Tuesday, February 19, 2008

day +182

Earlier this afternoon, for the first time in several days I rode my stationary bicycle for the usual 40 minutes covering 9 miles. I felt good. Most importantly, I didn't experience any breathing problems. It seems like whatever is accounting for the slight heaviness in my upper chest is controlled and perhaps improving.

After completing the usual cool-down stretches, I for the first time in long time (probably since beginning the GND (GVD)/SGN-30 antibody clinical trial in Chicago almost a year ago) attempted to do a couple of push ups. After the Hickman catheter was inserted in my chest in preparation for the clinical trial, I stopped my strength training exercises though I continued to do cardio workouts. I was told to use caution because upper body strength training exercises, such as bicep curls or standing barbell press, might cause problems with the Hickman line. Consequently, I figured why bother. So I then decided to just concentrate on my cardiovascular health at the gym, which I managed to do pretty well despite a few intermittent breaks due to low blood counts or disinterest caused by the ill-effects of the treatment.

So after nearly a year since I last did any push ups, it should be of little surprise, I suppose, that I had a challenging time today. I attempted just ten push ups and boy, were they harder to do than I remembered. It was a stark reminder of how my upper body has weakened during the past year.

I'm excited to watch this evening's primary election coverage but before that I really need to spend time dusting my room. I've been a bit lazy in that department recently.

Oh and yes, don't forget to watch tomorrow's total lunar eclipse! It should be fascinating. Read more here.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Push ups! Congratulations. I've always hated push ups, but I guess some things you can only appreciate when you can't do them. Maybe yoga is next??

11:09 AM  

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