Carrying Things Upstairs After A TKR

Sharing personal insight into carrying things upstairs after a tkr – total knee replacement.

Hi everyone. It’s always nice to hear from you. Recently, I have received many inquiries about carrying things upstairs after a tkr – total knee replacement. Throughout my tkr recuperation I looked for ways to make climbing stairs easier and more manageable. Here is my personal insight worth sharing on my tkr blog…

Upon entering the house, I place all bags onto the stair’s base level (floor). I then walk up one stair at a time. I reach down and pick up the bags with one hand, grab onto the rail with my other hand, then swing the bags (no..there’s no eggs involved) onto the stair 2-3 higher.

This tkr blogger repeats this process until I reach the entry door.

I  discovered this process after numerous times of carrying all the bags in both hands while ascending the staircase. This was difficult. The bags seemed heavy. Then when I’d get to the top of the tkr stairs (SEO phrase), I’d be sweaty and out of breath. Plus, my language would not have made my mother proud. 🙁

Where’s Popeye? He could do anything. I bet he would make carrying things upstairs after a tkr seem like a breeze.  🙂

Hope this helps anyone else going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout the pre-op, recuperation and beyond stages. 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 physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Walking Sticks and A TKR

Hi everyone. Recently, I have heard quite a bit about how helpful walking sticks were for exercise purposes. Some of you have asked me about them, also. So, I have used them on some of my daily walks. They were OK, but not something I would want to use regularly. They did come in handy on another event, though…

Scenario:
It was during a hike. The expedition was originally presented to me as a 5-mile round-trip beach walk. No problem, I thought. Hah!! It turned into a 8-9 mile round-trip walk in the woods, going through old growth forests. (I think the technical term is backwoods.)

One of my hiking companions had a couple of walking sticks. She was praising the benefits of the sticks and swore she wouldn’t go hiking without them. Her ankles were giving her problems. Plus, she mentioned how the sticks helped her balance.

When I asked her how they worked, she gave a demonstration. She put the stick down into the ground and it went all the way down to the handle. See…parts of this trail were big time mud traps. It was a hilarious sight, and I burst out laughing. Luckily…she was not hurt and did not fall.

A while later, another portion of the hike involved going down a muddy trail. When she offered one of her sticks, I took her up on it. I am glad I did. There was no way I could have made it down that decline without the aid of the stick. The stick kept me from falling and definitely game me support.

Moral: Getting used to the walking stick was the hard part. Once this hurdle is overcome, it really is an asset to have around. It has come in handy on numerous occasions, other than hiking.

Conclusion:
So, for anyone interested in using a walking stick after a tkr..I highly recommend it. I’m not getting paid to say this or writing any reviews. This handy device just makes walking and hiking so much easier, especially on questionable terrains.

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 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.







Announcing Updated Preparing For Total Knee Replacement EBook

Hi everyone. I am pleased to announce the third printing of my popular ebook titled ‘Preparing For A Total Knee Replacement’. Content is recently updated.

A total knee replacement can be one of the most trying and tiring of surgeries to undergo. Preparing properly can save you time, frustration and money.

After going through the entire ordeal myself, I decided to write this ebook to help others. It is intended to share rare situations. Nowhere did I read or hear about what to do if the doctor cancels on surgery day due to sickness, cancels another date, and reschedules the surgery another month later. This happened to me.

I needed to go through the pre-op medical process twice within a two-month period – for the same surgery. In fact, two pints of my own blood were discarded like trash. That’s a harrowing experience.

Let my insight make your life easier. I provide you with a first-hand account about how to get all areas of your life prepared for your tkr surgery.

I know that getting ready for a total knee replacement is more than just scheduling a surgery date. It is more than sitting in support groups and talking. It involves taking action.

The available information given by the doctor’s office was/is written by the medical profession. I found the information helpful, but lacking some key points. A patient’s perspective was needed.

I now know how things could have been easier if I was better informed/prepared. After hearing from my blog readers, I knew there were others out there who could benefit from my first-hand experience. That’s when I decided to write my ebook.

This ebook is especially helpful for those not having access to support groups or insight from people who had the surgery. Instead of relying on conflicting Internet information, you can be relieved in knowing that my information is tried and true.

Purchase
You can purchase the book directly through me by visiting my Books Page. Or, click here:
Preparing For Total Knee Replacement Surgery Ebook I accept Paypal and will send the book in PDF format as soon as possible.

Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon!

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






Five Year Post-TKR Update

Hi everyone. Many of you have asked about my five year post-tkr update. Here is a reprint of my original article, originally published March 7, 2013.

Wow..five years have already passed since my total knee replacement surgery. As the saying goes..”where has the time gone?” Anyways, it’s time for a tkr update. Thanks for reminding me of this. I am a success story for a tkr, and grateful for it.

* Nothing much has changed since my last update, actually. I am in good health except for my bionic knee.

* My knee still swells up when I overdo it. Sometimes it hurts, other times it does not.

* I can kneel, but not with as much flexibility as my “healthy” knee. That’s no big deal since I couldn’t really do that prior to my tkr surgery.

* I can walk without pain. That’s a crucial improvement, when compared to before surgery.

* I still am not on any medications. Considering my age, and the feedback from heavily prescribed friends, I am very proud of that fact.

* Sleeping is no problem at all. How grateful am I for that?! 🙂

* Flexibility is around 93. That’s what it was prior to my tkr. Once again…no biggie. I would absolutely not have a manipulation done. Never even considered it. If someone else wants to do it, that’s their business.

* Sitting is fine as long as I take periodic breaks and stretch. That’s the same for any healthy person, though.

* Exercising daily is crucial for everything, including keeping the tkr operating well. I regularly engage in swimming, stationary bicycling, walking and stretching.

* I properly nourish my body, which plays a huge role in keeping everything operating well. I eat minimal processed foods and concentrate on getting plenty of nutritious, whole foods in my system. I’ve been doing this since a kid.

* I maintain an ideal weight that is “weight-height proportionate” to reduce any impact on my joints. That’s easily done with exercise and eating properly.

That’s about it for now. How’s your post-tkr update 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 site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditons for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

NOTE: This is a republished article from 2013.







Shoe Lifts: Little Known Benefits

Hi my favorite readers! Wearing shoe lifts, whether they are noticeable or not, provides many benefits. It can be easy to focus on the negative, but what’s the point in that?

I previously wrote about being grateful for my 1.5 inch shoe lift. And..seeing that the post received such positive feedback, I thought I’d talk about it again. Enjoy!

Some may think that wearing shoe lifts is a hindrance. After all, not everyone wears one and the wearer could be on the receiving end of some strange looks. I know since I have been wearing a noticeable external lift for 42 years. I am still sensitive to the strange looks I sometimes get.

Part of my recuperation from my tkr includes having to adjust my shoe lift thicknesss. That is a process I hope none of you have to go through. Anyways, that is why I have figured out reasons to be grateful for wearing these beneficial orthotics.

Puddle Conquering. Depending upon the thickness of a shoe lift, puddles can easily be walked through. Your shoe will not get wet, unlike your regular shoe. This statement applies to shallow streams, also. Your feet will stay dry.

Self Defense Tool. If someone starts to give the wearer a hard time, shoe lifts can be used to place a heavy kick to the groin. The extra weight will make for an extra punch.

This maneuver only applies if you can lift your leg high enough to get a good kick in, though. Your leg muscles may not be strong enough. If you have difficulties lifting your leg, give a good kick to the shins. Ouch!

Convenient Bug Squasher. The extra weight of shoe lifts can provide for an easy elimination of bugs that are otherwise hard to kill (such as immensely oversized cockroaches known as Palmetto bugs. Eww..!!).

All you need to do is get a quick whack! or stomp in and the little critter will be saved a lingering death. Plug your ears in case the critter has a hard shell. You do not want to hear the crunch..believe me. Be sure to apologize to them before the killing process, though. They usually do not mean any harm.

It Improves Mobility. Of course, the best reason for wearing a shoe lift is the fact that it improves your mobility. It balances out your musculoskeletal system and gait. As a walking aide, it makes getting around easier and less painful.

There’s nothing funny about this. Just a plain and simple, hard, cold fact. It has helped out tremendously since my total knee replacement.

Hoping this helps others going through the same thing. Do you have similar stories to share? Feel free to post your comments….

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

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Post-TKR Exercise: Always Important

Hi everyone! It has been awhile since my tkr and I have been asked numerous times if any post-tkr exercise is still needed. The answer is…”YES!!” Unless you want to go through life with a stiff tkr knee, exercise is imperative. Everyone needs to exercise, irregardless of their physical condition.

I’ve had readers tell me that they can’t wait to finish physical therapy so they don’t have to exercise. Many never do the exercises they were given and believe all will be well. There will be a rude awakening, I guarantee it. Once the rehab exercises stop, we need to condition our minds that daily exercise is needed. It is not something to dread. We need to be grateful that we can move efficiently enough to exercise. Exercise needs to be viewed as fun, not a task.

Exercise does not have to be strenuous, either. Of course, the best cardiovascular benefits will be obtained by partaking at a moderately brisk pace for at least 30 minutes, 5 times weekly. It can be walking, swimming and/or water aerobics, riding a bike (stationary or “real”) or even gardening. Cleaning around the house counts (vacuuming, cleaning cupboards, etc).

walking-man

Granted, these activities come with time after a tkr. I, personally, had a very difficult time vacuuming for a couple of months after my tkr. Even walking took time. I’m sure we all know about the difficulties involved on a more personal scale. As the saying goes, “everything worthwhile takes time”.

Please do not think that once you are finished with your rigorous rehab routine, that the exercise stops. That’s setting yourself up for disaster. You need to keep your body moving. If you’re complaining about that, think of the alternative.

Lack of exercise can lead to a variety of negative health ailments, which may ultimately result in a permanently horizontal position (death). Lying in a wooden box isn’t too appealing to me. I hope it isn’t to you, either.

I would like to believe that anyone who has gone through a tkr wants to make the most of it. You received your new artificial knee so you can move without pain, right? So…get up and do that post-tkr exercise! Your overall health will 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.






Another TKR Flexibility Exercise Using an Exercise Bike

Hi everyone. Many of you have contacted me recently wondering about using an exercise bike for tkr (total knee replacement) rehab. This equipment played a crucial role in my tkr recuperation. Even 8 years post-tkr, I still use it to work on my knee’s flexibility. Here is more insight…

Get on a stationary bike. Of course, make sure everything is set to your personal preferences. Preventing injury always needs to be a key concern of anyone, any time. It is far to easy to cause more damage than good by having equipment set up incorrectly.

Instead of pedaling forward (which is hard enough when recuperating from a tkr), pedal backwards. And…hold on tight. This is easier said than done. When I first did it, the pain and difficulty were immense. With diligent practice, they both decreased over time. It is an excellent way to work on the hamstring muscles.

What also works for me is starting my exercise regime by pedaling forward. I do that until my tkr is not so stiff. This usually lasts a couple of minutes. Then, I pedal backwards. The movement is by no means fluid. Whatever it takes. I do the backwards gig for a bit and then return to my forward pedaling.

I also put in some stretching exercises using the pedals to stretch my outer tkr knee. Ouch…works, though.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Find interesting? Kindly share…

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Appeasing My Marketing Guru…Last Minute Holiday Items

Hi everyone! Please pardon my last minute self-promotion pitch for the holidays. My marketing expert told me it would be very wise to put my personal feelings aside and share what I have to offer with my readers. So…

Do you know of anyone who is going to have a total knee replacement surgery? If so, I have authored a valuable ebook about preparing for this arduous medical procedure. This holiday gift is available for purchase in a variety of formats to suit your discriminating taste, or that of your recipient.

Have you, or someone you know, already had a tkr (total knee replacement) operation? Are you experiencing sleeping difficulties? If you are like me, you will be experiencing a solid 10 months worth without a solid night’s sleep. Insomnia prevails. Sleeping only two hours at a time is on a lucky day. If any of this sounds like you, or another, you could benefit from my book titled “Dealing With Insomnia After A TKR”. It is a gift that will ease stress and aloneness.

Are you done with your post-tkr physical therapy and anxious to get into the water? It is a well-known fact that water exercises are great for the joints and musculoskeletal system. If this sounds like you, consider buying my Water Exercises After A TKR ebook. The exercises were developed by me and are enjoyed to this day…Give it as a holiday gift and use it throughout the year!

All of my books are offered for sale through my website. Just click on the Books page and scroll down until you find the applicable book. If you buy via PayPal, you can receive the book as soon as your payment clears my account. The ebook will be sent in PDF format, for ease and convenience.

My books are also available on CreateSpace, an Amazon publishing store. They can be found on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords – also. There truly is something for everyone!

Well, I see a smile on my marketing expert’s face as he reads through this post. Ahh…I have received approval for posting. 🙂 Here goes…

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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.






My Healthy Holiday Reading Suggestions – TKR

Hi everyone. It’s that time of year when thoughts of the holidays come into mind. If you, or someone you know, is planning on having a total knee replacement in the upcoming year, consider gifting yourself or others with valuable information.

My Patient’s Perspective On Preparing For a Total Knee Replacement is ideal for covering all the bases. Having gone through this arduous surgery twice, for the same knee, you can truly feel comfortable in receiving the best information possible.

Sleeping after a tkr is something not completely discussed in the medical profession. I experienced insomnia for 10 months and felt it needed to be documented. I figured the information could help others. I posted a blog and responses poured in. Receive more insight by buying my “Dealing With Insomnia After a TKR” book. It is available in various formats to satisfy many reader needs.

If water exercising is to your liking, you will find my “Water Exercises After A TKR” book chock-full of useful maneuvers that stretch and strengthen without pain or discomfort. Anyone with knee joint concerns can benefit.

After recuperating from a fractured mandible (broken jaw), I found it exhausting to find valuable information online and/or offline. So, I authored a book titled “Why Do You Talk Like That?”. It is available in hard copy and digital form. It includes recipes, exercises, and real-life experiences intent on helping others going through the same thing.

Please visit my Books page for more information on formats and ordering.

Well, that is the end of my shameless self-promotion. I have no doubt that my books will satisfy many reader needs. Give the gift of education and enlightenment.

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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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