Today Was A Good Day

Today was my first day of cardiac rehab and it was better than I expected.

Most of today was spent meeting with physical therapists and nurses and I didn’t realize how much I needed that. I needed an opportunity to sit down with someone who has experience in this and be able to ask all the questions without any judgement or pity. Today I only did about 10 minutes of physical activity but those 10 minutes felt amazing.  I haven’t been on a bike in over 6 months and I have missed it, even though they did put me on an airdyne bike. I was able to ride about 1 mile in 6 minutes and as a friend of mine pointed out that is equal to about 12mph. I will start the physical part of my rehab on Friday and the goal is for me to go 3 days a week for 12 weeks. During these 12 weeks I will have an opportunity to speak with nutritionalists, therapists, and other heart failure patients.

There is no doubt that this will give me the confidence and peace of mind that PPCM stole from me.

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  1. I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see how much progress you make. You are an inspiration to so many of us. I love you!

  2. Physical rehab was *so* important for me. Even though I look like cr*p these days, I used to be an athlete, and I really rely on my body to tell me how I’m doing. Having a heart attack messed all those signs up, and rehab allowed me to re-learn, in a controlled environment, how to tell when I was in real trouble, and what I could fight through. I got crying mad quite a few times when I had to back off something I knew was totally easy, but also now I don’t freak out when I have any old twinge. It’s all about patience and loving yourself. ♥

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