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!

@jakedduck1

I only walked a half mile yesterday and didn’t do much better the day before.
Jake

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I know this isn't at all a competition, @jakedduck1, but you still beat me with your half mile jaunt yesterday. Good for you! Maybe I'll strive for longer stroll today as the sun is out and a warmer day prediction.

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@judyhodgern

New question I have an aerobika that is about 2 1/2 years old and it
doesn’t seem to put out much vapor like it used to the nebulizer seems to
be working well I use 7% Saline and I believe I have the aerobika put
together correctly but does the aerobika wear out after once a day for 2
1/2 years sometimes two times a day any help from anybody out there? Judy

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@judyhodgern, Hi, Judy, I'm wondering if your question is something that could be better answered in the lung forum? I use a distilled water/oxygen unit to help my breathing at night but don't use a nebulizer and am unfamiliar with the aerobika you ask about. Not sure how to get you to that discussion but bet our Becky, @becsbuddy can. Hope you can get the answers your seeking!

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@artist01

@fiesty76 What are hush puppies? I only know them as shoes from the Seventies.

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@artist01, Thanks for the morning laugh! @lioness gave a good definition!

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@imallears

@fiesty76
Come on down? Where do you live? If I came down any further I would be in the water. In fact I can walk to the water ((Anclote River) gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, from my house in 5 minutes. Why don’t I do that now….

FL Mary

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Oh, quit boasting, @imallears! VBG A 5 min. walk to the water?? "Water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink!" Pretty much says it all for my parched earth West TX locale. So come on…up? over? you'll still be welcome even if a short walk can have you dipping your toes in a water body larger than a tiny sprinkler caused puddle!

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@fiesty76

Yes,@amandajro, I caught your earlier diplomatic suggestion and plead guilty to straying onto foodie and garden talk. Will try to better behave….does jumping from one topic to another on a given forum qualify for a bit of reprieve if I plead maybe adult ADD??? Smiles.

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@fiesty76, @ amandajro. If I had a vote and I don't…..I'd vote 'YES' …as you well know, I tend to be one of those adult ADD children our moderators must watch carefullly. Fiesty, it's tough to just talk about walking…we see flowers or where there will be flowers and our minds run to that topic, we see snow and think ice cream, I get hot and think specialty drink……see, Amanda? We have a tough time staying on topic!!! We're too interested in the world, a good thing for our health, and we're too interesting to our new friends..It's Becky's fault! She started this thread…blessings…elizabeth

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@judyhodgern

New question I have an aerobika that is about 2 1/2 years old and it
doesn’t seem to put out much vapor like it used to the nebulizer seems to
be working well I use 7% Saline and I believe I have the aerobika put
together correctly but does the aerobika wear out after once a day for 2
1/2 years sometimes two times a day any help from anybody out there? Judy

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@judyhodgern Here is a connection to the Lung Health group and MAC group. Ask your question there and they will help find the correct discussion thread. I hope this will help!

– Lung Health https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-conditions/
– MAC & Bronchiectasis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/mac-bronchiectasis/

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@imallears

@fiesty76
If you live in Florida you generally avoid tans and use sunscreen when out walking. The sun is brutal this time of year. I leave sunscreen on my bathroom countertop to remind me to put it on my arms and hands or any exposed areas. Almost every car in Florida had tinted windows. Only tourists have tans or sunburn. I think we have glows instead of tans. I also use a tanning cream fairly often. I admit it does look healthy and nice but notice all the hats and sunglasses we wear down here. Rather have a fake one than a real one.

FL Mary

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@imallears , @fiesty76 Oh, Mary, you are sooooo right! I have lots of hats, use 70-100 neutrogena sunscreen plus facial suncreen and don't get spray tan or use a tan cream anymore. Haven't found one yet that doesn't turn a bit yellow. May be my skin, as I'm very fair and burn easily…..blisters all over as a teen/young adult and really dangerous for me. Thankfully, no melanoma yet, but I'm ck'd yearly and keep a watch for anything. I have to watch the tops of my feet! Sandals…….they can really hurt with neuropathy issues, too.
But, I still have a Vit D3 deficiency, so I stay on top of that, too. Mary, we wear sunglasses every time we go outside, correct? Those UV rays are bad for our eyes, plus I have sarcoid in my eyes and the light is a beast….but I can't survive w/o it….gloomy, gray days add up to depression for me if there're too many in a row. Have to have the sun…..blessings all. elizabeth

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@fiesty76

Oh, quit boasting, @imallears! VBG A 5 min. walk to the water?? "Water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink!" Pretty much says it all for my parched earth West TX locale. So come on…up? over? you'll still be welcome even if a short walk can have you dipping your toes in a water body larger than a tiny sprinkler caused puddle!

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@fiesty76, @imallears Do I detect a hint of jealousy from our hot, dry desert friend????? Mary, it is nice to dip the toes in the Altantic or Gulf…..although, I don't get to the ocean anymore and do miss it! Getting older can be a trip! blessings, stay hydrated, elizabeth

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@lioness

@artist01 Hush puppies are round balls of corn meal fried in oil I think they have some kind of spice in them not sure fiesty76 may know more They are 😋

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@lioness, @artist01 Add some pepper….and butter …elizabeth

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@artist01

@joybringer1 what about the humble marigold? They say that if you plant them near the door, they are supposed to keep the mice from entering your house.

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@artis01,We did plant marigolds in the past. We don't know if it was the deer or rabbits who ate all of those. @joybringer1

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@jude07

Ah, sorry that your companion has a painful spine. How difficult.

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@jude07 Thank you for your concern! I did take Poppy out when I got home from the hair cutter. Big mistake. He did very well in the morning, but the afternoon walk, not so good. He stopped part way and my walking companion then carried him. We got a bit further and my husband came to get him so I could continue my walk. On my way to my house, I stopped to talk with my neighbor who has survived pancreatic cancer. Love talking to him. He is such an inspiration! Told me that he “jumps out of bed” each morning to celebrate his continue good health.
Gave him a short walk today and then took my walk.

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@becsbuddy

@jude07 Thank you for your concern! I did take Poppy out when I got home from the hair cutter. Big mistake. He did very well in the morning, but the afternoon walk, not so good. He stopped part way and my walking companion then carried him. We got a bit further and my husband came to get him so I could continue my walk. On my way to my house, I stopped to talk with my neighbor who has survived pancreatic cancer. Love talking to him. He is such an inspiration! Told me that he “jumps out of bed” each morning to celebrate his continue good health.
Gave him a short walk today and then took my walk.

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Good that you got your walk in and your husband was so kind to rescue Poppy.
The positive spirit of your neighbor warms my heart. Bless him.

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