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* Patient's Perspective on Preparing For A TKR
* Dealing With Insomnia After a Total Knee Replacement
* "Why Do You Talk Like That?" ...life after a fractured jaw
* Water Exercising After a Total Knee Replacement ....or anyone with mobility concerns
* More to Come....
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The intended mission of the site is to help people dealing with total knee replacements and other physical concerns realize they are not alone.

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Thank You To My Readers…

Hi everyone. Every now and then I like to take a few moments to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Thank you to my readers…Without you, this blog/site would not be a success. Also…

I am grateful for you:

* Taking the time to visit my site and take a look around.

* Feeling comfortable enough to share your feedback. Whether it is a private email, or a public comment involved- your input makes a difference. It seems just when I’m wondering whether anyone is reading my insight, one of you comes through. Then, I don’t feel so alone. 🙂

* Sharing Booktoots’ Healing with others. It is fun hearing from a new reader who was referred by another. Word-of-mouth ‘advertising’ is the best form of exposure. 🙂

* Trusting my insight enough to buy my books.

Overall – a big, hearty “thank you!” My gratitude runs deep.

Enjoy your day….

Marie B (aka Booktoots)

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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.

Announcing Updated Preparing For Total Knee Replacement EBook

Hi everyone. I am pleased to announce the third printing of my popular ebook titled ‘Preparing For A Total Knee Replacement’. Content is recently updated.

A total knee replacement can be one of the most trying and tiring of surgeries to undergo. Preparing properly can save you time, frustration and money.

After going through the entire ordeal myself, I decided to write this ebook to help others. It is intended to share rare situations. Nowhere did I read or hear about what to do if the doctor cancels on surgery day due to sickness, cancels another date, and reschedules the surgery another month later. This happened to me.

I needed to go through the pre-op medical process twice within a two-month period – for the same surgery. In fact, two pints of my own blood were discarded like trash. That’s a harrowing experience.

Let my insight make your life easier. I provide you with a first-hand account about how to get all areas of your life prepared for your tkr surgery.

I know that getting ready for a total knee replacement is more than just scheduling a surgery date. It is more than sitting in support groups and talking. It involves taking action.

The available information given by the doctor’s office was/is written by the medical profession. I found the information helpful, but lacking some key points. A patient’s perspective was needed.

I now know how things could have been easier if I was better informed/prepared. After hearing from my blog readers, I knew there were others out there who could benefit from my first-hand experience. That’s when I decided to write my ebook.

This ebook is especially helpful for those not having access to support groups or insight from people who had the surgery. Instead of relying on conflicting Internet information, you can be relieved in knowing that my information is tried and true.

Purchase
You can purchase the book directly through me by visiting my Books Page. Or, click here:
Preparing For Total Knee Replacement Surgery Ebook I accept Paypal and will send the book in PDF format as soon as possible.

Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon!

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.






Places To Donate Orthopedic Shoes

Hi everyone. The subject of where to donate used orthopedic shoes recently came up. It’s time for an update. Thank you, Robert! Ranging from helping a veteran to cleaning our planet, there are a variety of nonprofits available to assist you. Here are some places to donate orthopedic shoes:

SOLES4SOULS

From their website: “Turning shoes and clothes donations into a micro-enterprise model while providing low-income entrepreneurs a way to lift themselves out of poverty.”

Every shoe you donate to this Nashville-based nonprofit is sold to provide funds for education, housing, and other needs for those living in poverty. One shoe equals one dollar.

Operated worldwide in partnership with Zappos. Click on the below link to be taken to their website.
Http://soles4souls.org

SHOES FOR CREWS

Taken from their Gripping Blog: ‘Tips and Kicks From Shoes For Crews’
“Here’s some helpful information about some of the largest shoe donation organizations in the U.S. so you can decide where you’ll be sending your old footwear:”

Some organizations include Shoeman Water Projects (operating in Kenya, Haiti and South America), Old Word Running (Boulder, CO-based), Donate Your Old Shoes, The Shoe Bank (Dallas, TX-based), and Green Sneakers (run by Crown Ministry Group) – helps reduce landfill by recycling shoes.

I understand that the Shoe Bank in Dallas, TX has closed since the Gripping Blog post was written. Management is working on new directions.

For more information about donating your orthopedic shoes, visit:
http://www.shoesforcrews.com/blog/life-work/where-should-you-donate-your-old-shoes/

For more information about their company, visit:
http:www.shoesforcrews.com

SHOE BANK of CANADA
The Canadian Shoe Charity

From their website: “Our mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to a decent pair of shoes.
Shoe Bank Canada collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need across Canada through food banks and other social agencies in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs.”

This nonprofit collects gently used shoes of all types and sizes – including orthopedic shoes. They make it as convenient as possible for all donors.

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.
http://www.shoebankcanada.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ShoeBankCanada/posts/

DONATION TOWN
This is an online site that helps you find the appropriate nonprofit places to donate your orthopedic shoes. They even pickup!

Charities they deal with include: Vietnam Veterans of America, Habitat for Humanity, Human Society, and many more.

Visit their website for more information:
http://donationtown.org
http://donationtown.org/news/donate-shoes.html

YMCA

The Y’s mission statement taken from their website: “The YMCA is dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community. It is about the coming together of community spirit.”

Since every YMCA differs, I am offering this as a recommendation due to my local branch being involved with used shoe donations. There is a collection bin conveniently located by the front entrance.

Shoes are collected, shipped to the involved nonprofit, and sold. Funds are used to plant trees, start micro-enterprises, and other appropriate ventures.

Shoe collection bins seem to be rotated among various nonprofits. Shoes have been collected and shipped to overseas nonprofits who in turn provide footwear to those in need.

I recommend contacting your local YMCA for further information.

That’s about it for now. The next time you outwear a pair of orthopedic shoes, remember the less fortunate. Stop throwing your shoes out and put them to good use. Someone, somewhere will benefit from your generousity.

Thank you and Good luck!

Do you have any more recommendations you want to share with our readers? Feel free to contact me.

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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.







Happy Independence Day 2018!

Hi everyone. Here’s wishing all of you a festive, safe, and tasty July 4th! Whether you are enjoying a peaceful day at home, backyard barbeque, or vacationing – enjoy.
Happy Independence Day 2018!

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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.







Nominated For Patient Leader WEGO Health Award

Hi everyone. Here’s some exciting news for me to share:

I am thrilled to announce the nominations for the WEGO Health Awards
have officially opened! As a member of the Patient Leader Network, I could not be more
excited for the chance to celebrate the online health community as a whole.

#WEGO Health is a mission-driven company that connects the healthcare industry with the
experience, skills, and insights of Patient Leaders. They are the world’s largest network of
Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics.

The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100,000 Patient Leaders who are an inspiration to all of us. These amazing Patient Leaders raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – and, often without recognition.

So, if I’ve ever given you support, resources, or any kind of assistance that helped you in your own journey, please consider nominating me for a WEGO Health Award. Winning this award
will increase my visibility and validate my efforts to raise awareness within our community with the ultimate goal of having a positive impact on the state of healthcare.

Kindly take a moment and visit this page to nominate me yourself for this prestigious award:
WEGO Health Awards Nomination .

Thank you!

Nominated For WEGO Health Award!

Hi everyone. I am honored to announce that I’ve been nominated for the #WEGOHealthAwards! These awards seek to recognize Patient Leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy. Learn more & nominate today.

I have been nominated in the WEGO Best In Show Blog Award category. This nomination could not be possible without the support of all of you – my readers. Booktoots’ Healing has become a very popular resource for people dealing with a total knee replacement.

Here is information from the #WEGOHealth website:

Anyone who is an active and leading member of an online community, and
making a difference in healthcare, is eligible to be nominated. He or she should
provide the community with valuable information and support to make a
difference for other patients and caregivers. Nominees for an individual social
channel award must have a presence on that particular social channel, of course.

Please take a moment to visit the #WEGOHealthAwards site and nominate me yourself:
https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominate

Thank you!

Marie B (aka Booktoots)

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.







Guest Post Guidelines

Hi everyone. After recent communications, it appears that not everything is easy to understand by everybody. So…Here are more guest post guidelines:

Please do not send me somebody else’s work and state you want it posted as a guest post or resource link. It is confusing and time consuming for me to edit, post and then unpost. Any guest post on my site must be written by you, or your team. That is why you have a short bio at the conclusion of the post.

CLEARLY STATE HOW YOU ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE INFORMATION/ARTICLE/LINK. When you state “here is some information your readers may like”, tell me you searched the Web and found it worthwhile. Tell me why you believe it is important. That is common courtesy.

If you forward me information that would be of interest to my readers and I, clearly state it is written by someone else. Otherwise it is implied that you, or your team, wrote it. That is only common sense.

I post numerous resource links that are reader-worthy. I am always looking for new ones to add. If you are interested in having information included in this category/page – send me the link so I can look the information over. Kindly tell me you are forwarding it to me from another source. Otherwise, it is implied you wrote it.

A guest post is not a resource link. Do not approach me stating you have a guest post that you would like included in my Resources Page. A Guest Post is an article that follows my Writer’s Guidelines.

A resource link contains a link to the information. That is an obvious statement, but must be mentioned. There may be a short summary description (known as a meta description) involved to entice readers to click on the link.

Do not send me information and tell me how to handle it. I make the final determination on what is and is not included on my site. Period.

Do not send me copyrighted information without informing me who has the copyright. Are you that person/company/party? Is someone else that party? Do you have permission to reprint/share that information? It is not up to me to decide those issues. Any information forwarded to me is your responsibility.

Hope this puts everyone on the same page.

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







Happy Father’s Day 2018!

How To Find Motivation to Exercise After A TKR

Hi everyone. Usually, it is easy to back out of exercising. Many people continually make excuses about why they don’t exercise. However, I want to share some great ways on how to find motivation to exercise after a tkr. Read on…

Be diligent in doing your exercises while recuperating from your total knee replacement and you will get excited about what used to be difficult when moving your body. Why? You will reap your rewards. Here’s my take on the issue….

* You will love how thrilling it is to be able to walk without pain.

* It is great to have what is known as a ‘normal’ walking gait without walking aides.

* It is fantastic to be able to walk fast enough to get out of breath and work up a sweat. (To some this would be “speed walking”. I like to think of it as walking faster than I did prior to my tkr.)

* It is wonderful to be able to walk trails, take in the scenery, and smell the air without feeling any joint pain.

* It is a nice feeling knowing that you are getting the most out of your total knee replacement surgery.

* It is so welcoming to have clothes fit better. I know, in my case, there were times when my dryer shrunk too many clothes. 😕

All of these combine to provide motivation in staying with, or starting, an exercise program.

Hope this helps you get motivated to exercise after your tkr (or any time, for that matter).

Always remember to be grateful you can walk.

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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.







Stairs as a Knee Replacement Exercise

Hi everyone. When working on gaining flexibility in your knee, a great exercise is to walk up and down stairs. Going up is much easier than going down.

Part of the recuperation process after a total knee replacement involves a variety of exercises involving stairs or steps.

The first movement in my case was to simply stand up and lift my leg onto a step. I say simply, but it was definitely not easy. It took all the energy I had. (TKR surgery involves cutting through the quadricep muscle, the largest muscle in your leg.)

Then, lift our body weight onto your tkr leg.

Place your “good” leg onto the step/stair.

Hold this position for five seconds.

Return to the original position.

Rest for 10 seconds.

Repeat five times. Slowly increase your time and repetitions.

Do this maneuver with the aid of crutches, at first. Then, eventually, all that will needed is the aid of railings or parallel bars.

It is not easy, but once it starts working out….it’s great. Hard work pays off.

NOTE: You may want to start this exercise by placing your tkr leg onto a step, lifting your body up until your knee is straight, and then lowering yourself back to the original position.

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.