Yesterday I shared how hard Velcade hits me within a few hours after my infusion. I then mentioned that I was stubbornly trying something new on the evenings following my treatment:
“Most rational people would simply rest and take it easy, waiting for all of this to blow over. And it does–I always feel normal by morning.
Rest? Not me! I have intentionally been ‘practicing’ for my stem cell transplant (SCT) recovery this summer. More about this crazy ritual tomorrow…”
Before I continue, let me ask my readers not to be concerned. I’m a big boy. I exercise several times daily. I’m not crazy–well not much, anyway!
My plan is to push on through when I don’t feel well as a way to train for my post-stem cell transplant recovery period. I understand I can’t really duplicate the exhaustion I am expecting to feel once my bone marrow is “fried.”
I know I’m not going to feel like walking or exercising–just like I don’t feel that way following my Velcade infusions.
So yesterday I got home, worked around the house until I started to feel badly, took a short nap–then hit the pool. I swam laps, lifted weights and walked my dog, Finnegan, a few miles.
I may have been weaving side to side along the road as we walked… I didn’t want to go on–I think my eyes were closed half the time. But I made it back–and felt better when I returned. I almost always feel better after I exercise.
I don’t want a medal. I’m not saying I’m tougher than anyone else. I’m simply determined. I figure the sooner I can get moving after my transplant, the more time I will have to write and work from my hospital room and/or my caregiver apartment. A guy can try, right?
I felt much better yesterday. Time to walk the dog…
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat