As many of you will know this week I entered a swimming pool for the first time in well over a decade. being a very poor swimmer has always restricted me it's not a fear of water it's just up or swimming Style I can just about do breaststroke badly. I have never been sporty or truly enjoyed any kind of outdoor activity aside from walking and tennis I seem to lack the aptitude of a sportsman and perhaps that is because of my Parkinson's who knows.
But now it's something different is it play my body is craving movement today's with Parkinson's you understand what I mean when on a daily basis it's like being encased in a concrete box. That is no exaggeration. my body is stiff and often ridgid and does not respond to my mental instructions to move. when I sit down it is hard to get up when I am standing it is hard to sit down when I am lying in bed my husband now has to turn me over. rigidity comes with its own curious form of claustrophobia it's not that you feel trapped in the space you're in you just feel trapped in you. so far of all the things that I have tried swimming is the one that ranks the highest in terms of liberating that physical cage. So today once more I am off to breaststroke badly to feel free as a soaring bird.