Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Feb 19, 2020

Many of you living with cancer or an autoimmune disease, like me, deal with daily fatigue. You know that exercise is so important to your health, but it’s so hard. There’s always an excuse: it’s too cold or hot, it’s going to rain or it’s raining, or it’s snowy and icy, or I just don’t want to. I, too, have all these excuses, but I have a new rescue dog who wants to go out and who doesn’t care about my excuses! And I’ve got traction devices for my boots.

Now I just need a walking group who will keep me accountable. People who say, ‘let’s go for a walk.’

And I thought: What about my virtual friends on MayoClinicConnect? And Mayo Clinic has an easy 12-week walking program to get us started! Here’s the link:
Get walking with this 12-week walking schedule

So let’s form a virtual walking group. We can agree to walk every day and encourage each other through Connect. We can walk outdoors, in a mall, or in the red center, or in the hallways of our apartment building.

Who’s in? Who’s going to join me? Come on, Let’s Go Walking!

@pollyanne

@funcountess Ha. They nearly killed me once with a colonoscopy! I am not joking!

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I believe you. When my mothers husband had one the doctor punched a hole in his colon. He had to spend 5 days in the hospital.
Also the sedative can be hard on your kidneys, and heart.
Naturally the medical profession will not tell you that.
That would be bad for business.
This happened at a well known hospital in l.a. the doctor, well, I would imagine he is retired now.
Funcountess

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@funcountess

I believe you. When my mothers husband had one the doctor punched a hole in his colon. He had to spend 5 days in the hospital.
Also the sedative can be hard on your kidneys, and heart.
Naturally the medical profession will not tell you that.
That would be bad for business.
This happened at a well known hospital in l.a. the doctor, well, I would imagine he is retired now.
Funcountess

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@funcountess Yes, I was overdosed and ended up in the ambulance and taken to emergency. The Dr there wanted to know what I was 'on'. They had to pump me full of antedote meds all day and I thought my head would explode. it was awful. I said never again.

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Yes, I can believe that, the sedatives used are an unknown equasation meaning everyone is different, and doctors really do not ⎌know how an individual will respond.
It’s like playing “Russian Roulette “.
It’s also hard on the kidneys and heart.
I have a picture, it’s a man standing between 2 doors one door says “DAMMED IF YOU DO, and the other door says DAMMED IF YOU DON,T
Kind of unsettling,but true.
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@funcountess The problem was that they couldn't get me into the twilight zone and so they kept pumping more stuff into me. They never did get me into that twilight zone and afterwards they sent me home and told me I must eat, which was crazy. I collapsed in the street. I am only a small person and the emergency Dr couldn't believe what they had used. Happily, I am still here! I also know 3 people who had their colon ruptured and one of them died. She was only 42 years old, so that test shouldn't be taken likely.
I haven't done my walk today and I'm feeling guilty. I think I will have a cup of tea and try and walk.

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@pollyanne

@funcountess The problem was that they couldn't get me into the twilight zone and so they kept pumping more stuff into me. They never did get me into that twilight zone and afterwards they sent me home and told me I must eat, which was crazy. I collapsed in the street. I am only a small person and the emergency Dr couldn't believe what they had used. Happily, I am still here! I also know 3 people who had their colon ruptured and one of them died. She was only 42 years old, so that test shouldn't be taken likely.
I haven't done my walk today and I'm feeling guilty. I think I will have a cup of tea and try and walk.

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@pollyanne.. Oh my goodness, that's really scary. I'm glad you are doing well now. My friend 's sister had a terrible experience too. My experience was ok, but I didn't want another one, I asked my gastrointestinal doctor what alternatives are out there and we agreed on Cologuard. Fortunately everything came back OK. Have you had another procedure after that one?

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@mayofeb2020

@fiesty76… My sentiments exactly. I have never taken any meds until I went back to work after a nasty divorce and I had to go back to work in my 40s. The job was a very stressful one and I was put on hypertension drugs. I managed my cholesterol with lifestyle changes. Fast forward to beginning of this year when I had TIA, and right away, my cardiologist put me on Xeralto, I had a loop recorder to check fir afib.. So far no indication that I have that. And in addition, I was put on statin even though my lipid level is not high. I read about all the bad side effects of statin. I'm 5'3" and weigh 104 lbs, so I fall in the small body frame category. My legs have been hurting very bad and I start to wonder if it's not the statin (I've try 3 so far) but that I may have PN or even PAD. It's very frustrating. I'm sure my cardiologist thinks I am a hypochondriac. My father and brother both died of strokes at an early age, so I am very aware of it. I eat very healthy, and I walk everyday. But my leg pain makes it harder and harder. Thinking back 10 years ago, I was hiking and feeling great. Now I'm getting depressed over my health. My cardiologist would not even entertain my suggestion of lowering my cholesterol with supplements. I've done it before. He doesn't think I should risk having a stroke, the same with the blood thinner. What should I do???

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I don’t know anything about this issue, but I would pursue a second opinion to either confirm what your doctor is doing or give you other options to consider. My friend has this type of medical history and she worries a lot. Good luck and stay well.

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@mayofeb2020

@pollyanne.. Oh my goodness, that's really scary. I'm glad you are doing well now. My friend 's sister had a terrible experience too. My experience was ok, but I didn't want another one, I asked my gastrointestinal doctor what alternatives are out there and we agreed on Cologuard. Fortunately everything came back OK. Have you had another procedure after that one?

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No I haven't and I hope I don't have to. Is that the same as a Colorectal test. In the UK they call it the poo test. I have that quite regularly. I don't think they are giving colonoscopies as much as they used. I think they sometimes do an MRI scan but I am claustraphobic so I don't fancy that either. I know someone in the UK who had tht and she said they only put her in the tube up to her chest or a bit lower. That would be alright.

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@becksbuddy I'm worried that Becky is going to get cross again. Sorry Becky. We are having a wet day here today and I haven't been walking. I did have a nap though and that can't be bad. I hope you had a lovely Memorial Day and could go on one of those beautiful walks near you with the mountain views. That is inspirational.

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@pollyanne

No I haven't and I hope I don't have to. Is that the same as a Colorectal test. In the UK they call it the poo test. I have that quite regularly. I don't think they are giving colonoscopies as much as they used. I think they sometimes do an MRI scan but I am claustraphobic so I don't fancy that either. I know someone in the UK who had tht and she said they only put her in the tube up to her chest or a bit lower. That would be alright.

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Siemens, Philips and GE to name a few make open MRIs some places offer them, other places,don’t. You need to askaround if an MRI is needed.
It’s common for a lot of people to oppose the closed machines.
Funcountess

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@funcountess

Siemens, Philips and GE to name a few make open MRIs some places offer them, other places,don’t. You need to askaround if an MRI is needed.
It’s common for a lot of people to oppose the closed machines.
Funcountess

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@funcountess I don't think they have any open ones in Maui but I did have an Open MRI in Tucson, Arizona. I had an awful time handling it as it wasn't very open. In the end they gave me some 'backward' looking glasses which when I wore them I could see the hole at the end of the tube. There were also a few inches open along the sides. I hated it and my husband stayed by my side through the whole thing. The MRI was for my back and my neck. A few years later they gave me a sedative intravenously to put me to sleep while they did a closed MRI because they give better pictures. I seem to be a troublesome patient, so @mayofeb2020 has nothing to fear. There are a lot much worse than she is. Thank you for your suggestions. I hope I stay healthy.

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@pollyanne

@funcountess I don't think they have any open ones in Maui but I did have an Open MRI in Tucson, Arizona. I had an awful time handling it as it wasn't very open. In the end they gave me some 'backward' looking glasses which when I wore them I could see the hole at the end of the tube. There were also a few inches open along the sides. I hated it and my husband stayed by my side through the whole thing. The MRI was for my back and my neck. A few years later they gave me a sedative intravenously to put me to sleep while they did a closed MRI because they give better pictures. I seem to be a troublesome patient, so @mayofeb2020 has nothing to fear. There are a lot much worse than she is. Thank you for your suggestions. I hope I stay healthy.

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Hi Pollyanna,
How many years ago did you have the open and closed MRIs?
The newer machines are more open.
I had a few family members who could not take the closed machines, but they did not put them to sleep. They just refused, and that was the end of that.
What about plain old xrays?
Do you have disc problems?
Time to time I get low back issues, with nerve pain running down my leg.
Rest, no lifting, and keep walking to a minimum, and a few days later symptoms are gone. I use a rub also.
I will let you in on a little secret. Some years ago I made a purchase of a Leggett and Platt adjustable bed.
It also has a deep message in it.
Well worth the price.
One of my neighbors bought one last December, she loves it.
I think it really helps when my back acts up.
I’m wondering if the newer open MRIs are on the big island?
Were your doctors checking for osteoporosis?
Take care,
Funcountess

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@funcountess

Hi Pollyanna,
How many years ago did you have the open and closed MRIs?
The newer machines are more open.
I had a few family members who could not take the closed machines, but they did not put them to sleep. They just refused, and that was the end of that.
What about plain old xrays?
Do you have disc problems?
Time to time I get low back issues, with nerve pain running down my leg.
Rest, no lifting, and keep walking to a minimum, and a few days later symptoms are gone. I use a rub also.
I will let you in on a little secret. Some years ago I made a purchase of a Leggett and Platt adjustable bed.
It also has a deep message in it.
Well worth the price.
One of my neighbors bought one last December, she loves it.
I think it really helps when my back acts up.
I’m wondering if the newer open MRIs are on the big island?
Were your doctors checking for osteoporosis?
Take care,
Funcountess

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@funcountess Thank you for your suggestions and encouragement. I like the sound of your bed. I have had xrays and I had the good MRI fairly recently. It's funny but I never really have had it explained exactly what is wrong. I know I have disc problems but that is not all. One specialist looked at my MRI and just kept saying Dear dear me, deary me, which was a bit disconcerting. I think it is a mixture of things. They just say I have pain for the rest of my life and there is nothing they can do. Some of it is age and bad backs run in my family. I have really abused my body too with over exercising and activities that you pay for as you age. I started my bad back problem at age 40 and it has gone on from there. I also have osteoporosis but I take Alendronate which improved things. I have a good ART therapist and I have massage and I am still learning what makes my back pain worse. Some stretches are not good. Walking seems to be ok. I might look at those beds.Thanks. You are very kind.

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