Happy Labor Day 2013!

Hi my favorite readers. Today is the first Monday in September. This means that it is set aside as Labor Day in the United States. Dating back to 1894, the year Congress passed an act that legally made this a holiday.

The holiday is intended to give workers a chance to relax. The day of celebration was originally developed by the labor movement. The day was set aside as a tribute to specifically show appreciation for the dedication, economic, and social accomplishments the American workforce has made toward the government’s overall success.

Accordingly to this year’s industry statistics, an estimated 45% of the population will be working. (Just thought I’d throw that in.)

Enjoy and be safe!

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A Simple Thank You

Hi my favorite readers! I wanted to take a moment and..once again…thank you for taking the time to visit my site. For those of you leaving comments, you have made an important role in having this turn into a very beneficial and user-friendly site. It couldn’t be done without you.

Thank you..

If you feel this site can help others going through the same thing, kindly share it.

Seeking Guest Blogger

Hi my favorite readers!

I am seeking a guest blogger who has a strong health-related background. Assignments average 300 words, frequency varies. By including your blog link at the end of your post, you will receive priceless publicity.

Take the first step by sending me two writing samples and a link to your blog.

Send to:

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!

Marie (aka Booktoots)

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TKR Clicking Update

Hi my favorite readers! Something happened the other day that I believe is worthy of sharing here. It was both interesting and surprising.

While swimming, I noticed my tkr started clicking. The clicking was almost unnoticeable, but was still there. What’s so interesting to me, is the fact that I wasn’t placing any weight on my knee. I was just paddling my legs while doing laps. Of course, I couldn’t hear the click. I could only feel it. To say it was bizarre is an understatement.

This clicking occurred one time and has not happened since, so I’m just viewing it as part of the tkr process. There also is zero pain associated with it. That’s even better. 🙂

Have you experienced the same thing while swimming? If so, feel free to share your experiences.

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The Frog Kick & A TKR

Hi my favorite readers! It’s always fun learning new things and a particular one has come to my attention lately that I believe is worthy of sharing. It’s about the frog kick and a tkr.

The frog kick is the term given to how the legs move during a swimming technique known as the breaststroke. The movement is called that since it resembles what a frog looks like when swimming. You probably knew that, but I thought I’d share anyways. When done correctly, it’s a pretty site. At least, it’s supposed to be.

I’ve been working on my breaststroke. The movement looks much easier than it actually is. Other people in the pool look simply majestic doing it. It appears effortless and very calming. It’s fun to watch others.

For myself, however, the leg movement is something else. The kick is supposed to consist of three parts – bending the knees, separating the legs and thrusting by straightening the legs. I know the workout is still pretty good, but I tell you, it takes a special effort with a total knee replacement joint in position. That’s my reasoning, anyways. First of all, the kick is not much of a kick. That’s what happens when the knee doesn’t bend more than 95 degrees. 🙂 Anyways, the outward motion can be tricky. Same goes for the inward motion. Sometimes there’s cramps anywhere in the inward portion of my thigh..even down to my foot. It’s fun when it goes well, though. So far, I can only do a few kicks and need to go back to the Marie stroke. (The Marie stroke is an underwater- modified version of the doggy paddle.) Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’m very grateful for swimming and all it provides.

Hopes this helps others going through the same thing. Do you have any stories to share about the frog kick? Feel free to share!

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.

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Blogger Update

Blogger update…Previous issues concerning linking between Google -based Blogger and WordPress have been rectified. My natural living/foods site known as “My Unique Cookery” is up and running again.

Kindly click on the link listed in the right sidebar, under ‘My Sites’ to visit the site.

Thanks for your patience. Enjoy!

A Patriotic Poem Worth Sharing

Hi my favorite readers! Here is a reprint of a patriotic poem that has received much positive feedback and holds true to this day:

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:

Be Patriotic and Pass On The Patriotism!
YOU can make a difference!

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Keeping Your Fingers Flexible..Again

I wrote previously about the importance of keeping your fingers flexible and working properly by playing a musical instrument. Here’s another way. You probably are doing it without giving it a second thought.

Use your keyboards. Keyboard usage increases blood circulation to your hands, strengthens your hand and finger muscles plus keeps your fingers flexible. And, I am not talking about the small keyboards found on your iPads or Smartphones that require excessive use of your thumbs. I am talking about using all your fingers on a computer keyboard. Or, if you know what a typewriter is, use that. Using a manual typewriter is especially beneficial since it takes so much more pressure and resistance to utilize a manual typewriter than a modernized keyboard.

If you know how to type, great. Just sit down at your computer and type out a letter or some other document that allows you to use all your fingers. Remember, your thumb will be used to press onto the space key.

Start out slowly and gradually increase your time and speed, as you progress along your ‘workout’. It’s the same with any exercise.

Real life suggestions: This may sound funny, by try it. I’ve been using my desktop keyboard for the past three hours and my fingers are letting me know how grateful they are for me using them. (That’s right..they talk to me in their own way…)

Keeping your fingers limber plays a key role in being able to lift, hold and grasp items of all sizes. It also increases your independence level from reducing your chances of relying on others to perform tasks you cannot do due to poor finger health. Do not take this for granted.

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