game of the Week between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins , I thought it would be fun to share something that happened. It highlights life’s ironies involving the NBC and NHL.

NBC was holding a “Get Out of the Cold” contest whereby the winner would win a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

Results: The winner of the contest lives in Florida, about 150 miles from Orlando.

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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 condition for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

The Immune System After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone.  Many of you have contacted me about colds after a tkr.  Here’s my personal story after 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 RARELY needed the services of a doctor since my health was overall very good.

I didn’t even have a general family doctor, 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 my still 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.

Hope this  post about The Immune System After A Total Knee Replacement helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.
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.