This is overdue and I apologize for being tardy but a lot of happened along the way.
This was an interesting week. The workouts did not result in any muscle pain, rather, the muscles were just tired. That was the term used by the trainer. That being said, I did see a marked improvement in my balance. The workouts were rigorous and resulted in many positive results. The trainers were always complimenting me (and everyone else in the room) and it was encouraging.
My balance was still really bad, but getting better. One balance test was really enlightening. I was asked to walk across the room while turning my head from left to right and repeat. I came very close to falling and this explained why I did fall flat on my backside in the Seattle airport last September.
This was more of the same but I noticed that my muscle weakness was easing so I was really encouraged. I was beginning to enjoy the workouts, which is contrary to my couch potato lifestyle. Of course, my lifestyle was the major contributor to my problem in the first place.
I had an appointment with my cardio during week 3 and the decision was made to install a pacemaker. No big deal, right? I went in on Tuesday of week 4.
WEEK 4 and on.
Like I mentioned, I had the pacemaker installed on Tuesday and spent the night in the hospital for observation. All went well and was anxious to get home. Of course I had a sling on my left arm with definite instructions not to let my left arm/elbow ever be higher than my shoulder. If I did, there is a real danger of actually pulling the wires out of the heart. The wires are interesting on their own right. They have hook like ends that attach themselves to the muscle of the heart. As time goes by, scar tissue grows around the attachment area but until that happens, the risk of pulling them loose is very real.
I had my follow up visit with the cardio this last Monday and was sure I would be cleared to drive. Alas, this was not to be. I will not be cleared for full and active driving for another 4 weeks. AARRRRGGGH. He did say that I could drive a mile or so to buy groceries but not every day. And now I know why. Opening the door with the right arm is tricky and the tendency to use the left arm is very difficult to overcome.
So I will have to wait until June 3rd or so to get clearance for launch. Then we will be on our way to Colorado in September for my 60th HS reunion. Probably our last one. The number still living is getting rather small.
I hope to also get clearance to continue the strength and balance training at that time as well.