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.

Knee Braces & A TKR

Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me if I have tried using a knee brace prior to having a tkr (total knee replacement). The answer is “yes”. Here is my story about knee braces and a tkr…

Prior to my total knee replacement, I tried everything I could to avoid the pain. One thing I did was wear a knee brace. It was painful and I didn’t understand why. That is, until I saw an x-ray of my knee.

I had bone spurs on each side of my knee that had developed due to my knee being bone-on-bone. I have written other blog posts about my bone spurs. Here is some more insight…

A knee brace stabilizes the knee joint by compressing the muscles. I can see how a brace would work for many people with knee concerns. However, the muscle compression caused my bone spurs to dig into my nerves more than usual. That compression, in turn, resulted in increased pain.

The knee brace did keep my knee joint better aligned. I can see why many people find them helpful. Knee braces may be great for others, but they did not work for me. It just goes to show that everyone is different. You may be the same.

Hope this insight 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.







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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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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Book Purchasing Update

Hi everyone. There seems to still be some confusion about ordering my books. Here’s the scoop just to clarify everything:

When purchased directly from my website, with payment via PayPal – the books will be transmitted to you when I receive payment notification. I do not currently have the software capable of allowing instant downloads. Hence, the books are NOT immediately downloadable.

You will receive a thank you email from me. If I do not have immediate access to the files (I do not sit in front of my computer 24/7..:) ) – I will notify you of a time frame. More than likely, you will receive the book within 24 hours after your payment has cleared.

I hope this clears up any confusion. All the details are located on my Books Page, but I thought a separate post may also be helpful to those so interested.

Thanks again for all of your support. Have a great one and remember to keep returning to this site for further insight about a number of topics.

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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.






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.






How to Maintain Exercise Mojo After A TKR

Hi everyone! It is so easy to lose interest in exercising when recuperating from a tkr. At first, the pain is so intense that the frustration level is….when is this going to end? I know that’s what it was like for me. And, the steps forward would be matched with steps backward. It’s unexpected. So…how do you stay motivated when all your gumption is out the window?

Take a break. By that I mean instead of doing your full set of tkr exercises, do one or two at a time. Do a couple later in the day. Break up your exercise routine.

Do isometrics. If the thought of doing your tkr rehab exercises is just too much, isometrics will help. They did in my case. While laying on either the sofa or bed, tighten your thigh and leg muscles. This strengthens your muscles and allows you to use them more efficiently. You’re getting exercise, only it may not seem like it.

Realize it is temporary. Everyone gets discouraged at times, it is only human. Instead of getting upset over your motivation being gone, accept the fact. It will pass.

Get off the sofa. The process of moving around will increase your physical activity. Something as simple as walking (did I say “simple” for a tkr patient?!) will help your tkr situation.

Don’t listen to what others say. People who haven’t gone through a tkr usually do not understand how difficult the recuperation process is. I know this suggestion is easier said than done.

Watch a comedy. Laugh until you cry. Laughter has a tendency to soothe the soul and massage your innards. Personally, there’s nothing better than watching Curly shoot that live oyster in his oyster stew or try to slap it silly. Or, Moe yelling…”Up to the basement!” or calling all high society women “toots”. The scene when the Stooges are playing golf comes to mind. Moe is divoting up the entire green. The grounds keeper goes nuts. Moe’s response…”Aw, what are you grippin’ about? They’re getting smaller aren’t they?” lol…

Then there’s Larry trying to find the beginning of the wire. He keeps pulling on the wire until he circles the entire green and his head pops out of the ground. (You’ve got to see it to appreciate it.) And, Curly….he’s doing his laundry at the ball washer. OK…I’ll stop.

Or…the gopher in the original Caddyshack. Gotta love that vermin. Monty Python is another suggestion. Simple absurdity does it every time. 🙂

Hope this helps. It does get better. I promise.

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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.






Sleeping After A TKR

I noticed there has been quite a few inquiries into this blog lately regarding sleeping after a tkr. I have written about this before, but thought I would update the information.

It took me a good, solid 10 months after my tkr before I could sleep comfortably without waking up in pain. It took 6 months just to be able to turn onto my side, and even though I could do that, it was not without pain.

I think sleeping comfortably after a tkr is a very underrated issue. So many nights I woke up yelling since I moved my leg the wrong way, unintentionally. My leg could not lay flat and my hamstring was still stretching out. That’s painful. And, painful is an understatement. Moving my tkr leg to the side was painful. I couldn’t bend my knee without pain. All in all, ouch…

Pain meds did not work on me. They usually caused me breathing problems. They certainly did not take care of any pain. The term “pain med” is a joke to me, actually. Icing provided the best relief. Plus, it’s cheaper.

I feel for anyone going through the initial phases of a tkr recuperation. Sleeping does not come easily. I remember telling a friend, 10 months after my tkr, how it was the first night I slept through the entire night. It was after eating a bowl of seafood chowder. Man, did that taste good. And, I slept.

Hope this helps anyone going through the same thing….

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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.