It's not the will but the ability
March 15, 2010 12:30 PM Subscribe
How do I go from 65 miles an hour to 10? Until I was recently hospitalized with multiple pulmonary embolisms I was a very active person at 46: ran and cycled a lot, raising two very young kids, cooking, gardening, splitting wood, I love domesticity and productivity. But the clots have left me a shell of what I was. How do I do less? It’s making me crazy and more than a little depressed.
They don’t know what caused the clots but I’m told it’s left my lungs a bit scarred and I shouldn’t expect to regain my stamina for at least three to six months. After over a month of frightening illness and a week in the hospital I’m finally home and breathing much easier. But the blood thinners are causing a lot of pain and swelling in my legs and even walking can sometimes be a challenge. I’ve been told repeatedly to take it easy and to do a small fraction of what I did—to exercise, but much less strenuously, and with great caution, and to do it less frequently. No more running or cycling, maybe some zesty chair exercises. I’ve also been told that this is all very serious and to be alert for more potential problems including chest pains and more shortness of breath, both of which could be brought on by overdoing it. These symptoms, should they occur, will require an immediate trip back to the ER. How do I do this? How do I do less? What might I do instead? Anyone else with experience with embolisms? Yes, I'm addressing the depression issue with my doctor, but how do I deal with the inactivity? What should I realistically expect for the next six months? email@example.com if you'd like to offer advice privately.