Today I had to walk up and down a corridor, very similar to this. I had 6 minutes, could stop, collapse, at any time.
There were markers, big round circles, two placed on the floor, and I had to go from on to the other and back again. I did it!
And was then informed I had walked 363 yards.
Now this may not seem much to most of you fit people. But, hopefully, none of you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which I do. I was diagnosed about three years ago. Given various inhalers and have six monthly blow jobs/tests and struggled (wo)manfully on.
Discovered I could not walk very far and certainly could not walk and talk at the same time. My life became very minimal, when family came I declined to accompany them to the beach, the play park, anywhere as I would have to sit and wait for them all to go and come back againl
Then I was invited on to this Physiotherapy Boot Camp. Must have decided I was worth saving.
I was asked "What would you like to do that you feel you cannot."
No. Never ever wanted to do that.
But I do want to run with my grandchildren on a beach, or even just walk to the waters edge and back again.
I want to get up a ladder and paint ceilings, walls, for longer than 5 minutes. In fact I cannot even lift the ladders out to even start...
I want to walk there and back again.
Climb to the top of the Lighthouse again.
And I want to have the wellie to get out in my garden again and do more than just yank out a weed and then collapse like a weed pulled out!
Well - it would seem that I shall be able to do all this.
I am to be taught how to breathe, cough, never knew there was a style in coughing, I will ride a bike, step exercise, etc.
Why oh why have I just wasted 3 years thinking this was slow suffocation????
When is the next Olympics?