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Cardio Rehab Journal Week 21

IMG_6236It finally happened, my sixteenth week of the Cardio Rehab Program I have been diligently following.

I arrived at the hospital knowing it was possibly going to be my last week but not sure. No one called me or told me after my stress test that I was for sure graduating. So I came to the class like any other class, ready to exercise. I was on the treadmill and the manager of my program came over to chat with me like she did any other day. I finally asked her if I was going to graduate today and she said “yes!”

She went onto to tell me how well I did on my stress test the week before. I went longer than the last time I did my stress test. 2 minutes longer. I did 13 minutes. Yeah, I beat my mark! I was hoping I would but forgot to ask the nurse after my stress test.

Then she told me she had never had someone in all her years or working at the Cardio Rehab Program had someone do so well, both in my goals and my health. She called me the “Poster Boy for Cardiovascular Program!”

After the hour of exercise they had a special ceremony to tell everyone I was graduating. I was even given a diploma and I got to say a few words. Very official.

August 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM Leave a comment

Cardio rehab journal Week 20

I had my stress test this past week and it seemed to go well. I get the results next week and possibly will be graduating from my rehab exercise class. I’ll keep you posted.

But the exciting news is what happened before that stress test. Of course you remember I had to get a blood test (not my favourite thing to do). Also last week I got a blood test and results came back quickly. While I was waiting to be called to do my stress test Robin came over and sat beside me and wanted me to know how good the results were from the blood test.

She told me that she had never seen anyone not only bring down their bad cholesterol but bring up their good cholesterol. She even put the word “great” on my paper with a smiley face. I told her I was going to show my kids and put it on the fridge. And I did! haha.

July 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM Leave a comment

Lifestyle change

One of the benefits of cardio rehab that I didn’t mention in my past posts was not only was eating healthy and exercising regularly but I started to loose weight and started to look much healthier. Since I started getting serious about this lifestyle change I have lost almost 20 pounds and 4 inches. Check out the pictures below of the changes just in my face. Drastic!

I still have another 10 or so pounds to go to get to my goal weight but I am on my way. I even bought a golf shirt to wear when I reach that goal weight. When you see me wear it you know I reached my goal!

The first picture is just before I started eating healthy in January, the second is of me right after I got out of the hospital and the last was a few weeks ago when I was on a Daddy-daughter-date with Faith.

July 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM 2 comments

Cardio rehab journal Week 18

I know it has been a long time since I have posted about my recovery and I apologize, lots of crazy things have happened in my life since my last post over 18 weeks ago. So I thought I would do a recap on what has happened for the past 18 weeks. Take a look and hopefully you will feel informed. Oh and by the way, thanks for all your prayers they have meant so much!

Week 2: on Mar 11 I had my very first cardiologist appointment and he said I was on the road to recovery. He was very happy with the EKG results and told me the next step was to meet with a case manager for my rehab program. At that time he was still baffled as to how I ever had the heart attack in the first place. I wasn’t a likely candidate, he said. On Mar 12 I finally went back to work on a part time basis. I worked for 3 hours, then took a short break, then another 3 hours. I eventually worked my way up to my usual 8 to 1o hours a day. Then On Mar 15 I had my second class where I learned about cardiovascular disease, angina, and of course heart attacks. We even learned a little bit about lifestyle changes and how they can save our lives. I learned a great deal. It was then I vowed to make these drastic changes so this would never happen to me again.

Week 3: on Mar 22 I learned about stress management and hope to cope with stress. Again I learned a lot. But what I thought was quite funny was at the end of the class the instructor gave us an option to listen to New Age music and practice breathing. Of course I opted out. The fourth class was taught by a nutritionist. This was probably the most informative to me and I took lots of notes. I love that not only did we learn about what to eat (and not to eat) but how much! That was so helpful and I have stuck to that rule since I learned it. Oh I didn’t mention what the rule was, it is you should eat 2 to 3 servings of meat a day (no more) and a serving is the size of the palm of your hand. I ate sometimes 5 times more than that. So helpful! Also on Mar 22 I had my first stress test to find out whether I was ready to start exercising and what fitness level I was at.

Week 5: on Apr 4 I started my very first exercise class. I met with my case manager and she accessed all my tests including my stress test and then introduced me to my exercise instructor who would be my task master for the next 16 weeks. My exercise instructor’s name is Robin, she walked me through my program then got me going right away. Oh by the way, I found out from my stress test that my fitness level is at the level of an athletes. I couldn’t believe it because I haven’t played any organized sports for over 15 years. So guess what, Robin pushed me hard right from the beginning. Yikes!

Week 6-9: starting on Apr 11 I started my workout routine which consisted of 10 minutes on the treadmill at 3 m/h then 30 minutes on the treadmill at 4 m/h. Then another 20 minutes of strength training with a resistance band. Eventually I bought I resistance band for home.

Week 10-13: on May 30 I had completed 10 weeks of exercises, only 6 more weeks to go. It was at this time that I started to do a 40 minute walk each morning (Mon to Fri) and to do the strength training exercises I had learned at rehab. After each work out I was really starting to feel energized. And get this, I enjoyed it. It was also a great time to be all alone and listen to music. Many time I was pray for most of the walk.

Week 14-18: on Jun 27 I had completed 14 weeks of exercises. Also on that day Robin came up to me and started asking me all kinds of questions. Finally I asked her what was going on and she told me we have to booked my final stress test, it is soon time to graduate. I have to admit I was kinda bummed because I was really starting to enjoy my time each Thursday with the guys besides who I exercised with each week. We had started to become friends. But I was also very happy to know I would soon be fully recovered.

My stress test is booked for July 11 at 9:15am and this week coming up I have to get blood work…more poking. And you all know how much I look forward to that. Uggh! Please pray. That should catch you up.

July 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Cardio rehab journal

heart vital signAs many of you know since the heart attack over a month ago, I have been waiting to be healthy enough to start cardio rehab. That happened just a few weeks ago.

My first taste of rehab was my first class where I met with five other heart attack victims and we were taught about heart disease, how it is can be treated and then understanding the cause of it.

The best part of the class was the Q&A where I could ask our instructor many pressing questions on my mind, like when I could drive again, when can I pick up my kids (literally pick them up) and of course go back to work. The last question I had to wait for my follow up appointment with my cardiologist. More on that as I start to put entries into my cardio rehab journal.

So in the future I am going to update all my readers here about all I am going to learn and go through as I go through cardio rehab. So stay tuned.

March 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM 2 comments


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