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

KNIT Happens! on #ZOOM

NEW!!! Join members of the Fibromyalgia London Group (and others with chronic illnesses) on Zoom for the Knit Happens!

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.

What is ZOOM?  Zoom is free for participants, you don’t even have to have a Zoom account, only the people HOLDING the virtual meetings need an account (free or paid), not you as a participant, you don’t need to sign in to be part of the meeting, you just need to follow the link the host sends you. Zoom is a cloud based service which offers organizations and groups of 3 or more people to meet virtually by using its video conferencing capability. Again, it is a FREE app (application) you download onto your: tablet, iPAD, laptop, smartphone/iPhone, or any desktop computer. Again, there is no need for you to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting, as a participant, you just click on the link the host of the chat sends you and ZOOM, you’re in the virtual meeting ROOM! The person/organization holding the meeting will send you a link you can follow and you will be there in the meeting room, virtually so you can #StaySafe #StayAtHome, (and/or the Meeting ID and password). 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 you can just listen. You can also enter or leave the chat at any time. You can also type information or comments in the chat area. Seriously, it’s that simple and that fun!

All three levels of Canadian government continue their efforts to contain COVID-19 and “flatten the curve”/“plank the curve” – all Canadians are required to continue practicing self-isolation, by staying at home (only going out for necessities, think about that word, look it up in a dictionary, what is “needed”, not visiting, not for Easter, not to babysit, not to gather in crowds including standing in line at Costco, seriously. If you’re displaying any symptoms: dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell and/or taste, unusual headaches, hallucinations, malaise, etc. stay at home or go to see a doctor, don’t drop by Walmart and/or Tim Horton’s drive-thru and/or KFC and/or Loblaws while you’re on your way to the doctor or on the way back from the doctor – they are working in dangerous conditions with a highly contagious illness so you can be well, don’t be selfish; #StayHome or see a doctor. If you have returned from traveling, #StayHome for 14 days, even if you have no symptoms, remember, asymptomatic people can spread the virus. And of course, #WashYourHands frequently!!! #StayHomeSaveLives #StaySafe #StayAtHome ) Peer Leaders of FLG agreed this is a fantastic time for our Group to use, ZOOM, a popular communication tool as an alternative way to connect with our members and potential members and be available to those seeking advice, emotional support, education and resource information on living with Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or any chronic illness). So far it has been amazing. We’ve had several online meetings/activities and have found we can stay in touch at a safe physical distance (online and in the real world remember, it’s not a shopping cart length away, it’s 2 or more metres or 6.5 or more feet apart; also remember wearing a mask doesn’t protect you, it protects others from you).

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 during this Quarantine. We’re pleased to announce that FLG will host ZOOM VIRTUAL meetings in the month of April as follows:

Thursday (if you know what day it is, I think today is Wednesday?!?), April 9th, 1pm (Eastern Time)  – Knit Happens! now on Zoom but still with the amazing Janice Sumpton as our knitting guru (thank you Janice!). 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. 

But wait, there’s more! Thursday April 16th, 11am (Eastern Time) – Sharing Circle for those w/ chronic pain, chronic fatigue, chronic illness, really just chronic suckage https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2019/12/06/chronic-suckage/.

Mon, April 20th, 1pm (Eastern Time) – Brown Bag Chat Club (B2C2) where we discuss, in a fun, informal, light-hearted way (no pressure, no judgement) anything and everything: self-care, books, ebooks, e-audio, TV, movies, streaming, crafts, hobbies, music, fashion (even Quarantine fashion, I see you rocking those sweats!), coping techniques and mechanisms, stress relievers, ways to relieve pain, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, dancing, singing, exercise, card games, board games, video games, cooking, baking, de-cluttering, gardening, sewing, knitting, art, writing, blogging, cleaning, chocolate…

Thursday, April 23rd, 1pm (Eastern Time) – Knit Happens!

Monday, April 27th, 1pm (Eastern Time) – Brown Bag Chat Club (B2C2)

Thursday, April 30th, 1pm (Eastern Time) – 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…join us! Here’s how! 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, just click on the link in the email and whoosh, you’ll be right in the meeting room, no need to have a Zoom account, no need to pay, we’ll send you 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!!! Seriously folks, 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! They’re putting their life on the line so we can stay home and “flatten the curve”/”plank 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 Thursday, April 9th, 1pm (Eastern Time) – Knit Happens! – 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 Spread the love not the virus!!!

Posted in Blog posts, Fibromyalgia

Now I Wanna Feed Your Dog?

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring so here’s a simple, no-bake recipe that’s sure to please everyone who is #Stayinghome to help everyone stay well. This is a tough time for everyone and those with chronic illnesses are vulnerable. For the safety of our members we’ve cancelled all Fibromyalgia London Group activities, for now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still connect!!! Here are some ways to connect! Here on the blog https://fibrolondongroup.ca/ ; and/or on Twitter @fmlondongroup ; and/or on Instagram @fmlondongroup ; and/or on Facebook @fmlondongroup ; and/or via phone: 519-453-3198 , and/or text; and/or Skype/Facetime; and/or Netflix Party (on Chrome); and/or email fmgroup.london@gmail.com  or darcyyada@gmail.com. And here’s a fun, simple way to pass part of the day. This is one of our family favs, it might be yours too! My paternal Grandmother named it “Dog Food” (when you’re in the process of mixing, you’ll know why) and we’ve kept the name.

Ingredients: 45 choc wafers (approx 1 package if you don’t snack, I mean, who would do that, just grab a cookie and start munching away…er, anyway) – this is another recipe where you can substitute other cookies, but they must be tap-on-the-counter-hard or frozen; 1/2 package of mini marshmallows; 1 cup coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, but you know which tastes better) and 1 can Eagle Brand or other condensed milk. Wash your hands.

Crush wafers/cookies in a bowl; I’ve always found the bottom of a cup or potato masher works well. Then mix in marshmallows, add the condensed milk and stir well (there it is, now you’ll understand the name, “Dog Food”). Butter 9-inch pan, then sprinkle coconut on all surfaces of the pan so it sticks to the buttered sides/bottom. Spread the mixture evenly. Then sprinkle the remaining coconut on top and press it all down together. Seriously, that’s it, it’s done! Cover well. Place in fridge for a few hours, then, try (I triple dog dare you!) not to eat it all before giving it away. It also freezes beautifully, but really, how often will you have any left to freeze?

#StayHome #SafeHands #WashYourHands #StaySafe (from COVID-19 and everything else too!) and Enjoy!