As part of the process of recovering from my knee injury, I decided that it would be a lot safer for my knee if I tried to strenghthen it by learning to swim.
I never learned to swim as a child. I hated being in the pool, and even today cannot approve of what passed for swimming practice at the time. Making someone float face down in a pool of water that they don’t want to be in in he first place is a sure-fire way to make them panic. Badly.
Swimming twice a week has strangely become something that I really look forward to every day. In the water, I can move around without the knee hurting, because it isn’t bearing any weight. I get more relief from pain in the pool than even in bed at home.
I swim with my wife whenever possible, and being physically more active has lifted both of our moods considerably. I’m now managing around eight hours a week of activity, and once the knee has recovered enough for me to return to martial arts once more, that’ll go up by another five hours – and further still if I’m able to add a third Tai Chi class to my teaching schedule.
Every time I’m in the pool, I still feels very strange, very alien. I still swim like a brick, but I’m just pleased to be taking positive steps to coping wih the injury.
Now all I need is for the medical professionals involved to finally agree and execute the next course of treatment!