vacation and walking coming in a few months

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   Posted 12/13/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
We are planning a vacation to the Dakotas and surrounding areas in May.  We are going with the same people we went to Italy with.  One friend told me I need to get comfortable shoes because we will be doing a lot of walking and hiking in yosemite and mount rushmore, etc.  I told him I would be ok, that I had comfortable shoes and I had been doing physical therapy.  I did not say that it doesn't matter what shoes I wear and have not told our friends that I have fibro.  So I am probably going to get a walking stick and a clue to my husband that I need to sit and will try to condition myself to walking. 
That in itself is hard to get accustomed to.  I used to walk and climb and hike whenever and wherever I wanted without any problems.  Now my body will not let me do it.  I guess I'll have to work up to it.  A few weeks ago I walked about in San Francisco and had such a bad reaction that I could barely walk the next day.  We definitely don't need that . . . me shutting down in the middle of the mountains somewhere. 
At least these guys don't feel sorry for me.  I would hate that.  They joked that if we saw a bear, they would all be ok because all they had to do was outrun me! 

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   Posted 12/13/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Get hiking sticks. They will help more than 1 walking stick. One of my pain doctor's suggested this.


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   Posted 12/14/2008 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue, it sounds like a fun time & I hope it all goes well for you.  What kind of Physical therapy are you doing & has it helped you?  My Rheumy said I should go to a Physical Therapist but I have been putting it off.  I don't know why, really, just not sure.  I think I am afraid it will take all my energy & put me into a flare.  I have become very conditioned by those flares.  LOL  Has it strengthened your muscles or helped with toning or stamina or all of the about?  Hope you don't mind my asking.  Hugs, Denise    

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   Posted 12/14/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope that you have a great time hiking. I hope that your friends don't leave you behind because you are a little bit slower. I am sure that you will have a good time, and I hope that no bears are seen.LOL

Take care, start working up to this.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/14/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Socks - check.

Bear repellant - check!

Denise, she is having me do these exercises that are supposed to build up my flexibility, strength and decrease recovery time.  I was walking twice a day for ten minutes a day, but got out of the habit of it when we came back from San Francisco and then got sick.  I am going to start tomorrow again.  Really! 

Now I have a motivation.  Cuz the remote possibility of having a tight butt isn't motivating me.  I can't see my butt too easily!  turn    But being able to walk on vacation without everyone having to stop and wait will (or me getting eaten by a bear) have gotten me going.


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