I had a respiratory infection and am now feeling a little better, but my legs are so weak. :( I'm 70 years old and really not in too bad of shape otherwise... I use to be active, now I feel like my body, especially my legs are in cement!
Eat well, rest when you need to and be as active as you can without overtiring yourself. You sound like my mother. She is about your age and she normally runs circles around me, she is so active, but she had a humerus fracture last year and then caught pneumonia right after and it really laid her up for a while. She pushed through it but it took her a good six months to a year to fully come back to her old self. As we get older, our bodies take much longer to recover. When you get the wind knocked out of your sails like this, it takes time to recover and you need to be patient and allow yourself to get better. If you push too hard, you can wind up ill again and you dont want that so just try to eat a good healthy diet, high in protein for healing, take a multivitamin, drink plenty of water, rest when your body tells you to, and most of all, give yourself time to recover (and this is usually the hardest thing for people like you who are used to being so active).
Hello. Marti. You might want to talk with your physician and ask him to send you to PT and OT. They can get you started in some basic exercises that will help you regain your strength. One thing I notice is that balance can be difficult. A little old lady with a walker or cane may be cliche but it actually helps. Until strength and balance are stable these devices help tremendously. The professionals will show you what to use and how. Covered by Medicare part B it is well worth using for a while. And I have found their visits at home or my visits to their clinics increases the desire to get out when one is still so tired.
Recovery after a long pneumonia can take real time when 20. At this point in life I find it takes twice as long as it did back then, so as you give yourself the time and space to recover, stay focused on slow, steady, and that goal out there. Karen
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