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11 Ways To Stay Safe During Smoky Conditions

Hi everyone. In addition to dealing with our COVID-19 pandemic, protests, governmental dilemmas, we are now living with poor air conditions caused by California wildfires. YIKES!! I was wondering why I woke up smelling smoke last night. Now I know.  It is difficult enough recuperating from a total knee replacement, but combined with poor weather conditions – it can be unbearable. Here are 10 ways to stay safe in smoky conditions.

  1. Keep a reserve amount of medications/inhalers available at all times. For those requiring these items, running out can endanger health. This is common sense, but needs to be mentioned. I am so grateful I do not require medications/inhalers. I feel for those of you who do.

2) Close your windows. Keep your windows closed to prevent smoky air from entering your living abode or vehicles.

3) Blink often. This is one I easily forget to do. Harmful air particles can easily attach to your eyes. Blinking keeps your eyes healthy by distributing moisture and oils across the surface. This moisture keeps eyes hydrated which prevents harmful particles from attaching to the surface.

If needed, remember to use eye drops. This is especially important if you have any eye health issues.

4) Rinse your eyes. I like simply rinsing my eyes with fresh, filtered room-temperature water. Plain, simple, and economical.

5) Run air conditioners. I understand this keeps internal air cool and circulating. Central air involves closed windows. When using one-window models, remember to close all windows.

The CDC recommends keeping the fresh air intake valve closed. Keep your air filter clean and replace when dirty.

6) Keep fans running. This circulates air, preventing staleness. It also keeps dust from accumulating on surfaces.

7) Stay indoors, if possible. The less time you spend outdoors breathing harmful air, the better off you are. Common sense, folks.

If you must go outdoors, consolidate your visits into one trip. Make short trips. Take precautions. Breathe through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Avoid deep breaths.

8) Drink water. Staying hydrated and flushing your system of any harmful particles is time-tested good advice.

9) Wear a mask. These are different than the cloth face coverings used during our COVID-19 pandemic.  There are respiratory masks available from your pharmacy. Talk with the pharmacist for more information about which ones are beneficial and which are useless.

 10) Keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Take responsibility for lowering your own pollution level. Do this by not using candles, incense, and/or fireplaces. Remember that smoking or vaping hinders air quality.

a) Air purifier. Consider using an air purifier. It not only circulates air, but also removes harmful particles.

11) Stop vacuuming. It recirculates dirt particles. Personally, I don’t see any problem with this recommendation. (joke attempt)

Contact your medical care provider whenever needed.  Emergency rooms are typically full of with people suffering from poor air quality during smoky weather conditions.  Stay safe and contact your doctor at the first sign of any concern.

NOTE:  When we are recuperating from a surgery such as a total knee replacement (tkr), our immune systems are hindered. We are in a high risk category that includes heart disease patients, elderly people, respiratory hindered folk, and the like.

Especially true in our COVID-19 pandemic, you MUST take responsibility for your health during smoky conditions. You, and only you, can prevent further damage.

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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 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.

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.

Milk and Honey

Two Natural Ways to Lessen Joint Pain

Hi everyone. Natural remedies are the way to go for handling a variety of health ailments, including lowering the level of arthritis pain and inflammation throughout our body. Here’s some tried-and-tested information about two natural ways to lessen joint pain:

1 – Milk and honey. Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured or symptoms lessened.

In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and one-half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain.

Within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis issues started walking without pain.

Try this holistic tkr pain relief method, you may like it!

2 – Turmeric. This wondrous spice has numerous health benefits, least of which is reducing inflammation. For more insight into this marvelous natural remedy, click on this link to read more: https://lyfebotanicals.com/health/turmeric-benefits/

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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, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities 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.