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6/29/14 5:33 P

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I hike with poles now a lot of the time because of my balance issues. But before I had a stroke I used a walking stick in one hand only and it helped me so much going down. I'd recommend either.

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6/29/14 11:57 A

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Do you hike with poles? that helps my knees on the way down... emoticon

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6/28/14 7:51 P

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Oooh, I can go up, but coming down it's harder. More knee issues, more balance problems.

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6/28/14 1:50 P

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Yes, I had the fall thing drilled into me repeatedly at the hospital and later at outpatient rehab! But I do understand why. I worked for years with elderly and disabled. I try to be very careful because I do not want to fall! I didn't want to fall before a stroke, although I did once in a while, usually when walking not far from home. I think on trails I was more conscientious about that. Being in my late 50s and having seen so many broken hips and other bones that was not a thing I wanted! Now I take it even more seriously I do wobble some though because I have to concentrate a lot on my balance, and keep saying I'm going to get a t-shirt that says on the back something like I'm not drunk, I'm recovering from a stroke. Sometimes I think I look like a drunk! But I won't give up! I will take precautions but I won't crawl in to bed and start watching soap operas during the day LOL.

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6/28/14 9:58 A

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Hey Windy, glad you are back and posting, name change and all! Sounds like a good reason to pick your new name.

Linda, keep on walking, it's great therapy! And I work in a hospital, so I hear about the fall risk patients, they do take that seriously, since the government really cracks down on the hospitals if any patient falls for any reason, they need to make sure someone who may fall doesn't.

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6/26/14 2:17 P

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KAYOTIC - Some days I get walking more and some days not so much but overall much better when I was lucky to get 1/2 a mile for a day after getting discharged from the hospital LOL. That is multiple hospitals because I was in a small rural hospital in New Mexico where I was transferred that day to Phoenix large hospital. Then 21 days later transferred again to hospital in Dallas which was closer to my oldest son until Dec 3rd. Too much time in hospitals ha ha. You haven't lived until they won't let you go to the bathroom without someone being there and an alarm on the bed in case you try to get out by yourself! I felt like I was on a desert island with sharks circling! But so much better now than those days!

Laurence do what you can to take care of yourself. I know first hand how hard it is, and I didn't really start working on myself until after my mom passed away but I did a few other things to try to take care of myself. Very very hard but burnout happens otherwise. So even if it's a few minutes at a time try to do something just for you. It doesn't have to be big, just small moves for yourself. I also worked with elderly and disabled for many years and saw so many people who didn't do that and ended up almost worse off than the patient sometimes. That's why I encourage you. You probably hear it on the caregiving board too. I always have so much sympathy for those doing what you are doing because I've also been there. I think you are a hero for what you do! I've also seen the ones who are put in a nursing home and some families visit daily or frequently at least. But I've seen the ones put in there and just abandoned by family too. I think anyone who tries to care for someone else deserves a huge hand and praise!

Linda

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6/26/14 8:38 A

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Hey Kayotic, doubt you remember it, but we are on the outdoor people team together as well, I think, just got out of visiting all my teams and posting, I was Texas Lee then but changed it to Windy Lee a few years ago, reason behind changing it, I love to ride my bike and feel that wind blowing in my face, so hence Windy Lee. Love to hike as well , go atop those hills or mountains and feel that wind blowing, just being outdoors.....

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6/25/14 9:49 P

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emoticon to the team, Barb, Cadmonkey and Windy! Hope you are all able to tell us great stories about your hikes... emoticon where ever the trail leads, it ought to be good!

Laurance, hope you get some respite care, or can take Linda's advice, and just get out for short walks here and there, you have a tough situation, but I'm sure you can get back to your former glory in time.

Linda, I see your steps increasing day by day on the fitbit, hope all is well, keep on getting out!

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6/25/14 8:29 P

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Thanks for posting, LindaKay...and wow! a stroke? And brain bleed? Good to hear that you're getting out and walking.

I do know that as a caregiver I have to take care of myself, but that's easier said than done. I'm trying, and I do have a doctor appointment in a month. And I do know that walking is good medicine! Very good medicine. I have a pedometer and I try for 10,000 steps a day.

By fall I hope things will be better somehow.
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6/25/14 1:17 P

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LAURANCE - You were doing so awesome! I know how hard caregiving can be, because I did a lot of that for my mom until she passed away about 5 years ago. I was walking for military events and running a few 5k's until I had a stroke on Halloween day. I'm 59 now, was 58 then. Had a brain bleed too. I had done 15 miles at Bataan Death March Memorial (it was not like a death march but was just a memorial) for 4 years at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico about 2 1/2 hors from where I lived. There was also a 26 miles course I had done but was thinking about training for. It was so awesome with about 2/3 or so military of the almost 7,000 the last year I did it, up from 5,000 the first year. I really hated to miss it this past March. I'm in Texas now. I had also done a 19 mile Walk for the Heroes to commemorate military and also those from 9/11 and other heroes in September. I only had a month to train or I would have done more but I hadn't heard about it. I did a lot of hiking in the Gila National Forest a few minutes from where I lived. Now I struggle more but I hike or walk some every day usually here. My balance is off now and I have to concentrate more on the balance but I have to get out and do it. So what I would say to you is to start with getting out and walking down that street! When I started, in late 2008, I either walked a brief distance or drove into the forest, walked on a forest road for 10 minutes one way then 10 minutes back to the car. I had to build from there. As a former caregiver, I also say that if you don't take care of yourself first, you won't have as much to give to the one you care for. Those walks, even if brief at first, could be one thing you need to help care for yourself. Something that is just for you and not to caregiving! Good luck to you and I know you can do it!

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6/25/14 12:42 P

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I am new to the team as well, love to hike, bike, walk and canoe, in other words, love to be outdoors. I have been sparking though since 2006.

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6/25/14 11:44 A

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Hi, I'm new to the team. I like to hike and backpack. This looked like the place to be.

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6/24/14 10:08 P

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I'm on this team because I'm hopeful. A year ago I was hiking and completed a heavy-duty 25K race over three awful mountains - and at age 71 I was the oldest old lady to cross the finish line. Now I'm tired and burned out and have to start from the beginning. I have to just walk down the street.

It's shocking how long it takes to build up strength, and how fast things fall apart.

I'm a caregiver, and things have deteriorated since December. The need for care has escalated, and I'm burning out on giving and giving. And the exercise and hiking and walking is falling apart. My health is falling apart. I look at the medal I won last year and I think, "What happened?"

(There's a Spark People Caregivers' Support group, and I post there every day.)

I'm back at the beginning, starting all over, and caregiving things are deteriorating. But I am on this team because I hope to regain my strength and health (caregiving is health-threatening; caregivers can die of stress while the recipient of care survives due to the good care). I hope to be able to hike again.

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Hi everyone,

New to the Let's Go Hiking team, but it looks like a lot of fun. My husband and I just got back form a few hikes on the AT in Tennessee and Virginia (from Ohio). I'm fairly new at hiking, but I can walk up a storm emoticon . Love to get outdoors and am lucky enough to live around an area that has extensive trails in its park system. But my favorite hike so far is the Highline Trail in Glacier Nat'l Park. Glad to be here, hope everyone is doing well ;-).

Barb...from Ohio

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