How are you - any news on the oxygen front yet? I was just wondering if they've done your second test yet and what the outcome might be. Also how's the exercise going - are you keeping up with the weights etc and are you seeing any improvement yet? I do hope so.
I fell off the wagon for a few days when it was really hot, but then having come across numerous examples (usually American / Canadian) of folks with readings like FEV1 30 0r 20 etc doing at least an hour a day serious workout, I gave myself a serious talking to and got on with it. I've noticed that these people tend to get around a lot more than I do. They are also living on into their 70's or 80's without deterioration of FEV1 or physical ability! Time and time again I read the same things ...... ' take your meds, avoid infection, maintain an ideal weight and exercise, exercise, exercise!
I have adapted my routine a little and it has now become habit. Six days a week I do 15 minutes on the treadmill (early morning) with 60's pop music for motivation. After a rest break with a glass of orange 'vitamin juice' (multi vits and minerals) I put morning news on TV and do 20 mins exercise bike. Then I shower and get on with my day. In the afternoon I either do more cycling in 20 minute sessions, or I do weights to strengthen my upper body. I had been neglecting the weights, but a week or so ago i really started to notice an increase in muscle strength in my thighs, and this seemed to highlight my upper body weakness even more. So now I do weights every other day and I'm enjoying that too. I can't believe the difference in the way I feel!
One more thing I did was to leave a nice soft single duvet rolled up at the side of the room. Every couple of days if the fancy takes me, I spread it out on the lounge floor and lie there stretching out, do a couple of gentle leg raises or lift my shoulders up off the floor a couple of times in a 'mock sit up'.
i'm also proud to say that I've lost 9lbs in the past 3 weeks, though i'm still huge and have a long way to go. It has given me a boost though, particularly after not losing anything for ages, no matter how I tried. I think it must be due to either muscle growth or to increased metabolism - or both. I'm going all out for it now though, in the hopes that I will roughly resemble my old self by this time next year, plus be a lot fitter.Incidentally, I think my SOB is improving gradually too!
I hope this finds you all well and enjoying your summer, talk to you again soon ( I'm off to cycle now) love Van xxx
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