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..total knee replacement support groups – where are they?… Read on…

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.

There Is Nothing Funny About Double Vision

Hi my favorite readers! Recently, something came to my attention that I believe is worthy of sharing with everyone. It applies to public misconceptions. The topic is living with double vision. I started experiencing double vision as a result of a head injury I sustained almost 40 years ago.

Years ago I learned to not discuss certain things about myself until I knew someone rather well. One topic in particular was double vision. In medical terms it’s known as strabismus (aka “lazy eye”) which results in diplopia. It is a nerve palsy.

I found that whenever I talked about it with others, jokes were everywhere. And…all types of misconceptions existed.

Popular songs use double vision as a sign of being so in love you”couldn’t see straight.” As an example that immediately comes to mind…Foreigner does one song, I believe it’s titled “Double Vision”.

Movies have regularly depicted this condition as entertainment. Double Vision is used to define looking at twins, having a fungus taking over an evil mind and other depictions.

In real life, there’s nothing funny about living with double vision. Period. As much as I believe in the importance of finding humor in every situation, when someone finds out I have double vision and then asks me (while laughing) how many of them I can see…I go along with it at first.

Then, if they ask again …it’s not funny. My eyes have to work to focus on anything. Sometimes it can be tiring. It can be frustrating. I can feel it. This applies even with my prism.

Depending upon the severity, double vision can result in loss of balance, nausea, headaches, mental confusion and other ailments. What’s funny about that?

Anyways, thank you for listening to my insight/rant. I only wish the general public was more understanding about living with double vision.

Those living with vision concerns completely understand. All I can do is spread the word to hopefully increase awareness among the misinformed.

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

Driving A Stick Shift After a TKR

Hi everyone! Some of you have asked me about driving a stick shift after a tkr. So, here’s one of my popular previously published blog posts:


Something recently happened that I thought was worthy of sharing with others living with a tkr. It involves driving a stick shift after a tkr.


Driving a stick is fun, challenging, and keeps a driver in better control of a vehicle when compared to an automatic transmission. However, what is it like to shift gears with a tkr leg? I had that chance…

I learned how to drive on a stick shift. I enjoyed the challenge and control. It gave me a far greater appreciation for the driving task and the marvels of an automobile. I loved it!

There is far better control of the vehicle in conditions involving inclement weather…like snow, ice, heavy rains, etc. Driving a stick means the driver determines when the car shifts to the next level, not a computer chip or other device that the driver has no control over.

That was 40 years ago, though. What would it be like now that I have a tkr on my left leg, the leg used to engage the clutch pedal? Would I be able to drive the vehicle? Would I remember how to coordinate the clutch with the gear shift? It would be interesting.

At first, I was admittedly scared and very curious. I wasn’t sure whether my tkr leg would bend enough to handle the shifting. I envisioned blowing up an engine or gasket at the very least. My confidence was questionable. So…I took the car on a test run around the parking lot.

I engaged the clutch, put the car into first, put the key into the ignition, turned the ignition key, and slowly started moving. I maneuvered the car out of the parking space, made right and left hand turns, came to stop signs, applied the brakes, started moving, and made it back home.

I even utilized reverse without hitting anything. I pulled into parking spaces without crashing into anything. IT WAS A BLAST!! Whew! I did this for two days before venturing out into the “real” world.

I was amazed about how the entire process of driving a stick was similar to riding a bike. No one had to tell me anything, it just came back to me. How nice…:)

As I started driving in traffic, I noticed that utilizing the clutch one stop light after another was becoming tiring. I never realized how much the leg is exercising while performing this maneuver.

The process seemed to trigger the neuropathy left from my removed bone spurs. (I have written about the neuropathy in other posts…) In hindsight, that is probably one reason I was so tired the remaining day and night.

Still…I would do it again in a heart beat. I love the sound of gears shifting, motors revving up, and knowing I have that control. Long live manual transmissions…aka stick shifts!

Does anyone else have stories to share about driving a stick (manual transmission) after a tkr? We want to hear them!

Hope this tkr blog post 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 tkr blogging 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.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.