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Chlorine, how I’ve missed you
Shoulder injuries stink. At the beginning of the year, after a major work push and a ton of time at my desk, I noticed my right shoulder hurting. I pushed through it, working and swimming as normal. It did not get better.
After about a month I realized it was caused by a non-ergonomic mouse position. I adjusted my desk, sat up straighter, positioned my mouse closer, and continued on swimming and working.
After two months I realized this was not going to heal it, and cut way back on my swimming.
After three months it still hurt, and I took drastic measures - I moved my mouse to my left hand. What a mental and physical challenge that turned out to be! The lack of coordination in your non-dominant hand is staggering. It took me twice as long to do anything and my work productivity slowed. But since I could not file workers comp, I forget ahead, training my left hand to go in tiny little circles. Sometimes it was so hard my brain would hurt - especially working on spreadsheets. I hoped that somehow this new skill would benefit me in the long run beyond the healing shoulder.
Four months - still hurt. Time to quit swimming. I wanted to try quitting housework tool especially vacuuming, but that did not fly in my house. I sucked it up and started doing it left-handed. Wow - that is hard! At least I got a workout out of it.
Five months - still hurt. I was worried that it was perhaps more serious than I was giving it credit for. Time to see a physical therapist. He said I had “Bicep Tendonitis” and that it can be really difficult to heal. No kidding! So I got lots of exercises to do.
And today, on July 1st, I had my first pain free swim in six months! How I missed the smell of chlorine, walking around in my bathing suit, hairballs in the shower drain, and the swimming itself. Swimming has been a part of my life every week since I started doing triathlons 13 years ago. How did I go from not swimming, to hating swimming, to loving swimming in a decade?
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