It was one of those "fun" days at rehab today. Everyone seemed to be in such a good mood and smiling. We had some new people join the group today, so the gym was full, and there was a lot of chatter going on.
My stats were good, so I did my warm up walk around the walking track (I can tell I'm walking faster) and then my warm up exercises. The RT decided to up my time by one minute on each machine.
Today I rode the bike for 17 minutes at the same level of 6-7. They seem to want to keep me at this level and increase my time on the bike which is fine with me. I completed it fine with no problems and did not notice the one minute increase in time.
I walked on the Treadmill for 17 minutes at 2.4 miles per hour without holding on to the support bars. Since I had just finished riding the bike, it wasn't long before I could feel pulling in my thigh muscles when walking the Treadmill. By the time I was finished, I was fairly tired but with no shortness of breath. My legs were tired. Since everyone was talkative today, I did talk with several other copders about leg/thigh weakness, and they too felt that their legs had become very weak from either inactivity, sickness or a combination. It's always nice to know that other's feel the same as I do.
I completed my cool down walk and exercises and sat myself on a chair to wait for my stats to be taken. While sitting there, the lady next to me, who is relatively new, was discussing her frustration about her family not understanding her limitations with copd and how frustrated she felt not being able to do what she used to do. I wanted so badly to talk with her about signing up on this forum for support and information. But, the Rt was in a lengthy discussion with her, so I will mention it to her next week in case she is interested in joining or just lurking.
It was a good day today at rehab, and I look forward to Tuesday. I do plan on walking between now and then.