I think I mentioned in my post detailing surgery day that I was given an incentive spirometer upon release from the surgery center. I was given the spirometer for a medical reason (please reference the part where I wasn’t breathing in the post-anesthesia care unit); it’s intended to help keep your lungs clear so you don’t get congested while you’re not moving around much after surgery. The last thing you want to do is get pneumonia and die after knee surgery. The one I had required that I inhale slowly and deeply to move the marker up to the goal line. My goal immediately after surgery was 2500, and I have to admit it was a bit of a challenge to get it there. There was a lot of huffing and puffing and red-faced anger when I didn’t make the mark. But it didn’t take too long before I was passing the 3000 mark with no trouble. Boom. My lungs are powerful. I bet I could huff and puff and blow your house down now.
I decided early on that it would actually make for an
interesting ingenious drinking game. I would have had way more incentive if someone was throwing back a shot every time I made my goal. And since I was instructed to use it at least 5 times an hour when I was awake, there was potential for a lot of drinking. If I ever have to use one of these again, there’s definitely going to be a party at my place. Holla!