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Blue Badge of Courage …
I have been doing cardiac rehab for 2 weeks now, and I have learned a lot … I take a wheelchair in and out of rehab ... no more walking the long hallway because then I am too tired to do my rehab. My other problem was that as I was going along on my machine, I found I was unconsciously trying to keep up with the 80 to 90 year olds who were my rehab companions. One lady turned to me and said, “When you get that a blue badge of courage off your chest then you can try to keep up. Until then you need to take your time and slow down.” Have you ever been put in your place by someone older and wiser than you? I sure was …
So, I go at my own pace, and believe me I am not breaking any land speed records on the recumbent bike and stepper they have me working on. I have managed to slowly build up to 15 minutes a day, three days a week, and I wear a blue pouch that has a monitor connected to me ... hence the “blue badge of courage.” I am learning … we met with the cardiac nurse practitioner the other day, and everything seems to be going according to plan. Slow and steady on the journey is the key to success. Jennae placed a turtle next to my chair to be a constant reminder for me … slow and steady!
I have learned a lot wearing my blue badge of courage. We will continue with rehab 3 days a week ‘till I start chemo again on February 8th … thank you so much for your continued prayers and support! Jeff and Jennae