Honored To Announce Booktoots’ Healing Being Nominated for Best 2016 Health Blog by Healthline

Hi everyone. I am honored and humbled to announce that this site/blog has been nominated by Healthline as one of the best health blogs in 2016. This site could not become as successful as it has without the help of each and every one of you – my readers and contributors.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Voting will begin shortly. When that time comes, count on me to share the news with you. Hopefully, you can find it in your heart to shoot a vote my way!

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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.






Rated One Of The TKR Best: Sharing An Accomplishment

Hello everyone. I am very proud to announce the news of – for the third consecutive year – being rated as one of the top total knee replacement blogs online. Healthline.com has honored my site with this prestigious and honorable accomplishment. I could not have done it without your support and sharing.

I opened up my email today and received this inspiring message:
“Congratulations! Your blog has made Healthline’s list of the Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2016! Healthline’s editors selected each winner based on their reach to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high quality information.” Doesn’t get much better than that, does it? 🙂

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Some background on Healthline, as taken from their website: “As the fastest growing consumer health information site — with over 40 million monthly visitors — Healthline’s mission is to be your most trusted ally in your pursuit of health and well-being.” I can attest to its being a very informative and helpful website, containing only verifiable, realistic information in many medical areas.

Here is what they wrote about my blog in their listing:

Booktoots’ Healing

“If you’re looking for advice and information about total knee replacements from someone who’s undergone one, look no further than Marie Buckner’s blog, Booktoots’ Healing.

Marie’s posts are incredibly personal, and deal with an array of subjects related to joint replacement surgery. Her recent posts deal with post-surgery issues like how to perform chair yoga, do balancing exercises to help get used to your new knee, and use resistance bands for better joint health. Others discuss what your expectations should be regarding the aesthetics of your knee after replacement surgery.”

For more insight into other blogs receiving this proud acknowledgement, click on this link:
The 8 Best Total Knee Replacement Blogs of 2016

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This blog started as a way for me to feel less alone about my tkr experience. It has since developed into a wonderfully supportive international community. 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. 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.






Blog Posting Courtesy Rant

Hi everyone. Well, something has come to my attention which I believe needs addressing here and now. We will “nip it in the bud”, as the saying goes. In technical terms, this is known as a blog posting courtesy rant. (SEO compliance.) It involves writing comments to this site. Here goes…

With thousands of wonderful, caring comments posted to various articles throughout this site, there will always be one or two which remind me that the commenter’s mental neurons aren’t operating properly.

So…Kindly do not post a comment if you do not intend to receive a response. Try to remember what you post. I personally respond to as many posts as possible in an attempt to bring friendship and support to everyone involved. I believe it is crucial for maintaining a personalized approach.

We all know that tkr recuperation is a harrowing experience. That is no reason to attack anyone. Perhaps some commentors are on mind-altering drugs. Perhaps they possess a mindset that is unfit for proper communication. Or, maybe they have had one too many alcoholic drinks.

Whatever the reason or excuse, KEEP YOUR HOSTILITIES TO YOURSELF. THIS BLOG IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOUR NEGATIVE VENTING AGAINST ME OR MY SITE. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT YOU READ, LEAVE. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. STOP YOUR USELESS AND POINTLESS JAW-FLAPPING.

I recently had someone post a comment that involved the individual receiving hindering surgical care. The person was left with a life-long debilitating side effect. He asked for suggestions about what to do. I have mentioned many times throughout this site that I DO NOT OFFER MEDICAL ADVICE.

I replied to his comment in a friendly and professional manner. Suddenly, I receive a response from him asking me where I got his information. He went on to ask how could I possibly know about his health condition? He was definitely not going to return to my site. Good, glad to hear it. We don’t want you or your attitude.

End of rant and blog posting update. Thanks for listening.

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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.






Why It Is Important To Make Exercise A Priority..

Hi everyone! We probably all have days when we do not feel like exercising. It seems like a hassle, takes too much time, etc., etc., Here’s a piece of news that can make exercising seem less daunting….I believe it’s all based on aversive training….

Envision yourself in the hospital due to inactivity. That doesn’t seem like fun, does it? Picture yourself hooked up to a breathing device where you cannot talk, even if you wanted to.

Imagine yourself having one medical test after another, being poked with needles so many times you dread even seeing the medical professional.

Imagine yourself lacking so much energy, it takes everything to simply blink your eyes (it does happen..).

Picture an IV in your arm. Whether it is for nourishment or medication, this IV is playing an essential role in restoring/assisting your health.

Imagine having to urinate through a catheter for any reason associated with poor health. This catheter needs to be changed, cleaned/sanitized, and reinserted. It’s an arduous, time-consuming process that takes a toll on anyone’s nerves and confidence.

Imagine yourself being put on a very restricted diet to bring your weight back in line. Weight gain is far too common when exercise does not play a key role in your lifestyle.

Or…picture yourself being given so many medications you cannot possibly start your day without popping pills.

How does all that sound? It’s very negative. That’s the purpose of this article. But, believe me. It does happen. Your body requires exercise to operate properly, and, it’s simply amazing to hear how many people believe exercise is too time consuming…or whatever the excuse. And, the longer you go without exercising to maintain your body in decent condition, the more situations negatively accumulate.

Of course, there will be a day or two when it is okay to just sit back and let your muscles recuperate from a previous workout. There is nothing harmful about taking small breaks.

Get out and exercise. Stop making excuses. Find an enjoyable way to do it. Choose from a number of activities to lower boredom levels.
* Do some isometrics while watching television. How easy is that??!!
* Take a gentle yoga class for mild, yet effective, stretching.
* Lift some milk gallons filled with water, as a dumb bell alternative.
* Find a friend to exercise with, join a class, go to your local pool, buy an exercise video or Wii Fit (I think that’s what it’s called…).

No matter what the method is..

...EXERCISE. It’s fun!!

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Do You Know About Blogging Etiquette?

Hi everyone. It’s that time again when I must reiterate some information. Due to the increasing popularity of my site, I am receiving greater numbers of people attempting to use my site for free exposure. Blogging is a way to bring people together. Sly advertising ploys do not fit the bill. Here are some fundamental rules of blogging:

* If you have something to sell, contact me directly. Do not include a link to your valuable website or product site in the post/comment. My site is not a free advertising forum. If you do include a link, I will simply remove it and post your comment “as is”. My readers regularly approach me asking where to turn for specific products or services, so take advantage of this and inquire about advertising opportunities.

* Stop sending me very well-written posts discussing the virtues of a product that you or your company either sell or develop. I’m not printing these comments without removing the link(s) first. Period. The best way to get your point across is by approaching me directly and asking about guest blogger opportunities. Every guest blogger on my site gets a free link to his or her own site/product at the end of a 500-word post/article.

* I do not accept product reviews as comments. Most of the reviewers are paid, therefore skewing the information. So..stop sending them. They will be deleted. Or, I will alter content to suit my reader’s needs. Period.

* Everyone loves praise, except when it’s used as an enticement. Avoid telling me how great I am only to end your comment with a pitch about how I can benefit by visiting your wonderful, SEO-impacted website or utilizing your state-of-the-art technological skills. It ain’t happening.

So, that’s about it for now. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. So many people are blogging anymore, the rules of blogging etiquette are easily forgotten. If you do not know the rules, go to your local library, bookstore, or online REPUTABLE source to learn more. Tons of information exists.

It is VERY important to remember that proper protocol exists in well-established, high caliber blogs like this one. Use it and succeed. Ignore it and fail. Period.

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Finding Writing Inspiration

Hi my favorite readers! Here is some interesting reading I received from Write to Done I thought I’d share with the writers among us who need to find writing inspiration:

It is a guest post from James Chartrand of Men with Pens, known for his sharp-shooting advice to writers

It is all been said. It has been written before. We feel like we are just rehashing the same old story everyone else has written. And inspiration dies like leaves falling from trees in autumn. There are ways to find inspiration again.

Most suggest taking a break, setting down the pen and paper to do other activities for a while. Reading a book is a good way to give our brains a rest. Going for a walk is another; any physical activity boosts creativity.

What if inspiration still does not come? What if you take a break, read a book, get active and still come up blank when you sit down to write? In most cases, all you have to do is look within to find the inspiration you need. Easy? No. Necessary? Yes.

Our mind plays tricks on us all the time. The events we have lived and the experiences we have had create perception issues. We may view our world through fears and self-set messages that fool us into believing lies we find comfortable.

They all think this is silly¦ No one will want to read this. It is not interesting enough, not different enough. I’m boring. I’m not a good writer. I shouldn’t be doing this… I’ll never finish. I never finish anything. I’m wasting my life. Why can’t I come up with something good for once?”

Many of you may recognize some of your fears in these phrases. They are common ones, thoughts that even the best writers get from time to time. We could even say that they are inspired thoughts, negative messages fed by fears that get the best of us. So what do you do? How do you break through the writing mental barriers that hold you back to release the words you once loved? Here are some suggestions…

Simulate a scenario
Think of all the possible outcomes and look at the worst-case scenarios. If you write something and no one likes it, what do you feel might happen? What is the worst consequence you can think of? What is the best consequence, too? What would you do if these consequences occurred?

Consider the likelihood of each outcome as well and weigh the chances of you taking a risk. You may see that by objective thought, your fears aren’t really founded in reality – then take that risk and give it a try.

Make it an experiment and analyze the results. Learn from the outcome you achieve. Did you have a negative outcome? If so, why? What will you do better next time? Did you have a positive result? How does that contradict what you believed? How does it make you feel?

Validate your feelings

We all tend to avoid feelings that make us uncomfortable. We don’t particularly enjoy thinking about what scares us or makes us sad, and we avoid considering why we feel that way. Who knows what we might uncover?

Well, that is the point right there. Who knows what you might discover if you look your fears in the eye and say to yourself, “Okay, I am terrified of rejection.” Understand that it is a part of you. Accept that you have this fear. Then befriend the fear and treat it like a person that needs you to overcome this obstacle. By taking the focus off you and placing it in a third-party perspective, you’ll often find the courage you need to break through.

Confirm your reality

Most of our perceptions of the world are not accurate. Because of this we make huge assumptions about what people think of us (and what they are not telling us). But the truth is that these assumptions are, in most cases, completely false.

A good way to realign our thoughts with a more realistic view is to use confirmation as a fantastic tool. Do you think your work is boring or not good at all? The minute you have that thought, be accountable for taking action. Find an objective person you trust to immediately to tell you the truth.

Do not make assumptions on what other people think. The minute you start to imagine what others believe, seize the moment and ask a trusted person to tell you the truth. Confirm reality and remind yourself of this reality every time the whispered messages start. You will soon begin to eliminate them and feel confident about the truth.

These three tips may seem like a bunch of psychological mumbo-jumbo, but they are actually good ways to break out of negative self-talk that holds you back. That is the key to finding inspiration for writing. Only confidence and freedom lets us truly release our minds go to explore what we can create.

And when you do that, you will find inspiration. You will also have the confidence to write.

About the Author: Need more inspiration to break free and become a better writer? James Chartrand can help you improve your writing skills. Visit his blog at Men with Pens for more advice on writing.
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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.

This 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.

 

Sharing A TKR, Dog, and Stairs Story

Hi everyone. It seems there are a number of dog lovers among us. It’s always fun regaling stories about how they impact our lives. Sharing a tkr, dog, and stairs story to bring smiles to your souls.

Doing stairs seems to be a common concern with us tkr folk. Some can do them with ease. Others cannot do them at all comfortably. And, still others, can do them but it’s not a pretty site. I fall into the latter category.

Well…I walk downstairs, but at a slow and careful pace. I definitely need railings. Going upstairs is doable, but slow going. Recently, I received some insight into what I must look like to others – even the four-legged kind.

At the time I was dog sitting a Doberman Pincher. He is a beautiful, friendly, and boisterous creature, for sure. At first he would walk downstairs with me, kind of like the buddy system. Then he realized that I was going too slow. He began to stand at the top of the stairway and wait for me to walk down first. As I walk downstairs and reach the ground surface, I turned and looked up at him.

I notice he is looking at me with his head tilted.  It’s quite entertaining, seing the look of perplexity in his eyes. He’s probably wondering, “What’s up with that?” He would stand there for a few moments with his tilted head and wondering eyes focused on me. Then, he would merrily walk down the stairs and join me at ground level.

You kind of had to be there to completely enjoy the experience. 🙂 It brightened the entire stairs episode, for sure. Pets are cool.

Hoping my sharing a tkr, dog, and stairs story brings a chuckle to your soul and massage to your innards.

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P.S. This brings back memories of his large dog bark. That’s what a dog should sound like. However…I didn’t know him that well. My only experiences with a Doberman were the attack dogs from movies and media. So…one day he’s in the kitchen….

He starts vigorously barking and hurriedly running in circles. I’m freaking out. What’s going on? Is he so hungry he’s going to eat me? (When standing upright, his back came up to my waist. He was one BIG dog.) Does he have to go to the bathroom? I wasn’t warned about this behavior. What’s going on?

So…I offer him some treats. He sniffs, but keeps running in circles. His barking intensity increases. Then, I open the outside door. Woah…he makes a mad dash outside as if there’s no end in site. He needed to relief himself. Whew…I was saved. My flesh remained intact.
End of story…

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

 

 

Total Knee Replacement Story

Hi my favorite readers! While browsing the web, I came upon this New York Times article. It is written by someone who had total knee replacement three years ago. It’s a great article, so I’m sending along the link. I originally posted it on this site back in 2008. The information still applies today, so I feel it’s worthy of sharing again. There’s plenty of information in it that can make your tkr recuperation seem in line with others.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/health/03brod.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

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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.






Icing a new knee….OUCH!

Hi my favorite readers! After receiving numerous requests for this information, it seems appropriate to provide this reprint of a previous post to help those new to a tkr:

Part of my total knee replacement recuperation process involves, of course, physical therapy.  After I complete my exercises, I am offered icing.  At first it was “yeah!”.  Now, it’s…”OUCH!”.  See, instead of just lying on my back and relaxing (like I used to do while being iced), they have started a new torture device…er, technique.

My hamstrings need to be stretched out after 30 years of not using them properly.  My leg is not straight like it needs to be. So, to help this process along:  I lay on my stomach,  place my knee on an ice bag, and another ice bag contraption is placed on the back of my knee.  Then, a 2-pound weight is put on my ankle.

This entire process occurs after an exercise involving my knee hanging over the side of the table.

That timer can’t move fast enough.

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. 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.






Iron Supplements & Total Knee Replacement Pre-Op

Here is a reprint of another popular post I’ve had numerous requests for.

Recently, I was asked about taking iron supplements prior to my total knee replacement surgery. I know from personal experience that the iron supplements are needed due to blood donations. During my pre-op procedure procedure, my surgeon recommended that I donate two pints of my blood. This blood would be “put back into me” during my surgery.

Some trains of thought do not agree with iron supplements for various reasons. However, I am glad that it was recommended as part of my pre-op process. See, after my surgery, the doctor told me that I lost so much blood during the surgery that I was considered borderline anemic. Had I not taken any iron supplements, I am certain it would have been much worse.

As much as I may not have agreed with other pre-op procedures, taking iron supplements is a-okay in my opinion.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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