View Full Version : APE.'s 2nd chance

10-14-2003, 07:55 AM

Currently: Goals: Based on % of goalbodyweight
156lbs. w/ 18%bodyfat 165 w/ 10-12% bodyfat
Bench press: 60 Bench Press: 250
B*B Row: 75 B*B ROW: 250
B*B Delt: 35 B*B Delt Press: 165
Squat: 75 Squat: 330
Deadlifts: 105 Deadlift: 330

O.K. the past few months I've been re-learning technique and getting my form down.I'm now ready to start adding weight to my excercises.The weights I have as my currents lifted above are for a 5x5 scheme.My goals are based on percentages of my goal bodyweight.Of course I'll be more than happy if I surpass these weights.I know the weights I'm throwing around now aren't much;but atleast its a start.

History: I was born w/ C.F. {Cystic Fibrosis} a genetic disorder effecting the lungs and digestive tract.I was skinny all my life w/ an 6-8% bodyfat while growing up.The average person w/ C.F. has to maintain anywhere from 4500 to 5500 calories a day just to function.The excess labor on the lungs and pancreatic insufficiencies coupled w/ poor absorption play havoc on a person.In my mid teen years I was tired of being so skinny and small; so I decided to take up weightlifting. W/ the help of a dietician @ the C.F. center I made up a diet in excess of 6500 calories in hopes of gaining muscle.This diet was diff then most diets of a C.F. patient.We are encouraged to eat anything and everything {butter/mayonaise/eggs/sugar} To alot of ppl this would be heaven.Eating for me however was a job.Well anyways the diet I devised was healthier w/ an emphasis on the type of stuff I had been reading in health magazines.

When I first started out I saw it as a chore of sorts just to try and look normal.After I was starting to make steady gains I was enjoying it more and more.Every pound I put on was a personal victory for myself.

From the ages 17 too 20 I went from 121 to 156 w/ around 10%body fat.

Fast foward to New Years Eve 2000.I fell sick w/ a pneumonia and never fully recovered.Over the next three years my lung functions slowly began to decline.I then began requiring Oxygen.At first just as I slept;then every few months another liter was added.I continued to workout;but my gains came to a halt and I began losing what I had worked for.

Fast foward to Dec02.By this time my Oxygen was set on 6 liters.The most a home concentrator/tank can be set on.I couldn't walk 5 feet w/o getting winded and was put on a bi-pap machine {outside ventilator sort of} Then tragedy struck me;I lost my best friend Courtney {she had C.F. too} I attended the funeral home; but was unable to attend the burial. I was too weak to even stand for more than a few minutes.I was disgusted w/ myself.

A few days later I ended up in I.C.U. at a local hospital.My doctor had been encouraging me to go to Oschners and see about getting on the transplant list.I had been lying to myself for 2 years telling myself I would get over it.Now I knew I couldn't.My Oxygen requirements were at 7 liters w/ a vinnie (sp) mask diffusing at 80-100%.My blood gases were at 92%.Lung functions were down to 6% capacity.O2 sats were 76.

So I was sent off to Oschners in New Orleans. I completed the workup {A lung transplant candidate is unlike other transpant candidates.W/ other organs a person can get on the list; just about no matter the damage.W/ the lungs your heart/kidneys and still have some degree of weight to the person}They hurried and did my workup.

I was told I had about 6/7 months to live and the wait time is for lungs is really unknown.Where as a person need the same blood type for kidney/liver transplant; a lung must match also body cavity size.So I prepared myself to die.I was quickly listed on Dec.29 of 02' in hopes that a pair may come in New Years Eve 03'.In essence we were waiting for someone else to die.As grim as it may seem it was a shot at getting my pair of lungs.{though I was disgusted w/ myself that a tragedy like a wreck killing someone would be my chance}It didn't happen.

Fast Foward to Monday, Feb3,03.I received the call at 4:00 a.m. This was it. Oschners received a pair of lungs for me.Be their for 6:00 for prep.I got there and prep began.I was calm.My biggest fear was dying on the table and never waking up;but for some reason I wasn't scared.If I died I died.

Next thing I know it's Wednesday, Feb5. It was time to pull the ventilator.As they pulled it; it was as if I snapped out of it.I instantly woke up.I remember counting the tubes and various intravenous drips.27 in total.{I looked like fookin Weapon X/the comic fans know what I'm talking about} My new lungs had to work on their own now.If they didn't take;I was gone for sure.Over the next couple days they didn't expand and fill w/ air.The pair I received developed a pneumonia.Prayer and meditation were whatI used to ease my mind.I stayed a month in the hospital w/ the 5 chest tubes.I eventually got rid of the tubes and was released.I lived next door to the hospital for the required 3 months.

Now 8 months post Transplant my lung functions are 156%.O2 sats are at 100% and I am ready to get back to working out.I'd spent the last few months re-learning technique and doing the required cardio now.I use to hate cardio;now I surely have to do it.I can now run about 1.5 to 2 hours w/ a treadmill set on 3mph.

In an ironic twist; I use too have to struggle for every pound;now I gain weight w/o any problem.Unfortunately fat.Also I now have diabetes/high blood pressure as a side effect of the prednisone and rejection meds.

Well here's my jouranl now.Any suggestions are appreciated.Wish me luck.

10-14-2003, 07:56 AM

Squats 55/10reps 65/10 70/8

Cl.Grip Bench Press 35/10 40/10 40/10

D*B Press Delt Press 10's/10 15'/5 10/8

Tricep Ext. 10's/10 10's/10 15's/6

10-14-2003, 11:37 AM
I am in complete awe of your perseverance - :thumbup:

...and in spite of being born with such an ailment, you have shown tremendous backbone and courage!

...lets remain hopeful that you will be able to get the new problems under control

best wishes in the gym, you do indeed have a big heart - :)

10-14-2003, 11:40 AM
What an amazing history man.. full respect from me. Good luck on all of your goals. Im sur you will reach them. Youve been through more then most people will ever have to go through in an enternity of lifetimes.

10-14-2003, 11:42 AM
Wow! What a story. You are truly strong to go through all that and persevere. I wish you all the best and can't wait to read your updates.
Good luck mate.

Scott S
10-14-2003, 12:17 PM
My god what a story! I'd wish you luck but I honestly don't think you'll need it.

Have some :spam: though.

Saint Patrick
10-14-2003, 12:48 PM
good luck with everything

10-14-2003, 12:50 PM
You have an amazing and inspirational history. I wish you the best of luck with your goals.

10-15-2003, 07:14 AM
Thanks for all the kind words guys.


15mins cardio@ 2.mph
45 mins cardio@ 2.5mph
30mins cardio@ 3.mph.

Practiced stretches and splits.
Diet went well.

10-15-2003, 07:50 AM
good cardio work, over 1+1/2hr time is great - I am sure you feel like a million bucks afterwards! - ;)

10-15-2003, 11:41 AM
Im in awe of you next time Im not in the mood to train due to pure laziness I will read your journal and im sure that will give me a kick up the arse. Good luck with the training but im sure someone with your will power and determination will succeed!

10-15-2003, 06:47 PM
Thanks for the kind words d-bol.

Today;Wednesday 15

Str8 Leg DL's 95/10 95/10 100/7 grip gave way.
might invest in a trap bar.awkward pulling on my chest where it's fused and wired together.

Supported B*B rows 55/10 65/10 70/10

Kelso shrugs 105/8 100/8 100/8

Pullovers 20/20

D*B CURL 10's/10 10's/8 10's/8

Diet went well so far today;but too night its gonna be shot to
$#!+.Dinner w/ a galpal. and Kill Bill.

10-16-2003, 06:56 AM
How was the flick?

Scott S
10-16-2003, 12:09 PM
How was the galpal?

10-16-2003, 12:45 PM
I am in awe.
Way to go man, you are an inspiration to us weenies who moan because working out is hard when you're tired from working all day...
Good luck in your endeavour!

10-16-2003, 05:32 PM
Mik: It was awesome;all the homages to the 70's movies I'm a fan of were all there.Corny porn techno music;samurai principles;never showing the villian..And the fact it's David Carradine {Kung-Fu} IS SO AWESOME!!!!..can't wait till vol.2 comes out in Feb.

Scott S: Elissa was awesome;picked up right were we left off a yr. ago:thumbup:

Thanks for the good words Seb;they are appreciated.

O.K. on to today.Slept till 9:a.m. which is late for me.Didn't start b*fast off right.All she had was fruitloops in the pantry.:swear: Went home packed rest of todays diet.

Skipped cardio;Elissa and I decided to practice {bow hunting} for deer season coming up.{Gotta get that supply of natural/non hormone protein}

Lats were sore like hell though;I guess from the lat workout yesterday and pulling on the bow.Oh well; nothing Icy Hott won't fix...

Tonight: Aggy's vs. U.L. {wish us luck}

10-23-2003, 07:00 PM
Thats sad.just started this journal and fell a week behind already...

I've had conjestion; believ I got the flu from a cashier clerk @ a local shop. I've lost 4lbs this week...:mad: I hope its not muscle mass.
And too tired/achey to lift.Did some cardio still just as doc suggested I do {I called/thats was his orders:: Dr.Valentine is a firm believer in keeping up cardio}

Cut back cals. to roughly 1500 so that me sedentariesm {is that a word} doesn't make me gain fat..

I should be over this by next week..I'll start back w/ the weights..

Scott S
10-23-2003, 07:10 PM
Hey man, sickness is a valid excuse. Do what you gotta. Stress your system as little as possible, so you can get back to lifting soon. :thumbup:

10-23-2003, 07:19 PM
Originally posted by APE.
I got the flu from a cashier clerk @ a local shop. I've lost 4lbs this week...:mad: I hope its not muscle mass.

The majority of the loss was probably water. Dehydration and water loss is a common complication of the flu. I hope you recover quickly.