Today, I want to mention something new I am going to try – “Water Walking”. I went yesterday for an evaluation… to see what speed I could do, and what class I could try to get into. I’m opting for a water walking class, which will be once a week over several weeks. They also do individual physical therapy with folks (land and water), but I am going to try the class instead and try not to use up what’s left of my PT visits.
So, what is Water Walking?
Well, I had never heard of this until a co-worker mentioned it to me. There are only two places I could find near me that have these special kinds of therapy pools. Basically, it’s a small pool…. heated to like 90 degrees… and you walk out onto what looks like a platform which then lowers into the pool and is actually the floor of the pool. They lowered it to about chest deep for me, but, it’s adjustable… and, there’s a bar you hold onto, so no stairs, which is cool. Then (get this), the bottom of the pool starts moving. It’s a treadmill. Cool, huh? They can control the speed, and you can either hang on to the bar or not. I guess there are different kinds of pools, but the one I’m going to looks a lot like the one in this picture – maybe a little bigger because there are two bars, and there will be four people in my class.
When I tried this Saturday, I was amazed at how good it felt. I could walk, without limping. Might not sound like anything major, but I haven’t been able to walk without limping for almost a year and a half now. So, let me tell you, it felt REALLY good to be able to take what felt like “normal” strides – even if was in water! The water takes the weight and pressure off your joints, and that is why I could do this. I still felt a little tinge of pain in my groin/hip and knee with each step, but it was nothing compared to when I try to walk normally on land. Normally, I do my best to not wince with every step, and I still need a cane or crutch for any distance over several feet. So, I was pretty happy to think that I can walk for 20-30 minutes at a normal pace – even if it IS in water. Very cool.
So, I signed up for a 5 week session and will let you know how it goes. I’m hoping it gets my leg and body moving in a more normal manner again and helps build up some strength without causing too much pain on my joints. Oh, and the price wasn’t bad. $50 for 5 weeks. Considering my co-pay for PT is $40 a pop – this didn’t sound too bad to me. I wish I would have tried it earlier on…
Here’s some more info on it if interested:
and here is a video library: http://www.hydroworx.com/research-education/video-library/
Other than that – not too much new to report. Summer is flying by, and I’m trying to enjoy some of it with friends and family. I’m still limping along (which is still getting very old), so haven’t been doing all that much, really. I am still working full time (which is challenging at times, but going well for the most part)… And, I am still doing Myofascial Release Physical Therapy (which does seem to help me, and I still recommend this to anyone suffering from pain!)…. and, I’m still kicking! (well, with one leg anyway! 😉 )
It’s still hard, not gonna lie… but, I am feeling a little better since writing my last update, emotionally I mean. I was a bit down – and I know we all need our down times, including me, but I really don’t like to dwell there. I have always loved to laugh, and usually could have fun and laugh even when things weren’t going great… not always very appropriate of me… but, it’s still something that I don’t want to let mesh change about me, along with so much else that it has already affected.
I’m learning that I can’t dwell on where I was before I ever ever had the stupid mesh put in. That IS depressing…. because I know that I’m no where’s near back to my “old self” still. And, that DOES suck… Not that I’m not still mad, frustrated, and upset with the whole mesh deal in general, but dwelling on my own situation “pre-mesh” too much doesn’t really help me now.
Instead, I find that if I can remind myself of how I was a several months ago – BEFORE the mesh removal with Dr. Raz, compared to where I am now – THEN, I will feel much better. There’s no denying for me, that I’ve come a long way since having the mesh removed… even if it’s not ALL the way to where I want to be. I know I’m so lucky that I was even able to go to UCLA and get the mesh out. So, I am trying to remember that and count my blessings.
And, hopefully, this water walking will be another step in the right direction… I’ll keep ya posted!