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.

Leg Length Inequalities And A TKR

Hi everyone! As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the findings during my yearly post-tkr appointment was the fact that I needed to wear an external shoe lift. It turns out that my leg length discrepancy is greater than what was originally thought.

Three weeks after my total knee replacement, I was given a 1/4 inch wedge to put into my shoe since there was a slight discrepancy between the length of my two legs at the time I was going through PT. There were no measurements taken at the time, only an estimate. I thought that was great.

When I questioned my surgeon about it, he stated that there was no reconstruction nor realignment surgery done during my tkr surgery. The decreased lift amount must have been due to my leg just being straightened out when the bionic knee was put into place.

This was just the beginning of my journey of finding the correct shoe lift height or thickness. An ongoing learning lesson.

NOTE: The remaining post can be found in my upcoming book titled “My 45 Years Of Wearing A Shoe Lift”. Upcoming 2020 publishing date to be announced.

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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-related 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.

How To Buy Off-the-Shelf Shoes For Orthopedic Uses

Hi everyone! As many of you already know, I wear an almost 2″ external shoe lift. Many women may marvel at the opportunity to purchase a new pair of shoes. Not me. It is something I put off until absolutely necessary. Here’s insight into how to buy off-the-shelf shoes for orthopedic uses.

I thought it would be interesting to write down the steps I take to find that “perfect” pair of shoes. Words do not do the process justice, but they will provide insight that will hopefully help some of you. So…here goes…Remember, these suggestions work for me and may not apply to your individual situation. It is an excerpt from my upcoming book.

Shoe type decision. Will I buy a walking shoe ideal for flat surfaces? These are ideal for short jaunts to the gym, store, or other paved area. Or, will it be a pair of multi-purpose hiking boots that provide ankle support? These are perfect for those occasions when grass, gravel, sand, or other questionable surfaces come into play. Having one of these pairs available at all times covers all bases.

That’s it for now. Hope my personal experience and insight helps others going through the same thing. 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 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.

Helping Each Other…

Hi everyone. I check this site’s live traffic everyday and I wonder about its importance and whether I make a difference in lives. Many visits are just computer bots scrolling my content, while others are hackers with ulterior motives. Your comments prove we are helping each other… especially during our COVID-19 pandemic.

I just finished reading some comments about how my insight helps you feel less alone, provides a safe haven for discussing concerns, and offers an overall benefit.

To say I appreciate your feedback is an understatement. You have me realizing that my content is making a difference. This is a prime example about how sometimes words fail to completely express feelings. I am grateful.

To summarize, we are helping each other. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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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.

Is a Total Knee Replacement Worth It?

Hi everyone. I keep getting questions regarding whether is a total knee replacement worth it? Throughout my blog, I have mentioned the good and bad about having this surgery. Well, overall, it is without a doubt   worth it in my opinion. Here is a post worth resharing….

Prior to my tkr (total knee replacement), I could not go anywhere without carrying a pair of crutches. My knee was locking up, causing excruciating pain, and had a  mind of its own. I did not know when my knee was going to  lock up. It was bone on bone without any cartilage at all. And, bone spurs had formed due to this. Plus, my leg was misaligned due to my knee being so deformed. Enough.

There was one time that I did not carry my crutches with me, and I was left to rely upon strangers to help me walk. I vowed I would not have that happen again. Hence, carrying crutches around with me everywhere. No matter where I drove, my crutches were in the car.

So, if any of my readers get the impression that having a tkr is not worth it – think twice. There is no way that I would say it is not worth it.

Yes, the recuperation process is timely, painful, and a lot of work. It is worth it no matter how much pain is involved. The pain and recuperation is temporary. Having the ability to walk without pain is not. My love of walking outweighs the pain of recuperation- without any doubt.

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 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.

Shoe Lift Fitting & A TKR

Something interesting happened while at the doctor’s office recently that I thought was worthy of sharing. It involves my shoe lift fitting and a tkr. Here is an excerpt from my upcoming ebook:

My tkr leg is shorter than the other, a topic I have written about in previous posts. Well, while being measured for a new shoe lift, I was continually asked “how does it feel?”  And..that’s where the strangeness begins.

How is one supposed to know how  it feels if there is no joint to feel with? I was totally perplexed. Before my tkr, it was easy to know how my knee felt since I still had a knee. It may not have been operating as “normal”, but I still had a joint that told me how everything was and felt.

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.

Water-Based TKR Clicking..WHAT??!!

Hi my favorite readers! I’ve written previously about tkr clicking occurring  after my surgery. The short-lived experiences all occurred on land.   When it does happen, it is very sporadic and not painful. Something recently happened involving water-based tkr clicking that is worth sharing…

It happened while I was swimming. Water is known for its buoyancy factor, meaning it supports most of the body weight. It takes pressure off your joints. That’s why it makes such a fantastic exercise medium. Anyways…

I was swimming and suddenly my knee felt like it was clicking. It was the strangest feeling. It only last for a few kicks. What a bizarre feeling, though.

Since then, it has happened occasionally. There is no pain associated with it. Talk about strange…

Well, that’s the end of my experience with water-based tkr clicking. 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 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.

Using A Laptop After A TKR

Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me about using a laptop after a tkr..aka total knee replacement.   Since I was doing this one week after my surgery, here are a few suggestions that worked well for me and are worth sharing again:

BTW: It was too painful to sit with my feet on the floor during this time period. Besides…I didn’t have the flexibility to do that. 😕

* Sit on a sofa with a pillow behind your back. I’m a stickler for good posture. 🙂  Place a coffee table parallel to the sofa.

* Straighten your tkr leg and place your  foot onto a coffee table. Yes, there will be room between the sofa and table. This will help stretch out your hamstring. It may be painful, but what part of your tkr recuperation isn’t?

* I found putting some ice onto my tkr knee afterwards helped. You may decide to not do this…your choice.

* Put a pillow onto your lap. Place the laptop on the pillow. Make certain the distance/angle between your laptop and arms is not too much.

I like to have my lower arms parallel to my laptop to avoid any carpal tunnel effects. The pillow I use is not too fluffy and provides a nice cushion without affecting the laptop.

* Type away.

When it starts to get warm, just move the pillow & laptop onto the side for a bit. Stretch your fingers and arms.

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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 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.

How To Exercise Without Exercising

Hi everyone. There is sometimes a stigma associated with the word “exercise”. At least that seems to be a popular misconception regularly expressed by many. 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.

You can also do this stretching maneuver while sitting in any kind of chair.

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 or sit in a firm chair. 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 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.

Another Needed Update About Booktoots Healing

Hi my favorite readers!It is time to share another needed update about Booktoots Healing. So here goes…

Something else has come to my attention that needs addressing. This site has been up and running for over 12 years, and some new readers have been asking me some strange questions.

Anyways, here are some answers that need to be reiterated:

* As stated in other parts of this site, I own all content on this site. That is, outside of sponsors and advertising links and logos. Those are clearly stated to avoid confusion.

* I write all the posts, not some content farm. If there is a guest post…it is clearly stated. Credit is given where credit is due.

* I do not pay anyone to write anything on this site. So, don’t approach me with your great compliment about my site that turns into a request for a job.

When needed, I do all research to write my posts. I state sources.

* I get the information for my tkr posts from first-hand experience. Don’t insult me by asking who gave me the info about recuperating from a tkr. I know, because I’ve been there and done that.

* Look down in my footer area and you will notice that this site is using Word Press software.

* All links included in any of my posts have been researched by me and found fit to share with you, my valued readers. I do not take part in sharing gossip.

* Kindly take the time to peruse through my site before asking me a question that more than likely has already been answered. Use my Search box!

* There is no such thing as a quick fix.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and visiting my site.

Good luck and keep in touch!

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Rated One of Healthline’s Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2020!

Hi everyone. I am proud to announce that this blog has been rated one of Healthline’s Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2020. I am humbled and honored. This accomplishment would not be possible without the support of you, my readers. Thank you!

Some of you voted for my site. Others willingly leave comments to share experiences, show support, and/or join the community in other ways. However you got involved, you played a part. 🙂

According to Healthline: “We carefully selected each blog based on the quality of content, the consistency in posts, and engagement with their community.”

https://www.healthline.com/health/total-knee-replacement-surgery/best-blogs#1

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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 tkr blog 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.

Even in our 2020 COVID-19 year: Happy Independence Day Everyone.

 Hi everyone. Even in our 2020 COVID-19 year: Happy Independence Day everyone. Celebrate safely.

For those wondering what I, Marie (aka Booktoots) look like…here I am celebrating IN A PRE-COVID 19 environment. This happens to be my favorite holiday. This year’s holiday is quite different, for sure.
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I would like to share a traditional quote and image that reminds us of the true meaning of this national holiday.. when a global pandemic like COVID19 does not exist:
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  Please….no political ranting.

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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.

It’s That Time Again For Expressing Gratitude…

Hi my favorite readers! It’s that time again. The time for expressing gratitude for visiting my site and leaving your valuable comments. Everyone has been so generous with their support, comments, and insight. I am certain that many others benefit from what everyone shares. I receive comments on a daily basis from appreciative readers. How nice is that? 🙂

The success of this site would not be possible without all of your help. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

Keep supporting each other. That’s what it is all about. You are not alone in your journey.

Enjoy!

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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 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.