Road to recovery, part 2: The long and winding road
October 13, 2012 § 4 Comments
In the area of the UK where I live there’s a scheme called ‘Healthy Life’ where if you’ve had a heart attack, or cancer, or other serious illness you can be referred by your GP to have a fitness assessment and a plan of action built for you to get you fit again. So, my GP referred me to this scheme and I had an assessment by a nurse, who has put my under the wing of a fitness instructor to…get fit…
I had my first session on Friday. To say I was pathetic overstates my capabilities. I almost started crying, trying to do leg presses. I eventually managed 2 on the lowest setting. I cried because I remembered going to the gym before this disease hit me and being able to do leg presses to my hearts content. It really hit home how poorly and weak I am. I did do 5 minutes on a exercise bike, again on the lowest setting and did some mini arm exercises and another 5 minutes on a treadmill: It’s sad and hard, but it is a start.
I am in a bit of pain today (the day after as I write) especially in my hips, but I have to keep going. The doctor says I need to find my limit and not overreach it, pain being the indicator. But I’m in some pain a lot of the time anyway, so how do I really judge if it’s the gym or the disease causing it?
Whatever, I’m going to another session tomorrow – this road to recovery may be long and hard, but at least I’m on it.