Holiday Eating Humor To Ease the Pain

The holiday season is upon us (in the U.S., anyways) and I’d like to pass along an article about holiday eating that should bring a few chuckles. Humor helps ease the pain while recuperating from a total knee replacement (that’s for the search engines…:) ). Enjoy…

Thou Shalt Not Steal Flavors from the Holidays!
Reprinted from USA Today by Craig Wilson

I hate this time of year. Not for its crass commercialism or forced frivolity, but because it’s the season when the food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining ten pounds. You can’t pick up a magazine without finding a list of holiday eating do’s and don’ts. Eliminate second helpings, high-calorie sauces, and cookies made with butter – they say. Fill up on vegetable sticks, they say.

Good grief. Is your favorite memory of Christmas a carrot stick? I don’t think so. Isn’t mine, either. A carrot was something you left for Rudolph. I have my own list of tips for holiday eating. I assure you, if you follow them, you’ll be fat and happy. So what if you don’t make it to New Year’s? Your pants won’t fit anymore, anyway.

1)About those carrot sticks. Avoid them. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.
2)Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch – it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of the year but now. So drink up! It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an egg-nogaholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me, too. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!
3)If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4)As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they are made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5)Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello? Remember college?
6)Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a ten pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7)If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. You can’t leave them behind. You’re not going to see them again.
8)Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two slices of apple and one of pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9)Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards, mate.
10)And one final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread these tips. Start over. But hurry!

Cookieless January is just around the corner.

Veteran's Day

Today’s opening ceremony of the Center Ice televised game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders was excellent.

After a flag ceremony, both on the ice and from the rafters, the military band played the Star Spangled Banner. Then, Colin Powell tossed the ceremonial first puck.

Take some time today to quiet yourself while giving thanks to all of the military veterans who have given their time and life to provide us with the freedom we have. They make the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Happy Halloween To All!! A Bootiful Pumpkin Recipe…

Happy Halloween to everyone reading this post. Halloween is a great holiday that is just pure fun. There’s something about the beautiful fall colors of rust, gold, orange, and dark tones that is simply exquisite – in my opinion. Plus – Entertainment can be found in a variety of ways ranging from haunted houses, corn mazes to parties.

Another great part of this holiday is the FOOD!! Autumn is a great time of the year to enjoy succulent squashes.  Besides being colorful, squashes are very nutritious and easy to cook with! Pumpkins – a squash – can be used in so many different ways other than just carving them up. Here’s a quick, nutritious way to use pumpkin…

Buy a fresh pumpkin called “sugar pumpkin”. They’re the smaller ones that usually range about 6”-8” in diameter. In addition to being so pretty, they are quite tasty.

Simply cut up the pumpkin. Scoop out the seeds and set them aside. You can make a healthy snack of pumpkin seeds from these. (Recipe forthcoming)

Place the cut pumpkin into a steamer. Steam until done, about 20 minutes. You can tell when it’s done by poking it with a fork or knive. The utensil should go in and out easily.

When done, remove from heat. Let cool.

Either: Mash up the flesh and turn it into a side dish of mashed pumpkin. Add butter and spices to your taste.

Or, take the steamed pumpkin wedge and sprinkle some brown sugar on it.  Simply scrumptious!!

How easy is that? Enjoy!


(I’m tying together eating healthy with healing after a total knee replacement. This is good for the computer bots. 🙂 ) Remember, you are what you eat!! Eating healthy will help your recuperation process.

Bones Spurs and a Total Knee Replacement

Prior to my total knee replacement, I was experiencing great pain on the outer portion of my  bad knee. It seemed that a nerve was being pinched causing pain to shoot from my knee down to my ankle. Sometimes it was so painful, I needed crutches to walk.

After having x-rays taken, it turns out that my knee had developed bone spurs. Bone spurs were formed by my knee being bone-against-bone. They looked like hooks. In turn, these bone spurs were digging into my tissues and muscles. Bone spurs are known to cause nerve damage, and they were proving their point with me. I had, and still have, extensive nerve damage due to them.

Fast forward….Even though my bone spurs were removed during my total knee replacement surgery, I still experience pain due to the nerve damage caused by them. The pain is less severe than prior to my tkr, but it is still there. Sometimes it is worse than at other times. Oh well, that’s life. It could be much worse.

I thought I’d mention it since there are probably others experiencing the same thing.

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Positive Effects of Destructive Weather

While watching Hurricane Ike and its impact on the gulf coast of our country, I remembered something that happened years ago.  It can be considered a writing trigger. Positive Effects on destructive weather.

The aftermath of destructive weather can lead to a bonding of neighborhoods and those living in them. The residents meet their neighbors and can help each other. The community pulls together in a cooperative effort. Here is a personal story that may provide additional insight:

At one point in my life, I lived through a tornado (in Michigan), our community was left without power.  We were in a state of disarray, also.

Well, while outside checking out the damage (day after the tornado) – I met my neighbors.  Prior to that, everyone kind of stuck to themselves.

It gives a different perspective. That is just one example of positive effects of destructive weather. It brings people together.

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Dental Work After A TKR (Total Knee Replacement)

Hi everyone. 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.

It turns out that when dental work is done, sometimes blood is drawn. (You know, like when you’re cleaning your teeth too vigorously and they start to bleed? Or….am I the only one this happens to? 🙂 )

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.

Oh boy, can’t wait. First, the antibiotics. Secondly, the jack hammer drill. 🙁 Life is rough sometimes. (That’s a sarcastic joke attempt).

(If my dentist ever reads this blog, thanks to my guest writer for writing this post. 🙂

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 healthline.com award-winning 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.

Just a Reminder…

All throughout this/my blog, I have been stating what has worked for me in my recuperation from a total knee replacement.  I must point out that I am not a medical professional, nor do I intend to present myself as one.  I am only stating what has worked for me as a patient.  That’s all.

So, if you take any of my advice and use it …do so at your own risk.  Just because something has worked for me, does not necessarily mean it will work for you. I assume no responsibility for your actions.

There……a legal liability waiver….Let’s move on…

A Short Thank You

I wanted to take a brief moment and send a “thank you” to all of my readers. You have shared your thoughts, questions, and provided inspiration to both me and everyone else who visits this blog.

What began as simply a process of recording my book writing journey has turned into a mini-support system. Some readers have shared their passion for writing. Others have shared their total knee replacement concerns.

Oh, and I cannot forget that one Colorado Avalanche fan who posted a comment saying that the Detroit Red Wings “suck”. All I can say is…”Where’s the Stanley Cup now, loser?” Sorry….I just couldn’t resist that.

Thank you, thank you to everyone who visits my blog. As Red Green says, “We’re all in this together”. “Keep your stick on the ice!”