It’s started finally! Tuesday, March 26, 2013 was DH’s first day in Cardiac Rehab, just over 8 weeks post-op. This was an “intake appointment”, and much longer than the normal ones will be.
We got to choose when the future class would be – either Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 7:00 am or Monday-Wednesday-Thursday at 1:00pm. Anyone who knows me knows that I chose the afternoon class. I just didn’t want to get up that early and have to deal with early morning rush hour each of those days.
Diana, the intake nurse was very nice – in fact, everyone we met was.
First things first – money. We found out that his insurance would pay for most but that there would be a $15 copay each session. However, we did get a parking voucher saving us $5 on the parking garage.
We got a packet of information on all kinds of things, including food guides – what to eat, what not to eat. Hooray!
I noticed a poster showing the image (right) for choosemyplate.gov. I looked at that site when it first came out – and I’m looking again!
Diana was the one who set up the class times, as well.
Next was Claire, a nurse. She checked all the meds and vitamins that DH takes. She said that saw palmetto interfered with one of his prescriptions and she suggested we take the list to CVS so that they can look for other interactions.
She did an EKG, checked pulse in several locations, looked at the scar, checked blood pressure on both arms (sitting and standing), listened to the carotids.
BP was 136/64 right, 112/60 left, 119/70 standing left.
She made an appointment with the dietician for Wednesday April 17 at 2:30, after a rehab class.
Turns out that there are patient meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. We’re getting very busy with patient meetings, Mended Hearts and rehab plus doctor appointments!
They were out of t-shirts his size so we got one that was very large. Another one will be forthcoming…sometime.
These shirts are special because they have a pocket for the portable EKG machine over the heart in addition to the obligatory logo on the back. As luck would have it, DH was wearing a t-shirt with a pocket.
DH was hooked up to the EKG. I gathered that he’ll do that himself in the future.
Next up – Shelly, an exercise physiologist. She talked a bit, asked DH how often he got new shoes. She said that it should be every 6 months. Who knew?
She said to drink water every 15 minutes while exercising.
DH started off slow – Treadmill 5 minutes; Bike 15 minutes; Walked on indoor track for 4 laps
When he was done, we went to the Healthy Heart Cafe for a bit of lunch.
Wednesday, Day 2
We got there in plenty of time. DH turned out to be the only person in this class, at least for now.
He did his exercises but was told he needed to eat breakfast in the future – his blood pressure was too low.
It’s becoming a habit – when he was done, we went to the Healthy Heart Cafe for another bit of lunch.
I had bought him a Groupon for a local garden shop as a Christmas gift. Of course, I had no idea then that he wouldn’t be doing much gardening this year. In any event, it was going to expire on March 30, so we went there after rehab and got a few things 🙂 They may all become house plants – we’ll see!
Absolute exhaustion by the time we got home.
- Lifestyle change at heart of cardiac rehab programs (blueridgenow.com)
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Starts Today! (maryomedical.com)
- Clearfield Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Helps Patients Improve Heart Health (gantdaily.com)