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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Resistance Bands: Use Them For Better Joint Health

Hi my favorite readers! Resistance bands are cheap, convenient, and beneficial for getting or maintaining knee functioning. I still use them, seven years post-tkr. They are an easy way to get a workout no matter where you are. Just put one or two in a purse, backpack, luggage piece, or other item to have access whenever needed.

I was introduced to these workout marvels during my tkr recuperation process, as you likely were. If you are not familiar with these exercise tools, read further to learn why you need to add these marvels to your fitness routine. As usual, always consult with your medical care provider before starting any new exercise regime.

Side note: While going through physical therapy, I noticed different colored bands tied around the parallel bars. It turns out that these bands were known as resistance bands. They were in bright colors and I stated I wanted a red one. “This isn’t a fashion show, Marie,” is what I heard. The physical therapist then went on to tell me that different colors signify different strengths. Who knew? Not me..

rubber bands

* One exercise involves putting the band around your knee area. Wrap the band around a sturdy table leg or stationary bar. Tie the two band ends together. When done properly, the band will form a circle, with your knee in one side and the stationary item in the other.The band may start bunching together around the knee. Just flatten it out. Pull your leg out sideways. Start out slowly and gradually increase repetitions.

* Another variation involved working your glutes (or butt) and hamstrings. Instead of moving your leg out sideways, move it towards the backside of your body. Keep your knee as straight as possible. Slowly return to the original position. Rest for a few seconds. Repeat. Do the same with your opposite (“good”) leg, if desired.

* Here is a seated exercise that has always worked well for me. Try it!:
Sit on a firm chair with both legs firmly on the ground. Put both ankles inside the band circle. Separate your legs and hold for five seconds. Slowly return to the original position. Rest for a few seconds. Repeat this maneuver five times, or whatever is recommended by your medical care professional. When done correctly, you will feel the tension in your outer knee and leg area.

* For the arms: I have found them useful, also, in arm exercises. Simply place your hands inside the band circle. Pull your hands apart until a good stretch is felt. Hold for five or six seconds. Slowly return to the original position. Relax for 15 seconds. Repeat 10 times. And, the bands don’t have a chance to bunch up like they do in the knee exercises.

Here is a link to the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) site that contains a wealth of information about using resistance bands for an efficient workout:

ACE Fitness Rubber Band Workout

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 is currently 61 years of age, height-weight proportionate, engaged in a healthy lifestyle, and is proud to be medication free. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

For All The Pet Lovers Among Us

Hi everyone. As many of you know, I am a pet lover. I am currently watching a friend’s two is a two-year old puppy and the other a beloved 15-year old dog. Let me say..I’m on the same wave length as the one with extended longevity (another term for “old”..:) ). I forgot what it’s like to be around energy-filled puppies and I’m being reminded daily. Anyhow…

Here’s an article I came across about pets. I’ve had numerous requests for it. I did not write it, nor know the author’s name…but it’s good – so, here it is for all the pet lovers among us….Your daily chuckle….

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary…..
8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary…
Day 983 of my captivity…

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am.  Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now…………….

Sharing The Appreciation Philosophy

Hi everyone! Here are some interesting facts to ponder during those days when it seems everything is going wrong. We all have those days. I found this post while going through my older files. It is overdue for sharing with everyone again… I received the original copy from one of my friends and believe it is appropriate for everyone. The author is unknown.. The piece is titled the ‘Appreciation Philosophy’.  Enjoy….

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness …..
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation …
you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death… you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead, and a place to sleep… you are richer than 75 percent of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a
dish someplace…. you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married…….
you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly
thankful…… you are blessed, because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder….. you are blessed, because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in
that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than more than two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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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.

Being Thankful

Hi my favorite readers! It’s that special time of year when being thankful takes center stage. So…

I am thankful for all my wonderful readers who have visited my site and helped it develop into a readership of over 151,000. It is nice to have a strong support system where readers feel comfortable enough for share experiences.

I am thankful for being able to share my experiences and post them to the site. It’s reassuring knowing that my experiences may be helping someone else.

I am thankful for loving to exercise and feel my body move. After being in a body cast for two years, believe me…it’s a gift to move.

I am thankful for my parents for a variety of reasons.

I am thankful for my total knee replacement, which allows me to live without excessive and continuous pain.

I am thankful for my health, my most precious asset. From my youngest days, I was taught the importance of eating properly, being physically active and valuing my health. This is the main reason I am prescription free and proud of it.

I am thankful for my common sense which guides me towards smart choices.

I am thankful for my love of learning, writing, reading and stimulating my mind.

I am thankful for everyone who brings laughter, smiles, chuckles, sharing and caring into my life.

I am thankful for our military who sacrifice their lives for our liberties.

I am thankful to the person who invented pumpkin pie. There…I said it.

I am thankful for my creativity and talents. This includes with food and music.

I am thankful for those with perseverance, confidence and diligence to never give up on dreams. Like…Thomas Edison, Madame Curie, Leonardo DaVinci, etc. Inventors rock.

That sounds like enough for now. Oh wait….

I am TRULY thankful that I have been sparred from a troublesome total knee replacement recuperation that so many of my readers (perhaps you..) have experienced. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Blessings….

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

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Insight into Product Reviews

Many websites, including blogs, have a section on product reviews. Many turn to these product reviews before deciding if the product is worth their hard earned money. Do an online search for product reviews and a listing of sites appear. How do you decide? Here’s some insight that may help you…

Some of the product reviews are paid for. And, the job posting will state that the writer does not need to have any experience with the product. Just follow the word count and do some research into the product, and write the review.

This is true. How do I know? First-hand experience, that’s how. Many a writing assignments have been sent my way with just those descriptions I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

So…before opening your pocketbook and relying upon those online product reviews..think first. What good is a product review if it is written by someone who has never even seen the product, let alone use it?

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After Effects of a Broken Neck

Hi my favorite readers! I am a firm believer in mind over matter. There are, however, some situations where this does not apply. Or, if it does, I do not understand how. The physicalities overrule the mental aspect. Here are a few that apply to my fracturing my C-1 35 years ago….

A C-1 is the first cervical vertebrae. When fractured, it can easily lead to paralysis. Well, luckily, I have not been paralyzed. There are other after effects of the injury that I’ve been living with, though.

It is painful for me to move my neck to look straight up. It seems to pinch a nerve. This is not only uncomfortable and painful, but causes me to lose my balance. When looking up at say – an air show -, I need to brace my head with one of my hands. The discomfort is too immense, otherwise.

I am unable to reach over my head, look up and do activities like clean. Can’t say I really am sad about that. (My attempt at a joke). It is also difficult to change light bulbs in ceiling or overhead lights. Volleyball can be trying. Painting ceilings is very difficult.

Ladders and I do not get along. I do not use them. Loss of balance is too risky for me, especially if I have to look up. Even step stools may not cut it.

Combine all of this with my double vision that is a result of a closed head injury, and there are limitations I must face daily.

It could be much worse, though. For that, I am truly grateful.

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New Search Feature

Hello everyone,
After receiving numerous requests for specific information, I’ve added a Search box to help make it easier to find things. It’s located on the right side bar.
And, my posts are classified according to category topics. So, if you look at my left side bar, you will notice a click down menu for Category. I’m still working on reclassifying some posts, but the majority of them are ok.

So, hopefully, this will help maneuvering around my site easier. Cheers!

Another Thank You

After recently taking part in an interesting blog building webinar, I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who visits this site and leaves their comments. My blog has become a comforting environment for others to share either their tkr, hockey, and/or writing experiences. It is really nice to see.

This blog couldn’t succeed without everyone’s help. It’s great the way we can learn from each other. Some of you encourage others, some of you leave comments asking for assistance. However you express yourself here, it is appreciated and welcomed.

Even though I may not post a reply online to every comment, I do read every comment that comes to me. Some have me laughing and chuckling, while others have me remembering the difficulties of early post tkr days.

To say I am grateful is an understatement. Thank you to everyone. Blessings…