Yeeeehaw, I never thought I'd be happy to exercise, but take it away from me for three weeks, and there you go...today was "Freedom Day" - I got to take off that dang boot, DRIVE to the gym, and go for a SWIM!!!
I'm not saying I was excited about this, but my bag was packed yesterday, the car was loaded with my errand stuff (overdue library books among the pile of stuff) - y'all, I was ready! So, the $64,000 question - how did it go?
Fine. Well, it hurt a bit to start, and then it seemed to ease up. Nancy and I did our usual kickboard gabfest, although I kicked both easier and slower than normal. Then I tried the back stroke - hmmm, that bothered me a bit, so I only did 10 lengths. Moved onto the side stroke, which surprised me because that, too, bothered me. I did 14 lengths, and finished up with some more kickboard for a total of 70 lengths - down from my usual 100, but I went into it knowing I should take it easy at the start, so this was perfectly fine with me.
The weird thing was afterward, I noticed that there was a red band, about three inches wide, going around the entire ankle. It was also a little warm, which is a strange sensation considering my foot and leg were still quite cool from being in the pool. In talking to three women in the locker room, we all came to the same conclusion: "Huh." I know! Medical professionals we are not.
Honestly, the hardest thing about swimming today was going down the stairs to the pool - the gym is on two levels, and you park and walk in on the upper level (that's also where the locker room that I use is; the one on the pool level is inundated with the swim team kids when I'm finished swimming). Going up the stairs wasn't as difficult, but any kind of maneuvering where I put my full body weight on that foot, or even twisting (like getting out of the car) does hurt, so I have to remember to be slow and deliberate when I walk.
Still, it was GREAT to get out of the house and back into my routine! Amazing how much you appreciate the little things after not being able to do them.