Posted in COVID-19, Fibromyalgia, Getting social, Social events

Pajama Party on #Zoom – B2C2 #COVID19 Edition

NEW!!! Join members of the Fibromyalgia London Group (and others with chronic illnesses) on Zoom for the very first Brown Bag Chat Club (aka B2C2) COVID-19 Edition.

Dress Code: Quarantine Fashion (Sissy that Zoom!) – Daytime PJs, Loungers, plaid shirts and sweats are also welcome. Hair? Who even cares? Make-up? What’s up with that? We’re chronically fabulous.

B2C2 was initiated and will be facilitated by Peer Leader and FLG member, Donna Parker (that’s me and also a cheesy Nancy Drew knock-off series of books in the 50s and 60s). This new initiative will provide members, support persons and those suffering from chronic pain with an opportunity to meet over lunch (hence the brown bag) or not, your choice to chat. We were supposed to introduce this new group activity in March but, unfortunately, that did not materialize.  We are thus introducing it as a virtual activity…Covid19 Edition.  

What kind of topics can we chat about?  

  • Books, ebooks, e-audio, movies, TV shows, streaming, TED Talks, YouTube videos.
  • Music, hobbies, crafts, games, exercise.
  • mind, body and spirit matters – self-care is vital with chronic illness.
  • Whatever distracts us from pain, fatigue and other Fibromylagia or CFS/ME or other chronic illness symptoms.

What is ZOOM?  Zoom is a cloud based service which offers organizations and groups of 3 or more people (up to 100 participants) to meet virtually by using its video conferencing capability. It is a FREE application which you download onto your tablet, laptop, smartphone, or desktop computer. You don’t need to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting, as a participant. It’s really easy and user-friendly. You can use video or not, your choice. Same goes for audio, you can mute or unmute (just remember Mute is on when you arrive in the chat, just in case…), or just listen. You can enter or leave the chat at any time. You can also type information or comments. Yes, it’s that simple and that fun!

All three levels of Canadian government continue their efforts to contain the Covid-19 virus and “flatten the curve”/“plank the curve” so all Canadians are required to continue practicing self-isolation, by staying at home.  Peer Leaders agreed that this is an opportune time for our Group to utilize this increasingly popular communication tool, ZOOM, as an alternative way to connect with our membership and be available to those seeking advice, emotional support, education and resource information on living with Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

During these unprecedented times, yes, we’re going to self-isolate, we’re going to #StayHome to Save Lives from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), but we’re still going to be here to support each other. We’re pleased to announce that FLG will host ZOOM VIRTUAL meetings in the month of April as follows:

Mon, April 6th, 1pm – Brown Bag Chat Club (B2C2 COVId-19 Pajama Party Edition) – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please email Jacqueline at: fmgroup.london@gmail.com if you wish to participate so we can send you a link to the meeting. Bring lunch or brunch or slupper or Quarantinis, or cookies, cake, brownies, sandwiches…whatever.

Thu, April 9th, 1pm  – Knit Happens! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please email Jacqueline fmgroup.london@gmail.com if you wish to participate so we can send you a link to the meeting. 

Thu, April 16th, 11am – Sharing Circle.

Mon, April 20th, 1pm – Brown Bag Chat Club (B2C2)

Thu, April 23rd, 1pm – Knit Happens!

Mon, April 27th, 1pm – Brown Bag Chat Club (B2C2)

Thu, April 30th, 1pm – Knit Happens!

PLEASE NOTE: All our VIRTUAL activities/meetings are FREE (yes, that’s an actual thing!) and OPEN TO ALL members and their guests, as well as visitors, regardless of where you live in Canada. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required to participate in all VIRTUAL meetings.  Just send an email to fmgroup.london@gmail.com to confirm your interest in participating.  You’ll then receive an email with instructions on how to join the meeting, the link/meeting ID and password.
WATCH FOR EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENTS, from Donna or Jacqueline, on when registration for each virtual meeting is open.

Also, don’t forget about our essential workers! What would we do without doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, pharmacists, radiologists, porters, clerks, truck drivers, farmers, plumbers, restaurant staff, electricians, hydro workers, payroll clerks, government workers, police officers, firefighters, energy workers, maintenance, social services, research, agriculture, food production, manufacturing and Telecommunications and IT infrastructure/service providers (you want to see panic, let the internet go down!) and so many more! We care! We’re Thankful! You have our gratitude! You’re putting your life on the line so we can stay home and “flatten the curve” so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system. Here’s what you can do to say “Thank You” here in London and everywhere!!! https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2020/03/27/even-covid19-cant-beat-our-ldnont-spirit/ #StayHomeSavesLives #WashYourHands

Don’t Forget (so easy with Fibrofog, I know), join us this Mon, April 6th, 1pm – Brown Bag Chat Club (B2C2 COVId-19 Pajama Party Edition) – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please email Jacqueline at: fmgroup.london@gmail.com if you wish to participate so we can send you a link to the meeting.

Can’t wait to chat with you soon! #StaySafe #StayHome

Posted in Blog posts, COVID-19, Fibromyalgia, Getting social, Social events

There’s No Place Like Home, Zoom with Us!

The Covid19 Pandemic Crisis in Canada continues. By staying home, we are saving lives. We’re not “stuck” at home, we’re “safe” at home.

Though Fibromyalgia London Group (also for those with: CFS/ME, any chronic illness) cannot meet in person, we’re going to ZOOM! Yes, FLG is on Zoom now and so although we can’t meet, can’t knit, share, cook, chat, hug, etc. we don’t have to touch to stay in touch.

We’re having our very first virtual Sharing Circle! Please join us tomorrow, Saturday April 4th, 2020 at 1pm Eastern Time (USA and Canada) on Zoom!

All you need is a laptop, desktop, tablet or phone, preferably working well (download the Zoom app, it’s quick and so easy, this one is user-friendly to the extreme!), with audio and a camera (if you wish to do the video portion, if you have “Scopophobia” aka a phobia of cameras; or a fear of electronics, or whatever, no worries, we understand.

If it’s “Quarantine Fashion” you’re worried about, bring it on, we’re all in this together. Sissy That Walk. Wear sweats. Dress up. No pressure. No judgements. Bring your own refreshments! Tea, coffee, water, smoothies…wine, cheese, medical cannabis, Quarantini (shaken not stirred); brownies, cake, veggies, nachos, fruit, lasagna – this is informal, you’re among friends. The good thing about Zoom, you can come and go from the chat whenever you want to. Or mute if you want to go to the washroom, burp, crunch on a celery stick (sure, or chicken leg or cookie)… Turn video on or off (remember your Mute button is on when you first enter the chat, turn it off to “talk”). Put your own name up, or a nickname, or an aspiration name. We’re just going with the #StayHomeSaveLives flow here at FLG trying to “Support Ourselves by Helping Others” and the best way we can help is #StayingHome with you.

It’s FREE! Please join us tomorrow, Saturday April 4th, 2020 at 1pm Eastern Time (USA and Canada) on Zoom!!! You don’t have to get dressed up. Hair not done, that’s what hats are for. No make-up, no problem. We’re here to Sur-Thrive (survive while thriving with chronic illnesses)!

The situation will continue to be reassessed and we know it seems wild out there sometimes, but until then, you’re safe in here with us, we can meet and greet in the virtual world!! Please join us tomorrow, Saturday April 4th, 2020 at 1pm Eastern Time (USA and Canada) on Zoom!

WANT TO PARTICIPATE? Just send me an email fmgroup.london@gmail.com confirming your attendance, and we’ll send you the chat link AND simple instructions on how to download the Zoom app, and join the meeting, tomorrow, Saturday April 4th, 2020 at 1pm Eastern Time (USA and Canada) on Zoom!

Just FYI, Monday April 6th at 1pm we’re having another Zoom chat, B2C2: COVID-19 Edition. B2C2 (Brown Bag Chat Club) is where members would, under normal circumstances, meet, bring our lunches (or not, your choice) and we sit and chat about:
books, movies, TV shows, streaming, TED Talks,
ebooks, audiobooks, hobbies, You Tube, crafts,
games, sports, dreams, anything and everything,
but especially what distracted us from pain.

It’s like a lunch hour at work.
Just chatting while eating our lunches.
But COVID-19 happened and so we’ve decided to go ahead with it anyway, online, on Zoom. We’re going to virtually meet and just talk about anything from your latest binge show to Jason Momoa (might be me who brings him up)
to what motivates us, inspires us, helps us get by. Anything. We’d love for you to join us at B2C2: COVID-19 Edition. I suspect it will be fun, informal and quite possibly silly.

Also, don’t forget about our essential workers! What would we do without doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, pharmacists, radiologists, porters, clerks, truck drivers, farmers, plumbers, restaurant staff, electricians, hydro workers, payroll clerks, government workers, police officers, firefighters, energy workers, maintenance, social services, research, agriculture, food production, manufacturing and Telecommunications and IT infrastructure/service providers (you want to see panic, don’t let the internet go down!) and so many more! We care! We’re Thankful! You have our gratitude! You’re putting your life on the line so we can stay home and “flatten the curve” so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system. Here’s what you can do to say “Thank You” here in London and everywhere!!! https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2020/03/27/even-covid19-cant-beat-our-ldnont-spirit/ #StayHomeSavesLives #WashYourHands