Updating Booktoots Healing

Hi everyone. Kindly pardon my site’s readability while I update the site I promise to finish it as soon as possible. It is no easy task updating this WordPress themed site, in my opinion. I’m doing by best, though on updating Booktoots’ Healing to satisfy your reading pleasure.


In the meantime, thanks for your patience.


Take some time to look around and read my articles/post on why you are not alone during your total knee replacement surgery recuperation. Or, if you are dealing with other conditions (aka leg length discrepancy, double vision, shortness of breath, etc.) – there may be something here for you. I am a tkr blogger who daily deals with all those issues.


Remember, I share my personal experiences on my tkr blog to help others feel less alone. Feel free to post a comment whenever possible, even when I am updating Booktoots Healing. How is that SEO?


Thanks again for all your support, patience, and fortitude.

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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 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.


Places Where Germs Gather in Hospitals and Public Places

Hi everyone. Let’s consider this a two-part series. I just published an article on where germs abound in homes. Now, let’s discuss where germs gather in hospitals and other public places. Everyone needs to be aware.

Doorknobs. Protect yourself by holding onto a tissue, handcloth, or other similar item to cover your hands. You can also wear some protective gloves.

IV Stands. Who knows how often these valuable pieces of equipment are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. IV-patients are expected to transport themselves while moving these.

Bathrooms. Watch out for the toilet seat. Depending on your strength, you may need to hold onto the toilet seat to lower or raise yourself. As soon as your hands touch the seat, your hands are at risk.

* The bathroom’s door latch/knob is a carrier. When I was recently hospitalized, I didn’t see one time when the handle was sanitized or cleaned. There were multiple people using the bathroom, also.

* The bathroom’s toilet seat cover container is a possible risk. Where has the previous user’s hands been?

* Sinks and their faucet handles.

Commodes. The commode seat and lid need to be touched. So do the side rails used to lift and lower your body. These are possible contamination sites.

Railings. Many stairs have railings to help people going up and down stairs.

Countertops.

Elevator floor indicators. Think of how many different fingers touch these buttons everyday.

Produce Sections. Everyone buying fresh produce picks up the item and tests it for personal preference/ripeness/etc. Germs can abound. Eliminate risk by using a cloth or buying bagged produce.

That is all I can think of for now. Will update at a later date with more places Where Germs Gather in Hospitals and Public Places .

Here is a helpful link to an informative article written by the WebMD team. Read it for further insight:

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/12-places-germs-lurk#1
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 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.







Hurricane Florence Wishes

Hi everyone. Let’s all of us take a few moments to send our blessings and well wishes to all of my readers/ everyone in the Phillipines and United States affected by Hurricane Florence.

Here’s hoping for the best to each and every one of you.

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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 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.







10 Ways To Stay Safe During Smoky Conditions

Hi everyone. Some of you have contacted me with questions on how to deal with the heavy smoke conditions happening in Western USA areas. I live in that area. 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.

Keep a stash 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.

Close your windows. It goes without saying that keeping your windows closed keeps the smoky air outside. I said it anyway as a reminder.

Blink often. 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.

Rinse your eyes. I like simply rinsing my eyes with fresh room-temperature water.

Run air conditioners. I understand this keeps internal air cool and circulating. Since I do not have an air conditioner, I am only writing from hearsay.

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

More information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html

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

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.

Drink water. Staying hydrated and flushing your system of any harmful particles is always good advice.

Wear a mask. There are respiratory masks available from your pharmacy. Talk with the pharmacist for more information about which ones are beneficial and which are useless.

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.

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

Contact your medical care provider whenever needed. Do not be embarrassed. Emergency rooms are crammed with people suffering from poor air quality during these difficult times. 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 ailment folk, and the like.

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 physicality concerns.

This 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.







Thank You To My Readers…

Hi everyone. Every now and then I like to take a few moments to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Thank you to my readers…Without you, this blog/site would not be a success. Also…

I am grateful for you:

* Taking the time to visit my site and take a look around.

* Feeling comfortable enough to share your feedback. Whether it is a private email, or a public comment involved- your input makes a difference. It seems just when I’m wondering whether anyone is reading my insight, one of you comes through. Then, I don’t feel so alone. 🙂

* Sharing Booktoots’ Healing with others. It is fun hearing from a new reader who was referred by another. Word-of-mouth ‘advertising’ is the best form of exposure. 🙂

* Trusting my insight enough to buy my books.

Overall – a big, hearty “thank you!” My gratitude runs deep.

Enjoy your day….

Marie B (aka Booktoots)

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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 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.

Announcing Updated Preparing For Total Knee Replacement EBook

Hi everyone. I am pleased to announce the third printing of my popular ebook titled ‘Preparing For A Total Knee Replacement’. Content is recently updated.

A total knee replacement can be one of the most trying and tiring of surgeries to undergo. Preparing properly can save you time, frustration and money.

After going through the entire ordeal myself, I decided to write this ebook to help others. It is intended to share rare situations. Nowhere did I read or hear about what to do if the doctor cancels on surgery day due to sickness, cancels another date, and reschedules the surgery another month later. This happened to me.

I needed to go through the pre-op medical process twice within a two-month period – for the same surgery. In fact, two pints of my own blood were discarded like trash. That’s a harrowing experience.

Let my insight make your life easier. I provide you with a first-hand account about how to get all areas of your life prepared for your tkr surgery.

I know that getting ready for a total knee replacement is more than just scheduling a surgery date. It is more than sitting in support groups and talking. It involves taking action.

The available information given by the doctor’s office was/is written by the medical profession. I found the information helpful, but lacking some key points. A patient’s perspective was needed.

I now know how things could have been easier if I was better informed/prepared. After hearing from my blog readers, I knew there were others out there who could benefit from my first-hand experience. That’s when I decided to write my ebook.

This ebook is especially helpful for those not having access to support groups or insight from people who had the surgery. Instead of relying on conflicting Internet information, you can be relieved in knowing that my information is tried and true.

Purchase
You can purchase the book directly through me by visiting my Books Page. Or, click here:
Preparing For Total Knee Replacement Surgery Ebook I accept Paypal and will send the book in PDF format as soon as possible.

Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon!

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 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.






Places To Donate Orthopedic Shoes

Hi everyone. The subject of where to donate used orthopedic shoes recently came up. It’s time for an update. Thank you, Robert! Ranging from helping a veteran to cleaning our planet, there are a variety of nonprofits available to assist you. Here are some places to donate orthopedic shoes:

SOLES4SOULS

From their website: “Turning shoes and clothes donations into a micro-enterprise model while providing low-income entrepreneurs a way to lift themselves out of poverty.”

Every shoe you donate to this Nashville-based nonprofit is sold to provide funds for education, housing, and other needs for those living in poverty. One shoe equals one dollar.

Operated worldwide in partnership with Zappos. Click on the below link to be taken to their website.
Http://soles4souls.org

SHOES FOR CREWS

Taken from their Gripping Blog: ‘Tips and Kicks From Shoes For Crews’
“Here’s some helpful information about some of the largest shoe donation organizations in the U.S. so you can decide where you’ll be sending your old footwear:”

Some organizations include Shoeman Water Projects (operating in Kenya, Haiti and South America), Old Word Running (Boulder, CO-based), Donate Your Old Shoes, The Shoe Bank (Dallas, TX-based), and Green Sneakers (run by Crown Ministry Group) – helps reduce landfill by recycling shoes.

I understand that the Shoe Bank in Dallas, TX has closed since the Gripping Blog post was written. Management is working on new directions.

For more information about donating your orthopedic shoes, visit:
http://www.shoesforcrews.com/blog/life-work/where-should-you-donate-your-old-shoes/

For more information about their company, visit:
http:www.shoesforcrews.com

SHOE BANK of CANADA
The Canadian Shoe Charity

From their website: “Our mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to a decent pair of shoes.
Shoe Bank Canada collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need across Canada through food banks and other social agencies in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs.”

This nonprofit collects gently used shoes of all types and sizes – including orthopedic shoes. They make it as convenient as possible for all donors.

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.
http://www.shoebankcanada.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ShoeBankCanada/posts/

DONATION TOWN
This is an online site that helps you find the appropriate nonprofit places to donate your orthopedic shoes. They even pickup!

Charities they deal with include: Vietnam Veterans of America, Habitat for Humanity, Human Society, and many more.

Visit their website for more information:
http://donationtown.org
http://donationtown.org/news/donate-shoes.html

YMCA

The Y’s mission statement taken from their website: “The YMCA is dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community. It is about the coming together of community spirit.”

Since every YMCA differs, I am offering this as a recommendation due to my local branch being involved with used shoe donations. There is a collection bin conveniently located by the front entrance.

Shoes are collected, shipped to the involved nonprofit, and sold. Funds are used to plant trees, start micro-enterprises, and other appropriate ventures.

Shoe collection bins seem to be rotated among various nonprofits. Shoes have been collected and shipped to overseas nonprofits who in turn provide footwear to those in need.

I recommend contacting your local YMCA for further information.

That’s about it for now. The next time you outwear a pair of orthopedic shoes, remember the less fortunate. Stop throwing your shoes out and put them to good use. Someone, somewhere will benefit from your generousity.

Thank you and Good luck!

Do you have any more recommendations you want to share with our readers? Feel free to contact me.

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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 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.







Happy Independence Day 2018!

Hi everyone. Here’s wishing all of you a festive, safe, and tasty July 4th! Whether you are enjoying a peaceful day at home, backyard barbeque, or vacationing – enjoy.
Happy Independence Day 2018!

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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 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.







Nominated For Patient Leader WEGO Health Award

Hi everyone. Here’s some exciting news for me to share:

I am thrilled to announce the nominations for the WEGO Health Awards
have officially opened! As a member of the Patient Leader Network, I could not be more
excited for the chance to celebrate the online health community as a whole.

#WEGO Health is a mission-driven company that connects the healthcare industry with the
experience, skills, and insights of Patient Leaders. They are the world’s largest network of
Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics.

The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100,000 Patient Leaders who are an inspiration to all of us. These amazing Patient Leaders raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – and, often without recognition.

So, if I’ve ever given you support, resources, or any kind of assistance that helped you in your own journey, please consider nominating me for a WEGO Health Award. Winning this award
will increase my visibility and validate my efforts to raise awareness within our community with the ultimate goal of having a positive impact on the state of healthcare.

Kindly take a moment and visit this page to nominate me yourself for this prestigious award:
WEGO Health Awards Nomination .

Thank you!

Nominated For WEGO Health Award!

Hi everyone. I am honored to announce that I’ve been nominated for the #WEGOHealthAwards! These awards seek to recognize Patient Leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy. Learn more & nominate today.

I have been nominated in the WEGO Best In Show Blog Award category. This nomination could not be possible without the support of all of you – my readers. Booktoots’ Healing has become a very popular resource for people dealing with a total knee replacement.

Here is information from the #WEGOHealth website:

Anyone who is an active and leading member of an online community, and
making a difference in healthcare, is eligible to be nominated. He or she should
provide the community with valuable information and support to make a
difference for other patients and caregivers. Nominees for an individual social
channel award must have a presence on that particular social channel, of course.

Please take a moment to visit the #WEGOHealthAwards site and nominate me yourself:
https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominate

Thank you!

Marie B (aka Booktoots)

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 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.