So, I'm just curious.
If you had gotten a gunshot wound to your belly that made a big hole and then got infected and you were now out of the hospital but still on IV nutrition because your gut was hurt so bad you couldn't eat ...
would you be thinking of starting a new exercise program with a home gym at this point?
Cause that is a close approximation of what your body has been through in the past 4 weeks.
You need to have your doctors - your surgeon and your GI and whoever is overseeing your TPN and thus the PICC line - tell you when and how much and what kinds of exercise you can do BEFORE you start doing anything OK?
You do not want to do anything that would put you back in the hospital right?
And, in case it wasn't explained to you, that PICC line is placed all the way into the main vein leading into your heart. It has to run in that far in order for you to receive TPN. Normally, if it's just antibiotics the PICC line doesn't go that deep into your body.
So you do NOT want to do anything that would damage or pull out the line. Not that this is really easy to do. But, trust me, you do NOT want to do it by accident because you weren't given enough information or didn't ask your doctor before you started lifting weights.
You are young and will probably heal up really fast. There is plenty of time for you to get stronger and work out - after you are well. And remember to go slow and easy at first.
Yes, being on the solumedrol makes a difference. It is probably one of the main reasons you are feeling so great despite all you have been through. It tends to make you feel really good, especially if you were feeling really bad right before you started taking it in large amounts. That's not because you are REALLY all better. It just makes you FEEL that way OK?
I understand you are probably bored to death with being sick and feeling puny. Find something to do that you like that's not physically strenuous and do it for now. Get your friends to come over and play cards with you or watch football or whatever will keep your mind off your troubles until you're better.
Your doctors want you back on your feet too. Remember that if they say "no it's too soon" or say you can only do a little of certain things. they will release you back to full activity when they believe you are ready.
Best wishes and hope you continue to heal quickly!
son now 14 1/2, dx CD age 10; current meds: MTX and omeprazole; previous tmts: pred, 6-MP, Humira, entocort, GMCS, exclusive enteral feeds, pentasa, mesalamine enemas, cipro, flagyl, many topical treatments for perianal disease
Post Edited (rlsnights) : 11/24/2010 1:20:15 AM (GMT-7)