My IC definitely does not enjoy my workouts, but I must just deal with the bladder pain if I am to recover from being sick for so long and becoming as deconditioned as a person can be. I want my strength back. I want to be able to regain my independence and do things on my own. I want to be healthy and not a lump in a chair. I did that when I was sick. But now I am so determined to workout and do the very best I can to regain as much strength as possible.
My Transplant Coordinator told me it's possible I have reached a plateau and this is as strong as I will get. But she also said it's very possible if I keep doing what I'm doing, which they strongly encourage, I can regain more of my strength. Maybe I won't be like I was before I got so sick, but any improvement will be positive.
I have joined a Health Club affiliated with the hospital where I did my Rehab and they have a special program for patients who have had serious surgeries, strokes and the like. I decided to join. I got to meet with a trainer, who evaluated me and put together a strength training program customized for my needs post transplant.
I am working diligently at this program and on the days I don't do that workout, I go and do cardio, either on the Treadmill, the Recumbent Bike or various other machines. I am trying to go 4-5 days a week.
It has been SO hard that there were days I felt like crying and just giving up. But I am trying to focus on the positive. Before my transplant, none of this would have been possible at all. So, while it's hard and there are days I feel I'm not making any progress, I try to remind myself of where I was before and I am grateful I can do this at all.
Today, at the Club, there was a gentleman in need of a wheelchair, on oxygen and using one of the machines I used when I had to go to Pre-Transplant Rehab and I nearly broke out in tears. That was me a little over a year ago. So I can whine about how hard this is, but I look at someone like that and it reminds me of how far I have come. And how grateful I am.
I am committed to keeping up with this training program and seeing how much progress I can achieve. And no matter how much progress I make, or don't, I must keep working out in order to prevent me from going backwards to where I was Pre-Transplant. So this is a new way of life for me.
I had a good Cardio workout today doing 30 minutes on on the Nu-Step machine and 30 minutes on the Recumbent Bike. Tomorrow I will do my strength circuit. I have 2 off days scheduled this week which means my goal is to workout 5 days this week.
Like I mentioned, my IC bladder doesn't like this one little bit. It's a struggle, but my post transplant rehab must take priority. So I push on through. I listen to my body and if I need an "easy" day, that's what I do. If I feel I can push it one day, then I do that. I mix things up so I'm not doing the same thing every day and that keeps it interesting.
Music helps me and after all I've been through, I don't care if people stare at me in my face mask, fist pumping to one of my motivational songs while working out. I've busted my butt to get where I am. So whatever I need to do for inspiration and to keep me fighting, I'll do! Like they say, dance like no one is watching. That's me at the Club!