Cheers to Art!!!
At about the same time, while there was still some snow on the ground, through Betsy Fitzgerald-Campbell, I met up with Laura, co-owner and ace personal trainer at a local (Plymouth MA) gym, Shockyard Fitness & Social Club. Laura and her partner, Casey, didn't bat an eye when we talked about working out with my required oxygen tanks.
Since then, I've been in the gym usually at least twice a week, for going on 6 months, a life first for me. Laura has created workout after challenging workout
If I don't walk too fast, I can now go all day, most days without oxygen and keep my numbers in the 90s. (Oxygen saturation numbers, a measure of how efficient your longs are at pumping oxygen into your bloodstream -- for most people, it's 98-99% all of the time.)
My resting heart rate is down. I'm stronger, have lost about 25 pounds and am continuing to trend downwards, and have found that my whole attitude and energy level has changed in a positive way.
I'm not sure I can ever beat ILD, which is a chronic disease, but I may have figured out the way I'm going to fight it and live with it. On my terms. With a little help from my friends.
Art's Photography in Action!