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The Action is Hot Lungs, Harrison and Exercise – Part 3 of 3

 

The Heart & Vascular Center at Harrison, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is Ready to Go!

Good!  Many of us can use help meeting our goals!  How, when, where?

Mai-Lin Gonzales is Harrison Medical Center’s Interim Manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation – the first for Harrison.  Mai-Lin is working to establish cardiopulmonary rehabilitation centers throughout Kitsap County…beginning with the established Capri Cardiopulmonary I went through over a decade ago – a great program then.

Following is what patients have to look forward to …because an exercise program can make the difference between existing and quality life living for most of us.  Many studies have  proved a great shining star of preventative medicine is exercise.

1.  Where, when, time, type of equipment

Mai-Lin – We will be remodeling the current suite (Capri) 111 in the Bridgeview building during July.  The equipment will be the same type of treadmills, bikes, nusteps, arm ergometers, etc.  We will be purchasing them from CAPRI and integrating a few new pieces to make a complete set for our needs.

Me – I hope they add the recumbent elliptical stationary bike. The recumbent elliptical stationary bike is expensive but allows those of use with hip problems to exercise.  I could not pedal the regular recumbent bikes but was placed on the recumbent elliptical.  I could use it and over time with Anna Marx; I had magical results on it.  Anna is at Silverdale’s Kitsap Physical Therapy.

2.  Will a workout pool be available?

Mai-Lin – The pool at the YMCA will not be part of the maintenance program.  The pool is for Y members only.  It would be difficult to watch participants in the pool and on the upper cardio deck at the same time.   I would be happy to pursue asking the Y to consider creating a time that the pool could be open for a rehab population but it would be separate from the Harrison programs.

3. Will maintenance rehab be available

Mai-Lin – Maintenance will be available in Poulsbo and Port Orchard (through Ultimate Fitness) and Silverdale and Bremerton (through Harrison) and Kitsap Physical Therapy has a program in place in Kingston.  We are encouraging other community facilities to start maintenance classes for the cardiopulmonary population – hoping to find a fit in Belfair and Bainbridge to start with…

4.   Is Harrison is interested in a DASH Diet related Support Group? Even those who have had gastric bypass surgery must be vigilant about regaining the weight lost through the operation.

Mai-Lin: I will pursue this after I get Rehab up and running.

5. Is Harrison interested in and have a use for my excellent like new condition recumbent trikes?

Maui-Lin – We are restricted on space, I will not have an answer for this until we are in the space and have the equipment laid out.

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I have had one goal for six or seven years.

http://www.cleanairadventures.org/big_ride_across_america/route_map.html

This year is the first time I set a set date, 5 June to leave on a self-tour following the same route as the Big Ride.

A long list of mishaps, bone on bone left hip, lymphedema and fat body brought ne to 1 February 2011 when Marilyn Grindrod and I began our first swim coach session.  Over a two or three-month period of remarkable physical improvement, I KNEW I could pedal and ride again.

The day Marilyn and I went out to ride the trikes for the first time – my absolute confidence in being able to pedal due to the increasing physical shape, muscling and range of motion I was getting thanks to the swim sessions was knocked to the ground and stomped flat.  I could not do it.

That was then, now is now and we have begun again – twice a week – and I have a recumbent delta hand cycle that does work for me – no hip pain… more later.

A Florida Trike Shop owned and operated by physically challenged recumbent trike riders told me about the pedal pendulum.  I bought two – one from them and one set from Dave.  They work great on my trikes, but it does not work for me.  I cannot do more than a lower half pedal – too much pain to bring my leg up and over in a full pedal.  I can hear and feel the left hipbones rub when my leg is crested to move up and over.  We will keep working at it.

The hard lessons here sometimes- let go and move on.

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Sitting and early death.

“Too much sitting leads to early death. In a recent study from the Cooper’s Institute.  The cardiovascular mortality outcomes related to sedentary behaviors of men after 21 years of follow-up showed an 82% greater risk of dying among men who reported spending more than 10 hours per week sitting in automobiles compared with men sitting in automobiles less than 4 hours per week (7).”

http://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/Fulltext/2011/01000/The_Problem_With_Too_Much_Sitting__A_Workplace.14.aspx?WT.mc_id=EMxj00x20110627xL3

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara

 

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