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Battle of the Blades

I also posted this on my hockey blog, but just to be safe…

There’s a reality show known as “Battle of the Blades”. It is similar to Dancing With The Stars, only it’s broadcast only on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company). And..here’s the fun part. It’s all done on ice.

Former hockey players (I think they’re all NHL caliber) will be ice dancing, or figure skating.

There’s a blog post done by Kelly Chase of the St. Louis Blues. He’s one of the participants.

Here’s the link:

<a href="http://blues.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=534980&cmpid=stl-twt-072710“>

Seeing that I live in the U.S., I hope I can watch it on the Internet. 🙂

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Drinking Raw Goat’s Milk

I recently posted this article on my natural health blog, but since there’s been a concern re: links, I’ll just include the article here. Enjoy!

Anyone who has drank soy milk can understand what I am going to say. There has to be a tastier alternative that does not have added sugar. So, I am always on the look out.

When I was at the local Farmer’s Market, one vendor was selling goat milk products. I know goat cheese can be pretty tasty. However, I had never had goat’s milk. When offered a sample, I figured…”What the heck?”. I had heard that lactose-intolerant people can consume goat’s milk. So, I tried it. It was DELICIOUS!!

I purchased a half gallon of it. Then, about 30-45 minutes later, I started getting a mild headache that originated in my left eye muscle. (I know, because I’ve had issues with my left eye for 35 years). And, I started feeling a little strange. I blamed it on the sun since it was a beautiful, sunny day.

When I got to my car, I read the milk label. There was a waiver of liability stating that raw milk may contain bacteria that can cause harm to some people. Oh oh. My system can be pretty sensitive. I needed more fact finding. I went back to talk with the goat milk lady and discussed what raw milk is. She was knowledgeable about raw V pasteurized milk. Truthfully, I had no knowledge about the subject area. It sounded like a chemotherapy equivalent. Chemotherapy kills healthy cells while also killing harmful cells. Pasteurization kills bacteria while also killing healthy enzymes.

When I got home, my headache got worse. It did not progress to the migraine stage, luckily. It was a concern, though. I knew that if I went out into the heat, it would get worse. I know my body well enough to know how I react to direct sunlight for an extended period of time (even 10 minutes). So..I stayed in.

I started getting very tired. I was planning on attending a social event in a couple of hours, so I layed down for a nap. My nap lasted for six hours! I missed my social outing along with tons of fun. Oh well.

I decided to do online research regarding goat’s milk. A nutritional breakdown revealed 7 grams of saturated fat per cup. Considering I’m used to .5 to 1 gram per cup, that’s quite a difference. (No wonder it tasted so good.) 🙂 There were a variety of other beneficial nutrients, including calcium.

I’m not certain what caused my reaction to goat’s milk, but I am not drinking anymore raw milk products. If I drank more than a sample size portion, who knows what the results would have been. I don’t want to find out.

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Ways to Notice Favoring Your Non-tkr Leg…

It seems so natural, in my opinion. As part of my tkr recuperation process, my “good” leg has been overused. I didn’t give it any thought since it occurred so naturally. It’s probably happened to you, as well. After noticing results of my “good” knee deteriorating recently, I started paying attention to how this overuse has accumulated and happened. Here’s what I found….

When bending to pick up an item, I put my body weight onto my non-tkr leg. As I bend that knee, the joint pressure increases.

When I lean forward to reach for something, I put my body weight onto my non-tkr leg. Same principle applies.

When I go downstairs, my non-tkr knee takes the brunt of the action. I notice it during the bending portion.

When going upstairs, no matter how hard I try, my non-tkr knee still takes the brunt of my body weight. Even when I lead with my tkr leg, my other knee still crunches.

When raising from a seated position, my “good” leg does the majority of the lifting. My body weight shifts to my non-tkr leg. That leg receives the joint pressure.

When putting on pants, my weight is on my non-tkr leg more than an average amount of time. (I’m a sight for sore eyes when putting on pants. That’s another story. Not complaining, just stating a fact.)

When in bed, I use my non-tkr leg to change positions (thank God, I can do that…all of us tkr people know about sleep difficulties).

When getting off the couch or out of bed, I usually lead with my non-tkr leg.

Wow…I’m stopping while I’m ahead. That’s a lot of extra work put on one faithful, ready-to-please knee joint. And, it all happened without thinking.

It’s nice becoming aware. Then, changes for the better can be made. So, it’s time to change behaviors.

As grateful as I am to have two legs, I don’t mind babying the “good” knee that I have. I’m not living in fear, just protecting what I have. As grateful as I am for having gone through my one tkr, I do not want to go through another one. Period.

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Gene Simmons Military Tribute

Today I received a link via email for a YouTube video. I usually don’t watch many YouTube videos since, frankly, I’m not that interested in watching most of them.

That is, until today. Today’s video is about a military-oriented concert paying tribute to all of our Armed Forces. It is lead by Gene Simmons. There’s a military band, rock band and vocals. In fact, it’s the best sing-a-long I’ve ever seen.

Hope you enjoy it as well…

If the above link doesn’t work (Word Press doesn’t work all the time), here it is:


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Taking Care of Your New TKR

I found an interesting article while doing Internet research. I found it on a popular physical therapy site known as The Physiotherapy Site. Here it is…

Your new knee replacement will give you years of good service if you look after it.
These are a few guidelines so you can cope more easily and get the best out of your
knee in the long term. For more detailed advice refer to your physiotherapist.

Use a chair with arms to help you stand up and sit down more easily.
Get up regularly and have a short walk about to prevent stiffness and promote
You may need to keep your leg up at times to prevent swelling.
Do not lift heavy objects.

Riding in a car
To get in, sit onto the seat by putting your bottom in first, then move your legs in
afterwards. Reverse the process to get out.

Returning to work
• A sedentary job may be possible four to six weeks after surgery.
• A more demanding job involving prolonged activity may need to be delayed for
three months or longer.
• Some jobs are unsuitable – using ladders, roof work, building jobs
• Pushing, pulling or lifting heavy weights is unwise.

• Suitable, depending on circumstances: walking, bicycling, swimming, bowls, golf
Not suitable: jogging, running, jumping, racquet sports, football.

Personal care
A walk in shower is recommended and a shower stool or chair may be helpful to sit on.
You can have a bath as you are able as long as the operation wound has healed – if it
has not, do not put the leg under water. It may be useful to have someone to help you at least the first time you do this, and they may need to help you wash and dry your feet for a

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Babying My Non-TKR Knee

It’s happening. Yikes. I wrote previously about how my “good” knee is showing signs of wear and tear. I’ve had other readers mention the same thing. Now…I find myself doing things like I used to do with my former “bad” knee….Before I start, let me say that I am grateful for everything I have. I know it could be much worse. I am not feeling sorry for myself. I am very blessed to have two legs, etc….

I walk up and down stairs one at a time on many days. That used to be the technique for my “bad” knee. Sometimes stairs are too much to handle. I don’t go outside.

As much as I may believe that it’s mind over matter, I wonder how this applies to arthritis. My “good” knee is exhibiting symptoms of developing arthritis. I don’t know how thoughts can control that. Do you?

I do not go up and down steep hills like I used to do for exercise purposes. My “good” knee becomes inflamed and painful far too easily afterwards.

The crunching is getting louder and louder. That’s just downright creepy.

Depending upon the day, etc…my knee can slightly swell after exertion along the perimeters of my kneecap.

My knee joint can become painful just by applying weight on it. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen.

My knee is beginning to not look or feel like a “normal” (I don’t like using the word normal, but I don’t know what else applies here) knee from the outside. That’s creepy.

(As I’m writing this, I’m hearing an 18-year old singing to “Dancing in the Streets” by David Bowie. How cool is it to see and hear music transcending age groups? Too cool…)

Back to my story…

It’s been 2 years and 5 months since my tkr and I do not want to go through another one. I don’t and I won’t.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing…

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Please Help our Gulf Coast…

Please take the time to help our Gulf Coast, I did. It’s a sin what’s been allowed to happen. We need to form alliances, send intentions and stop the abuse.

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