Four weeks ago I had my second ever sports-related injury (maybe that’s a lot relative to the small number of years that I’ve been active): a (not 100% confirmed) disc tear. Pain was terrible the first week; I could barely walk, get dressed, bend over, etc. Standing up and going to/getting out of bed were the worst parts of my day.
Magically, seven days later I could walk at my normal pace and was able to do a lot more things. Ten days after the injury the chiro got me doing banded bridges and leg abductions. Sleeping and sitting for too long was still painful, though. Three weeks post-injury I was allowed to do push-ups and 90-degree air-squats. It’s been a month already and besides a lingering minor pain that manifests in bed and when my posture is bad, I feel fine. I’m not allowed to lift yet but I’ve been encouraged to try swimming.
Last time I took swimming lessons I was probably ~10 years old. I strongly dislike being in water, which makes me think something must have happened in a past life. One of the things that bugs me the most is feeling like I’m choking. But I know that it’s good to step out of my comfort zone so I took up the challenge and went for an intro class at the uni pool. Stepping on the wet floor and smelling the chlorine certainly brought up mixed emotions from my childhood. I can’t say I loved it but it wasn’t that bad, so I’ll probably do it until I’m well enough to go back to lifting.