Dipping My Toe Into Pool Therapy – Not So Fast
After attending the virtual Cure SMA conference I got a bright idea. Inspired by one of the seminars I decided to check into pool therapy. After all the physical therapist doing my assessments suggested it too. Not to mention several of you are big aqua therapy fans as well. Although I haven’t been in the water for years I remember the freedom it gave me to move. It was the only time I’ve stood on my own two feet independently.
When I mentioned my bright idea to Mom, I can tell there’s hesitation. She knows all too well, as I do, the effort involved.
If I really want to do it I know she’ll go along with it. Despite her lack of interest I decided to scope out my options. Two places in town have heated pools and offer therapy. I’ve heard more positive things about one than the other so I contacted them first. Of course no one answers the phone these days, so I left a message explaining my situation and asking about the pool accessibility features. A few days later I get a call back saying they have a pool chair and ramp into the pool. Subsequently I asked if they have a lift to transfer me from my chair to the pool chair. This must be a foreign concept because she’d have to check and get back to me. That was almost two weeks ago.
In the meantime I’m scouring Amazon to find a suit that will conform to my misshapen SMA body. So far I’ve struck out there too. I found a cute t-back tankini that I figured might work, but upon arrival I realized if my caregiver can’t figure out which way it goes out of the package they’ll never figure it out on me. Despite that I did try it on. Needless to say it’s going back.
Meanwhile I learned that the first place doesn’t have a lift. My second option does have a lift for transferring, however they don’t have a sling. Plus I believe their pool doesn’t have a ramp but a chair lift. I’m skeptical of those especially in a town where gets minimal use so who knows how well it’s maintained. There are workarounds for both places, but at this point I’m tired and haven’t even dipped my toe in the water.
How do you guys do it? Is it worth the effort? I’m at a crossroad. Do I continue the struggle and keep suit shopping or do I call it and save my energy for a different fight? If you don’t hear about my pool adventures in upcoming posts you’ll know which I chose.