We all know that I've had back trouble for years.
Years and years and years, off and on, since 1986.
Just this last year it has been particularly bad and happening more often.
Last week, I had my lower back x-rayed to make sure there was nothing structural going wrong.
Today, I went back to my doctor to find out what the x-rays showed.
Nothing major, just the usual disc wear and tear consistent with aging, so that's all good.
I also discovered that instead of the usual 5 vertebrae just above the tailbone, I only have four.
Not entirely unheard of, but not too common either.
(I always knew I was special....)
Anyway, doctor L has recommended swimming as a gentle exercise to get the back moving in ways that it doesn't for the rest of the day.
Even if I just use a kickboard to paddle my way up and down the pool until I get fitter and try some actual swimming.
I've always liked being in the water, so I decided I might as well try this.
Tomorrow, I'm going shopping for a swimsuit.
I haven't owned one since I was a size ten, roughly about twelve years ago.
Now of course, I'm quite a bit larger, so instead of just choosing a suit off the rack,
I'm going to have to face those fitting room mirrors and try stuff on.
Oh, the horror!
But in the interests of health, strength and better flexibility, I shall persevere until I find and purchase a suitable suit.
Probably something in the neck-to-knee range.
They still make those, don't they?
Then I'll be heading to the pool and buying a season ticket.
Because that works out cheaper than paying admission every time I go there.
I may even buy my own kickboard.
So I'll have one that everyone else hasn't sneezed on.....
And all of this means I'll be here less often.
I'm sick of the back pain and stiffness, I'm going swimming.