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Date Posted: 19:12:25 05/07/02 Tue
Author: Cari
Subject: Srtleg
In reply to: srtleg 's message, "Re: I'm with you, Srtleg" on 18:15:22 05/07/02 Tue

I had a friend in college whose mother had a heart condition and was agoraphobic. Here are some of the things they did. They set up an obstacle free path for her to walk through the house following a certain number of revolutions. Say from the fartherest point in the bedroom end to the fartherest point at the other end of the house (in their case the dining room). She circled the dining table and started back to the other end of the house. She might do 15 rounds thru the house without stopping.

Her husband made a sturdy 3-step wood box. 3-steps to the top and 3-down. Easy steps with maybe only a 4"rise and 12" depth for safety. He set them by a wall so she could put her hand on the wall to steady herself. She'd go up and down at whatever pace she could handle for several times.

Another thing they did was watch for a used treadmill for sale. Tredmills are pretty expensive new, unless you can get the doctor to prescribe one and get it paid for by insurance. They allow safe year-round indoor walking at a designated pace which he can handle.

These are just some suggestions. Also, be careful about the sleeping. Ask your doctors about it because the muscles can atrophy if he is idle too long, the heart needs to be restrengthened and excessive sleep can sometimes be a sign of depression.

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