It started with costochondritis (rib cage inflammation) plus bronchitis, then I developed pneumonia. I was REALLY sick for 4 months. Quite sick for another 1 month and no where near well for another 2 months. The past month or so has been the first when I've felt pretty good most of the time and finally my stamina has started to return. The reason I am not focussing on more than 10 minutes of exercise is that I needed to get back up my stamina on household chores. I was doing NO chores except my own personal bathing (and even sometimes at the beginning I needed help to shower).
The rib cage inflammation was the last to heal. It was hard to do much lifting at all and certainly no twisting the upper body while holding anything of any weight. It was only this past month that I've been regularly grocery shopping on my own and able to carry them in without assistance.
For example, I haven't "exercised" much, but yesterday I did several hours of yard work for my mother. So I am getting back to activity, just not the gym. This illness truly truly was awful and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemies.
Rebecca, Married to Andre
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
--Henry David Thoreau
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