I am still stringing together 3.0 and 3.5 days. Today I would say is another 3 day. My coughing seems to have slowed down to a manageable level, and for the most part I feel good. The infection in my left elbow is clearing up but the elbow is still a bit tender and quite weak. When I worked out yesterday (the center was closed on Monday) I could not do a lot of the upper body exercises because of tenderness in that elbow. So I doubled up on a couple of the lower body exercises to keep the progress going. I have found of all the exercises there are two I really can’t stand, and if could I try to fluff off one it would be the amp crank (you are cranking what would seem like a generator) and it is pure arms and shoulders, I really hate this one, but so I have stayed the course and have given 100 pct effort into it. The other one I hate is the stairs, up and down, up and friggin down, up and down, I start huffing and puffing and I can’t blow the house down. After about 6 friggin minutes I feel like my heart is going to explode, and I am sweating like Niagara Falls. This has got to be the longest six minutes in my life. They use a digital timer for this event and to avoid watching it (because the time never moves while I stare at it) I grab the handrails close my eyes and count up 3 steps, pause, down three steps, kick, pause, and up three…… blab, blab, blab. After doing this for about a half hour I open my eyes and see a whole 45 seconds has gone by. I cuss silently, using all the good words, but keep going.
I have been working on the breathing exercises as well, and what I am coming to find out is when my body gets real stressed I am jumping to the pursed-lip breathing method without thinking about it, and this is good, very good. It really seems to help calm me, and allow me to get oxygen fast enough to not be floundering. And I haven’t hyper-ventilated, which is equally important.
I had good numbers at my daily weight in (which my fat ass won’t share with you but I have lost a pound), my BP and heart rate were noted/checked (which was BP 108/58), my heart rate (pulse) was checked (97), and my o2 level was checked (95 at 2.5). I use facility provided oxygen during the PT and the tank they provide does not have a 2.5 setting, so I use 3 liters during exercises. So using 3 liters in a non-exercise mode my o2 level was 96 pct. That is more than enough info on my vitals LOL LOL.
Today my 3 brothers are coming to town for the weekend. This is the 1st time in over 40 years that the 4 of us have been under the same roof over night. I have been lookin forward to this visit since they announced they wanted to come visit. It will be a fun weekend. The pool is warm, the beer is cold, and the grill is almost cleaned.
Take care, and have a great weekend.