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Hockey Day in Canada

Today is Hockey Day in Canada. It’s broadcast on NHL Network via Hockey Night in Canada (CBC). Just saw an 83-year woman playing hockey. Too cool.. There will be stories throughout the day of inspiration, determination and guts. Main point: Hockey is For Everyone.

Broadcast started with Don Cherry quoting Shakespeare. He was in full regalia. Very appropriate.

Cameras are set up throughout Canada. Sites include:

Starts in Stratford, Ontario (where Chris Pronger took drama lessons, btw…:) )

Victoria, BC….where they are playing street hockey (on pavement with a ball)
Auburn Bay, AB
Estevan, SK
Gimli, MB
Ottawa, ON (which properly has the largest ice rink in world…7.8 kilometers)
St. John’s, NL

The NHL Network is broadcasting three Canadian-based NHL games today…a triple header. 🙂


Why My TKR Recuperation May Be Different than Yours

My readers are great. Thank you!! I just received an email from one of my favorite long-time contributors. We’ve been communicating for so long, I consider her one of my online friends. 🙂 She reminded me that I need to mention my individual situation as it relates to my tkr recuperation. Maybe by doing that, others can relate better. So…

Shoe lift. I wear an inch, external shoe lift. After my car accident, my femurs (thighbones) are different lengths. This has caused scoliosis, which is another article. Wearing a shoe lift has also caused my knee to not have average flexibility. (This means I have to work harder than the average bear to improve my tkr bend). I’ve been wearing an inch lift for the past 35 years. Due to that, my gait was “not normal” for all those years. When I had my tkr, I needed to learn how to walk like an average person. Even though I still wear a shoe lift, my gait is not what the average person has.

Scar tissue. I have different sites where there is excessive scar tissue surrounding my femur. There is a spot around my knee area. Another area is on the upper portion of my femur. And, still, another area is in the center of my femur. These individual areas of all due to multiple surgeries and fractures which occurred about 34 years ago. It was never mentioned that massaging scar tissue areas could help me back then. So…the excess tissue has been around for some time.

Bundled nerves. Due to my previous fractures, I have a noticeable nerve bundle on the inner portion of my thigh. It’s located closer to my knee than groin. I remember having a regular massage years ago. When the masseuse started working on my inner thigh, I almost went through the roof. The massage was cut short due to the pain level. (It was supposed to be relaxing). She mentioned how it was probably related to the accident, but it didn’t make any sense to me. Upon going through tkr rehab, my pt lady started doing a deep tissue massage. Once again, it was very painful. I learned that I needed to perform this massage on a regular basis in order to improve my tkr flexibility. The more massage done, the more the bundles are lessened. That is interesting to me.

Hopefully my individual background can help others going through a tkr recuperation. I’m simply trying to show how everyone recuperating from a tkr has a history that affects the entire process.

Good luck!

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Anti-Aging Talk

I’ve been doing research into the anti-aging remedies that are available. After reading the details of some methods….I’ll take my wrinkles, thank you.

Sanding my skin? Gag me. Or.. Having my skin vacuumed? Spare me. Or, the worse (in my opinion)…having injections of botox to puff up my face? (I don’t like needles, no way shape or form).

Cosmetic remedies are not usually medically necessary. They are more than likely vanity oriented. What’s wrong with growing old? It’s better than the alternative. Why have we become such an anti-aging culture?

Oh wait…who was that wrinkled lady looking back at me in the makeup mirror? Where’d those wrinkles come from? They snuck up on her. (P.S. Don’t ever use a magnified makeup mirror).

More research needed.

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Expressing Thanks

I wanted to take a short moment and thank everyone who has participated on my blog. It’s nice to have a platform where others can feel comfortable about sharing their insight.

Thanks again and blessings to all…. YOU ROCK!!

A Possible Stairs Maneuver for TKR Folk

Actually, this maneuver may work for anyone with knee concerns.

Walking downstairs is a tricky endeavor for someone with knee problems, as we all know. I recently received a comment from one of my readers that I wanted to share. This never crossed my mind, but she has been using the maneuver for years and swears by it. It will not work for me, but may work for you. What is it?

Instead of walking downstairs like the average person, walk backwards. Of course, be certain to have a railing to hold on to. And, be doubly certain you can see where you are walking. Take your time. Be cautious. There is not as much stress on your knees when you use the stairs in this manner. She states the pain is less.

I’m mentioning this as a possible alternative for other tkr folk. We all know how difficult stairs can be. We need all the help we can get.

NOTE: This might work as well for you as it has for her. Or, it might not work as well. I am not recommending it nor endorsing it. So, if something unfortunately happens when you do it….don’t hold me responsible. You perform this maneuver at your own risk.

(I’m suddenly getting visions of my tkr readers falling downstairs and yelling…”Booktoots said it’s ok!! She lied!!” Don’t do that.)

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Haiti Supply Relief

There are multiple ways to help those affected by the Haiti earthquake. As I previously mentioned, you can call Unicef. There are a variety of other organizations accepting financial donations, also.

After receiving an email about UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), I wanted to share this information. The charity organization is valid and was mentioned on the Larry King Haiti Fundraising Show last night. If you do not want to ship the supplies, check with your local church to see if they offer a distribution site.

Here is a link to their website stating the supplies they are seeking:


If you want to make a donation of needed health supplies, here is the list. These items are to be placed inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.
1 hand towel (15″ x 25″ up to 17″ x 27″, No kitchen towels)
1 washcloth
1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, No child-size brushes)
6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
$1.00 to purchase toothpaste
(NOTE: UMCOR Sager Brown is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent.)

Please visit their website and see how you can help. Your help is needed, irregardless of how much you can give.

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Haiti Relief

On this morning’s news there was a news clip about Haiti relief efforts taking place at the federal government level. Apparently, former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton have put together a relief line whereby citizens can donate funds.

As part of the awareness, Bush spoke. “Don’t send water, don’t send clothes. Send money. We’ll use it as needed”. The green tea in my mouth almost came out my nose. Who’s he kidding? He had no fiscal responsibility when he was President. What makes me think he’s going to have it now? (That’s a personal commentary on my part).

Anyways, two groups I do trust are the NHL and UNICEF. The NHL has made a donation to the Haiti relief effort. On yesterday’s NHL Live! Show (broadcast on the NHL Network), information on how we can donate was given. It is through UNICEF.

If you are interested in making a donation, go to the UNICEF website at:
www.unicef.org . Any amount helps. There is no such thing as “it doesn’t matter” or “the amount’s too small”.

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