...happy to report, 1 week later I went again to Zumba! With no ill effects!
Saturday, February 03, 2018
I continue to work at erasing the effects of pneumonia (coughing up mucus and deep breathing to increase lung capacity). I almost feel normal. I've been missing my friends, so I went to Zumba yesterday. I repeated what I did last week -- the old-lady shuffle with pushing harder when I could. Now I don't know if I pushed harder than I thought, or if it's the altitude here (and thus low oxygen) but it really seemed harder this time than last week. On the other hand, recovery took only an hour instead of all day (as it did last week).
I think that's a win? So I've decided to return to exercise as I used to (cardio 3x a week), but I won't lead until I feel capable. I think I'm being cautious, right? Right now, I'm unsure of my ability. It was stressed to me that over-doing it too soon leads to complications..... And they really do scare you into compliance -- hearing that people DIE from pneumonia and its complications.
Not being ready to die, and not being ready to start acting old and decrepit, I'm going to slowly return to being as active as I was. The doc said I could start acting normal 2 weeks ago (although he did exclude doing aerobics) -- and he was totally impressed by my quick recovery and lung capacity ("normal" for a 60 y.o. woman) at that time. It's increased by 750 ml since then! --which feels Almost Normal for me. I'm hoping to achieve another 250 by the time I feel totally normal!
I need to talk to my doctor. What makes me feel so cautious is that I am still coughing -- coughing more than I want and expect to, considering how good I feel. I believe coughing is helping me expel phlegm, and obviously exercising my lungs -- but equally obvious is the fact that I am coughing because I still have phlegm to expel!