Before my accident, I worked at a lifeguard at the pool in town since I was 15!
Last summer, Lisa talked me into doing some water therapy there!!!
Kota would get in and help with my therapy. She was so good at it and seemed to know exactly what to do. She liked working with me so much, she even decided that she wanted to be a physical therapist!
We went twice a week and I feel like it was very beneficial for me. I can move so easily in the water and it feels so good!
Since the pool is indoor and heated, I thought I would be able to go all throughout the winter. But, I tried it a few times and was freezing cold the rest of the day, so I took a little break.
I was counting down the days until it was warm enough to go back!
Kota and I talked about starting in May when it would finally be warm enough. But then… Covid….. sigh??
I was disappointed that after overcoming fears, developing trust with those who help in the pool, and waiting all winter, that I wouldn’t get to do it anymore.
Now, I go to Mrs. Jan’s pool every Monday. Rainie and her daughter, Anna, have been best friends since they were kids. Jan is the nicest person in the whole world and was more than happy to let us use her pool for exercise! I miss swimming with my personal PT, Kota, but I am glad I can still get in the water.
It was kinda scary at first because I have to be carried down the stairs instead of just easily rolling down a ramp. I knew my sister and nurse could get me into the water, I just didn’t know if I would be alive when they got me back out!!!
My mom always says, ‟Find a way or make one” and this was the perfect time to take her advice. After a few times, we finally figured out the easiest and safest way to get me up and down the steps! Now, I am enjoying a summer of Monday nights in the pool!
I thought the Coronavirus would be over by now and things would be back to normal… But, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon so we will keep having to find and make new ways! We have to keep overcoming obstacles, letting go of fears, and finding new ways of doing things we enjoy.
Covid is stiillll getting in the way of a lot of things but it’s not getting in the way of my progress!!! What is it changing for you?
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