Pulmonary Rehabilitation has meant so very much to me both physically and mentally. I grew stronger and found that I could do so much more than I thought I could do. Never say never is my motto from now on. I had several more sessions remaining, however I developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized for a week. I then spent a week recovering at my daughter's home. I am home now, and can honestly say that although the pneumonia weakened me, my legs and ability to walk and get around is very strong. I give credit for this to my pulmonary rehabilitation program. I have a set of stairs in my home and had no problems when I walked in the door getting up the stairs. My legs aren't shaky as I thought they might be, and this is a real plus since I live alone and all the bedrooms are upstairs. Before being discharged from the hospital, I called the rehabilitation supervisor inquiring as to when I might possibly be able to return to rehab. Since I was hospitalized, I have to get another prescription from my doctor to start the program again. This is understandable, and when I see my Pulmonologist next week, I will ask him. I truly believe that if I had not participated in this rehabilitation program and exercised, I may not be back here in my own home walking the stairs. I can't say enough about how pleased I am with my lower body strength after being in a hospital bed and having pneumonia. I am on the mend, and as soon as I get the "OK," I will be exercising both my lower and upper body. It is most important not only in the ability to function and perform daily activities, but it is of utmost importance during and after an exacerbation and/or setback.
I would like to thank COPD Canada and my fellow copders for allowing me to post my day to day Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. It has been my pleasure to do so, Thank you again.