Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Oct 1, 2007 5:53:33 GMT -5
DAY 7 - PULMONARY REHABILITATION
I was a little forgetful today for some reason, however I felt more energetic today than on Tuesday and after having my stats taken, I took off to the walking track to warm up. I became short of breath on my second round on the track when I then realized that I had not turned on the oxygen. I didn't tell anyone about this mistake of mine because I felt embarrassed about it.
After walking on the track, I headed directly to the bike and was almost on the bike when I realized I had also forgotten to do my stretches. So, I sneaked back to the other room and did my stretches and then got on a bike. This just wasn't my day!! I didn't look at the card they gave me from last week, so I rode the bike 10 minutes instead of 12 minutes at a level of 6-7 with only slight shortness of breath.
The Treadmill went fine, and I was on the Treadmill for 10 minutes at 2.2 miles per hour without any problems and hardly any shortness of breath using Pursed Lip Breathing.
When cooling down, I decided to walk 3 laps around the walking track instead of two and finished with my stretches.
Stats were taken off and on as usual, and I was fine in that area. I noticed that a Tai chi class is being held tomorrow and asked about it, but they want me to attend my arm rehab and see how that goes before doing Tai chi.
I noticed one lady who has always spent her whole rehab time riding a low bike, today had progressed to a very slow walk on the Treadmill. I was so happy for her. I'll be honest in saying that they didn't weigh me today, and I didn't weigh me today. They probably will on Tuesday.
For next week, starting Tuesday, I will ride the bike for 12 minutes at a level of 6-7 and walk on the Treadmill for 12 minutes at 2.2 miles per hour. As I looked over my card, I realized that I am making progress at a very slow rate. My only real increase for next Tuesday is on the Treadmill increasing from 10 minutes to 12 minutes, but I remember that I started at 5 minutes that first day, and I believe it was at 1.2 miles per hour, and I am now at 2.2 miles per hour. My cup is half full...not half empty.
I am beginning to see that it is important that I exercise at least once between Thursdays and Tuesdays. I did walk this weekend, but I feel I need to do stretches and walk a bit more. I find that I am less energetic on Tuesdays than on Thursdays, and I think it is because I am not doing enough on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. It true in that if you don't use it, you lose it. I lost it and am inching my way back to using it again. I may be slow as a snail but I intend on reaching my goal.