I finished my PR a couple of weeks ago, I must admit, at the time, I could not tell if I had improved or not as I was I was already leading a very active lifestyle. My 6 min walk test had improved only slightly and was a little disappointed, but I am also 25% heavier than at my assessment.
Knowing that my PR was near it's end I have turned my son's old bedroom into a home mini-gym and have installed, a rowing machine, a static exercise bike and a treadmill. I mean to carry on an exercising regime at home.
This week saw a break in the cold weather and my partner had a one of her days off yesterday. So last night we went out for a meal at a pub, a couple of miles away, for the first time in about a year. We walked to the local bus stop, I managed this without stopping, 600 yards on an upward slope! At the end of the bus journey there was a 1/4 mile walk to the pub, amazingly despite having to use a subway to cross 6 lanes of road and another uphill slope, again I managed this without stopping. We each had steak & ale pie, mash and carrots and 3 pints of ale.
I thought afterwards that I had made a drastic error when it was time to leave, a full stomach does not help breathing at all. I had to stop after only 100 yards and again after another 100 yards, after which some of my meal had moved a little lower in my stomach and some of the beer into my bladder, making breathing easier. Made it back to the bus stop after that, in one go and... to my dismay a couple of girls are smoking, in the shelter. The next bus was due in 20 mins., Sharon was about to chastise them for it but I stopped her and said "come on, let's go to the next stop along, it's not worth causing trouble" (the girls around here are just as bad as the boys, if not worse) "we have 20 mins. to kill". The next stop is another 1/4 mile away, I made it without stopping again. Then followed a 600 yard walk and 3 flights of stairs to home.
Both of us needed the loo by this time. But of course Sharon beat me up the stairs and I had to wait.
So did PR do me any good? You bet it did, I cannot believe the difference that it has made, a few months ago it was all I could do to walk 50 yards without having to give up.
I now have my freedom back, I can walk a reasonable distance again. Albeit that I have swallowed my pride and use a walking stick to help push myself up a slopes. Note to self "I'm not a teenager any more no matter what my brain tells me".
A public thank you, to the Solent COPD Team.