Saturday, January 28, 2012

Finished Another Week!!

Completed my rehab for this week yesterday. I only did 4 days this week due to not feeling well on Thursday and having to leave soon after I got started. But I got back on track yesterday. Everything continues to go well. I continue to improve every day!! Weights and biking limits continue to be raised by the therapists and for the first time since I started I was able to complete the 20 minute walk without any breaks to rest!!Open-mouthed smile

We are planning a nice, quiet, two days this weekend. Completed the few chores we needed to do this morning and nothing else but cooking is planned.

BTW – the fur babies did get their bath last weekend and they smell so much sweeter!! A couple of pictures are enclosed. Notice in the second picture that they are about to slide off the back of the sofa!!

Hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Chewing Away!!


Snoozing Away

Friday, January 20, 2012

Another Week of Rehab

Just completed my rehab for this week. It was only 4 days since Monday was a holiday for the fitness center. Everything continues to go well. I am improving my capabilities every day it seems (or I am being pushed into it by the center and my hubby)…. sometimes I need a little push!! Smile

We had a really good time at Stacey and Lee’s last weekend (our daughter and son-in-law). Jason and Duffie (son and daughter-in-law) and our three grandchildren, Jed, Morgan and Kaydee, all came to spend the day on Sunday along with Charley’s Dad who will be 95 next month!! We got all caught up on all the latest news from everyone. We also had some really good food prepared by our son-in-law.

We are planning a nice, relatively quiet, two days this weekend. It is supposed to be cold with the possibility of some rain. We are going to do some home cooking, starting with a pot of pinto beans for tomorrow night with all the trimmings that we like!! Good food for cold weather!! We also need to do some heavy cleaning in the 5er. Yes, we have not been paying attention like we should. Both fur babies will also be getting a bath and nail trim. They are little stinkers right now!! Smile

Hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This Weekend

We have a three day weekend and will be going to my daughter's home in Chapin, SC for the weekend. Our son and grandkids will be joining us tomorrow. We will also get to see Charley's Dad. He is in Chapin at Charley's brother's for a visit and will be joining us tomorrow. Great family time in store!!

Will be back on Monday to get ready to start rehab again on Tuesday! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Another Week has Flown By!!

Well, I just completed my second week (4 days) of pulmonary rehab. It is going very well in my humble opinion (doing better than I ever thought I would this soon). This is a long weekend due to Martin Luther King day on Monday and I can use the rest BUT…. I have to keep up the walking or it will be just like starting over on Tuesday! And I don’t want that!!

I have also increased my weight from 83 to 87 pounds so that is going well also. We met with one of the Duke nutritionists this week and got some additional help with the types of foods I should be focusing on and how often I should be eating and snacking. Maybe this will help the weight increase even more rapidly.

I must say that even though I still get very short of breath I am already feeling a lot better. I can also tell that my body is getting stronger. I am  hopeful that this improvement will continue.

And Charley joined the fitness center and he did his first workout today. He thinks he is going to be sore by tomorrow!! This will help him occupy the time he has to spend waiting on me to complete my rehab and lectures and it will help his health also!!

And, last but not least, thank you to all the folks who have sent such nice comments and notes of encouragement. You will never know how much we both appreciate this and how much it helps to motivate me to work hard!! Thank you so much!!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rest for Two Days

Well, I finished my first three days of rehab on Friday and boy was I tired at the end of that day!! Needless to say, Charley and I have both been resting as much as possible yesterday and today even though we had to relocate our 5er yesterday. That did not take too long. We had to get into a more permanent site since we are here for a while.

I hope that I have rested enough t get me prepared for 5 straight days of rehab this week! And I hope that I continue to do well. The therapists at the fitness center keep telling me I am but I am not sure if that is just to motivate me or if they really mean it!! Smile

By the way, I have not reported on Cheyenne and Sadie since we got here and that is my fault entirely!! They both love it here in this campground. They cannot stop begging to go outside for walks so that they can see all the squirrels and deer that are in the park. Especially the squirrels!!!

We just got a new camera recently that will allow us to exchange lenses and take better shots from long distances. It is a Canon just like our other two and we cannot wait to try it out.

Charley took me into Carrboro yesterday to find a new pair of shoes for my rehab. The ones I had were too heavy and were designed more for hiking than walking. The new ones should help me out at least a little. Charley also got a couple of pair of exercise shorts (since he left most of his summer wear in SC). He is waiting for a call from the fitness center about joining so that he can exercise too.

Will report around mid-week on how things are going!! Thanks for visiting!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Duke’s Fitness Center

I love this place. These folks, all of those associated with Duke Medical Center, are just great people to work with and they really seem to care about all of the patients.

We met with the folks at the Fitness Center yesterday, went back through all the particulars for while I am there and what my options will be for after these 23 sessions. Yes, this round is 23 sessions and they started today. I could have started yesterday but decided to wait.

We had to do stretches, walk on the indoor track, ride the stationary bike and work on the weight machines. I also attended a lecture today and there will be others during the days that my 23 sessions occur. I managed to complete everything that they had planned for me and did it successfully!! I was so proud (and to be honest – very surprised!!).

I will be going to rehab daily until my 23 sessions are completed. They will start at 12:30 and end at 3:30. Lectures will also take place in the 11:30 – 12:30 or 3:30 – 4:30 slot. Charley will also be going to a few lectures that are scheduled for the caregivers during the same timeframes.

So everything has gotten off to a good start. I suspect I will be very sore in the coming days but I will work that out!! Wish me luck!!