SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010 10:54 AM, MDT
IT happened! I began running, well actually jogging just as I begin week 10 of my recovery! It happened pretty much as Dr. Smolen had predicted. I stepped outside to go for a walk and decided at that moment that my body was ready for me to at least try running a few steps to see how my incision felt. Much to my surprise, I had no discomfort! So, I jogged but mostly walked for two miles at 12:30/miles. Just a touch faster than the 15:00/mile I've been doing on the treadmill but it's a start. It felt so invigorating to begin moving my body and sweat and feel the strong beating of my heart! What a world of difference post-bypass. I don't have that incredible heaviness in my chest, and I can actually take in deep breaths and expand my chest. It's such a stimulating and healthy sensation! I'm having some residual effects of my incision in the hours following but I think that's too be expected. So, my game plan is to wait a day or two until I jog again. I have to say that as I regain my physical and emotional strength, I have a greater appreciation of the work of my entire medical team. I know bypass is a common procedure but having gone through it, I still marvel at the end result especially considering I didn't have any complications. I still think it's a miracle!