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The Immune System After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone.  Many of you have contacted me about having colds after a tkr. This information is especially important during our COVID19 times.  Here is my personal story about 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 only saw a doctor for annual physicals.)

I did not even have a general family doctor at the age of 55, 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 a 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. This is especially true during our COVID19 times.

Hope my personal insight 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Sharing The Appreciation Philosophy During 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 Philosphy 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 find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Her mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other health concern.

 

 

 

Have You Had These Post-TKR Symptoms?

Hi everyone. I recently received a call for help from Nancy, who is trying to help her sister out. Here is her comment:

“I am so glad I found your site! my sister ( 70s ) just had a knee replacement and she started feeling flu like symptoms. achey , an tired, and going from cold to hot. is this anything you have ever heard of ? its been one month.


Its not her knee that is that painful now.. its the other effect.s.
she went to Dr and they took Ekg… and her heart was rapid… and pulse was going up and down.


she does have anxiety.. Can you please see if anyone else has these symptom s that you have heard of?
I thank you so much ..”

END OF COMMENT…

Have you had any of these post-tkr symptoms? If so, please feel free to share your insight so Nancy and her sister can begin to relax.

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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.

Humorous Quotes to Ease The Pain After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone. Actually, I put the total knee replacement term in the heading so that search engines will like it. These quotes will work for anyone looking for a good chuckle. So, here are some humorous quotes to ease the pain after a total knee replacement.

While riding my upright bike during my total knee replacement (aka tkr) recuperation, I was lucky enough to catch two classic cartoons on the Cartoon Network. Being a classic animation fan, I about fell on the floor (figurately, not literally) when I found out I turned the television on just in time to catch Yogi Bear. And, following that show…POPEYE!!!!! Woohoo!!!

Here’s the scenario:

Yogi and Boo Boo were walking in the forest looking for their cave.
Boo Boo: “We’re lost, Yogi.”
Yogi: “We’re not lost, Boo Boo. We just misplaced our cave!”

I’ll remember that quote next time I get directionally challenged while driving. 🙂

Popeye didn’t have any memorable quotes this time, but watching him eat his spinach left me with a hankering for some of the green stuff. Plus, it just never gets old hearing him say how something is “embarrasking”.

Here is an older NHL hockey-related quote. While watching the New York Rangers V Boston Bruins game video the other night, a big deal was made because Sean Avery was playing. So, of course, the media needed to interview him. He was asked something to the effect of why he is so disliked in the NHL (I didn’t hear the exact question). I did hear his reply, though.

“Even a mild aversion to Sean Avery is not that….chuckle while searching for the correct wording…”mild”, Avery replied. Good one! 🙂

Hope these quotes brought a smile to your face and a chuckle to your belly. Humor heals. That is especially true during our trying COVID-19 times. Stay safe and healthy!

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

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

High Calcium Foods To Strengthen Your Bones

Hi everyone. Food can be medicine. We all need to consume a variety of high calcium foods to strengthen  our bones.  This is especially true after a tkr.  If you are interested in getting good nutrition and taste (and who isn’t?)…here are some foods that can help with relieving, preventing, and even reversing bone loss or osteoporosis. This is a major concern to me, so I thought others would find it interesting as well.

Low-fat or non-fat dairy products
Sardines
Salmon
Calcium enriched soy milk
Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, collard greens and bok choy
Tofu
Tempeh
Calcium-fortified juices (Minute Maid makes a great orange juice variety)
Black-eyed peas
Blackstrap molasses
Poppy seeds and sesame seeds
Figs
Almonds

This information is well documented throughout online and offline sources.

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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 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.

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…Stay safe and healthy during our COVID-19 times.

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

Fluffier towels:  Sprinkle some over your towels prior to washing.

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.

“Stupid Deal”…WHAT??!!

Hi everyone. The proper use of our English language is continually declining to the point that terminology is downright insulting. Case in point….the term “Stupid Deal” being used to promote an item sale.

My question…..if something is truly a “stupid deal”….why would anyone with any level of intelligence want to buy it? Because they are “stupid”? Because the item is useless or “stupid”? Because they like spending money on “stupid deals”?

This is almost as troublesome as hearing the word “sick” being used to describe something phenomenal. REALLY??!!!

End of rant about the degradation of the English language.

Find interesting? Kindly share..Or don’t.. With people getting so easily offended anymore, you may find my rant insulting. Too bad. Grow a pair. Everyone is entitled to their opinion without threat of recourse. Yes, I do find the degradation of the English language offensive to all intelligent mindsets.

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.

Dangers of Loose Rugs

Hello everyone. Something recently happened that highlighted the importance of following medical/healthy living advice that I thought is worthy of sharing. It involves the dangers of loose rugs. This is especially true during our COVID19 lockdowns when we are spending more time at home.

How many times have you heard about not having loose rugs or floor coverings around your living area? Advice claims that these items make it too easy to fall, trip and/or play havoc on walking. Here’s a real-life story that brings this fact home…

My friend has a loose rug in her bathroom. She is mobility impaired to begin with, so walking is a difficult task. Her obesity makes it even more trying to maneuver confidently. No matter what the warning messages are, she did not see the rhyme or reason for taping down her rugs.

Hence..her foot and toe area went underneath the rug edge. She tripped, slid on the rug and landed on the floor. On the way down, she bashed her head into the side of her shower door. The door is glass.

She now has 12 stitches and staples in her head. She is currently in the hospital, lucky to get a hospital bed during our COVID pandemic.

When preparing for our total knee replacement, literature and advice states to either remove the loose rugs or tack them down. After reading this real-life story, do you see the importance of that? I certainly hope so.

Personally, and probably like many of you, I knew about the potential danger of having loose rugs around, but have never had contact with any real-life situations. That is, until now.

Find this tkr blog post  interesting? Kindly share. Your safety and health need to be your main priorities. They are the most important assets you have. Cherish and protect them.

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.

 

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.
Get Physical

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.