I had time and energy today so I thought maybe I would test myself and see if I could get to the pub. There's one little problem with this pub, even though I can see it from my front window it involves getting up a very steep hill which ends with 218 big steps or the equivalent of climbing my stairs around 30 times over.
Stage 1, I set out at a steady pace with the oxygen set on 6 liters and as usual after a short distance it starts to hurt, I look up to where I'm attempting to get to and the little voice inside my head say's turn back you fool you don't have to do this, but I do because this would be a sign of giving into my Fibrosis and that's just not going to happen.
I get to the top of my estate in 20 minutes which is not a bad time when my mobile rings Painted Black by the Stones, it was my daughter ringing to tell me she had just passed her driving test which totally made my day, year and life and put an extra spring in my step for the rest of my tortuous journey.
Stage 2, I got to the start of the 218 steps and thought, do 20 get your breath and do another 20 until there's none left, simple's en it. I won't pretend that its easy because I am pushing myself beyond any safe limits set by my physio's and respiratory nurses who would probably give me a bit of a lecture if they could see me but I've done this before and I'm still here and improving so I cant be to far wrong can I.
I reached the last step, now it was just a short walk up the very steep bit and I was there, whew!!!
That pint was going to taste as good as the first coke and kitkat I had after a 2 1/2 month stay in ICU and it didn't let me down.
I got to the bar an hour and a half after leaving home and ordered a pint of cider and a packet of crisps please found a quiet corner, sat and had a quiet celebration at my daughters success an hour before.
Its been quite a day healthunlockeders, my daughters taken a major step forward in her life and independence and I've proved to myself that I am still showing no signs of the deterioration the experts keep looking for and are expecting.
All in all I'm a pretty happy healthunlockeder today
I hope you've all had a good day too
Tony. 'That's my house where I started from in the picture, way down below on the estate'