First it is important to say I feel sad, today is 9/11, a day that each of us remembers in our own way, a day that touches us each differently and yet the same.
My days of feeling at least 3 continue, being honest I don’t believe I have dropped below 3.0 in almost 3 weeks, there have been a couple of days real close, and especially some evening that were very very close to being less than 3.0 but I don’t do my ranking at night, I rank the day when I put fingers to keyboard.
Yesterday was my 1st complete workout (Pulmonary PT) since my elbow infection. I intentionally surpassed each phase of the workout. I either did extra minutes on that particular machine or, I added to the resistance of that particular machine. The exercise that really kicked my butt yesterday was the friggin staircase, up and down, up and down, for 5 minutes, doesn’t seem like much but it was, my O2 level at the end of this exercise was 79 pct on 3 liters, my heart rate was 138. The nurses insist that on my next visit I must cut back on this. Otherwise the other 6 exercises I do during a session were within acceptable tolerances. I felt very good about the PT session and look forward to tomorrow’s.
Also yesterday I had my annual breathing test, LMAO of course I failed, if I didn’t fail I wouldn’t have anything to write about. All kidding aside, my lung capacity and function is down from last year, but only by 3 pct. My doctor is amazed that I only had such a small drop off. For those keeping score, my lungs now work at 45 percent of normal. That does explain why I do stop and gasp sometimes. During the walking test (no oxygen supplement) my O2 level dropped to 84 pct after 200 feet, but I recovered quickly back to 94 pct within minutes of sitting down and getting the supplemental oxygen. The test was done at 2.5 liters, it was suggested that I up the supplement to 3 liters when I know I am going to do stressful stuff.