First session of pulmonary rehab went OK. I still had the dilemma of not knowing what to wear - I didn’t pack the mankini and I knew a thick pullover or a tracksuit wouldn’t cut it so I wore me jeans, shirt, and took a towel in a bag, just in case.
I was asked to get there early to do a bleep test to access my fitness. There were two traffic cones that I had to walk to and from and the beep, they play from a ghetto blaster, gets faster each time. You have to keep up with the beep. It was bloody hard work - I was like Road Runner - After a few exacting spurts I thought they were gonna pronounce me dead - it was so strenuous my lungs were pushing out through of my mouth like a puffer fish.
By the time the rest of the class came in I was slumped in my chair, gasping for air and looking like I’d taken a shower and forgot to dry off. Sweaty or what!!.
A small class of 6 - and no one sat next me.
Believe it or not I loved the session. Not what I expected at all. Very professional, instructive and above all caring. You don’t work together as a group - you are your own boss. You go at your own pace, set your own goals and challenges and it’s you that can benefit - only if your willing to take part.
For me, there wasn’t much talk on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - the class is mainly for people with COPD, which I was keen to hear about - It might help me.
I was worried at the start as our instructors Power Point Presentation stopped working after his first slide - It was Microsoft telling him on screen that his laptop was due for an update - After loads of rebooting things started to work and we sailed through the first hour.
My classmates were a little conservative especially when the odd question was thrown our way. I left pauses, for them to answer, but it appeared it was only me that was participating!!
One chap kept reminding the group that he also had emphysema - another removed his shoes and I wish he hadn’t - but on the whole I’m looking forward to seeing them all again.
I gleaned what I could in my first hour but I was then told I could leave as the rest of the session was all on COPD. Were they lying? Did they just want to get rid of the sweaty chatty lad??
I went home with two exercises to do for 30 minutes each day. One was raise your arms in the air and the other stand up from sitting. Not bad moves if I ever have to get up on a bus and ring the bell.
I’ll keep ya posted. But if you get a chance to take the course DO IT!! I learnt tons Xx