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 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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Hi Pollyanne
Do you mind if I read some of your posts to a relative, he’s a retired orthopedic surgeon in California.
Dear,dear me dear me is not a diagnosis. What kind of doctor would say that to a patient?
You,DO NOT need pain all the time. There are injections that releave pain.when the inflammation is lowered, there is less pain. It’s a series of 3 injections over a period of time.
You need to know what you have, and it needs to be explained to you, in laymans language, so you understand. The more you know the better for you.
As for the bed well worth it,as I mentioned friend loves hers. That was a Christmas present to herself.
Since you have the name of the adjustable call around to your mattress stores, maybe the big island would have more stores.
All I can say is i love mine.
Take care
Funcountess

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@funcountess

Hi Pollyanne
Do you mind if I read some of your posts to a relative, he’s a retired orthopedic surgeon in California.
Dear,dear me dear me is not a diagnosis. What kind of doctor would say that to a patient?
You,DO NOT need pain all the time. There are injections that releave pain.when the inflammation is lowered, there is less pain. It’s a series of 3 injections over a period of time.
You need to know what you have, and it needs to be explained to you, in laymans language, so you understand. The more you know the better for you.
As for the bed well worth it,as I mentioned friend loves hers. That was a Christmas present to herself.
Since you have the name of the adjustable call around to your mattress stores, maybe the big island would have more stores.
All I can say is i love mine.
Take care
Funcountess

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@funcountess Sure you can show your relative my posts. That's fine. It was a back specialist who made those comments.

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Who is still walking with @becsbuddy?

After a safe-distancing Memorial Day Holiday, with some gardening, and an enjoyable afternoon on the patio, I am eager to get back to the routine of a morning walk.
My foot is improving and I don't want to reactivate the problem. This is the time of year when my husband and I would be doing some hiking. So I am at home while he is putting in the miles, and it is hard to be patient! Feeling better or not, I am going to keep my appointment next week with podiatrist.
I hope to rejoin this walking group soon.

Where are you as you 'walk' to your virtual destinations? How far are you? Indoor-or-outdoor, step counting-or- miles, What did you see on your walk today?

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Can I count my miles as I walk about the yard doing my gardening? For the past several days, I have taken my 3 mile walk, then according to my Fitbit I have done another 3 miles in the yard, cleaning, weeding, transplanting, etc. Today after my walk, it will be a bit of time in the sewing room before I head out to the garden.
Yesterday on my walk I was seeing all the flags – one neighbor lines the edges of his property – at one time or another, each of their kids have served in the military. Another neighbor was installing a large flagpole in her front garden as her husband watched. The Legion Post on the corner was closed & quiet – usually a hub of activity on Memorial Day after the cemetery services and parades, so sad.
@rosemarya Take care of that foot! I had stress fractures years ago (as a runner) and until I gave the foot time to heel, things just kept getting worse. Those tiny bones are ill-designed for the punishment they must bear – especially all the hard surfaces.
Happy walking everyone!
Sue

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@pollyanne

@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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@pollyanne Hi Wanted to let you know I also have an adjustable bed with massage love it . Before I even get up in morning I use the massage for my back and its better then in the morning also have a massage and heat in my recliner . I use this a lot also the heat feels so good on my back. Like funcountess says they are expensive but monthly payments make it easier to buying it .

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@lioness

@pollyanne Hi Wanted to let you know I also have an adjustable bed with massage love it . Before I even get up in morning I use the massage for my back and its better then in the morning also have a massage and heat in my recliner . I use this a lot also the heat feels so good on my back. Like funcountess says they are expensive but monthly payments make it easier to buying it .

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@pollyanne @lioness.. I have a sleep number bed but this adjustable bed sounds great. There are many models, may I ask what models you ladies have? I'd always want a recliner. Maybe Santa Claus could bring me one!!

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@rosemarya

Who is still walking with @becsbuddy?

After a safe-distancing Memorial Day Holiday, with some gardening, and an enjoyable afternoon on the patio, I am eager to get back to the routine of a morning walk.
My foot is improving and I don't want to reactivate the problem. This is the time of year when my husband and I would be doing some hiking. So I am at home while he is putting in the miles, and it is hard to be patient! Feeling better or not, I am going to keep my appointment next week with podiatrist.
I hope to rejoin this walking group soon.

Where are you as you 'walk' to your virtual destinations? How far are you? Indoor-or-outdoor, step counting-or- miles, What did you see on your walk today?

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@rosemary I hurt my knee a couple of days ago so not walking till it gets better but miss it . I twisted it and heard a pop so think it was a ligament or cartilage so just taking it easy till better

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@mayofeb2020

@pollyanne @lioness.. I have a sleep number bed but this adjustable bed sounds great. There are many models, may I ask what models you ladies have? I'd always want a recliner. Maybe Santa Claus could bring me one!!

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Hello mayofeb2020,
My adjustable bed is a Leggett&Platt Adjustables series lifestyles s cape. It comes with 2 remotes. It has many,many different settings/ positions head, feet legs and everything inbetween.
Also has message. I bought it mainly because my back would bother me, and I have allergy’s, and laying flat was not comfortable. Making the bed is easier I raise the head section and just slip the bottom sheet on, no bending, same with foot of bed.
A friend bought one for herself that was her Christmas present to herself.
Your sleep number beds only adjust firmness/softness they are good for that purpose.
Adjustable are pricy, but well worth it.
I don’t know what part of the country you are in, but I’m sure most mattress stores can get the Leggett&Platt brand.
I also have a LA-Z- BOY electric recliner. Many functions and positions also. Had one with just the side lever, but only up and down motion.
La-z-boy offers payments with good credit.
They gave a friend 12 months to pay.
Adjustable bed I had to pay in full. The store did not offer credit.
Hope that helps you.
Stay well,
Funcountess

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@mayofeb2020

@pollyanne @lioness.. I have a sleep number bed but this adjustable bed sounds great. There are many models, may I ask what models you ladies have? I'd always want a recliner. Maybe Santa Claus could bring me one!!

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@mayofeb2020 Good morning . My adjustable bed is a Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep System My sales rep was Keith Berrett 1-800-677-8200, I talked them out of a money down of 400 to 200 payments I can handle about 150 a month . Love my bed back loves it too.

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What type of mattress do you have? I have a Leggett & Platt as well.

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@lioness

@pollyanne Hi Wanted to let you know I also have an adjustable bed with massage love it . Before I even get up in morning I use the massage for my back and its better then in the morning also have a massage and heat in my recliner . I use this a lot also the heat feels so good on my back. Like funcountess says they are expensive but monthly payments make it easier to buying it .

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Thanks. I will look into it.. At the moment I put a heating pad on my back as soon as I get up. It has velcro straps that I secure around me and it helps me so much.
I took a day off yesterday as it was too hot and humid and raining. This morning I must get going and walk some extra distance.

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@lioness

@rosemary I hurt my knee a couple of days ago so not walking till it gets better but miss it . I twisted it and heard a pop so think it was a ligament or cartilage so just taking it easy till better

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@lioness Take care with that knee. They can be tricky can't they? I hope that resting it fixes it.

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