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Finding Humor – where?

Hi everyone. Even though every event seems to have some measure of humor in it (at least I’d like to think so), sometimes it is just plain hard to figure out where it lies. How do you go about finding humor in situations? Laughter is the best medicine. So…

  • Talk to an impartial person.  By telling your situation to another person, you can receive another angle or spin on your idea/situation.
  • Write down just the facts. Be objective. Don’t let any emotions come into play. This will help lay the groundwork.
  • Come back later to the facts. By doing this, you may gain needed insight.
  • Take a break from seriousness. Read something funny, watch a comedy (sometimes just life), etc. This will will lighten your mental state.
  • If all else fails, set your project aside for a few days.  Forget about it. You will have a new perspective. Then, go back at it.
  • Listen to music. Music soothes the soul, mind, and body. Relaxing opens doorways.
  • This is all easy for me to say now.  I have been working on my book project and some of the events just do not have any humor in them.  For instance, what can possibly be funny (or humorous) about fracturing your neck? Hmm…Wait a minute…I’m remembering something. 🙂

    Here’s to finding humor wherever you can. 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 site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







    Physical Therapists and Total Knee Replacements

    Hi my favorite readers! After being so frustrated with other aspects of my total knee replacement process, I feel it’s only right that I talk about a very positive aspect. That is physical therapists and total knee replacements.

    Physical Therapists don’t let you slide. They make you set workout/exercise goals. They want you to use your muscles. And, they have mucho insight into simple exercises to ease pain.

    Another benefit of having a physical therapist is the fact they like the body to heal itself and operate as it’s meant to. The ones I have dealt with have been thrilled to see my progress. I like that. 🙂

    My total knee replacement recuperation had a recommended 4 week, 3/week physical therapy session time span. I exercise every hour on the hour, and my recuperation has gone remarkably well.

    So, my in-home physical therapy took one week. Now, I am being referred to an outpatient center. I’ll just keep exercising, walking, and believe I won’t need it.

    Of all the medical care providers I have dealt with, physical therapists get my vote. I like their all-natural, down to earth approach.

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    Medical Profession's Arrogance

    There is one thing that I am certain about. I know how to tell when my body is imbalanced. If I hear one more doctor tell me that I’m not nauseated or having breathing difficulties because of the prescriptions they give me – I’m going to smack them silly. Their arrogance is totally appalling. How dare they.

    Throughout my total knee replacement process, I have been prescribed a multitude of pain meds. I, generally, am healthy. I do not take any prescriptions for anything. All pain meds during this time period have given me difficulty. They are the only change to my body’s physiology.

    The arrogance of Western medicine’s doctors is so infuriating, annoying and totally frustrating. How dare they talk down to me as if I’m a total idiot. “Have you read the PDR?” (yes, I have). “Nausea and light headedness are listed for each medication,” I have been told. So….?…..Or…

    “Getting nauseated or having a hard time breathing are SO RARELY caused by pain meds…..it must be something else.” I actually heard. I could have smacked his arrogant face. How dare he.

    Upon telling my surgeon that Coumadin caused me to be light-headed and nauseated…..”It can’t be from the Coumadin. I haven’t seen that in all my 30 years of prescribing it.” So……I don’t care what everyone else does. I know how I feel.
    This happened during my pre-op visit….Upon telling my surgeon that I have nerve damage causing extreme pain, he actually argued with me. “I’ve never heard of anyone having nerve damage needing a total knee replacement. There’s just something wrong with that.” I know the pain and tingling I was going through. So, what did I hear after the surgery?…..

    “You have extensive nerve damage all along the inner and outer portion of your leg.” Gee, thanks doc. Thanks for arguing with me in the first place. I needed to waste my energy like that.

    Getting pain meds is another issue. Why do patients have to beg for them? “Rate your pain from 0-10”. It always depends.

    Enough of my ramblings for now. It’s all tied into my book writing project about my car accident leaving me in a body cast for two years. I’m going to bed. I’m pooped.

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    Always be on the look out for successful people’s techniques. By following tried and trued methods of success, you can position yourself positively.

    Staying motivated while writing can be difficult and boring. Try these methods to find some spark. Good luck!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Even though it’s not pleasing to see all the ads and commercialism centered around this day, Valentine’s Day still evokes many positive feelings in me.  I believe in romance, love flowers of any kind (yes, I consider dandelions a flower), and just love that shade of red flourishing on this day.  Plus, the chocolates and stuffed animals.  🙂

    It’s especially cool to see couples gazing into each other’s eyes.  Just brings a smile to my face.  I have images of elderly people walking hand-in-hand and hope I get there.  True love never dies.

    Perhaps this stems from elementary school when our class would share cards with everyone else.  It was exciting to open cards from that cute little boy. :)  It also was fun to give cards. Valentine’s Day was a day filled with food, fun, and sharing.
    Hope springs eternal.  Perhaps someday …..poof!….there he is. My special Valentine.

    Back At It

    Well, after undergoing a total knee replacement, I’m back at it – working on my blog with my laptop. There will be plenty of time to write for the next few weeks. 🙂 

    My surgery was done at Virginia Mason in Seattle and I highly recommend them. I found them to be efficient, excellent communicators, and genuinely concerned about my well being. Plus, they are noted to be in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for excellence in total knee replacement surgery. I can see why.

    My back at it means that in addition to writing on my book project, I have been keeping a medical log/journal of activities leading up to my knee surgery.

    Logs are a great way to get things in writing, stay on track, and also notice changes (if any). Everything in my log is factual – with dates, times, and methods involved.  Plus, journals can easily be turned into books. Hmm..

    Til we meet again….

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

    This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







    Hello world!

    Greetings everyone! We all have a story to tell. So, I figured I would start a blog to journalize my book writing experience.  In addition to helping myself keep on track, my blog is intended to help other future book writers.

    Enjoy!!