Swimming – It’s What’s Good For You!

Good Morning,

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.

Girl Child Swimming Clip Art  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!

About Bonnie

Breast Cancer survivor owned by one old Shelty and a 3 pound Yorkie named Mimzy!
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