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

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Wed, Feb 19 11:59am

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!

@katiejo59

Wow! You don't say if you're in Phoenix or Death Valley. A relative lives in Tucson and told me that this past Monday it was already 100 degrees. But it's a dry heat, right? Makes quite a difference. We are having a generally "soupy" day. Be careful out there.

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@hopeful33250
Hi
I was in Phoenix all summer one time am I couldn’t get into the swimming pool fast enough.
I live in the central valley of California about 90 miles west of San Francisco.
No humidity here we’re at least done that’s noticeable only on very very few days during the year. And then it’s not much at all I don’t know how people that live in that humid climate stand it. When I went to the worlds fair in New Orleans I didn’t think I was going to make it.
Humidity ranks right up there with cooking
Hope you have a few dehumidifiers.
Jake

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Well, I confess, I haven't walked the last two days – unless you count in the garden – but my Fitbit is still over 10,000 steps by the end of the day… and today I got to play chase and tag with my young grandsons so I ran too.
We played at the birthday parade my daughters arranged for the 4 year old to replace the adventures he misses so much. And I got HUGS! My beloved son-in-law built a vinyl sheeting "hug wall" so we can be on one side, they on the other with sleeves to put our arms in to hug each other. My 4 yo grandson didn't want to try it at first, but then he couldn't get enough. The 16 mo not so much – but he'll get there. My daughters and I had tears in our eyes when we got to hug for the first time since New Years Day!
Tomorrow I will start my day with a long walk as I count my blessings.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Well, I confess, I haven't walked the last two days – unless you count in the garden – but my Fitbit is still over 10,000 steps by the end of the day… and today I got to play chase and tag with my young grandsons so I ran too.
We played at the birthday parade my daughters arranged for the 4 year old to replace the adventures he misses so much. And I got HUGS! My beloved son-in-law built a vinyl sheeting "hug wall" so we can be on one side, they on the other with sleeves to put our arms in to hug each other. My 4 yo grandson didn't want to try it at first, but then he couldn't get enough. The 16 mo not so much – but he'll get there. My daughters and I had tears in our eyes when we got to hug for the first time since New Years Day!
Tomorrow I will start my day with a long walk as I count my blessings.
Sue

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@sueinmn Good for you Grandma wish I did but not yet . I did get to zoom but thats not the same .

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@rosemarya

@mayofeb2020, @contentandwell,@funcountess,@lioness, It is easy to feel down right now, however lets bring this discussion back on track.

I suggest that we return our attention toward the positive support and encouragement for everyone who is dealing with health issues and who depend on our encouragement along the way. When good friends gather, it is easy to become engaged in conversations that veer off topic to the exclusion of others. That is why I want to ask you to return to the intent of our virtual walking group. I have copied this from the original introduction to this discussion on Feb. 19 by @becsbuddy.
"So let’s form a virtual walking group. We can agree to walk every day and encourage each other through Connect."

I have my podiatrist appointment tomorrow. Yeah! And soon hope to be back up and walking.
Are you planning to walk today? If not. What words of encouragement do you have to offer to to someone who is feelinf "iffy" about getting up and taking the first difficult step?

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@rosemary, I can't remember who is getting out and about and who is staying more in place. Will this podiatrist appt.be one of your first forays back into a more public setting?

I'm asking because my kidney doc's office called last week with a reminder of an early June appt. I told her I just didn't feel comfortable going for the labs required before the appt. She'd said they were open or doc could do a phone consult. I asked to reschedule and then she 1st suggested a couple of weeks…that didn't work for me; Agreed to an Aug. appt. because I think by then we may hopefully have a lull in virus cases before facing the possibility of more starting in the fall.

I've walked each day starting Friday. Two friends sent by EMS to hospital emergency and admission for life threatening issues combined with other horrors of the week just overwhelmed and stopped me in my tracks. Just kept tv and internet news off all day yesterday and feel more myself this morning. Think I'll be doing at least a short walk each early morning this week just to help restore my equilibrium.

Are you expecting good news from your doc that will allow you to start back with your walks?

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@lioness

@sueinmn Good for you Grandma wish I did but not yet . I did get to zoom but thats not the same .

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@;lioness My husband is a Cyber Security Manager and I want to let you know zoom can be dangerous. There are hackers that get into it. I know many have it to have meetings at our church. There has been businesses hit. Skype is safe. And there are other ones out there too. Take care of yourself you are very special. Jeanie

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@lilypaws

@;lioness My husband is a Cyber Security Manager and I want to let you know zoom can be dangerous. There are hackers that get into it. I know many have it to have meetings at our church. There has been businesses hit. Skype is safe. And there are other ones out there too. Take care of yourself you are very special. Jeanie

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@lillypaw's Thanks The zoom I'm on is with arthritis exercise classes not just to talk to people. My son has it for his work . I'm sure hackers find away to get into anything out there . I just am on here and use my phone thats about it . I just had a zoom from the facilitator of the exercise class with inforation I need . It is closed to everyone else so just us who signed up for it . I do have Skype that I use when I connect with other people. Are you getting excited and probably nervous that is a big surgery you are having . I use to work in the O.R. with the Dr. You have faith in your Dr that is half the battle ,you'll be fine push out those dark clouds. We are with you on the table ,let us know when you can

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@mayofeb2020

@contentandwell.. In the greater Los Angeles it was a very scary picture. A curfew is in effect but don't know for how long. There were looters everywhere, setting fire to police cars and businesses. Peaceful demonstration is one thing, but violence and looting is another. Small businesses are already suffering because of the pandamic, now many shop owners may have to close their businesses forever. How is that going to help revitalize the economy in the community?

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@mayofeb2020 I agree with you it is so sad about all the looters. I just don't understand it all. It's sad that police officer did what he did, but he's going to pay for it. I feel Jesus is looking down and saying I need to help. I feel it will get better. My daughter told me about the he time people cannot be out and that was in Des Moines.
I hope the other officers get more than just fired. They were just as bad as the one who killed him. They could have stopped him instead of just watching. I pray for peace. Jeanie

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@funcountess

Hi,
The shoe store is Flight Club the other was ToriK both high end shoe stores. The jewelry store lost all their jewelry. What is wrong with the people? One word OPPORTUNIST. They see the opportunity, and just jump right in. None of this was about George Floyd.
He was just the excuse.
I hope the shop keepers had good insurance.
Your daughter and family I’m sure are fine, looters want the retail areas. Fires are seen for many miles.
Did you talk to her today?
Tell her to stay in with windows closed. Not good to breathe in the smokey air.
Take care,
Funcountess

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@funcountess Where does your daughter live? I agree with one person that we have to think positive. Keep doing what you are doing like walking. I'm so proud of you. I can't walk yet too much pain in my back. I think after the surgery they will want me to walk a little. Just telling people if you don't hear from me I'm either at Mayo Hospital or recovering.

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@contentandwell

@mayofeb2020 This is all so heartbreaking, sad, and stressful. My husband was watching the news on TV last night and I got to the point where I had to leave the room, it scares and worries me. My concern was made even worse since that was right after talking to my daughter. I pray for her safety. Her husband is a great guy, brilliant but more intellective than physical so not a huge help probably.

On the news, they were showing an athletic shoe store being totally looted, was that one of the ones you mention? Someone pulled up in front of it in a car to steal more shoes and the license plate was very visible so I hope they can arrest and charge the car's owner. Most of the people were pedestrians going in off the street. What is the matter with these people?

@lioness I don't even want to think about what's next.
JK

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@contentandwell I seem to not let it bother me. I an concerned, but I think my mind is a lot on my surgery. I pray that it will end soon and that the people will start to not riot. I also heard of another police doing a choke hold on a guy, he was fired. What do those people think, I just don't know. I'm leaving it up to God. Jeanie

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@lioness

@lilypaws Hooray I know you cant wait . We cant wait for it to be over . I will look forward to having you do your virtual walk with me . Right now Im watching my rumba clean my floor its so cute going around like it is I named it Howard and he is doing a good job I have a remote for it and when its done I just press the go home button . How it knows where home is I dont know . You may want to get one for yourself It is great . Now I'm going to mop one room at a time. Putting you on list today . Ruth Graham ask for prayers Sunday for the world and whats going on in it with this virus the time zone is PT2:00 If we all women pray at this time its to be collective prayer from us. Im excited for you also . Drink plenty of water between now and then itVitamin is know as the healing vitamin have a good day . friend Linda

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@lioness I would love to have a rumba, but my husband doesn't believe in them. They you for putting me on your prayer list. If I drink too much water I get sick to my stomach. I put two Macho Green bags in the bottom of the glass, add ice and water. Believe it or not it makes ice tea. It's a great tea to have, but has caffeine in it. I have another one that doesn't have caffeine it's not a green tea, but another on that's good for you. I can't take a vitamin because my vitamin D was twice the level it should have been. He changed my calcium to calcium citrate. I make a protein drink every morning. Thanks for your help and prayers! Jeanie

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@lilypaws I have a calcium citrate drink also everyday . The Dr. for my osteoporosis wants me to take 1200mg calcium a day along with the other ones she perscribed .

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@fiesty76

@rosemary, I can't remember who is getting out and about and who is staying more in place. Will this podiatrist appt.be one of your first forays back into a more public setting?

I'm asking because my kidney doc's office called last week with a reminder of an early June appt. I told her I just didn't feel comfortable going for the labs required before the appt. She'd said they were open or doc could do a phone consult. I asked to reschedule and then she 1st suggested a couple of weeks…that didn't work for me; Agreed to an Aug. appt. because I think by then we may hopefully have a lull in virus cases before facing the possibility of more starting in the fall.

I've walked each day starting Friday. Two friends sent by EMS to hospital emergency and admission for life threatening issues combined with other horrors of the week just overwhelmed and stopped me in my tracks. Just kept tv and internet news off all day yesterday and feel more myself this morning. Think I'll be doing at least a short walk each early morning this week just to help restore my equilibrium.

Are you expecting good news from your doc that will allow you to start back with your walks?

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Hi, @fiesty76. I will be able to rejoin you and everyone for my walks. Like you, I will be doing at least a short walk for a while, and increase as I feel comfortable. I have a feeling that you are an early riser and walker, so it is a good thing that this is a virtual walking group! I did take a short walk this afternoon and was treated to a safe-distanced visit with some neighbors who were in their yard.

I want to respond to your question about my doctor appointment. He is in a small office and I have seen him before. When I made the appointment, I was told to call from my car, and wait until they called me to come And to wear a mask. And that is what I did. Everyone wore a mask, too. After making my copay, I was taken to the exam room where an assistant took my temperature. Only one other patient was there, and I never saw him, I could only hear him and the doctor talking in another room. Doctor wore gloves when he examined my foot. I felt very comfortable being in the office.

As I already shared, I can start to walk short distances and gradually increase the distance. He suggested that if I want to do longer distance that I should take two shorter walks instead. Problem is caused by an odd toe joint. Only thing for now is to wear a foot pad that cushions my foot to ease the stress and pressure of that joint to soft tissue. I wear it all day until I go to bed. I go back in one month, when he said we can hope for a 30-40% inprovement from the pain. So tomorrow I plan to lace up my walking shoes and enjoy a leisure morning stroll around the neighborhood!

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@rosemarya

Hi, @fiesty76. I will be able to rejoin you and everyone for my walks. Like you, I will be doing at least a short walk for a while, and increase as I feel comfortable. I have a feeling that you are an early riser and walker, so it is a good thing that this is a virtual walking group! I did take a short walk this afternoon and was treated to a safe-distanced visit with some neighbors who were in their yard.

I want to respond to your question about my doctor appointment. He is in a small office and I have seen him before. When I made the appointment, I was told to call from my car, and wait until they called me to come And to wear a mask. And that is what I did. Everyone wore a mask, too. After making my copay, I was taken to the exam room where an assistant took my temperature. Only one other patient was there, and I never saw him, I could only hear him and the doctor talking in another room. Doctor wore gloves when he examined my foot. I felt very comfortable being in the office.

As I already shared, I can start to walk short distances and gradually increase the distance. He suggested that if I want to do longer distance that I should take two shorter walks instead. Problem is caused by an odd toe joint. Only thing for now is to wear a foot pad that cushions my foot to ease the stress and pressure of that joint to soft tissue. I wear it all day until I go to bed. I go back in one month, when he said we can hope for a 30-40% inprovement from the pain. So tomorrow I plan to lace up my walking shoes and enjoy a leisure morning stroll around the neighborhood!

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@rosemary Welcome back to walking. Let us know how it goes. Good to hear that you got a diagnosis – and how careful the doc was. His counsel regarding short walks was a good one – can I send my husband there for advice? He has an achilles tendon that was partially torn and slow to heal – doesn't walk for weeks, then tries to keep up with my 3 mile walk and hurts for days! Last night we did a short (under 1 mi) walk together – waiting to see how he's doing today. It was great to see many singles, couples and families out walking in our neighborhood. Off to walk now – supposed to be 93F and humid later.
Sue

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@lioness

@lillypaw's Thanks The zoom I'm on is with arthritis exercise classes not just to talk to people. My son has it for his work . I'm sure hackers find away to get into anything out there . I just am on here and use my phone thats about it . I just had a zoom from the facilitator of the exercise class with inforation I need . It is closed to everyone else so just us who signed up for it . I do have Skype that I use when I connect with other people. Are you getting excited and probably nervous that is a big surgery you are having . I use to work in the O.R. with the Dr. You have faith in your Dr that is half the battle ,you'll be fine push out those dark clouds. We are with you on the table ,let us know when you can

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@lioness You should be ok on zoom if you are just using it for exercise. Your son probably knows about thoses nasty people out there that can get information. They wouldn't care about your exercises. Good for you for exercises. I will have to get back to doing them once I am healed. I have gained 12 pounds. Just sitting my computer and not exercising
I'm getting anxious about my surgery now, but yet excited to get it over with. I'm concerned how my husband is going to take care of me. He's 69 and works full time out of our house, he does Cyber Secrity (sp) I use to be able to spell real good, but going through the pain in my body seems to effect my mind too.
Back to my husband, he is a good man, but was raised with a very verbal agressive father. My husband was verbally abusive to our kids as they were growing up and to me too. I just didn't know and thought is was normal. He is better now, but has a problem with cleanliness. Every thing needs to be done his way, but he cares and loves me. He is better about not being abusive. He is very intellegent sp. I am outgoing and he is not. I'm just thankful for having him to help me get through this. Don't e-mail me again till June 13th. I should be home from the hospital on the 12th. I will tell you how it went. You are one of my special people. You are so positive and I have to keep that way too. I always get anxious before a trip and then once I'm packed and in the car I feel better.
Many Blessings to you. Jeanie

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The mornings start early here, and it is full light by 5am. This morning there were notices on our community FB page of cougar sightings/prints all around us. This explains why the resident deer have "gone to ground" so to speak. We are on the north edge of town, not far from a favorite water source of a local creek. Last fall I was stalked by a large cougar when out walking in the early morning haze. Guess my walking with trek poles will be a bit later!

On the subject of trekking poles, how are you doing with yours, @johnbishop ?
Ginger

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