Remembering Our Worth

Tips for Remembering our worth are especially important during tkr recuperation, illness, or any difficult situation. Read for further insight…

While going through past posts, I came across this one discussing the importance of remembering our worth. This is especially written for the women among us.Β  While dealing with illness, tkr recuperation, or other difficult situations, it is easy to forget how worthy we are. Enjoy…

The One Flaw In Women

By the time the Lord made woman,
He was into his 20th day of working overtime.
An angel appeared and said,
‘Why are you spending so much time on this one?’
And the Lord answered, ‘Have you seen my spec sheet on her?

She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,
have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable
and able to run on diet coke and leftovers.

She must have a lap that can hold four children at one time,
have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart
-and she will do everything with only two hands.’

The angel was astounded at the requirements.
And only two hands!? No way!
And that’s just on the standard model?
That’s too much work for one day.
Wait until tomorrow to finish.’

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7 Ways to Speed Up Your Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi my favorite readers. Many of you have approached me recently inquiring about ways to make the tkr recuperation easier. There is no simple approach, unfortunately. Sharing one of my more popular posts regarding this topic may help you. Good luck!

Having a total knee replacement surgery is only part of the process. Always remember that. How you deal with the recuperation to actually use your new knee is another part. It, actually, is the hardest part. Only you can determine the extent of your success.

  • Here are some ways I have noticed an improvement in my total knee replacement recuperation. My knee is getting better every day because of them. They may work for you. Here goes…

    * Every hour on the hour, get up and walk around. Even if it is for only a couple of minutes. You need to stand up and get your blood flowing. Your level of recuperation (and physical therapist) will determine whether you use a walking aide or not.

  • *Do as much as you can for yourself. Lower your reliance on others when you can easily do it yourself. You will only be hurting yourself.
  • *Know that it will be painful. You cannot get around having pain after a major surgery. Bummer.

    *Take a pain med prior to your exercise. I find that Β½ hour beforehand works best for me. This will help make your exercise regimen go easier. Of course, your pain meds will decrease as time goes on and your level of recuperation increases. The sooner the better, I say.

    *Set a goal for your knee flexibility. Find a ‘hash mark’ on the floor that you want to stretch your foot to. Lift your leg farther than an earlier attempt. Your physical therapist can help with this.

    *Keep icing. After every exercise bout, ice your knee area. The best is a simple ice pack. Or, frozen peas and carrots work well.:)

    *Elevate. Keep your leg elevated when not exercising. This helps the healing.

    Recuperating from a total knee replacement takes work, time and effort. Stay with it and you will only benefit. Remember to check back here often to realize that you are not alone.

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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.







    Thank You To My Readers…

    Hi everyone. Every now and then I like to take a few moments to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Thank you to my readers…Without you, this blog/site would not be a success. Also…

    I am grateful for you:

    * Taking the time to visit my site and take a look around.

    * Feeling comfortable enough to share your feedback. Whether it is a private email, or a public comment involved- your input makes a difference. It seems just when I’m wondering whether anyone is reading my insight, one of you comes through. Then, I don’t feel so alone. πŸ™‚

    * Sharing Booktoots’ Healing with others. It is fun hearing from a new reader who was referred by another. Word-of-mouth ‘advertising’ is the best form of exposure. πŸ™‚

    * Trusting my insight enough to buy my books.

    Overall – a big, hearty “thank you!” My gratitude runs deep.

    Enjoy your day….

    Marie B (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 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.

    Easy Exercises for Arthritic Knees

    Hi everyone. While browsing the Internet recently, I came upon an informative and illustrative article about easy exercises for arthritic knees. It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when in pain, but it does help you out in many ways.

    For the records, I do many of these exercises to this day – even years after my tkr (total knee replacement). They are helping my “good” knee while keeping my tkr knee in shape. πŸ™‚

    Click on the below link to be taken to the article found on Healthline.com:

    Easy Exercises for Knee Arthritis

    Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

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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.







    For Inspiration…The Old Fisherman

    Hi my favorite readers… TKR recuperation can be a difficult and lonesome time. If you are like me, there will be times when you just wonder what the point is. This is when we must be extra diligent in finding inspiration. We all need inspiration. It can come in all forms. When it comes in the form of real-life stories, it is particularly welcoming.

    While searching the Web, I came across one such story that is bound to touch your souls and heart. It is called “The Old Fisherman”. Click on the link below to be taken to the actual story. If this story doesn’t lift your spirits, nothing will. Enjoy!

    The Old Fisherman
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    How To Use Ankle Weights During Your TKR Recuperation

    Hi everyone. Many of you have contacted me about how to use ankle weights during your tkr recuperation. The two go together like apple pie and ice cream. Here are a some of the most beneficial exercises that helped me during my total knee replacement recuperation period. I still do them years after my tkr, fyi.

    1) A simple way to get some flexibility back into the knee, is to securely wrap one of your 2-5-pound ankle weights around your tkr-side ankle. Start walking. Just by walking around, it helps stretch and strengthen your hamstring. The stronger your hamstring, the more secure your bionic knee becomes.

    2) Do a knee extension. Start by sitting in a chair with your feet on the floor. Place one of your ankle weights around your tkr-side ankle. Slowly and gently lift your foot from the floor and begin straightening your knee. Be sure to keep your toes pointed toward the ceiling. Hold for five seconds, if possible. Slowly return to original position.

    3) If you are like me, your tkr knee will be bent after your total knee replacement. Here is a wonderful maneuver that I used to help straighten my leg: Sit in a firm chair. Lift the heel of your tkr leg onto another chair.

    The back of your knee will be unsupported. Then, put one of your ankle weights on top of your bionic knee. Be sure to start out with a lighter weight for safety purposes. Stay like this for at least 5 minutes. It will hurt…

    Keep working at your tkr recuperation. It is a long and arduous process, but it will come…..:)

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

     

    Early Morning Stretches For A TKR

    Hi everyone. I have received some inquiries lately regarding ways to reduce stiffness upon waking in the morning. Seems many of you are like me and need to start using some early morning stretches for a tkr. These are also good for anyone else. So…here are some of my faves that may work equally well for you:

    Forward Ankle Stretches
    While still laying in bed, gently move your feet so your toes are facing the ceiling. When done correctly, you will feel a stretch in your hamstrings (back of leg).

    Hold this favorite of early morning stretches for five seconds. Slowly return to original position.
    Repeat as many times as desired.

    Toes Away Stretches
    Work your upper ankle region by gently pointing your toes away from you. Feel the stretch in your arches, ankle, and tibia areas. Hold for five seconds. Slowly return to original position and repeat as needed.

    Ankle Circles
    The title is self-explanatory. While still laying in bed, start making circles with your ankles. You can do one at a time or both simultaneously. Do this slowly and gently to avoid undue stress.

    All-Body Stretch or Cat’s Meow
    Have you watched a cat wake up? The stretch is something to behold.
    Do your own by laying on your back in bed. Start by lifting your arms overhead while pointing your toes away from you.

    Slowly and gently turn your torso to the left. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat this maneuver to the right side.

    When done correctly, this will feel like a natural maneuver that gets the blood flowing.

    Hope these exercises are as beneficial for you as for me. Feel free to share any feedback below. πŸ™‚

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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.







    Finding Inspiration During Recuperation

    Hi everyone. As anyone knows, any type of recuperation process is difficult, time consuming, and sometimes overwhelming. This is especially true with a tkr (total knee replacement). With all the exercises, lack of sleep, and hard work involved, it is too easy to get caught up in our individual situation. We must focus on the positive and start finding inspiration during recuperation.

    It’s always informative reading through comments posted throughout this site. There seems to be an underlying theme found in most of the posts. That theme is inspiration. Most people find it from some source or manner. It all varies with the individual.

    So…it brought some memories of how inspiration played a key role in my life while recuperating from my car accident. Here’s my story that I hope you enjoy…

    I was in a body cast, visiting the doctor monthly. The doctor’s appointment was the only time I got out other than to walk the block daily. One time, after much pressure, I went on a date as a diversion. If you think dating is uncomfortable in everyday life, try doing it in a body cast. Ha!

    Anyways, I was back at home all wrapped up in myself and my current situation. I needed hope. I needed to know that more existed than my continual, miniscule steps toward learning how to independently walk again.

    One night I turned on the television and there was Jacques Cousteau. Back then (the 70’s) he had an hour-long show on Thursday nights. It was known as the “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”.

    Each episode focused on introducing us to one ocean-dwelling marine species. Suddenly, my perspective changed. It gave me something to look forward to. What was I going to learn next?

    Here I was one single individual (a small speck on the earth’s surface) learning about an entire species. I was also learning how that same species was under attack by human encroachment. I saw the marvel of lobsters walking single file over the ocean’s surface by using telepathic communication.

    At the end of the episode we heard about how the lobster industry hones in on, and disrupts, this natural process. It is prime commercial lobstering time.

    I learned about the wonderful, peaceful manatees and how they are affectionately known as the “gentle giants”. They were a sight to behold. At the end of the episode we learned about how boat propellers were damaging/killing them.

    I remember an episode about killer whales. We learned about these beautiful wonders, their intelligence, communication skills, and other magnificent insight only he was capable of presenting so compellingly.

    Then, he started discussing these mammals being kept in captivity. Cousteau emphasized how it was only a matter of time before these majestic creatures rebelled. Have you seen the movie Black Fish? Case closed.

    Every episode featured the Calypso, his research vessel. The Calypso was a converted WWII mine sweeper. After my recuperation process ended, I became a proud member of the “Friends of Calypso”, a group of supporters who kept the Calypso operating.

    I hung my Calypso flag proudly on my wall alongside my welcome letter, progress updates, current journey news, research projects, and other paraphernalia. It was a continual source of inspiration.

    In conclusion, be sure to find something that takes you outside of yourself. Be inspired. It will improve your motivation, outlook on life, and enhance your body’s healing capabilities.

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

    For those wanting more information about the Cousteau Society, here is a link to their website:
    Cousteau Society

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








    Gratitude Works Wonders

    Hello everyone. Any one who has been through a total knee replacement knows that it takes a lot of recuperation and hard work. (That’s an understatement!) Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any better. This is where gratitude comes in handy.

    I regularly hear from readers who express frustration about the tkr recuperation process. Know that you are not alone. If you’re not frustrated, something is amiss – in my opinion. It is important to always remember gratitude. Here is a story that needs sharing…

    While going through physical therapy, I was put on the stationary exercise bike. This was very difficult and extremely painful. I downright dreaded it and every moment involved. You will likely feel the same. The experience was two-fold, though.

    I dreaded it since I knew what a hard time I had with it. I could not make a total revolution without experiencing immense pain and discomfort. My knee was too stiff. On the other hand, I wanted to do it since I knew how helpful it was for my recuperation process.

    One day, as I was bicycling, I was griping up a storm. Life was miserable, I was in pain, and I hated that damn machine. Gripe, gripe, gripe. Then, I turned and looked at the lady laying next to me on the workout mat… She had no legs. Both of her legs were amputated at the knee.

    To say I felt awful and self-absorbed, is an understatement. How could I possibly complain about my one knee when someone else has no legs? Wow… Reality hit hard that day. It’s strange how the universe works. Suddenly, things were put into perspective.

    This isn’t to say that I don’t complain (who? Me?) about the tkr recuperation process still being difficult and painful, I just think more often about how much worse it could be.

    So, be grateful for what you have every day. Yes, I know, sometimes it is easier said than done. However – Gratitude works wonders. This is especially true when we look around. πŸ™‚

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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.






    Chair Yoga: Can It Help With A TKR, or Other, Recuperation?

    Hi everyone. You have likely heard about chair yoga, but may be uncertain about whether it can help you. After attending classes for about a year, I thought it would be fun to share some insight. I have written previously about this wonderful exercise form, but further insight is needed.

    chairyoga photos courtesy of SparkPeople

    * You can adjust the movements to your liking. Unlike some exercise routines that demand a certain movement, there are ways to obtain benefits without sacrificing your health. You can do a partial movement and gain tremendous benefits. A qualified instructor will gently guide you.

    * Anyone can do this. Chair yoga is not easy yoga, but can be done by anyone. It is ideal for those needing to gently Γ’β‚¬β€œ yet firmly Γ’β‚¬β€œ get their bodies back into shape. Movements can strengthen, stretch, and balance your entire physique.

    * You exercise in a quiet, calming manner. There is no high stress involved. Calming music plays in the background. Every session begins and ends with a quiet meditation that clears the mind.

    * You learn the yoga term and how the movement affects the body. The insight into yoga is always interesting to me. It likely will be to you, as well.

    These are just some reasons I suggest trying chair yoga whenever possible. Give it a shot. What do you have to lose? I have known many people who include this ancient exercise form as part of their daily routine.

    So….To answer the title question: YES!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.