Miscellaneous

Update On Dental Work After A TKR (Total Knee Replacement)

Hi everyone. Many of you have asked me about protocol for dental work after a tkr. So…here is an update.

Original article: Prior to my total knee replacement, I needed to attend a pre-op total knee replacement class. It was very informative and I was glad it was provided. Well, while going through this class, I received some particularly surprising and interesting information about dental work after a tkr.

It turns out that for two years after a tkr, patients need to take antibiotics every time they are planning on having a dental appointment. It doesn’t matter what type of dental work is being done, either. It can be a gentle cleaning or a fun-filled root canal. Whatever it is, antibiotics are needed.

Sometimes when dental work is done, blood is drawn. (You know, like when you’re cleaning your teeth too vigorously and they start to bleed? Or….when the dental professional inadvertently pokes your gums?)

This can increase the likelihood of an infection occurring. So, to be safe, the medical profession requires antibiotics be taken.

My dentist believes this is old school thinking, which in time will not be necessary. Regardless, I still need to follow these instructions for the time being.

I bring this up since I am going to the dentist tomorrow and needed to pick up my antibiotics today. Instructions state I take two capsules one hour prior to appointment.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

UPDATE: 10 years post-tkr, some people are required to still take antibiotics before any dental work. Others are not. It all depends on the individuals overall health situation and is up the the doctor’s discretion. As real life examples: I, personally, am not required to take any antibiotics prior to dental visits. Nice. An elderly friend in poor health is required to do so.  Be sure to discuss this topic with both your doctor and dentist prior to any procedure. Always better to be safe than sorry.

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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 number of other health 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.  https://www.wegohealth.com.

Happy Easter to All

For those of you, my favorite readers. who celebrate the Easter holiday….have a blessed day. Enjoy the day any way you can. HAPPY EASTER!!!
   Sharing a virtual bouquet of daffodils.

Daffodils are the sign that things are changing. There is hope. Life starts anew. Yellow represents abundance, courage, wisdom, intelligence, personal power, and  energy.

Yellow also represents brightness, clarity, happiness, and sunlight. What more could we want?

Even though this Easter 2022 arrives during surreal times, it is important to remember that we will overcome. We will come out of this situation better than ever. You must believe that!

Take some time to give thanks, be grateful, and cherish these special times.  Do not push yourself. Let your intuition guide you.

Until we meet again, know that I am grateful for each and every one of you. You are important and very special.

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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, 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

Democracy Needs Us

Hi Everyone. As many of us are horrified and outraged about the evils of Putin’s actions…there is something we can do to stand up for democracy in Ukraine. Democracy needs us. The people of Ukraine need us. How can you help?

There is a nonprofit charity organization in Ukraine titled “Come Back Alive”. Funds received help support soldiers fighting these atrocities. Donations go towards buying soldier supplies, training, body armor and much more. Thank you to Ryan Holiday of Daily Stoic fame for sharing the news about this much-needed and helpful charity.

Click on this link to be taken to “Come Back Alive” website. Make your secured donation there. https://comebackalive.in.ua.

Thank you in advance for caring about helping humankind and standing up against Russian powers.

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Notice To My Readers…Beware Of Scammers!

Hi everyone. I just became aware of scammers visiting my site and contacting readers. Usually they contact those leaving comments. This appears to be very common nowadays with online communities. So…notice to my readers…Beware Of Scammers!

If anyone contacts you posing as me…Booktoots or MarieB….ignore them. They are known to ask for money or personal contact information. Most notably…the scammers are from Russia. How do I know? I check my Live Traffic daily and notice them and their failed login attempts to both this site and my comment section.

Know that I will NEVER ask for your money or personal contact information via my Comment Section. The only time I ask for money is if you are purchasing one of my books.

It is too bad things like this are happening, but we are living in upheaval times.

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Author Note: Booktoots Healing is an award-winning site that is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr patient, and tkr blogger who is living with various health conditions such as leg length discrepancy, double vision, total knee replacement, and after affects of various injuries. She enjoys sharing her personal experiences to help others feel less alone.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. WEGO Health has recently become part of Health Union. Visit them at https://wegohealth.com.

Distracted Driving…STOP IT!

Hi everyone. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with seeing people talking or texting on their cell phone while driving. I do informal surveys and find that it happens in three out of five cars.  It is known as distracted driving.

When someone tells me that using a cell phone while driving is not a distraction, they obviously have never been in a serious car accident. It does not take much to be distracted. And, all it takes is a split second. Driving is a privilege and needs to be treated as such. Vehicles are not toys, but lethal weapons. You can be killed or injured for life in one. Wake up.

There have been campaigns in the past such as  Oprah’s “No Phone Zone” campaign to put an end to this serious issue. Do your part to value the privilege of driving. If you do not appreciate your own life, kindly appreciate others.

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Memorial Day

Even though remembering our military personnel throughout the year needs to be done, today is Memorial Day in the United States. This day is set aside to specifically pay tribute to our fallen heroes who sacrificed their life for our country and freedoms we many times take for granted.


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, 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.

Quotes To Ponder and Enjoy

Hi everyone. I have always enjoyed reading and collecting quotes from different sources on a variety of topics. This is especially true during our trying COVID19 times. Here are some of my favorites:

“Better cut the pizza into six pieces instead of eight. I’m on a diet.” Yogi Berra

“Every day of life is precious if we appreciate it. Pain can deepen our appreciation of life or make us bitter.” Anonymous

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Sam Johnson

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – The Buddha

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” ~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

“The great tragedy of life is not death itself, but rather what dies within us while we live.” -Norman Cousins

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” Helen Keller.

Hope you enjoyed these as much as me.

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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 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 over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

“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.

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.

Watch Out For Fake Sponsored Content

Hi everyone. In this day and age of increasing social media popularity, I believe it worthy of share this article about online activities. It provides insight into fake sponsored content.

Click on this link to be taken directly to the article:

https://glean.info/fake-sponsored-content-dangerous-new-phenomenon-influencer-marketing/

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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.

Natural Home Cleaners For Our COVID-19 Times and Beyond

Hi everyone! Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post about natural home cleaners and a tkr that went over well. It is important to maintain a clean environment while recuperating from a tkr (or anytime, for that matter). This is especially true during our COVID-19 times.

Natural Home Cleaning
Everyone loves a clean, sparkling, fresh-smelling home. But when you look at your shiny bathtub after a good scrub, it is possible – depending on what type of cleaner you use – that you are inhaling harmful pollutants left over from that scrubbing agent.

Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that levels of pollutants inside the home are easily two to five times higher than levels outdoors. Many home cleaning products greatly contribute to lowering air quality in the home. They can also leave compounds floating in the indoor air long after your cleaning spree has ended. Not good at all!

Conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can also be harmful to the environment. When you clean your kitchen sink and rinse that harsh solvent down the drain, where does it go? Choosing environmentally friendly alternatives not only keeps your home a healthy place for your family during COVID-19 times and beyond, but it also helps the earth.

Easy alternatives
Buying eco-friendly home cleaning products is one way to solve these problems. Another idea for natural home cleaners and a tkr is to use kitchen items already in your cupboards for home cleaning.

There are an astonishing number of simple, easy, and affordable ways that basic home ingredients like baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and essential oils can be used to clean, disinfect, and deodorize your home.

Baking soda.  Is a natural cleanser, deodorizer, and scrubbing agent.

Liquid soap. Mix a concentrated, eco-friendly liquid soap with other ingredients to form homemade cleaners.

Vinegar. Use it to remove grease, wax, dirt, and mildew. White distilled vinegar is usually better because cider vinegar can stain some surfaces.

Isopropyl alcohol. Pour a little on a cotton ball or paper towel to disinfect doorknobs, telephones, countertops, or any other surface (aside from wood, which it dries out).

Essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oils can all disinfect as well as add a pleasant smell to your homemade cleaners.

Lemon juice. A cleaning agent on its own, it can also add a nice, clean smell to your homemade cleaners.

The recipes
All-purpose mildly abrasive cleanser. Baking soda, liquid soap, and an essential oil of your choice. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender are a great team because of their disinfecting properties and combined scent.

Use a generous amount of baking soda and mix in the liquid soap until you have a smooth paste-like consistency. Add a few drops of the essential oil and scrub away at your bathtub, sink, or toilet. If mold or mildew is present pretreat the area with hydrogen peroxide, and if there is grease use vinegar.

Nontoxic furniture polish. A combination of oil and vinegar works to extract dirt from furniture as well as moisturize and protect wood. Olive oil and jojoba oil are good choices, and white distilled vinegar is best because apple cider vinegar can stain. A ratio of 1 part oil to 2 parts vinegar will work, and can be adjusted depending on the finish of the wood.

Chemical-free oven cleaner. Who wants to put a rough chemical solvent in the same oven in which they will later bake food? A great alternative to conventional oven cleaners is baking soda and water.

Cover the bottom of the oven with baking soda and then spray with water. Leave the mixture overnight and then spoon it out in the morning. It’s that simple! Add a little lemon to the water for a fresh scent.

Improve your indoor air and health by finding out how these natural home cleaners  work for you. Keeping as clean and safe as possible is important every day, but especially during our unprecedented and challenging times.

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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 similar experiences.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.