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Does Your Total Knee Replacement “Click”?

I have had a number of readers relay information to me that I find quite interesting. It seems that there is a problem with their bionic knees making clicking sounds.

Luckily, I do not have this problem. It would be a strange one to have, indeed. The majority of the time I have no problem with any “sound”. However, sometimes I do “feel” something similar to that of taking a sheet of aluminum foil and wadding it up. My bionic knee sometimes (rarely) “crinkles”.

It is a difficult feeling to describe. I cannot hear it, either. And, when I put my hand over my tkr knee, I cannot feel this “crinkling” happening.

For myself, this happens so rarely that I don’t give it a second thought. I just wanted to bring it up since I know others who have had a total knee replacement are having similar experiences as mentioned above.

Anybody else have similar experiences they would want to share?

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Thanksgiving Haiku

Here are some haikus compliments of my friend, Teresa S.  Enjoy!

Organ meat! Really?
Boil ‘em, chop ‘em, mix ‘em in
Giblet-stuffed turkey

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Remember last year?
Excited to drumstick me
Fresh turkey love then

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Start drinking early
Keep your gibwits about you
Fun with the in-laws

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T-Day distractions
Think I’ll watch Charles on Match Game
Oops – burned the damn pie

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END Thanksgiving Haiku 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to take this time and wish all of my readers (in the U.S. anyways…) a very Happy Thanksgiving. Even those not living in the U.S., have a wonderful day of gratefulness.

Remember there is plenty to be thankful for, even though there are times it does not seem like it.

When you feel like there is nothing to be thankful, or grateful, for….Just think of the alternative…..that’ll put a different perspective on things..:)

Toronto Maple Leafs NHL News

Brian Burke, formerly with the Anaheim Ducks, is expected to sign a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs this weekend. He will sign on as President & General Manager for the team.

Currently, he has what is known as a “term sheet” which specifies conditions of employment. A “term sheet” is the document preceding a contract.

Items disclosed in this term sheet include:

  • a 6 year time frame, including the remaining from the current season

  • Salary of $3 million per year

  • Bonus package, tied into playoff success

  • Autonomy clause

Source: NHL Network, NHL Live!

(Even though this can appear as a rumor, I view it as a forecast. I thought it would be interesting to share with others here.  Plus, Brian Burke’s situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs has been talked about for months. That’s my justification for spreading rumors.  If it doesn’t work out….I’ll erase this message and deny ever writing it. :;)  )

An Unusual NHL Game Play

While watching last night’s NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders (on NHL Center Ice, there was a most unusual goal that occurred and stunned everyone watching.

O’Byrne, defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, scored on his own net.  It caused the game to be tied during regulation time.  The game then went into overtime, and eventually into a shoot out.  The New York Islanders ended up winning the game.

It was something I had not seen before.  The crowd was quiet at first.  The announcers were stunned.  And, it was obvious how upset O’Byrne was with himself. This occurred as soon as he saw the puck going into the net.

I, personally, feel for O’Byrne.  Everyone makes mistakes and there are probably a number of reasons why this play occurred.

Irregardless, at the end of the game – the Montreal Canadien fans chanted relentlessly “O’Byrne!” It was ruthless.

This goal is something I will never forget.

NHL Injury Update

According to the NHL Network, Brendan Morrow – with the Dallas Stars – is out for the remaining season with an ACL injury.

I’m mentioning this separately since it’s a biggie.

How Using Dialogue Helped Me

While working on my book a few days ago, I came upon a surprising discovery as to writing about difficult topics. See, writing about being in a body cast for two years brings back many “not-to-positive” memories. Throughout the years I still think about things and negative emotions are brought up. It’s not fun. I wasn’t accomplishing anything as far as writing my book went. I was in a dilemma. Wanting to write a book and having to bring back memories of situations I didn’t want to talk about is not an easy task.

So, I started writing a chapter about going to outpatient visits and being pushed in a wheelchair. Suddenly, I remembered reading an article about using dialogue to get your point across. Dialogue is also supposed to be a way to keep your readers interested. I thought I’d give it a try.

Once I began writing, instead of using a passive voice (like I normally would do), I did insert some dialogue. What do you know? The story, and wording, came across as entertaining. There actually was humor in it. The characters came alive, the wording gave the impression that the reader could actually visualize the situation, and it was just fun to write this way. To say I was surprised, is an understatement.

This is why it is important to keep reading a variety of literature about writing. Learn from successful authors. Keep learning. Not only does it help one to keep informed, it also provides an self-enriching tool.

Hope this helps others.