Crestwood Exercise Room A Life Saver

At the gym. (File photo)
At the gym. (File photo)

Surreal is the word that comes to mind whenever I think back to that night in late November of 2014. I vaguely remember angrily and incoherently screaming at my wife Marge, which was so out of character for me, that she dialed 911. Emergency techs asked me simple, routine questions like what was my name, address, names and birth dates of my children. I could not answer these questions and it was decided to get me to a hospital.

By the time I arrived at the hospital, I was semi-comatose and was put in ICU where I remained for the better part of a week. To make a long and traumatic story short, I was released from the hospital some three weeks later, 40 pounds lighter and considerably weaker than when I arrived. I had suffered a severe case of bacterial and viral pneumonia and at one point my children were called into the hospital from their homes in Florida and Toms River as doctors did not think I would make it. With the grace of God I did make it but emerged weak and emaciated.

I have always been an exercise enthusiast and after needed home therapy enabled me to walk and function albeit slowly and marginally, I decided to get back to working out. I put together a makeshift gym in the garage of my home with a small space heater for winter and a fan for summer workouts. I had a few dumbbells and a work out bench but I longed for the full workout a professional gym would give me and to which I had grown accustomed to over the years. My neighbor, Mary Grunwald, past Crestwood 2 President, advised me that at Crestwood 2, a full service gym was being worked on and that in the near future I could expect it to be up and running. On March 6, 2017, that gym became a reality and I began attending regularly over at Harmony Hall. The gym is open 6 days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Not only has the gym gotten be back to my former self, but I have established lasting friendships with folks of like mind and spirit like Ed, Carol, Paul, Nick, Marlene, Marge, Lynn, Alice, Joanne and Gerry all of whom I work out with regularly. I am grateful for this important Crestwood 2 amenity and as my good friend and fellow gym attendee Ed Brennan likes to say, we attend “for the health of it.” I strongly urge all Crestwood 2 residents to get on over to our professionally equipped exercise room and check it out. Your health and vitality could very well depend on it.

Joe Ferentino


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