Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Out of Shape

Physical Therapy is going well. I now realize how out of shape I really am.

Monday, October 12, 2009


I have found an exercise bike! Jim Swartz a local Physical Therapist from Auburn, NY plans to deliver an exercise bike he owns, which has the same design as the Schwinn Aerodyne, to me tomorrow. I am very excited about this and incredibly grateful. Thank you Jim.

Also, I met with my Oncologist last week and my blood work came back with no problems. I will have another PET Scan and more blood work in November. My visits at the Coumadin clinic have gone well and I go in to the Coumadin Clinic tomorrow for another checkup.

Things are looking up for me (as long as we're not talking about the world of professional sports!).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Friday's Physical Therapy Appointment

On Friday, I saw David McCune - a local Physical Therapist - and I feel good about the plan he came up with. He believes I will become healthy again by following a three stage process - first regaining my endurance, then my strength, then my power. My understanding of the three stage process is the following: build up my endurance and once it increases to a healthy level, to then increase the effort I put into my exercise to build my strength so that I can eventually develop the power my muscles I need to handle more than just my own weight and have my power back.

In all honesty, hat may not have been exactly what Dave said, but I couldn't sleep on Thursday night so I was more than a little foggy on Friday morning.

To do this, he wants me to find an exercise bicycle, preferably a Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike, which uses a fan (as resistance) in place of the wheel and a monitors the amount of energy I exert while doing it. I'm hoping to one (or a comparable one) I can borrow from a friend because I certainly can't afford to buy one and the cost of going to their office 3, 4, 5 times a week is not somethign we can afford.

So if you're local and you have have one currently being used as a clothing rack, I'd love to borrow it!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Physical Therapy

On Friday I will have my first consult with a local Physical Therapist. I am very much looking forward to this meeting and getting the ball rolling.