I sure hope that you all like swimming! I had forgotten how good it was for your body to get out in the water and preferably with sun! I have spent the last four days swimming each and everyday for several hours. Once I got in, I was hooked.
The results on my frozen shoulder have been fantastic! It started to move the first day I was in the pool. First it moved higher up and then the shoulder started ‘popping’. I was floating on my back. I felt the tension throughout my entire body and yet I thought I was relaxing.
I focused and I could feel the knots in my back, down my right leg and into my right toes….all tense. I practiced breathing and just letting the air go in and out as I floated. Oh how wonderful. My ears were now filled with water but I was still floating and not hearing anything. It was wonderful. As I gazed upward these beautiful clouds covered the sun but it still shown brightly through the clouds. The sky was the most blue and the clouds all fluffy and floating by. A black bird soared by. It was almost like a dream. And as all this was happening I breathed. And slowly my body released the tension. I could hear it through the water. Snap here, snap there and then a slow grrrrr like noise as my chest wall broke scar tissue.
What I had been paying physical therapists for and massage therapists, broke free on its own. Oh it felt so wonderful.
Until 3 am. I can now safely tell you that don’t spend 2 hours in the pool your first time after a mastectomy or probably…any surgery! And please, stay in the shallow end of the pool in case you develop muscle spasms which I did the second day! That first night I was in so much pain I could not sleep. I could not lay down and I thought I was going to never get any sleep. So the lesson here is ‘don’t over do’! I hurt everywhere.
But like everything else in life, I have to dive right in and get the most immediately! So I am a slow learner. My body however feels great now and I definitely am moving my arm almost like before…not as fast..but my range of motion is better.
As for what I look like in a swimming suit, well I don’t care. I am not out to win some beauty pageant at this time in my life. I am out to regain strength and physical health. and I am loving it!
See ya tomorrow! I am off to the pool!