I actually feel amazing today, probably for the first time in a long time! My wound has healed up really well into a pretty neat scar. The horrible scabby, bumpy indented wound with the swollen, numb skin around it that I showed in Sleeping, Scoffing And Stepping Through Week Two is amazingly well healed. I don’t think I even need to warn you not to look now.. unless you don’t want to see bare skin!
My physio had okayed me to go swimming but I have been putting it off until my scar was good. Today was the day. As I mentioned in My Hip Journey So Far, swimming used to be a big part of my life and has been slightly pushed out by horses in the last few years. Even so, every time I go, I love it. This time last year I joined a team in an overnight 12 hour swimathon and racked up over three and a half miles of swimming in four sessions. I hadn’t trained or prepared for it, it was knackering going through the night but it was amazing. Today didn’t quite feel as triumphant but it was pretty good.
Part of the reason I wanted to go swimming was to have a go at walking in the pool. Although the resistance is greater in water, you are supported and it was so much easier to walk in the water (unattended) than it is on land. I also did my standing exercises in the water and didn’t have to cling onto anything for support like I do normally. Aside from all that, I swam, normally, just like I used to. It felt incredible. I also used my kick board to just do kick – with all this crutch work my arms don’t need anymore of a work out! It would have been far too easy to overdo it but I made sure I didn’t do too much and I rested up and floated around the rest of the time!
It is worth me mentioning that as amazing as the swimming was, getting changed and negotiating the wet changing rooms on crutches wasn’t easy. Luckily I had my mum with me to help me with my stuff and to give and take away my crutches at the right time. My local swimming pool has steps with a handrail in the shallow pool too which meant I could get into the pool myself once I was at the top of the steps!
Not quite sure how I’m going to feel tomorrow, if I’m not too knackered I’m definitely going to go swimming again this weekend. Without sounding completely big headed, being the best swimmer in the pool even though I’m five weeks post hip replacement was great for my ego!