The day started as normal, after a night on oxygen. I looked outside to see blue sky's and bright sunlight and thought sod this being ill all the time I,m going to have a day of being the person that I used to be before my lungs decided to give up.
Today there was going to be no hose pipe following me around the house and no cylinder fixed to my back. There was going to be 'no oxygen for one day!', a slightly crazy thought but one I was determined to carry out
I started with an outdoor exercise routine out on the lawn, there would be no records broken today but I wanted to see what was possible on 25% lung function and no oxygen support.
Each exercise started ok but ended with a few minutes of me recovering slumped in a chair gasping like a freight train. Iv'e always been told that if your only out of breath and there is no chest pains then its ok to carry on.
Well there was no pain so I pushed on with a few light weights and even managed a little jogg up and down the lawn but that did end with me breathing on maximum throttle for a considerable time. The good thing was that all my breathe easy training kept me concentrating on breathing correctly, concentrating on the out breath and not getting panicky, after all why should I panic, this uncomfortable suffering was completly self induced and very avoidable.
After a rest I noticed some garden rubbish that needed clearing so I set about that. once again there was lots of huffing and puffing with a little head spinning thrown in for good measure but I kept going slowly and eventually finished the task.
There was a folk festival on at Upton Upon Severn only 5 miles away so the family decided we should go and have a look round. Its very flat alongside the river severn so its a good place to go for the likes of us with clapped out lungs so off we went, my wife, daughter and me. I took the portable oxygen but left it in the boot of the car.
We strolled at a steady pace round the town taking in the music, watching morris dancers and checking out the stalls that were set out along side the river.
I even had a 1/2 pint of stowfords press cider while my wife and daughter had full pints of some stronger vintage westons apple juice. Yes it was down to me to do the driving again!
Anyway still going at a steady pace with a little light headedness and puffing I managed quite well and the oxygen stayed in the boot.
I was determined to not look ill today, mix with the normal people and not show my weakness to all around me, there's no doubt I had to think carefully about what I did but I managed it amaizingly well.
We returned home to spend the last few hours of sun on the lawn resting, I even managed to do some more light exercise.
What a day it was, I stopped to think later how did that happen as here I am on the lung transplant list with a quarter lung function, surely that just should 'nt be possible.
So everyone out there don't give in to your lungs not working, be determined and get out there and do things, ok at a slower pace but carry on carrying on.
I'm off to Breathe Easy now, with my oxygen, and I'm going to thank them for keeping me going at this level of fittness, I'm certain if it was'nt for them, then I would'nt be able to do the things I can today.
Tony Come on everybody if I can do it then you can too.