Places Where Germs Gather in Hospitals and Public Places

Hi everyone. Let’s consider this a two-part series. I just published an article on where germs abound in homes. Now, let’s discuss where germs gather in hospitals and other public places. Everyone needs to be aware.

Doorknobs. Protect yourself by holding onto a tissue, handcloth, or other similar item to cover your hands. You can also wear some protective gloves.

IV Stands. Who knows how often these valuable pieces of equipment are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. IV-patients are expected to transport themselves while moving these.

Bathrooms. Watch out for the toilet seat. Depending on your strength, you may need to hold onto the toilet seat to lower or raise yourself. As soon as your hands touch the seat, your hands are at risk.

* The bathroom’s door latch/knob is a carrier. When I was recently hospitalized, I didn’t see one time when the handle was sanitized or cleaned. There were multiple people using the bathroom, also.

* The bathroom’s toilet seat cover container is a possible risk. Where has the previous user’s hands been?

* Sinks and their faucet handles.

Commodes. The commode seat and lid need to be touched. So do the side rails used to lift and lower your body. These are possible contamination sites.

Railings. Many stairs have railings to help people going up and down stairs.

Countertops.

Elevator floor indicators. Think of how many different fingers touch these buttons everyday.

Produce Sections. Everyone buying fresh produce picks up the item and tests it for personal preference/ripeness/etc. Germs can abound. Eliminate risk by using a cloth or buying bagged produce.

That is all I can think of for now. Will update at a later date with more places Where Germs Gather in Hospitals and Public Places .

Here is a helpful link to an informative article written by the WebMD team. Read it for further insight:

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/12-places-germs-lurk#1
Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author 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.







Can You Wiggle Your Toes?

Hi everyone. This popped into my mind last night and thought it worthy enough to include here. So…When initially hospitalized after my car accident, I was continually asked the same question. Every morning the doctors would make their daily rounds and when they surrounded my bed, I was asked “Can you wiggle your toes?” Why?

As I have written previously about, one injury I ‘suffered’ was a spinal column injury. My first cervical vertebrae (aka a “C-1”) was fractured. It was a clear break that required laying flat with sand bags on each side of my head.

One of the common injuries sustained after a fractured C-1 is paralysis. How did I know? I asked.

First, the doctors would remove the sheets from covering my feet. One would feel my toe temperature to see how well my blood was circulating. Then, it was time to show whether or not my toes could move. “Can you wiggle your toes?” I heard. It took all the energy I had to show them I could.

Picture a pair of feet here….

I do not remember how much my toes moved, only that they moved. The doctors all exhaled signs of relief when this happened. I silently did so.

When first introduced to this technique, I was too drugged to wonder what was going on. As I regained some of my faculties, I began getting annoyed with this daily question. “What do you mean can I wiggle my toes?! Of course I can,” I would think. After I found out why I was being asked it, my annoyance turned into interest and strong concern.

I am one of the lucky individuals who did not experience any level of paralysis from this fracture. I have always been grateful for how some medical information/status was held back from me during my initial hospitalization stays. It was for the betterment.

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







Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Enjoy this special day in any way that floats your boat – mind, soul, and body.

Thank you for your continued support. Without all your visits, likes, comments, and insights this site would be as successful as it is. I am very grateful for all of you.

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







How To Exercise Without Exercising

Hi everyone. There is sometimes a stigma associated with the word “exercise”. At least that is what I am hearing from some of you. So, I thought it would be helpful to post some tips for how to exercise without exercising.

1) Hamstring stretch. Sit on a firm chair. Scoot your body near the front of the chair. Straighten your legs so your heels are only touching the floor. Gently lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of your knees. Hold stretch for a few seconds.

2) Upper body stretch. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your hands above your head. Start picking imaginary apples from the top branch. Feel the stretch.

3) Shoulder rolls. Shoulder rolls are wonderful ways to increase circulation and energy levels. Do them throughout the day, both forwards and backwards.

4) Spinal stretch. Stand up straight. Extend your arms to the each side. Your body will resemble a “T”. Start gently rotating your body to the right, then to the left. If you are like me, you will instantly feel better.

This is enough for now on how to exercise without exercising. Remember, any amount of exercise is better than none at all. If the word “exercise” brings up images of pain, doom, and frustration – think of it as “moving around” in everyday life. Not everyone has that priviledge, you know.

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







How To Handle TKR Stiffness

Hi everyone. I have been receiving some inquiries from a number of you about how to deal with tkr stiffness. To clarify for those uninitiated -tkr stands for total knee replacement. (That’s for my SEO gurus..:) )

I thought it would be nice to take a few moments and share some personal insight that works for me. Just so you know, yes…I still have stiffness years after my tkr. And, it’s been nine years since my total knee replacement. Wow…

* Do isometrics.
Isometrics involve tightening your leg muscles. Hold this tension for about six to eight seconds. Release and relax for five seconds. Go on to the next muscle until you have exercised your entire tkr leg. Isometrics are great for blood circulation. I LOVE isometrics.

Isometrics can be done anywhere, any time. I especially like doing them when I am driving or watching TV. Know that these exercises raise blood pressure, so be sure to check with your medical care provider before including them in your routine.

* Do ankle circles.
Gently and slowly lift your tkr-side foot from the surface. Slowly start rotating your foot from right to left. Do five of these maneuvers. Lower your foot to the surface. Relax for ten seconds. Repeat this flexibility movement with your other leg.

This exercise can be done while sitting at a desk, in a recliner, or while standing. Do them on land or in water, whatever suits your fancy. Find time to fit it in to your daily regime to reap the best results.

* Ride an exercise bike.
You were likely given a tkr recuperation exercise that involves riding an exercise bike. There is a reason for this. Bicycling stretches all your leg muscles.

One maneuver that works well for me involves pedaling slowly until my tkr leg reaches the top of the pedaling ‘circle’. Then, I apply pressure on the pedals to gently and slowly rock my leg back and forth. When done correctly, you will feel a gentle stretch on the top of your tkr.

* Walking
No article on tkr stiffness would be complete without mentioning walking. Walking can be done indoors at home, a fitness track, and/or shopping mall. Do it outdoors for a change of scenery. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and socks. Only walk at a pace that is comfortable for you. Never overextend yourself.

* Take frequent breaks.
Position your tkr leg differently. Working different muscle groups is crucial for dealing with tkr stiffness. It prevents your leg from getting numb, also. This is especially true when driving. Stop the car, get out and stretch. Doing something as “simple” as gentle marching will work well. Get your blood flowing.

* Touch your toes.
This age-old exercise stretches all your leg muscles. I especially like the way my hamstrings feel when I touch my hands to the floor’s surface. This is a great way to keep the back of your tkr flexible. Of course, be sure to only do it as far as your comfort level allows. Never overextend yourself.

* Stand up slowly.
Whenever you stand up after sitting awhile, be sure to do it slowly and deliberately. Hold onto something, if needed. Standing up too fast can make you dizzy and off-balance. This increases your risks of falling and causing further damage. Some people with tkr stiffness do not realize it exists until they stand up quickly and lose their balance. Do not let this happen. Take your time standing up.

* Stretch regularly.
When dealing with tkr stiffness, remember that stretching throughout the day is key to being flexible. Instead of only doing flexibility exercises during your recuperation hour, find time to squeeze them in at other times.

Stretch while standing in line, sitting in a lobby, waiting in traffic, or other opportune moments. There is never an excuse for not stretching.

* Do ankle lifts.
Instead of “simply” standing, lift your heels from the surface. Stand on your foot pads for a few seconds. Lower yourself back to original position. Do this for as many times as is comfortable. Your calf muscles play a crucial role in helping your tkr function properly.

OK, that’s all I have for now. Hopefully, my suggestions can help you and others going through similar situations. We have to work at keeping our total knee replacements from becoming stiff.

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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.







Working Out and Why You Need a Good Diet Plan

Hi everyone. We all know the importance that diet and working out plays in living a healthy life. Here is a SPONSORED GUEST POST written by Sherry McKenna that may be helpful. Please visit “Summer Is Coming”.

Staying in shape and making sure that your body is well taken care of is something that should represent a prime concern every day for every person. However, that is not always the case and often times people find themselves engaging in reckless habits that on the long run leave heavy marks on both body and mind.

But every now and then, something comes along that sparks people’s interest in getting fit and following a healthier lifestyle. Such reasons are as numerous and diverse as the amount of people involved. It all depends on what motivates each one.

However, there are some typical reasons that seem to apply to most people. So you finally met someone you really like and want to improve your physical appearance? Or maybe you are concerned that summer is coming and you won’t be “eligible” for a day at the beach. Maybe you want to do it for yourself.

No matter what, it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself. There are numerous very expensive ways to do it. There are also a lot of cheap, or even free ways, in which you can get in shape. It all comes down to how much you want it, what you can afford, and what time investment is involved.

Before you hurry into the gym with nothing but a towel in your hand and a newfound unquenchable thirst for fitness, you may want to educate yourself. There are two elements that need to be balanced out for a successful fitness lifestyle. Let’s take a look and see what you need to take into consideration.

Exercise
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s not rocket science that working out helps you get in shape. The method, or methods, you choose differ. Experiment to find what works best for you. Remember that organizing your workout routines may be challenging when you also have to incorporate school or work into your busy schedule.

With a bit of work, you will be able to find the necessary time to regularly work out and mend your body. You could go for the usual gym subscription, or you could just get some tennis shoes and jog after work or school.

Whatever method you choose, it doesn’t have to be in excess. It’s about continuity and being able to keep at it for a long period of time. Thus, smaller but regular workouts are the way to go. Find something you enjoy.

Diet
If you are working out at the gym every single day only to go home and stuff your face, you will soon realize that you have accomplished nothing. Dieting and working out need to be in perfect balance. One reflects the other in a big way. That being said, make sure you follow a consistent and healthy diet that will give you all the nutrients you need and take out all the detrimental stuff out.

No one expects you to accurately know the benefits of each type of food and how it reacts when it comes in contact with other types. That’s a nutritionist’s job. Consider consulting with a qualified professional to receive personalized insight on what to eat. This will make certain your workouts are efficient and rewarding. That way you won’t overdo it.

It is never too late to start. What are you waiting for?

This is a SPONSORED GUEST POST published on Booktoots’ Healing.

SITE 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.







Happy 2017 Everyone! Calling All Readers! Help!

Happy 2017 to all of my readers! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look around. Hoping this year will bring each and every one of you an abundance in every area of your life.

On a short note…this site has been around for nine years (you read that correctly. 🙂 ) Since this site is solely operated by myself, it can be difficult coming up with fresh ideas. Hence..I am turning to you!My readers have always come through before and I am confident you will this time. 🙂

Do you – one of my valued readers – have any suggestions for article topics? Are you dealing with a situation that could use some outside insight? Let me know!!

I promise to take all suggestions under consideration. This is already one of the most popular blogs online, let’s make it even better!

Feel free to contact me at booktoots35@gmail with your suggestions. You can also simply leave a comment below. Whatever floats your boat works.

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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.







Sponsored Articles: The Scoop

Hi everyone. As this blog increases in popularity, certain events are occurring which need clarification. This article subject involves sponsored articles…as the title suggests. What, exactly, is a sponsored article?

Some writers approach me wanting to increase their exposure and online presence. Some contact me as “experts” in their field. Others have no experience, but want to use my site as a platform for growing an online community. Whatever the reason, I am asked if there is interest in having a sponsorship arrangement.

Once communications start, I find out that there is definitely confusion as to the actual definition of sponsorship. So….

A sponsored article means YOU pay ME for the privilege of promoting your article on my site. Your fee provides me with support to perform my services and keep this site up and running. I DO NOT PAY YOU. Check any dictionary definition of a sponsorship and you will receive the same information.

I do not know how the topic of sponsorship became so confusing. Perhaps it is the Internet platform. Perhaps it is a simple misunderstanding.

Anyways….I am always open for true sponsorship opportunities. You will have ample opportunity to promote your business/self within the article. Details will be forthcoming as the final details are arranged.

Hope this post provides proper clarification regarding sponsorship writing/links.

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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.






How To Stay Healthy During Hot Summer Days

Hi everyone. Summer season in the USA is winding down and with that comes a ton of outdoor events. Combine those fun-filled events with warmer/hotter temperatures and you can easily overdo it without realizing it. You need to learn how to be healthy during hot summer days. This is key to avoiding, and/or lowering your risks of heat-related illnesses.

Some of you have contacted me asking about ways to stay healthy in these warmer temps. I have written previously throughout this site about living with the after effects of a fractured C-1. This fracture severed the nerve that sends signals from my body to mind about overdoing it. In other words, I cannot tell when I am overdoing it until I start to get sick..by that time symptoms quickly appear and build upon each other. So….Here are some things I do to ward off emergency/paramedic trips:

* Use the buddy system. There is a reason safety experts across the board suggest people use the buddy system. You watch each other’s back. One of the beginning signs of any heat-related illness is getting flushed. Another person can spot this sign before you can.

* Carry minimal weight around. The more weight you carry around, the more energy your body exerts.

* Use an umbrella. Check with the event staff to see if these sun savers are allowed. A light-colored one will protect better than a dark-colored one. Golf umbrellas are excellent for this purpose.

* Wear light-colored clothes. Light colors reflect the sun. Dark colors attract, or absorb, the sun waves. That seems common sense, but I am regularly surprised how so many people wear black clothes, then complain about the heat. Apparently, this fact is not as well known as I previously believed.

* Use sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays will help keep you cooler. Be sure to use a SPF that suits your individual physiology and needs.

* Drink cold water. This is another common sense solution, but must be mentioned. Get a hold of an insulated container. Fill it with cold water and ice beforehand. Buying cold bottled water on-site can cost a pretty penny.

* Put a frozen ice pack into an insulated cooler. Place your food and beverages on top of it. Place extra ice over the contents.

* Use ice. Rub it over your face, hands, neck, back, and chest. Do this periodically throughout the event/day.

* Use a spritzer. Fill a spritzer bottle full of cold water. Spray yourself throughout the day for an instant cooling.

* Wear a hat. The larger brim, the better. Your hair will also thank you. Sun exposure burns hair very quickly.

* Cover your skin. Exposed skin not only burns easier, but heats up quicker. Protect your skin.

* Wear lightweight fabrics. Gauze is superb. Some companies make action wear clothing that keeps you cool. It costs a little more, but is worth it.

* Women: wear sundresses and/or skirts. Perfect way to do your best to beat the heat.

* Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses with ultraviolet protection keep damaging sun rays from entering your retinas and eyes, in general. Believe it or not, it does help to keep your eyes cool.

* Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cold water and/or electrolyte-enriched drinks. Drink them even when you are not thirsty. Dehydration can lead to all kinds of emergency sicknesses.

* Wear comfortable footwear. Flip flops are great. Sandals are another popular option, but not everyone can comfortably wear them. Know what is good for you. Remember to put sunscreen on your feet.

* Eat cold food. That’s the purpose of an insulated cooler. Fill it with chilled sandwiches that you make at home. It will save you money and health.

* Wear the proper socks, if needed. Keeping your feet cool is crucial for keeping your body temperatures within a safe range.

Well, that’s about it for now. When I think of more, I will update this article.

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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.






Appeasing My Marketing Guru…Last Minute Holiday Items

Hi everyone! Please pardon my last minute self-promotion pitch for the holidays. My marketing expert told me it would be very wise to put my personal feelings aside and share what I have to offer with my readers. So…

Do you know of anyone who is going to have a total knee replacement surgery? If so, I have authored a valuable ebook about preparing for this arduous medical procedure. This holiday gift is available for purchase in a variety of formats to suit your discriminating taste, or that of your recipient.

Have you, or someone you know, already had a tkr (total knee replacement) operation? Are you experiencing sleeping difficulties? If you are like me, you will be experiencing a solid 10 months worth without a solid night’s sleep. Insomnia prevails. Sleeping only two hours at a time is on a lucky day. If any of this sounds like you, or another, you could benefit from my book titled “Dealing With Insomnia After A TKR”. It is a gift that will ease stress and aloneness.

Are you done with your post-tkr physical therapy and anxious to get into the water? It is a well-known fact that water exercises are great for the joints and musculoskeletal system. If this sounds like you, consider buying my Water Exercises After A TKR ebook. The exercises were developed by me and are enjoyed to this day…Give it as a holiday gift and use it throughout the year!

All of my books are offered for sale through my website. Just click on the Books page and scroll down until you find the applicable book. If you buy via PayPal, you can receive the book as soon as your payment clears my account. The ebook will be sent in PDF format, for ease and convenience.

My books are also available on CreateSpace, an Amazon publishing store. They can be found on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords – also. There truly is something for everyone!

Well, I see a smile on my marketing expert’s face as he reads through this post. Ahh…I have received approval for posting. 🙂 Here goes…

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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.