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    I rode a bike!

    OK, it was a stationary bike. I was only allowed to ride 6 minutes, and a nurse was watching me the whole time to make sure my heart didn't explode.

    But still, it was a bike, I was riding it, and it felt damn good.

    Does anybody have encouraging words or any stories that will inspire me as I get started on my rehab program?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    OK, it was a stationary bike. I was only allowed to ride 6 minutes, and a nurse was watching me the whole time to make sure my heart didn't explode.

    But still, it was a bike, I was riding it, and it felt damn good.

    Does anybody have encouraging words or any stories that will inspire me as I get started on my rehab program?
    What are you rehabbing from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    OK, it was a stationary bike. I was only allowed to ride 6 minutes, and a nurse was watching me the whole time to make sure my heart didn't explode.

    But still, it was a bike, I was riding it, and it felt damn good.

    Does anybody have encouraging words or any stories that will inspire me as I get started on my rehab program?
    YAY !!!! Sounds like you have a heart related problem. ??

    My brother in law had a heart attack. He needed a shunt. Months later he is now riding his new Felt. He is the manager of a very busy business. He is working on his house at the same time. He answers his phone with his new apple watch without stopping riding. I have not ridden with him, but I know he can drop me anytime he wants. He's very fit.
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    You'll do it.

    So many times I have recovered.

    Most graphically for me, one night I was riding down a dark lane and ran into a pine tree that had fallen across the road. I flew over the trunk and landed in the road. I just knew that my bike was hammered. But as I got up and looked over the tree, there was my bike standing up. Even stranger, I pushed on it a little and it rolled easily backwards. The wheel was fine, the frame was fine. The tree was exactly 27" above the street and my wheel stopped at its maximum diameter. The tire stopped on the bottom of the tree and the bike and I pivoted.

    I could barely walk, but I managed to pull the bike over the tree and get onto the bike. I could pedal without problems, even though it took the rest of the quarter at school for my knee to recover so that walking was comfortable.
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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
    YAY !!!! Sounds like you have a heart related problem. ??

    My brother in law had a heart attack. He needed a shunt. Months later he is now riding his new Felt. He is the manager of a very busy business. He is working on his house at the same time. He answers his phone with his new apple watch without stopping riding. I have not ridden with him, but I know he can drop me anytime he wants. He's very fit.
    Actually, I had a heart attack 15 years ago, had stents implanted, and did the whole rehab thing. It was a wonderful experience, and eventually got me into riding a bike in the first place, and probably the best shape I was ever in in my whole life.

    This time is a little more serious and more complicated. I have been apprehensive about starting cardiac rehab, but I'm hoping the time is right. I just got back from my first full session--15 minutes on cardio machines and 15 minutes of stretching and light weights. I guess it went OK, but I'm still a little nervous about it all. But I really want to walk aound like a normal person--and maybe even ride my bike outdoors again.

    BTW--on my bike test, I went the equivalent of 1.1 miles in six minutes. That was a little better than I thought it would be.


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    The time of one's death is predetermined at the time of one's birth. Study the works of Doctor David R. Hawkins and learn about muscle testing and getting answers to things in the universe. With that said, nobody dies early and nobody dies late. So don't worry about when you will die. You can't change it no matter what. All you can do is make your body remain healthy during your lifetime.

    Vegetable oils, meat, and dairy products are the things to avoid if you have clogged arteries. Even olive oil is bad for your heart. It is still 100% fat. You can get 100% of your protein needs with vegetables.

    L Arginine is a vitamin supplement that will unclog any artery. Three doctors won a Nobel Prize for medicine because they discovered the artery cleaning properties of nitric oxide. Taking L arginine produces it and will gradually remove all of the plaque in arteries. Anybody who takes 1000 miligrams of L arginine daily for two years will have clean arteries. It is cheaper than having bypass surgery and the survival rate is higher.

    Why don't doctors tell patients about this? It takes away their profits. Find and read the book Bypass In A Pill. It was written by one of those Nobel Prize winning doctors. Look up Doctor Louis Ignarro the author. His other book that is still available is No More Heart Disease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post
    The time of one's death is predetermined at the time of one's birth. Study the works of Doctor David R. Hawkins and learn about muscle testing and getting answers to things in the universe. With that said, nobody dies early and nobody dies late. So don't worry about when you will die. You can't change it no matter what. All you can do is make your body remain healthy during your lifetime.

    Vegetable oils, meat, and dairy products are the things to avoid if you have clogged arteries. Even olive oil is bad for your heart. It is still 100% fat. You can get 100% of your protein needs with vegetables.

    L Arginine is a vitamin supplement that will unclog any artery. Three doctors won a Nobel Prize for medicine because they discovered the artery cleaning properties of nitric oxide. Taking L arginine produces it and will gradually remove all of the plaque in arteries. Anybody who takes 1000 miligrams of L arginine daily for two years will have clean arteries. It is cheaper than having bypass surgery and the survival rate is higher.

    Why don't doctors tell patients about this? It takes away their profits. Find and read the book Bypass In A Pill. It was written by one of those Nobel Prize winning doctors. Look up Doctor Louis Ignarro the author. His other book that is still available is No More Heart Disease.
    I'm sure your heart is in the right place, but I do not require any pseudo-medical advice. And talking about dying in this context is incredibly rude, crude, and stupid. I am not planning to die ny time soon, and my very intelligent doctors are in agreement on that. God this post is stupid on so many levels.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I'm sure your heart is in the right place, but I do not require any pseudo-medical advice. And talking about dying in this context is incredibly rude, crude, and stupid. I am not planning to die ny time soon, and my very intelligent doctors are in agreement on that. God this post is stupid on so many levels.
    +1.

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    My first full rehab session consisted of five minutes on the recumbent exercise bike and five minutes each on treadmill and Nu-step. There was another 15 minutes of stretching and light weight-lifting. Combined with a couple errands I had to run (rode in car ) this was my most active day since 2-28-15.

    Besides the exercise, just being in rehab was invigorating. This is the first health place where they haven't treated me like a "patient". Right from the start, they clearly (and very nicely) expected me to be in charge of my own treatment. They tell me how and why to do it, and give good support, but it won't get done unless I do it. This has made me feel less passive and more in control--after only one day. They are also very hopeful and optimistic, which lightens my spirit.

    This is my third experience in rehab, so I'm a big fan. I think I already mentioned that I was in cardiac rehab before, 15 years ago. That really inspired me to adopt healthy habits such as walking and cycling. Right off, I figured out that the easiest way to make more time for all that walking was to walk to work and walk to do my other chores and errands. That soon led up to this whole carfree thing, since I was doing just about everything without the car anyway. Then one day I had a Damascus experience and suddenly realized that I could cover even more territory on a bike than by walking. Another carfree cyclist was born! It was only a couple months before I was riding 10 to 15 miles a day, 365 days a year.


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    My mother had stents twice and lived long enough to die at 88 of something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker View Post
    My mother had stents twice and lived long enough to die at 88 of something else.
    Thanks, cooker. I had stents 15 years ago. A recent test showed that they're holding up real well. When I had a heart attack in 2000, I drove myself to the hospital. That was probably the only time that having a car was good for my health!


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    Shock. Someone on BIKE Forums actually rode a bike?

    Kudos to you for being able to live car and bike free. Personally I don't think I could rely only on public transit.
    You don't have to fetch it. You don't have to feed it. Just ride!

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    I don't have any words of inspiration. Just sending a wish or a hope that all goes well and for you soon to be able to ride long and hard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    God this post is stupid on so many levels.
    I'm just passing on information. It is true information, all of it. Do what you want with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post
    I'm just passing on information. It is true information, all of it. Do what you want with it.
    Regardless of whether the information you presented is true (which I have no desire to discuss),

    It is possible to convey information that is legitimately informational and/or completely true while simultaneously being a compassionless *******. If/when that is the case, have you really helped or encouraged by sharing it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    OK, it was a stationary bike. I was only allowed to ride 6 minutes, and a nurse was watching me the whole time to make sure my heart didn't explode.

    But still, it was a bike, I was riding it, and it felt damn good.

    Does anybody have encouraging words or any stories that will inspire me as I get started on my rehab program?

    Glad to hear you're on the mend! I've only done a little rehab, on my neck, back, and shoulders after being rear-ended in my car at a stoplight. Rehab is not for wussies! (Which I count myself in the category with the wussies). I cried more than once just from frustration, not from pain necessarily.

    I started to think of it in terms of "good pain" versus "bad pain". That was helpful..... "bad pain" is what you get when you sit around too much, and you hurt for no real reason (for example, when you get up in the morning and hurt from "sleeping wrong").

    Good pain is when you're rocking physical therapy and rehab, because it's the pain that means you're on your way up instead of down(so to speak). In this sense, I started appreciating the pain in rehab (..... kind of).

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    Way to go Roody! Being active, at the right intensity for your specific physical condition, is key to health. Find the right daily dose based on your present condition. Don't compare your performance to any arbitrary measure, especially comparing yourself to other people. Instead compare yourself to where you were yesterday, last week, last month, last year and try to find the mix that will continue to make you stronger.

    Best wishes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    Way to go Roody! Being active, at the right intensity for your specific physical condition, is key to health. Find the right daily dose based on your present condition. Don't compare your performance to any arbitrary measure, especially comparing yourself to other people. Instead compare yourself to where you were yesterday, last week, last month, last year and try to find the mix that will continue to make you stronger.

    Best wishes!
    thanks for the kind words! I my second session. They start you slow but bump you up pretty quickly. My goal this weekend is to walk at least 20 minutes a day in the neighborhood around my house. My longer term goal is to return to work by the end of July. (If at all possible.) Those COBRA insurance payments are well over $600 a month while I'm not working!


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    I had asked if anybody had any inspirational stories to share. Now I'm remembering that I posted one myself , back when I was younger and...cooler, almost exactly 10 years ago:

    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Some of you know that I used to ride with my stepson (Jerry, 30 years old). Jerry was in a severe auto accident in January. He was on a ventilator for a month and had six surgeries before I lost count. After the accident, as if he were an infant, I saw him take his first breath, his first bite of solid food, his first steps. In April, he finally started Physical Therapy. I went to his first session to cheer him on. Unfortunately, when they put him on the stationary bike, Jerry was unable to pedal it. He got so discouraged, frustrated and embarrassed that he walked out of PT, and would not go back. He has exercized since then on his own, but never even talked about cycling.

    Finally, he agreed to give PT one more try. His appointment was this morning, and his fiance's car broke down last night. Jerry called me this morning and said he was going to ride his bike for the first time, in order to get to his PT appointment. I had some misgivings, but I learned long ago that it is pointless to argue with Jerry when he makes up his mind. I went out on my bike to meet him, but I couldn't find him anywhere. I was so worried that something had happened, so I followed his route to PT. I figured that I would soon catch him, and I got more and more worried when I did not. But, lo and behold, his bike was already at the bike rack when I got to the hospital. Somehow, I had missed his path on my way to the hospital. I did cry as I locked my bike to his at the bike rack. I finally knew that he will recover, and that we will have great rides together again this summer.

    I guess that, more than ever, I now know the bicycle is a wonderful machine, and we should never take it for granted. It, and the fun we share on it, can motivate and empower people to do things that you thought were impossible.


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    I'm sorry to hear of your temporary health problem. Keep visiting Dr. Schwinn (or other members of his group like Dr. Shimano) and hopefully this episode will become an inspiring story you can use to help the next person.

    Personally, I'm thankful for all of you folks who have had stents put in and joint replacements. I figure you're all helping the medical community get those procedures perfected so that when it is my turn it will turn out well. As evidenced by your experiences, they are already getting darned good at this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Thanks, cooker. I had stents 15 years ago. A recent test showed that they're holding up real well. When I had a heart attack in 2000, I drove myself to the hospital. That was probably the only time that having a car was good for my health!
    How do you get to your rehab program facility, or do you receive this care at home?

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    Ok...setback. I had some mild symptoms while exercising at rehab Monday, so I have to be cleared by the doctor before I can return. I was very disappointed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Ok...setback. I had some mild symptoms while exercising at rehab Monday, so I have to be cleared by the doctor before I can return. I was very disappointed.
    Don't be..that's why they do this stuff.. find symptoms..figure it out..retest..things will work out, they always do. I was in rehab after getting hit by a car.. listen to doctors & nurses and try to give them your best effort.. fail.. tomorrows anther day.. repeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Ok...setback. I had some mild symptoms while exercising at rehab Monday, so I have to be cleared by the doctor before I can return. I was very disappointed.
    Roody, Hope your recovery will be a speedy one. But when you have a minor setback or serious doubts, keep cooker's mother in mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    Roody, Hope your recovery will be a speedy one. But when you have a minor setback or serious doubts, keep cooker's mother in mind
    Thanks, gerv. My own dad was a lot like cooker's mother. He had two bypass surgeries by the time he was 50, then lived to b 83 before dying of a weird unrelated disease.

    The kind words of you and other LCF members really mean a lot to me!


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