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Pulmonary Rehab: Progress Report 1



I started my pulmonary rehab this morning.  I am sore. I had to walk for 6 minutes, thankfully I was allowed to stop and take breaks. One thing I found out about myself is that I know how to listen to my body. I wasn’t out of breath, but my heart was racing which made it difficult for me. That is generally the issue when my throat is not swollen. While walking the hallway for my walk test my heart raced causing me to breathe heavily. To me I sounded like a moose, to me I felt like my heart was going to leap out of my chest, but it didn’t. When Casey the physical therapist/RN asked me if I was out of breath I told her I am breathing great, but my heart is up there. She did not believe me so she of course used the oximeter to test it and guess what I knew myself and my heart rate was 180.  One thing on this journey I have learned to do is listen to what my body is telling me.


While there I got a lot of reading material, did the Nu Bike which is not a bike at all but a contraption with moving arms and feet. Like you are skiing but you are sitting on your butt. It wore me out; I had to do that for 5 minutes. I can tell this is going to be a lot of work.  I can tell that this is going to get me into shape. I can tell this is what I need even though I am resisting it.

Last night I didn’t sleep well at all, my mind was battling with itself. I want health, but the prospects of reaching that goal are scary. Especially with everything that it entails, such as exercising that causes my heart to race. It does not feel that great. Prayer, meditating, and choosing this is my goal plan so that I can achieve what I want to. I want a quality filled life and this is one of the things I have to do in order to get it.

So every Monday and Wednesday from 1 until 2:30 I will be down at the Legacy Pulmonary/Cardiac Rehabilitation place working out my body so that I can achieve my goals. I already have the rides there set up for two weeks in advance. I now need to find some individuals who are not afraid of my attitude to strongly let me know I need to do this and I will be all set. Once a week I will be writing the updates on my moving my butt and of course, I will try not to bitch too badly. Enjoy your evening!

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