January 27th, 2018

It's almost like I never left



My swim was wonderful. I stopped once because my earbud fell out not because I needed to catch my breath. It was such a relief to know I can still do it and it felt wonderful.

I had energy and breath until I walked up the stairs from the garage and then, not so much. And it took a while to recover from that. I'm still coughing a little now an hour later. But, I suspect that will get better. I hope so. At least I can swim.

Today is laundry. And maybe not much else. Well, knitting and TV. But that may be it. I need milk and something else that I cannot remember right now, at the grocery store but not desperately. Maybe I'll go tomorrow after swimming.

Fuck

The cough I had in December has returned and I cannot get from the living room to the toilet without having to stop and catch my breath.

It has to be the pool - the chemicals in the pool. I don't know if it's the chlorine or something else they use. I swam for years without issue in city pools that are all treated with chlorine so maybe the gym has some kind of magic ingredient. I don't know but I do know I cannot swim there any more.

I am very bummed about this. I love that pool so much. And now I can not even go back there. I'm not even sure I can get any of my $700 back. I sent a note to the guy I signed up with.

At least now I know what to do to fix this. Nothing. Again.

And then I'll either go back to LA Fitness (their pools are treated with bromine) or consider that gym down by Pike Place Market that has the short, salt water pool.

The dryer is finished the last load of clothes and I know getting up to go get them out will cause another round of coughing. Worth it? I don't know.

Fuck Fuck Fuck

I never want another day like today

I finally got enough breath together to get something to eat. Instant oatmeal and a toasted english muffin. also fed Zoey.

The rest of the day has just been breathing or, rather, panting. I slept a little but not much.

I do think the worst is done. I sure hope so. At least now, if I'm sitting quietly, I can breathe fairly easily. This is the worst I've ever been. As much as I love swimming, this is absolutely not worth it. I hope a non-chlorine pool will let me swim again but if not, I'm done. Breathing is way more gooder than swimming. And spending a day like this is just miserable. And a little scary at times.

I plan to watch a little tv and then go to bed and hope to hell tomorrow is better.