Nausea & A TKR

Hi everyone. Nausea and a tkr isn’t an exciting topic or one that you want to read at the dinner table. Still..it needs to be discussed since some of you have asked me about it….

Of the many comments I’ve received lately, a common theme concerns nausea after tkr and during recuperation. “What is your experience?â” I’ve been asked? So, here it is…

I had nausea during two periods after my tkr. The first was caused by the anesthesia while I was recuperating in the hospital. I didn’t eat much while in the hospital.

The only other episode occurred when I took the “pain meds” (I use parentheses since the meds did not handle the pain). The nausea was mild, but still noticeable. I remember that episode as being two weeks. Then, I just started aspirin.

After those two periods, no problem. The only other time I get nauseous nowadays is when I see someone eat nacho chips covered with that orange-colored liquid stuff called cheese.

Or, come to think about, when I see that orange stuff on any food. I’m suddenly not feeling well. I need to clear my mind.

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 blogger/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.

The Dreaded Twisted Catheter

Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me to write about hospital stays after a tkr. While perusing my past articles/posts, I came upon this one that explains one memorable occasion from my hospitalization.  Enjoy…

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While hospitalized for my total knee replacement, an episode occurred which had me in a different state of mind. Here’s what happened….

After surgery, I was connected to a catheter. One day I suddenly started feeling like my urinary tract was getting ‘backed up’. I pushed the call button for assistance since I thought something was wrong with my catheter. After all, it should just flow like the wind into the trees. It wasn’t.

An orderly (I think that’s what she was) answered my call. When I told her that I thought something was wrong with my catheter, she took a look at it and told me it was “ok”. She left.

My bladder was extending itself and I was in pain. I pushed the call button again (I couldn’t see the catheter tubes leading to the collection bag). More than five minutes went by, my pain increased. Then, at just the precise moment of my heightened discomfort –  in came my physical therapist.

She asked how I was doing. A common question that usually elicits a response of “ok”, I am sure. However, I was hanging onto the Jane bar, crying out for help. When she asked that question, I must have given her more expletives than a drunken sailor at sea could use.

I don’t remember. I just know that she ran to get the nurse. The nurses came within minutes and….what do you know….there was a twist in my catheter tube.

The nurses unraveled my tube and the liquid was flowing. In fact, it was flowing so fast….a crowd gathered to admire my ‘collection’. One liter jar, then another….

Man, you really did have to go,” the nurse said. REALLY??!! What an understatement. 🙂

I asked to have the catheter removed after that discomforting episode. I wasn’t going to take the chance of it happening again. So…bring on the bed pan…That’s another chapter. 🙂

End of the dreaded twisted catheter story.

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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 40+ years.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Patient Leader.She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

How Does A BMI Fit In With a TKR?

Hi everyone. Another topic some of you have recently approached me with is “How does a BMI fit in with a tkr (total knee replacement)”? Good question. Since I am not overweight, I thought I would do some research to answer this question to the best of my ability. So…

I was surprised to find out what I have known for years about information on the Internet still exists. Only before, the websites dealt with businesses like construction, fitness equipment, real estate, music tools, and other tangible products/services. Not something as personal and heavily-regulated as medical procedures. What did I learn?

There will be three websites all discussing the same topic. In this case, the topic is BMI affecting a tkr. Only this time, all the sources were reputable, scholarly articles found on NCBI, WebMD, Science Daily, various university sites, etc. All results came about from extensive studies.

RESULTS: One website has one viewpoint. Another website has the exact opposite viewpoint. And, the third is a combination of the two.

How Does A BMI Fit In With a TKR? Well, it is up to your doctor/surgeon. Online research provides no insight whatsoever.

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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 WEGO Health Patient Leader, 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.

Driving After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone. After receiving some requests regarding driving after a total knee replacement (tkr), I thought a post here would be appropriate…

The standard literature us patients are given upon preparing for a tkr recommends not driving until at least 6 weeks after surgery. I had no choice but to do it sooner, however.

The reason being is that I needed to go to physical therapy and didn’t want to impose upon anyone for a  lift. Besides, I like to drive and wanted to experiment – as long as I didn’t harm myself.

Well, I can definitely see how six weeks is an appropriate time frame if the leg you use for the accelerator is the one that had a total knee replacement.

For instance, if your bionic knee is on your right leg, you’re going to have difficulty driving. There just won’t be enough flexibility to operate the accelerator, in my opinion.

However, my bionic knee is on my left leg. I could operate the accelerator with no problem. There were other problems (concerns) as mentioned below.

If my car was clutch-operated, there was no way I could have driven it within six weeks. Maybe after about 4-6 weeks, but even then there would have been extreme discomfort. Hey, driving a clutch might be another good recuperation exercise. 😉

My car has an automatic transmission. I had a problem,   with the following while driving after a total knee replacement. You may be the same:

  • Getting in and out of the car. Extreme caution had to be used to prevent any turning of the foot, hitting of the leg, and unnecessary bending of the leg.

  • Seat adjustment. I needed to put my seat back as far as I could to get in and out my vehicle properly. Nine months later, I still need to do this sometimes.

  • Sitting comfortably. This was painful. I needed to elevate my foot to alleviate some of the knee pain.

  • Time involved. It definitely is not a quick process.  The entire process is much slower than typical.

There were other areas that caused concern, but the above four were the most noticeable. No complaints, just stating facts. 🙂

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 and WEGO Health 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.

Happy July 4th To My USA Readers..

Wishing all of my USA-loving readers a healthy, happy, and fulfilling Independence Day – July 4th – 2019. Enjoy this festive day in any manner that suits your fancy or floats your boat.

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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 WEGO Health Patient Leader 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.

Total Knee Replacement Support Groups – Where Are They?

Hi everyone. Some of you have contacted me asking where to go for total knee replacement support groups. In addition to sending private replies, I believe sharing the information with as many readers as possible will do the job. So…

Check with your hospital. Hospitals offering this surgery want their patients to have positive outcomes. They likely will offer free total knee replacement support groups to help you before and after your tkr surgery.

Check with your local YMCA. Many sites offer a variety of support groups. Some offer onsite rehab services, also. Ask around to find out more. If they do not offer them onsite, they likely will refer you to someone/some place that does.

Check in with online sources. This site – Booktoots’ Healing – has been rated one of the best online total knee replacement sources by Healthline.com for many years. People come here to gain further insight and to support others. Take a look around to realize you are not alone.

Click on this link to be taken to the Healthline.com site to learn more about online sources that can provide total knee replacement support:

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

Good luck and keep in touch!

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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.

I Am Nominated For A WEGO Health Award!

Hello everyone. I am honored, humbled, and extremely proud to announce that I am nominated as a Patient Leader for a coveted WEGO Health Award!

Taken from their website: “These awards seek to recognize Patient Leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy.” #WEGOHealthAwards

What is a Patient Leader? A Patient Leader uses their own health journey to raise awareness, share knowledge and help others. They leverage social media to amplify their voice, connect with peers, and build community. They are the thought leaders and transformers industry leaders turn to for insights and expertise they need to build a more patient-centered, consumer-driven health care ecosystem. – reprinted from wegohealth.com.

Click on this link to be taken to the WEGO Health site. Here you’ll learn more about the organization and all it offers…including the Patient Leaders. 🙂

https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/13741

This would not be possible without all of your suppport. Thanks for taking the time for visiting my site, reading my content, and posting comments. You all rock!

I will post voting information as it becomes available. You do know how much I will appreciate your vote, correct? 🙂

Enjoy your day and keep going!

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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 and WEGO Health award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, WEGO Patient Leader, 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.

Use This Senior Safety Checklist

Hello Everyone. Many of you have asked me for information about life as a senior citizen. I have written about having a senior safety checklist before, but thought I would share some helpful information I received from a Community Blog operated by Home Helpers.

Click on this link to be taken to an informative list that can make your life safer and easier. It is written from a caregiver’s perspective:

https://www.homehelpershomecare.com/southshorema/blog/2016/july/senior-safety-checklist

Hope you find this checklist helpful.

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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, WEGO Health Patient Leader, 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. </FONT>

Pay Tribute This Memorial Day 2019

Hi everyone. This Memorial Day 2019 post is for all of my United States of America readers and those affected by this special holiday.

Remember that the true meaning of this unique day is tribute and honor. It is about military sacrificess not just about the bbqs, parades, and office closings. Remember to take some time and pay tribute for those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Freedoms we sometimes take for granted.

Visit a graveside to pay respect. Wear a red poppy. Attend Memorial Day ceremonies/concerts. With so many events taking place this weekend, there is bound to be something that suits you and your family’s interests.

Thank 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 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.

Healthy Eating Speeds the TKR Recuperation Process

Hi everyone. It’s common knowledge that eating healthy can help everyone. However, this is doubly important for us living with a total knee replacement (tkr). Healthy eating speeds the tkr recuperation process.

So…here are some suggestions for quick, healthy eating that can be prepared at home:

Mix some fresh herbs with freshly squeezed juice for a low calorie dressing.

Squeeze an orange over your salad greens.

Spread some natural peanut or almond butter on an apple.

Enjoy a sandwich of tuna and mustard on wholegrain bread. Add lettuce & tomato, if desired.

Have some fresh fruit mixed with plain yogurt.

Spread some hummus on either pita bread, fresh veggies, or an English muffin.

For creamed soup, substitute pureed tofu for heavy cream.

All of these have worked well for me, and I am confident they’d work well for others. 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 tkr blog 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.

Sharing An Accomplishment..Healthline.com Best of TKR Blogs 2019

Hi everyone. Here is a link to the article by Healthline.com explaining this year’s best of tkr blogs 2019 winners. !! Enjoy..

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 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.

Proudly Announcing Booktoots Healing Being Rated One Of The Best TKR Blogs In 2019!

Hi everyone. I am very humbled and honored to announce this site – Booktoots’ Healing – as being rated one of the best TKR blogs for 2019 by Healthline.com! Eight years running!

This best of tkr blogs award could not be possible with the support of everyone who takes the time to visit this site, support each other, and write comments. Thank you!

Marie Buckner (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 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.

Good Stretching Helps after TKR

Hi everyone! We all know the importance of strengthening and stretching our tkr leg muscles after surgery in order to improve our leg functioning.  Due to pain levels being so intense, it’s easy to forget how good stretching helps after a tkr.

When you finally reach a point where the pain level is lowered enough to allow other movement and you can stand with weight evenly distributed between both legs, here’s a good stretching exercise that involves nothing other than body weight….

Stand with legs shoulder-width apart. Reach your arms out to the sides so your body forms a “T”. Turn your palms facing forward. Gently lean back from the waist to increase the stretch.

Increase the stretch by moving your head in conjunction with your upper body and look toward the ceiling. Hold this stretch for as long as comfortable.

When done correctly, you will feel a good stretch along your entire body including your neck, pectorals and chest, shoulders, arms, abdomen, thighs and butt.

Don’t use any sudden movements, only a gentle stretch. Breathe normally throughout this exercise.

Try this gentle stretch throughout the day. Good luck!

Let me know how it works for you. Thanks!

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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.