Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, December 28, 2012

TO REHAB OR NOT TO REHAB?

My cardiac rehab is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Monday and Wednesday sessions are at 1:00PM and just for the girls.  Friday is at 11:00 AM and consists primarily of men who are on a maintenance program and can come and go and do whatever they want without supervision from a therapist. What they primarily do is sit and drink coffee.  (My therapist said their wives don't want them at home so they are killing time.)

Few, if any, of my lady friends show up on Friday.  The one fellow last week who was actually working out was next to me on the treadmill and was going so fast it made me think I needed to keep up with his pace.  There was no way.  Often the coffee drinkers break out in raucous laughter and it makes me wonder if they are laughing at me.

Usually I can mix well in any crowd and I'm not sure why this is so intimidating.  I think if the majority of them were at least exercising too, it might make more sense.  Instead they are having a coffee time with free coffee instead of hanging out at a cafe and having to pay.  (Actually they pay $32 per month for the maintenance program and  to use the facility so I guess the coffee isn't really free, but shouldn't someone suggest they use the time to exercise?)

Here is it Friday again and I really should go.  To rehab or not to rehab, that is the question ... and I must answer it before 11:00AM.

27 comments:

  1. You are doing this for YOU. Screw all the rest of them.

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  2. Anything I was going to say couldn't have been better than what Tabor, above, said. That is also good advice for me for when I feel intimidated by the over-achievers at the gym.

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  3. yep, me too-- what Tabor said.. plus,
    women are very- outta coulda, woulda, shoulda ans supposta..

    Men do as they dang well please- a mentality I adopted about 25 years ago from watching and working with them for many years. its tough to admit but they have the easier lives cause they arent so- regulated:) for lack of a better term.. just cut loose and do whatever YOU want to do.
    it'll be good for your HEART~!
    luv ya bunches

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  4. Do you have a therapist on Fridays or are you doing it at your own pace? If you don't have a therapist, take your kindle with you(or nook) and listen to a book or music to drown out the men who are only hurting themselves. I suppose no one tells them to exercise because they make more $$ serving "free" coffee for $32 a month than they would to pay a therapist to help those guys. I say keep going and do it for YOU!

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  5. I agree with Tabor. I hope you went and smirked at the guys while you were exercising. That's what I'd do.

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  6. Tabor -- Read on and you will see that you win the Comment Prize of the day. LOL

    Jeanie -- I just wish they would try to achieve. They seem like a bunch of couch potatoes while I'm trying to work out.

    Sonny -- Shoulda, woulda, coulda, has long been a motto to avoid. I did go to my rehab and since I arrived late, the guys were all gone but one. It was a hard work out but a good one.

    Bonnie -- Yes, I have a therapist and she guides me through my session. That's why I can't understand the men hanging around while real work is being done.

    Ileana -- What you would do would be to attract even more men and then nobody would exercise. LOL

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  7. I agree with the first comment. Especially if they are cute! (OK, just shoot me...)

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  8. Did you go? I hope so - it is for you and no one else!

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  9. This is so funny because I was JUST talking to two different people about the grandpas that go the YMCA to work out, but really just sit at the tables and drink coffee together! My niece works at the YMCA and laughs and says that's what they do! I hope you went. I'm sure the cells in your body appreciate it!

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  10. Go go go go go go. Go girrrrrlllll.

    The men are not laughing at you. They are laughing because they all tell awful jokes, pick their noses and fart. That's their workout, fueled by the coffee.

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  11. What Tabor said. You shouldn't care about what they are doing or thinking. The important thing is that you do what it takes to keep you healthy!

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  12. Riot Kitty -- Regretfully none of the fellows are eye-candy. You will not be shot today:)

    Chatty Crone -- I went and had a good workout and most of the men were gone when I got there.

    Seriously Though -- So happy to learn it doesn't just happen at my hospital gym. All our coffee drinkers are not grandpas but the majority are. Thankfully they were gone when I got there yesterday because I was the only one from our group of women who showed up. We're all grandmas!

    Marla and Steve -- I went, went, went girrrrrlllll. Glad I did. It was a good workout and most of the guys were gone when I got there. Must have had lists of "honey dos" to get ready for New Years and had to hurry home. Thanks for telling me what they are laughing about. I believe you are quite correct.

    kenju -- I am going to try to think of Tabor's response every time I go now. I did go and it was a very healthy workout just FOR ME!

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  13. Someone needs to get those lazyboneses up and moving! Why isn't there a supervisor for this session? They shouldn't be allowed any coffee until they've earned it.

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  14. Sparkling Red -- It is amazing what some men will do for free coffee. There was a small cafe in our Kansas town. It changed operators often for years and years and finally close its doors last year. The local farmers gathered there for coffee each morning. The majority never even ordered toast and never left tips. Then they griped when the struggling restaurant began to charge them 10 cents for refills. These men never ate in the cafe or brought their families to support this one of very few local businesses. Yet they cried the loudest when it finally closed for good.

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  15. Remember to stay focused on the fact you are doing the rehab for you- n for Ron. Not for social hour...

    Other (Bozos) can do what they want, but that won't make you sit for coffee break. It's not your fault they are lazy- N not your mission to crack a whip at them...

    They need motivation- perhaps an "I dare you to ..." challenge. Tough to understand why they don't want to be in better condition-

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  16. Up and have a blast for the new year!

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  17. Snaggle Tooth -- You (and everyone else, starting with Tabor) are so right. I must think of myself and my recovery. On January 23rd I will get this Life Vest off and learn if I have to have a IDU (Internal Defibrillator Unit) implanted. Will concentrate on my own recovery and let the coffee drinkers reap their own consequences.

    Ashok -- We're not really into having a blast on New Years other than the continued art of breathing in and back out. LOL Thanks for the nice wishes though.

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  18. I know I'm a little late to this particular shindig, but I agree with everyone else that you should go and do what you need to do in order to make yourself what you want to be.

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  19. LOL - Your reply to my comment was hilarious...but I don't agree with it. Once upon a time, maybe...less and less now. THANK GOD! :)

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  20. I'm glad you went! Sorry to be late to this fun party. Loved all the comments!

    I doubt if they are laughing at you, but I'd want them out of my sight, too. Slackers!

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  21. I'm sure they aren't laughing at you, but yeah having any kind of audience isn't fun.

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  22. Happy New Year Annie and I'll say just go and do what is right for yourself ya....just ignore them :D

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  23. Clearly Ann it is your duty to get them at it.
    On the other hand perhaps not.
    Don't let them intimidate you. Imagine them nekked.

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  24. G.B. Miller -- The rehab is making me feel much better and I must always be conscious of that.

    Ileana -- You will always draw a crowd regardless of your age.

    Lynn --Slackers is right. Never worry about being late. I'm late responding.

    LL Cool Joe -- My goal is usually "getting even" but this is a unique crowd.

    Shionge -- Yes, taking care of me. That is my resolution. I must be healthy so I can take cater of Ron.

    Pat -- If I picture them "nekked" then they will want to know what I'm laughing about:)

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  25. Good for you for getting out and getting your rehab in. It's very important, of course. Granted it's easier to give advice than take it. I need to get out and work on my calories and glucose too. Sigh.

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  26. Blech. Entitlement! It drives me mad.

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  27. I guess I never read the part where you said that you have had cardoac events. The jerks having a cheap coffee break are only cheating themselves. Go to your rehab sessions and before long you will be strong anad walking faster than they are. Butt sitting does not make for athletic prowess. I went for respiratory rehab once and was amazed at how much it improved my body strength and my ability to squat down and pop right back up without using a hand to push off the floor. I did have a minor heart attack at 51 and think I'll con my cardiologist into sending me to rehab in the spring. The husband is having a total knee next Friday and then we will head for Florida for a couple of momths of exercise in the pool. I really believe that the best thing we can do after we start aging is to take care of our bodies. I'm agreeing with Tabot ...Screw the rest of them! I have not blogged, becasue I don;t feel comfortable havin my kids and grandkids know when I am ticked off by them, so I'm thinging of using my other blog, that no relatives know about. So If I show up under another name...I'll let you know.

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