SLOWLY LEARNING HOW TO SWIM AGAIN:
First off, I want to thank (again) the wonderful members of our FUD community for contributing to the financial obligations for a YEARS membership to my local YMCA pool.
And in case you forgot who you are…
Elver, T1Allison,Sbee, Tapastry, John58,TiaG, Sam,Tryijng, Carol, JessicaD, Beacher,Jim26,Mariethm, Chris,ClaudeDaye,CatLady,Marie, Millz,bkh,and Eric.
SO, I got the “OK” from my surgeon, my Physical Therapist, and my Pain Management Team that it is fine for me to get back into the pool. AS I have atrophied much since my spinal surgery and only just learned to walk without any assistance and have learned to climb up stairs (still a really tough one), they are all in concurrence with one another. Getting here was no easy task. Having spent an entire month lying on my back partially paralyzed from the waste down in the hospital, to walking with a walker and wearing a back brace, to slowly returning to good health has taken almost an entire year. It is still a great challenge to get dressed, take a bath, sit comfortably, and, I am still on opiod pain medications from which I am weening off of slowly. I am also taking a muscle relaxer for my back which is extraordinarily tight and spasmodic around the area where my spine was replaced with the titanium.
But, I had this HUGE goal to get back into the pool by May, and that was not even close to possible. But June is here, and I am although scared to death, and I am ready to take my first plunge.
Yesterday I went to the Y and I signed up for the year ahead. My hand was literally shaking when I signed my name to the application! Also, I have to say that the amount of stairs that lead up to the pool locker room are heart windding. I felt like I am just ran a Marathon just getting up there. and then, to get down to the pool itself are another two levels of stairs which I would have to navigate in my flip flops (egads ) A little scary.
Now I already know that I will not be expecting to jump in and have a 2 hour swim. And I do know that I am able to walk much faster than I was just a month ago…but there is the question of how well my muscles will work, how long they might work for, and when do I stop working them. I was told that I should definitely NOT swim for any more than a half hour for a while, until my muscles strengthen and adjust. I am hoping that this will only b for about a month or so. For all I know, I may have to rely on a kick board . (however, since I spent so much time without the full use of my legs this past year, I have relied heavily on building my arms’ strength. my upper body is still very much in tact!
Also, I dont know how I am going to navigate my insulin routine for such a short amount of time off of my pump. And what amount of energy will I b burning considering the amount of effort I will b putting into my exercise. what kind of prep will I need to do? Well all of the questions I have, I am putting to Eric, and he will b coaching me with a plan to try out step by step. Holy cow am I nervous.
Also, I am not supposed to carry anything more than 10 pounds at a time. I have a knapsack filled with all of my swim stuff, my shower stuff, and my D stuff. This is gonna b a tricky one. Also, getting undressed and then showered and dressed again after the pool is going to present all of its own problems for me. I am not a gambler, but I am gambling on my self for pulling this off.
So folks, thats the latest. AS I have always done, and will continue to do, I will keep you posted. but for now…thats all the news thats fit to print.
And I want to thank everyone again for not just the Y membership, but for all of the other gifts that kept coming in the mail, day after day. It was absolutely wonderful. All of the edibles were gone in just a matter of days, I snuggle with my cat Oscar Wilde beneath the fancy blanket in front of the TV, but my favorite gift of all were the cards that you sent me. I kept one attached to my walker to give me hope and strength day in and day out. the others are on my desk shelves facing me every day. You have all kept me going while I was down and struggling. and now as I get stronger, I look back and know that you were with me throughout my entire experience (and it isn’t even over yet!!!)