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Happy Thanksgiving 2020….

Extending my wishes for everyone to enjoy this special day…Happy Thanksgiving 2020. Even during our trying COVID19 times, please remember there is something to be thankful for.

I am thankful and grateful for you all.
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Can Seniors Lower Their Risks Of Getting The Flu? YES!!! Read On…

Hi everyone. Not only are we dealing with the COVID19 pandemic, but flu season is upon us. Yikes! You may be wondering “Can seniors lower their risks of getting the flu?” Luckily, the answer is YES!! There are a number of ways. Read on…

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), an average of five to 20% of the United States population contracts the flu. This costs the nation an average of $87 billion annually. These costs include flu-related illnesses and hospitalization. The senior population is especially vulnerable. Even though there are no 100% guarantees against contracting the flu, you can do your part to lower your risks.

Since many of us in the total knee replacement population are seniors, I believe this information is particularly vital.

On a personal note before I start: I can proudly state that I am 66, am on zero medications, and have not contracted the flu. Why and how? I believe sharing my insight can help you lower your risks. Here they are:

**Eat a healthy meal plan.**

You need to nourish your entire body, especially your immune system. The healthier your immune system is, the lower your risks of getting the flu.

As we age, our immune systems fight harder to fend off harmful attacks, according to the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information, a branch of the National Institute of Health).

Here are some things you can do:

  • Eat plenty of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. The brighter the color, the more antioxidants.
  • Prepare your own meals.

By doing this, you can control what ingredients actually go into your food. You will also limit the chances of contracting germs from an unhealthy food handling.

It is true that even though restaurants have healthy menu options, you still do not know all the ingredients (including preservatives) that go into the delicious food.

  • Make some soup. Soup is comfort food. You will be treated to some warm, nourishing, and delicious food. Personally, I love preparing some fresh veggies, then putting them into a crockpot or large stockpot with plenty of water.

Add some spices, put on a cover, and viola! In a few hours I have a tasty delight that just cannot be beat!

Then, I separate cooked soup into airtight containers and freeze for future use. Nothing is easier and/or quick to keep my, or your, energy levels up on colder days/evenings.

**Keep Germs At Bay**

You need to be aware that harmful germs are everywhere around you and can negatively impact your health. Keep them at bay by doing the following:

  • Thoroughly rinsing and drying fresh produce before using.
  • Regularly cleaning your hands. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are important dos and don’ts you need to follow.

Do:

Before and after preparing and/or serving food

When putting in contact lenses

When dealing with sick people

After using the toilet

Handling garbage

Touching an animal, its food, and feces

Don’t:

Use hand sanitizers containing less than 60% alcohol.

Rub your eyes, nose, and/or mouth without cleansing first.

Etc…

Limit your chances of transferring bacteria, microbes, and viruses by using a proven hand cleansing technique. The Mayo Clinic states that hand washing is the most effective way to avoid spreading germs. Visit their website for a detailed cleansing description.

Keeping your home’s interior clean. There are a number of ways for you to accomplish this goal:

  • Clean your doorknobs, computer mouse/keyboard, phone, faucet handles, and other places you regularly touch. Use a disinfectant.
  • Clean your bathroom: shower curtain, tub, faucets, sink, toilet, seats, etc.
  • Add a small amount of bleach when washing your clothes.
  • Dry clothes thoroughly before wearing.
  • Change your air filters. These are found in your kitchen, furnace, and air purification systems.
  • Change your vacuum bag regularly.
  • Thoroughly sanitize your cutting boards and utensils after using.
  • Dust. Dust contains a wealth of airborne microbes that can play havoc on your health. Be sure to regularly dust your counter tops and other surfaces.

**Maintain An Ideal Weight.**

Being overweight leads to many poor health concerns, including increased risks for getting sick and contracting the flu. Stay healthy by maintaining a recommended BMI.

Get Physical
Physical activity is crucial for improving health and fending off illnesses.

**Get up and move around.**

We all know that exercise is important to overall health. Exercise improves circulation, among so many other body functions. It is known for extending the aging process.

Exercise enhances the immune system by allowing your blood to freely move throughout your body – carrying vital nutrients where needed. It improves circulation, in other words. This is according to many studies, including one discussed in Harvard Health Publishing.

This is especially true for the aging and senior population. It does not matter what age you are, get out there and do it. There are so many fun and easy ways to incorporate exercise into your daily regime, start getting involved.

Here are some tips:

  • Find an activity that you like. This increases your chances of sticking with it, according to the AARP.
  • Start out slowly and gradually increase your intensity and duration levels.
  • Alternate days between strength, balance, and flexibility training.
  • Find a personal trainer who is knowledgeable about senior health, if desired. They are specialized and will work with your individual situation.
  • Stay hydrated!!!! Dehydration leads to all kinds of health dilemmas. This applies even when swimming and/or doing water aerobics. Sip before you are thirsty.
  • Take classes with friends. Some find support helpful and encouraging. With the pandemic in place, many fitness clubs offer online classes.
  • Join your local Y. Many offer senior programs that can save you money, while offering socialization opportunities.

Start your own home exercise program. You may be surprised by the number of exercises you can do without using any expensive equipment. For instance, fill up a gallon jug with water and use it as a weight. Do wall pushups. Do chair yoga. Use resistance bands. Etc…

With so many options available, there is no excuse for you not to get up and move. It is a privilege to reach a point where you realize the importance and impact that exercise has on your body. Reach that point and be proud of yourself! You can do it!

Even your tkr recuperation exercises will help on many levels. Stay with it!

**Get vaccinated.**

Consumer Reports highly recommends older adults get both a flu and pneumonia vaccine each year. According to Harvard University, the vaccinations significantly lower health risks for the senior population when compared to those choosing not to be vaccinated. Flu shots are covered by Medicare.

**Get a Wellness Check.**

Wellness Checks were implemented by the Affordable Health Care Act in an attempt to prevent chronic diseases and improve public health. They are free for Medicare recipients.

Yet, only about 15% of patients take advantage of this option, according to the AARP. So…what are you waiting for? Become proactive with your health and schedule an appointment today.

**Remember Your Mental Health.**

Your mindset play a key role in determining your overall health level. How many times have you seen and/or heard someone complaining about everything possible? These people usually end up aging faster than those with a positive,”can do” mindset.

I am so pleased that modern science has finally come to the conclusion that our mind and body are tied together. Harvard Medical Publishing has written a wonderful article about this.

Sure, everyone has days when things just don’t seem to go correctly. Let yourself have a good cry, if needed. It will do wonders. You are human, after all.

Here are some other useful ways for keeping a positive mindset and lowering your stress level:

  • Brain training exercises. These are different than games meant to pass the time. Find a reputable source that is scientifically-backed to train your brain to healthier functioning.
  • Writing. There is something magical about putting your thoughts into words on a paper..or blog. 🙂 Keep a journal.
  • Meditation. For me, driving my car on an open road is a form of meditation. Find yours.
  • Deep breathing exercises.
  • Watch a comedy. Laughter is medicine. Certainly, you have heard this saying.
  • Listen to music. Or, if you are lucky enough, play a musical instrument.
  • Learn a new skill and/or talent. Be creative.

In closing, always place your health first. It is the greatest asset you have. As seniors, we must do everything in our power to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the flu. Start using a motto of: I WILL DO MY BEST TO STAY HEALTHY!!

Good luck! Let me know how you are benefiting from my insight and research.

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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.

Bankruptcy of Purse or Bankruptcy of Life?

Hi everyone! Some of you have asked me for a reprint of this article/post by Sterling Hayden. Due to its popularity, Bankruptcy of Purse or Bankruptcy of Life? has been published on numerous sites over the years. It is written by a sailor for a sailor, but concepts hold true for anyone ..Enjoy….Stay safe and do the best you can during our COVID19 trying times.

“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea – “cruising” – it is called.

Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

“I have always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I cannot afford it.” What these men cannot afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of what is termed security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need, really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That is all that is needed in the material sense, and we know it.

But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”

– Sterling Hayden, Author/Actor/Wanderer

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I have. This sure has helped lift my spirits up during our pandemic. Find this blog post interesting? Kindly share…Thanks!

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 blog and site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner. She is 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 Recliners As A TKR Exercise

Hi everyone. Recently, I had the privilege of communicating with one of my readers who shared some insight into sleeping after a tkr.  It involved using recliners as a tkr exercise.

This just goes to show that everyone is different during their recuperation process. Personally, recliners were far too uncomfortable for me to use during my first six months post-tkr. Even five years after a tkr, some of these furniture pieces are too difficult to use.

Here is the scoop:

Sit upright in the recliner. Put it into the reclining position. Use either a handle or arm strength to perform this maneuver. Whatever the chair requires.

Return the recliner to its upright position. This is where the tkr exercise comes into play.

Do this by applying pressure with your tkr leg. Push your heel and calf into the chair. You’ll definitely feel the backside of your leg working. That is your hamstring muscle(s).

DON’T DO THIS DURING YOUR INITIAL TKR RECUPERATION STAGE. And…when you do it, do it at your own risk. I’m not responsible for any mishaps that may occur.

It works for me because I take my time and have control over the situation. I know myself. It may not work for you.

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.

We All Need Some Inspiration…The Old Fisherman

Hi everyone…. These are trying times for everyone.  TKR recuperation can be a difficult and lonesome time. If you are like me, there will be times when you just wonder what the point is. This is when we must be extra diligent in finding inspiration.  When it comes in the form of real-life stories, it is particularly welcoming. The Old Fisherman….

While searching the Web, I came across one such story that is bound to touch your souls and heart. It is called “The Old Fisherman”. Click on the link below to be taken to the actual story. If this story doesn’t lift your spirits, nothing will. Enjoy!

The Old Fisherman


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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 Lower Your Risks of Falling

Hi everyone! After noticing how many of you have expressed concerns about falling, or thinking about it, I thought it would be a good time to discuss how to lower your risks of falling. There is a lot of information on the Internet about this, by the way. A great site is operated by the Cleveland Clinic.

* WALKING…When walking, be sure to lift your feet. So many people walk in a shuffling manner. This makes it far too easy to trip on wiring, rugs, or even your own footing. Instead, make a valid attempt to lift your entire foot from the surface with each step.

* SHOES...Wear good, comfortable shoes. How important are shoes? They can reduce pain, support your feet and body, plus lower your risks of falling. Plus, they make it easier to stand up straight while walking. A good pair of shoes helps keep your spinal column aligned. Wearing ill-fitting shoes makes it difficult to take proper steps when walking.

Some of the best-fitting shoes cost more, but the extra cost is worth it to your overall health. So…go for it. Plus, shoes which are classified as custom-fitted, orthopaedic shoes may be covered by your insurance carrier. Check to be certain. These shoes can be considered a medical deduction under tax laws, too.

* Turning Corners.  Watch how you turn corners. Making sharp turns can result in loss of balance, a major factor in falling. Instead, give yourself plenty of room to walk around a corner. This also includes avoiding sharp pivoting movements where your body weight turns one way and your feet turn another way. That’s a simple and overwhelming….OUCH!!!!!! Make certain your feet and body turn in the same direction at the same time.

* Swing Arms. When walking, make certain you swing your arms in a comfortable manner. Arms provide a pendulum movement that keeps everything balanced.

* Stand tall. Have you thought about how you stand? If not, you need to. It can lower or increase your chances of falling. Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart lowers your risks of falling. It properly balances your entire body.

* Keep at least one hand free while walking. Some people like to keep both hands free, the choice is yours. Walking with both hands in your pockets lowers your body balance by hindering your body’s posture. Check it out next time.

Put your hands in your pocket and walk a short distance as an experiment. Notice how your shoulders and upper body slouch, and your shoulder blades comes forward? This posture can also impair your breathing, since you are crowding your lungs.

*Tape down rugs..Tape down all flooring coverings including rugs, carpets, and anything else that may easily slip underneath your foot when walking. Use duct tape.

*Use nonstick backing on floor mats.

* Monitor your thoughts. Finally, your thought processes play a crucial role in lowering your risks of falling. Stop thinking about how you are certain or scared you’re going to fall. Stop focusing on it!  It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over and over, it amazes me how often I hear others express negative thoughts about falling.

You start thinking that way, and it will happen. Instead, concentrate on walking and being proud of having control over your body. It will take you far. When learning to walk again after any tkr, or other leg surgery, lower your risks of falling by having an object near you that you can hold onto…like a wall or person.

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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 multi-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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Places To Donate Orthopedic Shoes

Hi everyone. Here is hoping you are safe and healthy, plus doing the best you can with what you have. Some of you have approached me wondering where to donate orthopedic shoes. It’s time for an update. Thank you, Linda! 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:

Baking Soda To The Rescue

Hi everyone. We all know the importance of using natural solutions for combating a number of concerns. Well, baking soda to the rescue! It has been around for longer than most of us have been alive. Since many of you have asked for an updated version of a previous post…your wish is my command! Enjoy…

Here are some all-natural remedies to start using this time-tested, versatile and economical wonder:

Chrome polisher.
* Place a couple teaspoons of baking soda into a small container.
* Add enough water to make a smooth paste.
* Dip a clean cloth into the paste.
* Gently start using a circular motion to apply the paste.
* Let the paste dry.
* Polish (remove) with a clean, dry cloth.
* Instant shine without any chemicals!

Bug bites.
Warm weather brings with it a slew of insects. Insect bites can happen before you even realize it. Did you know that baking soda is an ideal product to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness? It is extremely low cost, odorless, and easy to use.

Here’s what you do…
*Get a small container
*Put in about a teaspoon of baking soda.
*Add a small amount of water.
*Mix thoroughly until you get a thick paste consistency.
*Spread on the insect bite.
*Be sure to thoroughly cover the bite.
*Let dry for a few minutes.
*Put a bandaid on if you are planning on wearing clothing.

Store any leftover paste in an airtight container for future use.

I find this solution particularly beneficial since getting bit by a mosquito on my tkr leg. The itching was unbearable. This remedy was remarkably quick and convenient.

Coffee Pot or Carafe Internal Cleaning
* Handle those hard-to-clean carafes by sprinkling 1-2 teaspoons baking soda into them.
* Add enough water to fill the entire carafe
* Let sit for about 10 minutes
* Lightly swirl the water around for a few seconds.
* Pour out cleaning solution
* Rinse container thoroughly with water
* Dry thoroughly

All Types of Odors
Baking soda is a wonderful, odor-free odor killer.
* Lightly sprinkle some over your garbage bag.

* Put an open container into the back corner of your refrigerator. It keeps your refrigerator fresh smelling.

* Sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes to help remove moisture and odor.
Shake out any excess prior to wearing.

Laundry aide
* Have your laundry smelling like new by sprinkling some baking soda on top of the clothes prior to starting the wash cycle.

Teeth Whitener and/or Toothpaste
Forgot those expensive, chemically-enhanced dental whitening/cleaning agents. Baking soda has been used for these purposes since grandmother’s day.

* Mix some baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste.
* Wet your toothbrush.
* Dip your toothbrush into the paste.
* Gently start brushing your teeth.
* Rinse your mouth and brush when done.
* Store any excess paste in an airtight container for next time.
* NOTE: This also works well for dentures.

These are just some suggestions I have used and found very helpful. They will save you tons of money at the store. Plus, they do not harm the atmosphere or your health.

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.

The award-winning tkr blogger site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner. She is 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.

Simple Ways A Good Meal Plan Improves Your Life For The Better

Hi everyone. I am pleased to present this guest post about how your meal plan improves your life for the better. Enjoy…

Food is indeed the fuel of life as it is needed in all bodily processes that enables you to think, breathe, move and even feel. All aspects of life are so influenced by what you eat that even the slightest alterations to your diet choices can have a profound effect on your metabolic processes.

To explain how deeply your meals have an effect on your health, below are simple ways showing how a good meal plan affects your life for the better.

Increased Energy
A deficiency of Vitamins C, B12 and folate can lead to acute fatigue. And when fatigue kicks in, your energy ultimately depletes and create a direct impact on other conditions impacting your health.

By absorbing the necessary vitamins your body requires, you lower the risk of getting vitamin deficiencies and anemia. Sources rich in chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin C and other nutrient-dense foods will help boost energy.

Improved Mood
The lack of nutrients makes your body unable to produce the amount of chemicals it needs to support all metabolic activities. This affects your brain chemistry and can possibly lead to mental health issues like anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.

When your body does not get the nutrition it needs, it affects the production of hormones and influences other mood regulators like serotonin.

The typical American diet is rich in fat. Though certain lipids are healthy for you, others like saturated fats can contribute to weight gain and mood problems due to hindered activity of your body’s neurotransmitters caused by an unhealthy diet.

Cutting back on refined sugars and processed food can also decrease your chances of depression.

Weight Management
Healthy meals are not just nutrient rich, they also help reduce excess body fat. Along with a slimmer waistline, you also reduce the risk of getting high blood pressure, sleep apnea and diabetes.

Sticking to a high-fat diet does nothing but put your health at risk. It restricts blood flow in your blood vessels and causes heart plaque formation. Good food choices can effectively improve oxygen retention in your blood to help supply the needs of your other major organs.

Reduced Risk of Diseases
Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart conditions – these are dreadful diseases that a good nutrition can help prevent. Disregarding the necessary nutrients your body needs can elevate cholesterol and blood sugar levels and can ultimately lead to stroke or diabetes.

By eating a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables, you have a better control of your cholesterol and sugar.

Glowing Skin
A diet high in fat usually leads to increased sebum production. Too much sebum can clog some pores and become a breeding ground for bacteria which leads to pimples, acne breakouts, and mottled skin.

Eating a diet rich in good fat such as mono and polyunsaturated fats will help improve your skin’s elasticity and oil production. Eating healthy foods also increases the amount of antioxidants in your body which help fight the signs of aging.

Ginger, turmeric and cinnamon are among the spices that pack the highest antioxidants quantity. Some of them are produced as health supplements to make it easier for people to consume them.

You can order turmeric, curcumin and ginger tea online. You can also purchase them in pharmacies and many food and health stores.

Longer Lifespan
Eating a good diet does nothing but improve and extend your quality of life. People with good nutrition are generally happier, healthier and have longer life expectancy due to the absence of diseases and other physical and mental complications that a consistent good diet have brought about.

If you wish to live a longer and healthier life, these simple lifestyle and diet changes will bring about positive results, and making them a habit will have a lasting effect on your life.

Author Bio:

Katrina Rice is a mom and a freelance writer. She strongly believes in the concept of holistic wellness through healthy and natural living, traveling and immersing one’s self in new activities. A self-proclaimed health enthusiast, she hopes to inspire more people to do the same.
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BOOKTOOTS 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 blog  site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner. She is 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 Negativity Affects A TKR

Hi everyone. Recently, I have received comments and emails regarding how frightening my blog is to read. I have written about this before, but believe something else needs to be said about how negativity affects a tkr.

MINDSET: Your mindset going into a tkr is what determines how well you will recuperate and how hard you will work. The pain of recuperation is intense. And…that’s a mild description. If you go into a tkr thinking “Oh my god, this is terrible”….it will be terrible. If you go into the tkr thinking “I’m going to make the best of this”….you will.

PAIN LEVEL: Also, if your pain level prior to a tkr is not to the point of you thinking “This pain is unbearable anymore. It is limiting my life. I can’t do what I want to do physically. Enough is enough!” …maybe you are not ready for a knee replacement. Personally, I was carrying crutches with me everywhere I went for a year prior to my surgery.

My knee was locking up whenever it wanted. I didn’t know what to expect or when it would happen. The pain was debilitating. I despised the uncertainty. Even the task of walking caused excruciating pain. And…I absolutely love to walk. I walk when others grab a cab, that’s how much I love it. I wanted to walk painlessly.

Prior to my tkr, I couldn’t move from a sitting or prone position without extreme pain. I needed to adjust my spinal column to lessen the pain.

RECUPERATION: The amount of exercising needed to recuperate from a tkr is immense. It is extremely easy to get frustrated (and we all do it). The time needed to do these exercises and see results is not a quick fix. It is a long and very arduous process. Everyone is different. Do not compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to yourself. Improve daily. Comparing yourself to how others are doing will surely play a role in how negativity affects a tkr.

Anyways, I hope this helps those of you thinking about undergoing a knee replacement. At least you are lucky enough to read about all that is involved regarding the long recuperation process. Many of my readers, and myself, were not that lucky. I went into the surgery thinking I would be kicking butts within a month. To say I was ill-prepared is an understatement.

Having a total knee replacement is the best thing I could have done. I have received the same feedback from many of my readers, also. In fact, this blog has turned into a very welcoming support system. For that, I am grateful to everyone who has contributed. 🙂

You will know when you’re ready. Listen to your intuition. Kindly don’t blame me for providing realistic information. I could write about a tkr negatively, but I don’t. There are far too many positive results involved. Yes, the information can be surprising and eye opening. Don’t tell me I scare or frighten you, that is not my intention. You interpret my words as you see fit.

Thanks for listening and best of luck to all!

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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.

How To Enjoy A Body Cast

Hi everyone. While recently talking with one of my friends about the benefits of having pets, something came to mind. It involves my cat Puffy and I and my days of living in a body cast (in technical terms it is known as a spica cast.) Here is a book excerpt about How to enjoy a body cast:

My entire upper body was encased in plaster as a method for healing my fractured. From directly below my breast line to my hip bones, my upper body was completely covered. The portion over my torso was totally flat. It was the perfect environment for holding my drinks, plate of food, and/or my cat Puffy.

Here’s the scoop…

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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.

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.