The year has come to an end, and I am still looking at the flowers from the correct direction, folk’s that makes it a great year. Over the last 12 months I have been in the hospital twice, for a total of 16 days, all directly related to my COPD. But I have fought thru it, and will continue to fight the good fight.
With Christmas and soon New Years’ celebrations over I will be able to get back into the habit of making my blog posts on a regular basis. For those of us that may have a touch anal, I do apologize. And I promise to do better during 2013.
Since my last report in date (12/21/12) not much has happened. No major colds, no major shakes, no major anythings, I have hung in there. Over the last 10 days I have had good day after good day. Most days have been 3.25 or better, but none have been less than 3. Also since my return from my pre-Christmas trip, I have completed the 36 Pulmonary Rehab sessions. Across the board, my ability has improved, my breathing is better, physically I am in better shape, and my head seems to be screwed on correctly. When PT’s began I was huffing and puffing after only 5 minutes on the treadmill, today I can do 30 or 40 minutes at 2.2 mph, walking up a slight incline. When I 1st began using the hand crank machine, I was starting to hallucinate after only a couple of minutes, now 10 or 15 minutes later I am hanging on. All of this is to say that if you can find a program, and if you set yourself some goals, you will most likely see a marked improvement as I have. I realize that exercise will not cure COPD, but exercise will help me physically deal with it better, and the breathing methods taught have helped me breath as I exercise. While I do not automatically breathe in the Pursed-Lip method, I do find that I now shift to that method of breathing as my level of exercises increases.
Pictured below is the smiling Pulmonary Rehab Grad, cap and all. Beloved Washington Redskins shirt and all, though I do wish Penny (picture taker) had aimed the camera a little higher, she didn’t need to get all of Santa’s belly in the picture.
Graduating from Pulmonary Rehab
As always your comments welcomed are encouraged – take care, Bill