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Sep 19, 2011
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(First a warning regarding this thread. I'm not trying to sound like a complainer or whiner when saying some information, so try not to take it that way, just relaying things that happened relevant to the thread. Okay, now on to the thread)

So last night i had a slight scare when I was hospitalized from pneumonia which also caused me to have a pretty severe asthma attack. Everything ended up perfectly fine though (minus the whole pneumonia thing). So my question, for all of you who have had pneumonia before, how long should i wait until i start climbing again? Also, when I do start climbing again, I was previously on a training regimen. Would it be ill advised to continue with the training or should i just climb easier stuff for a while? I've heard after pneumonia sometimes climbers' ability level drops about 2-3 number grades for a couple months afterwards due to weakness. Wasn't sure if that was true or not (I was hoping my weakness would only last like a week. It's going to suck if it lasts longer)

Nobody be surprised if I'm constantly on here for the next week haha nothing to do but lay here and rest. That's the worst part of it.
Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
145 points
Sep 19, 2011
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might be a good opportunity to do some ARC training. hope you recover fully and quickly! slim
Joined Dec 1, 2004
2,153 points
Sep 19, 2011
I went through pneumonia several years ago (in my late-twenties), pretty close to a peak in my climbing too. I got 'well' fairly quickly, a few weeks maybe, but it took about 6 months to regain my full lung capacity.

I think going easier on training would be good, but it will depend on how your lungs can handle it. I imagine reduced lung capacity would affect the body's ability to build and maintain muscle tissue.

I find it's always easy to gain back losses (much easier than it initially took to get them); the most important thing is to heal. Once you are feeling well, just start off easy and see how it goes. I don't remember it costing me much in climbing strength or ability though.

Best wishes to a speedy recovery...
Joseph Stover
From Batesville, AR
Joined Dec 8, 2005
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