Wednesday, January 12, 2011
...Helping to shovel snow! Seriously! For the first time in many years. We got about 6 inches of snow last night, and the kids are off school today (6 inches is a lot for here!).
I know it's still too early to tell for sure if the beta-blockers are going to help me, but it's looking really, really good so far!
For several days now, I've been wearing my heart rate monitor and watching the effect of the beta-blockers, and it's been very encouraging. Just getting dressed this morning (sans medication), my heart rate jumped up over 100. After breakfast, I took the beta-blockers along with my other medications, then sat on the couch for a while to allow them time to kick in. As before, within an hour, my resting heart rate fell from the high 90's to the mid-80's and below.
So, I got dressed in my cold weather gear and went outside to help Ken. I started with clearing some snow off the cars, watching my heart rate carefully, then progressed to actually shoveling a little snow. Our neighbor had used his snow-blower on the driveway this morning, so there was only a little bit left to clear, along the edges and near the cars. I know this sounds odd, but I used to love to shovel snow. In fact, I used to love any kind of exercise.
All told, my heart rate monitor tells me I was out there for a half hour, with an average heart rate of 92, and a maximum heart rate of 102 - very reasonable! My limit for preventing post-exertional malaise from setting in (i.e. a crash) is 105. So, we'll find out tomorrow whether that's true, but I also took a little walk yesterday around a local park - just about 10-15 minutes, but a big deal for me lately - and I felt fine this morning.
If this medication is going to allow me to be more active, that's like a dream come true! Wish me luck...and I'll keep you posted!