Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Today was a shocker...

So yesterday afternoon as I am cuddled on my couch with a good Sex and the City episode I get a phone call....It was from a lady who my mom has been talking to about possibly getting me to start working out and getting ready for when I get my transplant call.

**We have been working on this for awhile since we know the stronger you are going in for transplant the more likely you are to have a quicker recovery or at least be better off than somebody who didn't move at all before there surgery. But there is no way I have the energy to go to a gym 2-3 times per week to work out so we have been looking for places that will come to me...that way if I need my oxygen I am at home and will feel comfortable enough to use it.**

So anyway back to yesterday...I get a call from a very nice lady (now I didn't know we had actually found a place and that they were going to call me) and she wanted to set up an appointment to come and "meet" me. So we set it up for Thursday afternoon and I went back to my regularly scheduled programming!

Today, I got a call from Stacie (work out lady) and she had a cancellation and wanted to know if she could come today instead of tomorrow, which was fine because I was just at home working and I didn't have any plans of leaving.

So at 12:00 and to my surprise I answer the door to a lady with a work out bag and weights! My first reaction was..."we aren't actually gonna work out today are we??!!" I thought we were just gonna talk and maybe sign a few papers...she had other plans!

So today was my first "mini" session. I did a warm-up and only one round of all the exercises. She is coming monday and wednesday of next week so hopefully I do better!

At first, after she left I felt kind of jello-e (you know that I just worked out for the first time in a LONG time feeling) but I have to say I actually felt really good for the rest of the day so this might be a good thing for me.....we will see after next week...or worse tomorrow when we see just how bad my body will reject any kind of manual labor!! :)


OceanDesert said...

You GO! This is THE BEST thing you can do pre-tx in my opinion!! I went to a gym by our house and would really only walk the treadmill and the bike (with O2 of course!)pre-tx and it helped sooo much having that strength to get outta bed that first time after surgery!! The nurses in the ICU even mentioned, "wow, you're stronger than I thought you'd be."... that was so cool to hear! Also, today was my first day of Pulmo Rehab... it was AMAZING to do all these leg exercises, climb stairs, ride the bike, walk the treadmill and NOT get out of breath.... I know I am going to be an exercise fanatic! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jen,
I'm Nancy Ranke from Fitness on the Move, who spoke to your mom about you. I'm so glad that it worked out for Stacie to train with you. You are in great hands. Who knows, you may become an exercise fanatic too. Keep it up!

OceanDesert said...

Hey Jen! Basically pre-tx I would do at least 30 min on the treadmill, which would end up being about 1-2 miles. Then I would do 5-15 min on the bike. We would go to the gym about 2-3x/week. Then I would also do my yoga videos at home and have you heard of the video series Core Secrets? I really like them.. they do a lot on the exercise ball and it's GREAT core work along with weights.. take care!! xo