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Old 08-05-20, 04:15 PM  
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I missed my lunch walk and wow did I need it. I have to make it a bigger priority on my schedule.

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Old 08-06-20, 09:40 AM  
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I used my YogaGLo sub for a couple of days - a nice stretchy one appropriately named "Morning Self Care" and last night I did a Tara Judelle restorative called "Reset Your Brain" to help me with a crippling allergy headache.

I had my annual dermatology appointment this morning. The doctor is recommending to all her patients that when you go to a store, etc., that you wear eye protection - the cheap kind of plastic goggles you'd use when weed whacking the lawn.
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Old 08-06-20, 10:48 AM  
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I had my annual dermatology appointment this morning. The doctor is recommending to all her patients that when you go to a store, etc., that you wear eye protection - the cheap kind of plastic goggles you'd use when weed whacking the lawn.
I've heard Fauci say the same thing re: eye protection. In my area, store management can't even get people to wear masks (or to wear them properly), so I doubt that the goggle suggestion would go over very well. More like a lead balloon. So far no one has scoffed at me for mask wearing, but I fear the day is coming and if I wore goggles, too--double scoff. I shop in the early mornings when store first open, hoping the air inside is cleanest at that point. Plus, there are fewer customers in there. It's a win-win.

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Old 08-06-20, 11:02 AM  
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Any opinions on what to do regarding a friend of mine who needs me to help her out?

First--I do not go anywhere indoors except occasional grocery runs or to my mom's house. I take the risk of catching COVID-19 very seriously because my mom is immunocompromised and so is one of my sisters and my niece. Sometimes they are at my mom's house while I am there.

My friend had double-knee replacement 7/15 and I've been driving her to p.t. two times a week (Monday/Friday) since 7/21. It was okay at first because she tested negative before her surgery and then quarantined until the surgery. After that, she really could not go anywhere except p.t.--until last Sunday, that is. She went out to eat with her sister and two of her sister's friends--to a buffet, no less. Plus, I know she has friends who stop by to visit and a boyfriend (who is more like a friend at this point--but I think they still eat dinner together sometimes). So--what do I do? I promised I would take her to physical therapy on Mondays and Fridays and then she repays me by buying lunch, which we take back to her house to eat together. Was wondering--should I tell her to find another way to get to therapy because of me needing to be so careful? Or should I ask that she and I both wear masks in the car and that we just skip lunch together? I'm afraid she will be offended--because she gets that way a lot! On the other hand, I really am trying hard to avoid getting sick and possibly passing it on to vulnerable family members.

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Old 08-06-20, 11:10 AM  
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Hello,

I have been journaling but mostly it's writing down a sentence or two. I try not to get into long pages or paragraphs etc. Just a thought or two to help me in my moment. I have been doing more Yin yoga and/or and evening before bed stretch. I continue to avoid TV M-Friday and only watch on the weekends unless the Cubs are playing and I will watch them.

Sollamyn, I am not sure what to suggest about driving your friend to PT. I had one knee replacement and heard a double is brutal so kudos to her for doing that. I didn't have anyone close by to drive me so I used the Trans Vac service in my area. I suspect, that she is feeling isolated and alone with her recovery from her surgery. I know I was feeling very isolated and alone. That maybe why she is reaching out to others for company. But I can understand your concerns as well. Maybe suggest some of her other friends share some of the driving?

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Old 08-06-20, 11:12 AM  
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I missed my lunch walk and wow did I need it. I have to make it a bigger priority on my schedule.

Lesson learned.
I have a sticky on my desk about taking walks at lunch. I really need to read this more often!! I feel so much better when I do.
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Old 08-06-20, 11:42 AM  
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Donna, that's a tough situation!

I can see you feel uncomfortable about continuing to drive her around with her socializing so much and I understand 110%.

Your number one priority now has to be the health and safety of you and your loved ones. It's about time these other friends and the "boyfriend " pick up the driving slack if she is not going to try to protect herself and you.

You've been a good friend. Explain about your family with immune issues. If she is a good friend she will understand. If she gets in a snit, that's too bad.

To repeat: Your main job in 2020 is to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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Old 08-06-20, 12:22 PM  
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Donna,

I don't know what the infection situation is where you are, but our area has been doing really well lately. And now 20K university students are returning and our neighborhood is on guard. But that's another story...

I would probably suspend your chauffeuring favors right now because she seems to be in casual contact with too many people. In any case, you should definitely be wearing masks in the car.
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Old 08-06-20, 01:55 PM  
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This particular friend has been one of my best friends since we were Freshmen (freshmans? ) in high school, so it's difficult for me to just write her off. We have a long shared history of friendship, and I don't want to hurt her feelings. Lately, I've been feeling like we don't have that much in common anymore, though. However, I have very few friends who live anywhere near me now, so...I'd hate to lose her, too. My approach to this situation must be handled delicately. I may not be giving her enough credit, though. I will hope for the best and that it all goes smoothly when I make my case: Either no more rides (after tomorrow when I see her again) or we wear masks and don't go to lunch. I don't expect her to change her lifestyle and I can't reasonably be expected by her to change my current preferences (social distancing/masking).

Thanks for all of your support, fellow VFers!

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Old 08-06-20, 02:12 PM  
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Donna, that sounds like a good plan. State your boundaries in a respectful manner.

Yesterday, I decided I was sick of all my favorite instructors and did a Virtual Active Hike. It was through beautiful New Zealand. I just walked and did low impact moves whilst watching the scenery.

I haven't done any Virtual Actives in probably a year. It was fun!
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