Back in the pool!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Returning to pool therapy today after the two-month lapse while my ankle healed... was soooooo NICE!!!
The pool is kept at 96 degrees (the room is air-conditioned in the summer so the heat isn't overwhelming as some people might suspect) and has a stairway leading into it (no ladders). Today as always I stepped farther down with each step into the pool, just feeling thw wonderful joy I always get as my Aquarian soul dips into heaven. Oh, yes: I do love my pool time!
When a child and teen, I used to swim laps daily every summer; did President Kennedy's 50-mile swim TWICE in one summer... even though we weren't home for six weeks of the summer. And all recorded swims were done at the pool where I lived. Yes, my parents used to say I was pretty much a fish. Frankly, I think it's just natural since I'm an Aquarian. (Right?) Now, however, water below 90 degrees puts my muscles into spasm - which triggers fibromyalgia flares ...etc on the details. Laps are impossible; but now I have a whole slew of great exercises I can do in the pool! The therapist leaves a radio tuned into an oldies station that has very little talking, so I select exercises according to which ones go with the currently playing music. They schedule me for a time when most patients don't want to get pool therapy: between 11 am and 1pm start times. Other folks prefer early morning or late afternoon, which means... the...pool...is... MINE... with little interference!! Oh yuh, I love it!
Getting into that water today just felt so incredible. I came home, changed into my muumuu and have been relaxing the past 1.5 hours because I of course (!) overdid things and came home deliciously exhausted.
When you become used to an exercise as part of your lifestyle and for some reason can't do it for a while, returning to your schedule is for you what it was for me today: pure heaven!!