I haven't posted or commented on here for a long time now but do check in from time to time to see what's happening.
I'll be honest, I'm looking for some advice please.
I am a young 62 year old, still working albeit now part time 4 days a week but at a very stressful, although sedentary job. My consultant has referred me to Rehab prior to referring me to the Royal Brompton - although he's not sure what they can do. My lung function is about 35% at the moment and reducing slowly - I was first diagnosed with COPD/Emphysema at the age of 36.
Ok, so I would value people's opinions who have completed, or not, Rehab. I went to the first one yesterday. There was a talk first about what is COPD etc and then an hours exercise. A whole hour of exercise is a lot for someone whose days are busy and doesn't put time aside for dedicated exercise. I didn't know what was expected or what was the norm but was pushed to keep going - which I managed, even being encouraged to use equipment that the other group members had never used.
When I left the physio commented that I would probably be sore tomorrow - I'm not.
But - after I left the group I sat in my car for ten minutes before I could drive off. I got home and the exhaustion was awful. I could hardly move for the rest of the day, went to bed and slept for 12 hours.
I feel that I can't do this twice a week for the next 6 weeks, it was just fortunate that it was a Friday - have today to recover but the next one is next Wednesday.
Do I explain to them next week that I can't do such intense exercise or do i say this is not for me until I've retired?
I don't want to stop going as I do understand the benefits but I feel I can't do this intensity twice a week for 6 weeks. I genuinely feel that a whole hours exercise is too much to begin with.
I would be grateful for advice/opinions please.