Living with Pulmonary Embolisms [trying that exercise]

Living with Pulmonary Embolisms is not easy

I've just completed weeks 4 and 5 of exercise coming back from my unprovoked bilateral pulmonary embolisms. The first few weeks were the worst but as more time passes living with pulmonary embolisms the more I feel I'm gaining control over my lungs and my life again. I've gotten to the point now where I feel comfortable running a little bit too!

Being able to run, even for just :30 seconds at a time, has been a wonderful feeling. And by wonderful I mean terrible, yet totally wonderful. The act of running has not been enjoyable. Lots of huffing and puffing, lots of flem, and lots of chest tightness. BUT I am doing a little bit of running!

I should note that I'm 5 weeks into exercise and, about, 2 months post-PE discovery and hospitalization! Woot, woot!

Lessons... so many lessons

Living with pulmonary embolisms has taught (or re-taught) me a number of really good lessons. Chief among these lessons is to slow the heck down and enjoy things AND to truly take life one day at a time. You need to plan for the future and moving fast is fun, but all of the things I wouldn't take the time for, before my PEs, they are totally happening now.

Having PE's has helped me meet many new snail friends
A new friend I met out on a walk

One of the biggest things I always wanted to do while out running and riding is to take more pictures. I never wanted to stop though. I've seen so many cool things I would have loved to capture and share but I could never get myself to hold back for a second and enjoy the sight I was beholding. My morning walk routine has forced me into slowing down and really seeing all sorts of things I would have never seen before.

I've made a ton of new friends on my walks lately. Not so much in the form of human beings but I've still made a ton of friends ;) (see image).

Talking life one day at a time, for me, has meant shooting fun video. I mean, I think it's fun to shoot the video, maybe it's not always fun to watch me walk during it though! Regardless, when I go out the door everything morning, it's a brand new start for me and I'm so excited to find a way to make it memorable by shooting video of something cool (or just me enjoying the ability to walk again!).

Laying in the hospital with my chest tube in, I just kept think about all the fitness I'd ever worked for being gone forever. Now that I'm out and a solid month into a walking routine, I feel like every day I throw my sneakers on is a new chance to get everything back again. It's going to take me forever but every day I head out the door I'm going to keep starting again. I figure one of these new starts will see me flying down the road eventually... I hope! Until then I am happy with what I can do right now.

And for now I can walk and do some easy running (jogging perhaps?). I'm working my way back toward the pool and one of these days I'll see how riding outside will go. I need to make sure I don't get too light-headed first. I'm not interested in falling off a bike... ever again.

I'm hoping my weekly videos will inspire someone to keep starting fresh every day just the way I am. The main purpose of these videos is for me to see my own progress and to work through my frustration of not being able to execute my passion for endurance sports, and general exercise. If I can help someone else along the way though, super awesome. We're all in this together after all.

So thank you for following along. And if this is the first post you're seeing I suggest starting back here to learn about where I started from with my PEs.

Today is a good day!

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Nick Brodnicki

March 16, 2021