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How Modern Technology Harms Us

Hi everyone. Back in the 1920’s, Thomas Edison was warning people about how he envisioned science becoming out of control and beginning to harm people. Here is my take on how modern technology harms us:

I think we’ve reached that point. Modern technology has advanced so rapidly and provides a wealth of amenities to make life easier. It also is making us a dumber society full of brainless drivers. In particular, I am speaking about the modern gadgetry found on new automobiles.

Modern technology is turning drivers into robots that are not smart enough to properly operate their own car. Visions of the Jetsons come to mind..only, the drivers I have seen are not even that smart.

A self-driving car? There are commercials out now about the fantastic technology in place while the driver is completely distracted, hands-free, and having no control whatsoever over her vehicle. In other words, the vehicle is treated as another toy.

Mario Andretti once said that he hopes he is dead and buried by the time the self-driving car is the means. He likes to have control over his vehicle. Same here…

Another case in point: Some young female driver cut me off the other day, without turning her neck so much to see me. She was looking straight ahead when she pulled into traffic.

So, I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting her. That’s good defensive driving and a testament to my car’s good braking system.

However, after I honked my horn, she turned and saw me, stuck out her tongue and flipped me the bird. That’s just one story about disrespectful and stupid drivers. The younger generations seems to think they are playing a video game – looking straight ahead instead of paying attention to their surroundings.

It happens all the time, as I’m sure you have your own stories to tell. I’m not even getting into the amount of drivers who text or use their cell phones while driving or who sit in their cars texting after they are done pumping gas (while others wait in line).

Another example: …a parallel parking device that parks the car for you. If you cannot perform this function, DON’T DRIVE!! Give me a break..

Drivers are not supposed to learn how to judge the distance between cars, from the curb or maneuver their car into a position? How is this device supposed to make life easier for fellow drivers? It is making for a bunch of lazy drivers who take the driving privilege for granted.

Here’s another one: There’s a computer chip that checks whether anyone, or anything, is behind you. The purpose of this technology is to make pulling out of a parking space or driveway easier. It’s supposed to lower your chances of hitting someone due to having blind spots or poor visibility. I can see how this would be beneficial for some larger-sized vehicles, but for smaller ones – no.

Here’s a hint…if you cannot turn your neck enough to look behind you or understand how to use your rearview mirrors…DON’T DRIVE!!

How about checking your car’s surrounding area and making certain it is clear before jumping in and backing up? Is that too difficult? I think not. How about doing what pilots do and yell “CLEAR!” prior to moving the car?

I have seen more than one individual drive while wearing a soft neck collar. One friend said she felt comfortable doing this and couldn’t understand what the deal was.

I know of someone else who has a fused neck (with screws and plates) and is unable to turn his neck at all. He still drives (and flies a plane) and ridicules me because I refuse to drive or fly with him.

Or, if you are too lazy to use proper driving techniques to operate your vehicle…DON’T DRIVE!!!

What happens when these high-technology devices fail and people have to use their driving skills to get by? What happens when they have to read an actual paper map? It’s a sad state of affairs, indeed.

Off note:
I saw a road sign the other day that stated…”Pull over for emergency vehicles.”  WHAT??!! This has to be a roadside sign? How stupid have drivers become? What happened to learning that important fact during your driver’s training class?

Don’t people put what they learned on their driving test to “real life” driving situations? What is currently being taught?

Another point…drivers who operate a vehicle without the capability of being able to turn their neck. Whether it be a fused neck, neck injury requiring a collar or brace, or any other physical reason..driving without being able to turn the neck is dangerous and stupid.

It endangers the lives of the driver, passengers, and other motorists on the road. And…don’t tell me that it’s no big deal to drive while wearing a neck collar or having your neck fused. I don’t buy it. Tell that to the person laying in a hospital bed due to you not seeing them while driving.

Please understand this….Motor vehicles are not toys. They are deadly weapons that deserve respect and proper handling. People need to learn that. Having modern technology take the place of common sense good driving is utter stupidity, in my opinion.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients and others 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 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. https://www.wegohealth.com

 

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:

Get Physical

How To Fit Exercise Into Your New Year’s Resolution

Hi everyone. The New Year is here and many resolutions involve getting in better shape. I regularly hear how there is no time to exercise. Below are some tried-and-true tips on how to fit exercise into your New Year’s resolution. They work with all health levels, even tkr recuperation. Of course, check with your doctor first.

Isometrics
These maneuvers involve simply tightening your muscles. Tighten one muscle, like your butt, and hold for a few seconds. Release tension and relax. Repeat with other muscle groups.

Isometrics are particularly helpful when recuperating from a tkr – total knee replacement. Tighten your thigh muscles (quadriceps) to rebuild strength lost by incisions made. Do this while either sitting or laying.

Planks
These dandies give you an all-body workout. Start out by doing only one minute and gradually build up your time and endurance.

Get onto the floor with your arms and legs extended. It’s the position used when doing a push-up. Place your body weight onto your hands and feet. Straighten your elbows. Hold in your stomach (core) muscles. Breathe normally as you hold this position for one minute – or less – to start.

When done correctly you will feel your arms, stomach, shoulders, back, and leg muscles all working in sync. This maneuver will not be doable until after your tkr recuperation.

Stretches
For an easy leg stretch, sit with your legs stretched (extended) in front of you. Keep your heels on the surface, toes pointed toward the ceiling. Gently move your upper body forward until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings (backside of your knee/leg). Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Gently and slowly return to your starting position. Repeat as needed.

Walking
Walking provides a cardiovascular and musculoskeletal workout. Do it at your own pace. Remember to wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes and socks.

Motto of story: Never let lack of time be an excuse for not exercising. The benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. There is always a way. Just find what works for you. The above-mentioned tips on how to fit exercise into your New Year’s resolution are still working for health-conscious individuals.

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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-related concerns.

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. https://www.wegohealth.com.

Happy New Year 2022!

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2022! Here’s wishing you and yours only the best in the upcoming year. 

Once again, Thank you  for all your continued support throughout the years.

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

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://www.wegohealth.com

Ways To Optimize Your TKR Success

Hi everyone. This post is about finding ways to optimize your tkr success. Doing as much as you can, before and after your surgery, will pay dividends beyond your wildest dreams. They will put you back on the road to living a fruitful, healthy lifestyle. Here goes….

Be Frugal
More than likely (if you’re lucky), your health insurance will cover a total knee replacement (herein known as tkr). Still, you must concern yourself with getting the most for your money. There will probably be some out-of-pocket costs (expenses) involved. Get the biggest bang for your buck.

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Still…an oldie, but goodie worth sharing again.

Develop A “Can Do” Attitude
Your train of thought will help or hinder the entire tkr process. If you go into the endeavor with a “I’m dreading, hating, despising this” mode of thinking – you’re doomed from the beginning.

It is natural to have some negative thoughts at times. You are undergoing a life-changing, arduous surgery that requires immense sacrifice, fortitude, and determination. If you think you cannot do it, you will be correct. You won’t achieve success.

It’s a psychological phenomenon known as a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. There are numerous articles, books, and other media that discuss this topic, if you are interested. Just do some research. Or, as is common nowadays..”Google It”.

For a real-life case of children surviving by having this “I Know I Can Do It” attitude, click here:

“I Know I Can Do It!”  

Operated by the ‘Cure Our Children Foundation’.

Follow Your Physician’s Orders
That seems like common sense, but there are those who refuse to do this. There is a reason your doctor tells you to do something. It is to increase your tkr success.

Do Your Physical Therapy Exercises
This is the toughest part of any tkr recuperation. You need to do guided exercises that focus on all your leg muscle groups. You need to “rebuild” your strength, endurance, and flexibility. And, it will be painful and trying. I guarantee that!

Continue Exercising
Yes, that’s correct. Once your tkr physical therapy recuperation office visits end, do those exercises at home. Keep on doing them. NEVER GIVE UP!

Well, that’s about it for now for ways to optimize your tkr success. I’ll update this article when needed.

Your total knee replacement success is up to 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 concern.

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.  https://www.wegohealth.com.

 

Driving A Stick Shift After a TKR (aka Total Knee Replacement)

Hi everyone! Before I get into sharing the below content, I want to extend my sincerest wishes for an inspiring and happy holiday season. Thank you for your support throughout the years. So…with that done…many of you have asked me about driving a stick shift after a tkr ( aka total knee replacement). I believe it is worthy to share a prior post where I discuss my personal experience about this topic. Enjoy…and stay safe…

Driving a stick is fun, challenging, and keeps a driver in better control of a vehicle when compared to an automatic transmission. However, what is it like to drive a stick shift after a tkr? I had that chance…

First of all, it is important to mention that I learned how to drive on a stick shift. Even though my friend/driving instructor turned into a chain smoker..I enjoyed the challenge and control. It gave me a far greater appreciation for the driving task and the marvels of an automobile. I loved it and still do to this day!

There is far better control of the vehicle in conditions involving inclement weather…like snow, ice, heavy rains, etc. Driving a stick means the driver determines when the car shifts to the next level, not a computer chip or other device that the driver has no control over.

My initial learning experience  was 40+ years ago, though. What would it be like now that I have a tkr on my left leg, the leg used to engage the clutch pedal? Would I be able to drive the vehicle? Would I remember how to coordinate the clutch with the gear shift? It would be interesting.

At first, I was admittedly scared and very curious. I wasn’t sure whether my tkr leg would bend enough to handle the shifting. I envisioned blowing up an engine or gasket at the very least. My confidence was questionable. So…I took the car on a test run around the parking lot. Multiple times to gain confidence, mind you.

I engaged the clutch, put the car into first, put the key into the ignition, turned the ignition key, and slowly started moving. I maneuvered the car out of the parking space, made right and left hand turns, came to stop signs, applied the brakes, started moving, and made it back home.

I even utilized reverse without hitting anything. I pulled into parking spaces without crashing into anything. IT WAS A BLAST!! Whew! I did this for two days before venturing out into the “real” world.

I was amazed about how the entire process of driving a stick after a tkr was similar to riding a bike. No one had to tell me anything, it just came back to me. How nice…:)

As I started driving in traffic, I noticed that utilizing the clutch one stop light after another was becoming tiring. I never realized how much the leg is exercising while performing this maneuver.

The process seemed to trigger the neuropathy left from my removed bone spurs. (I have written about the neuropathy in other posts…) In hindsight, that is probably one reason I was so tired the remaining day and night.

Still…I would do it again in a heart beat. I love the sound of gears shifting, motors revving up, and knowing I have that control. Long live manual transmissions…aka stick shifts!

Does anyone else have stories to share about driving a stick (manual transmission) after a tkr? We want to hear them!

Hope this tkr blog post 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 variety of other health concerns.

This multiple award-winning tkr blogging 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. https://www.wegohealth.com. NOTE: This url will be changing effective January 1, 2022.

Note to Shoe Lift Wearers

Hi everyone. Some of you shoe lift wearers have asked me whether I have insight into aquatic shoes. Well, yes I do…Here’s is my firsthand experience…

 Something interesting has been happening that I believe is worthy of sharing. If you wear an inch or greater shoe lift, beware. Those Velco closings do not work well on aquatic shoes known as water slides. And, I’m talking about the Velcro used on a high-quality Speedo product, not some cheap brand. The Velcro easily loosens, and even sometimes pops open. It seems the material is not strong enough to hold the thick sole (or shoe lift). This can make for an unsafe situation, for sure.

Thought I’d pass this along in case any of you shoe lift wearers are going through the same thing.

DISCLAIMER: In defense of Speedo…this aquatic shoe is not manufactured as an orthopaedic shoe. I only turned it into one. As a nonorthopaedic aquatic footwear item….it’s great. 🙂  I highly recommend Speedo products to anyone interested in water workouts.

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

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://wegohealth.com

NHL Hockey Rivalry Joke

Hello everyone. Let’s take our minds off the busy holiday season for a bit. Here is an NHL hockey rivalry joke that has been shared among Detroit Red Wings fans for years. It dates back to the days of immense rivalry between these two teams. . Enjoy…

A teacher in the Colorado school district asked her class of third graders…”How many of you are Colorado Avalanche fans? Raise your hands if you are.”

All the students except for one raised their hands, eager to please their teacher. The teacher saw this, was perplexed and said…”Maybe you didn’t understand the question, Ann. I want you to raise your hand if you’re a fan of our Colorado Avalanche hockey team.”

“I know what the question means. I’m not a fan of the Colorado Avalanche. I am a fan of the Detroit Red Wings,”  the little girl named Ann proudly replied.

Confused, the teacher said…”Why is that?!”

“My mom is a Detroit Red Wings fan and my dad is a Detroit Red Wings fan. So, I am a Detroit Red Wings fan,” Ann confidently replied.

By now, the teacher was getting angry. “Oh, that’s ridiculous. What if your mom was moron and your dad was an idiot?”

“Oh, well then I’d be a Colorado Avalanche fan,” Ann said.

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Remember to keep humor in your soul.

Think About This...

Define Necessity

  Hi everyone. It is that time of year again when we need to be reminded of the importance of certain things..including our beliefs. How do you define necessity?

Think About This...
what is necessity?

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients and others 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 variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr bloggeer, 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. https://wegohealth.com.

Sharing The Appreciation Philosophy During These COVID19 Times..

Hi everyone! Here are some interesting facts to ponder during those days when it seems everything is going wrong. We all have those days, especially during our current global pandemic.  Sit back and enjoy sharing  the Appreciation Philosophy during COVID19 times.  

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness …..
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation …
you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting …even outdoors…without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death… you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead, and a place to sleep… you are richer than 75 percent of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a
dish someplace…. you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married…….you are very rare.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly
thankful…… you are blessed, because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder….. you are blessed, because you can offer healing touch. During our COVID19 times, Zoom meetings and other methods provide virtual means.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in
that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than more than two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing is an award-winning site owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a tkr blogger, published author, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40 years.
 
Her mission is to help total knee replacement patients and others to find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Her mission is for individuals to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other health concern.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://wegohealth.com

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

Hello everyone.  Send early Happy Thanksgiving wishes to one and all. Enjoy this special day in any way that floats your boat – mind, soul, and body. This is especially true after our COVID-19 lockdown/ antisocializing predicament of last year.

Thank you for your continued support. Without all your visits, likes, comments, and insights this site would not be as successful as it is. I am very grateful for all of you, especially those of you eager to share your experiences.

Remember to be grateful and thankful for all you have. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

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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, 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. https://wegohealth.com.

Do You Have Foot Cramps After A TKR?

Hi everyone. I have received a number of comments from many of you regarding foot cramps and a tkr. I do not feel so alone regarding this topic since it seems to be a common occurrence.

I also experience foot and toe cramps on a sporadic basis. Mine occur within the arch area of either foot. Sometimes they extend into my middle toe on my non-tkr leg. On my total knee replacement side, the cramp usually occurs in my big toe.

It is always painful and unexpected. To alleviate the pain and cramp intensity, if possible, I massage the area. If i t is not possible to immediately massage the area, I simply stand up straight and use positive affirmations. That actually works. “It will go away. Just give it time,” I tell myself.

I do not panic. Panic increases pain levels. I know because when I first started having cramps, I did panic. And…OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! You may likely do the  same.

When I am able to immediately massage the area, I also tell myself “It’s not that bad”, “it’s OK” as I gently rub the area – if at all possible. When the cramp goes away, I stand up straight and gently walk to my destination. If possible, after massaging, I elevate the leg.

I also find it helpful to eat bananas – high in potassium -daily. Sometimes more than one. Potassium helps.

A very good exercise for alleviating foot pain involves a tennis ball or similar size ball. Sit upright in a comfortable chair. Put the ball underneath your affected foot. I find it particularly helpful to have the ball directly under my arch area.

Slowly begin rolling your foot over the ball. Apply enough pressure to provide a mild massage. Do this movement for as long as comfortable.

When done properly, you will feel the pressure points of your feet getting a workout. You will probably find yourself smiling. 🙂

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Let me know your experiences so we can all help each other.

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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 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. More info here:

https://wegohealth.com.

How Does A BMI Fit In With a TKR?

Hi everyone. Another topic some of you have recently approached me with is “How does a BMI fit in with a tkr (total knee replacement)”? Good question. Since I am not overweight, I thought I would do some research to answer this question to the best of my ability. So…

I was surprised to find out what I have known for years about information on the Internet still exists. Only before, the websites dealt with businesses like construction, fitness equipment, real estate, music tools, and other tangible products/services. Not something as personal and heavily-regulated as medical procedures. What did I learn?

There will be three websites all discussing the same topic. In this case, the topic is BMI affecting a tkr. Only this time, all the sources were reputable, scholarly articles found on NCBI, WebMD, Science Daily, various university sites, etc. All results came about from extensive studies.

RESULTS: One website has one viewpoint. Another website has the exact opposite viewpoint. And, the third is a combination of the two.

How Does A BMI Fit In With a TKR? Well, it is up to your doctor/surgeon. Online research provides no insight whatsoever.

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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, published author, 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. https://wegohealth.com