Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Phew!

Well, I feel like I just did 45 minutes on my NuStep, but in actuality, it was FIVE minutes.  You know, it took me almost two years to work up from seven minutes on no resistance, to 45 minutes at level three resistance.  With only 38% lung function, I was really doing very well.


Alas, during the heavy-duty chemo and radiation, it was hard enough to get out of bed most days, and so the NuStep got a little dusty.  But I don't want to let it STAY dusty.  I credit my NuStep with making me strong enough that I survived my chemo and radiation.  And now, I will just have to start building up my endurance again.  Yes, that last bout with bronchitis certainly didn't help.  


On the exciting news front, my scooter lift is going to be installed on Tuesday of next week!  Even better than that, GM has a program that reimburses you for adaptive and mobility devices installed on their cars, up to $1000.  THANK YOU, General Motors!  A friend once told me that somehow, any time she needed money for something important, she always found a way to get it.  This program through General Motors could not have come at a better time.


Despite the fact that we have already had our first 100 degree day, this week is supposed to be rather lovely.  But the wind was blowing and there was a fire in our neighborhood, and I had bit of an asthma episode.  Spring is really springing around here.  Although I am not allergic to orange blossoms, the things to which I *am* allergic seem to bloom at the same time as those orange blossoms...and thus, itchy eyes, and lots of wheezing.  Let's hear it for the ability to nebulize at home. :)


So, I shall try to work up to ... oh... ten minutes on the NuStep by the end of the month.  A woman's got to have goals.  Sweet dreams, all. :)

4 comments:

  1. I used to hate the smell of orange blossom while driving up Val Vista in the morning to work. All the time I lived in PA before moving to AZ I never had allergies. I move to the desert and bam, allergies galore.

    I envy you having a nu step. I looked into buying a second hand one but will have to save my pennies before I can get one. I am interested to find out if they have them at the rehab facility I am going to soon.

    Glad you are able to get into work with your scooter. I think a little bit of what you like does you good. You will soon get back up to where you were, it is just gonna take a little bit of time.

    The weather here this morning is picture perfect and the temps are supposed to be 72, heaven. Then more rain coming this afternoon, so I am heading out for a drive around the neighbourhood.
    Take it easy in the heat
    Fay in the family room

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  2. Hi Tequila, You might know me from COPD-Int as LinR-Mi. I've had your blog saved in my 'things to read later' file for a quite some time. When I finally got to it, I was hooked. I have spent that last few days catching up from the beginning. You have brought yourself alive for me as well as so many others. I look forward to following you for many years.

    FYI: In Michigan, after a winter full of excessive snow we are now in our 4th day in a row of rain. :(

    Linda

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  3. Oh, Fay, it's gloomy, but around 81, which is infinitely better than 100. :)

    Linda! Oh yes definitely I remember you from COPD-Int. Holy moses, you read the whole thing? I have written tons! You are tenacious. :) I'd take some of your rain, if you want to send it my way, please.

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  4. You are such a good spirit I wanted to read every word. And now I'll be checking on you every day. Keep up the good fight!
    Linda
    PS Love the pics from your game world.

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