I was pleased to see a brand new batch of people arriving today at pulmonary rehab. The more the merrier. They reminded me of me when I first started, and I can see how far I've come. It's a good feeling.
Today, after doing my warm up exercises, I rode the bike 25 minutes instead of 20 at a level of 6-7. I definitely could feel my thigh muscles pulling. This is five more minutes than I normally do on the bike. I'm glad I made it and my stats remained good.
I also did 25 minutes on the Treadmill which is also five extra minutes than I normally do. I was pretty tired by that time, so my cool down exercises were done slowly and my stats were good.
Today was the first meeting of the Better Breather's Club. Most of my group attended, and there were people there from all over the area, and many had to drive a long distance to attend. I was so glad to see such a good turn out of pulmonary people. Some I knew but many I didn't. So, I made some new friends today. We will meet once a month on a Tuesday at noon for one hour. They had light refreshments of chicken nuggets and an array of fresh fruit and tea. I'm sure that most Better Breather's Clubs have their own agenda, but I thought I might type out the agenda for our first Better Breather's Club meeting so that other's can compare mine to theirs if they have one. It was as follows:
AGENDA Better Breathers Club 1/15/2008
1. Welcome and Introduction *Announcements * Review of Group Touchstones * Attendance Record
II. Education Topic "Ask the Doc" Learning Objectives: At the end of the presentation, members will be able to: * Express concerns and ask questions of a pulmonologist. * Explain how to get the best care possible. * Explain how to effectively manage your next physician office visit.
Speaker: Sunil Sharma, M.D. Columbia Lung & Sleep
IV. Closing * Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 19, 2008, noon-1pm * Evaluation
There was a group of Medical Equipment and Oxygen Suppliers who attended and gave a speech regarding their oxygen options. It was very interesting, and I'm so glad I attended.