I have loved swimming since I was close to my daughter’s age now. I always feel so free in the pool – weightless and enveloped in such voluminous amounts of water. Ahhhhhh…amazing and relaxing. It is really the perfect type of exercise for me because I have bad feet and knees, and it totally removes any issues with those pains. I prefer indoor swimming because it doesn’t allow that bright-shiny-burning-thing-in-the-sky to turn me into a lobster on contact. Luckily, I have access to several pools that are pretty shady (in the good way, not the crime-ridden way) so sunburn hasn’t really been an issue.
However, swimming is not a lot of fun for me anymore. Due to diabetes and all it’s accoutrements, I have to plan and pack for a nuclear holocaust anytime I want to just have a quick dip in the pool.
My usual checklist includes (I’m sure I’ll still forget something, I always do):
- Basic pocketbook stuff like keys, ID, cash & cards
- Cooler bag with water and ice packs
- Snacks, snacks, snacks
- Glucose meter case, that includes syringes and a bottle of insulin
- Tons of sunscreen
- Bug Spray
- Dry place/container to put the meter case, pump & CGM receiver
- Pump site cover
- Clean clothes
- Monsterous-sized bag to hold above items
And that list doesn’t even include anything for my daughter, which pretty much triples everything except the diabetes stuff, and adds on swim diapers, pool toys and water floatees. I need a Mack truck to cart all this stuff to the pool.
On top of all that is the “site consideration” decision tree I have to go through to decide if it’s worth getting my CGM sensor site and my pump infusion site wet/soaked in water, and potentially having to change one or both of them out sooner than I would have if I *didn’t* go swimming. (Or is it worth destroying a Dexcom? Having my insulin go skunky from getting too hot if I hook back up while drying off beside the pool?) Sometimes I just say forget it, and don’t go swimming because it’s way too much of a hassle.
But the times I actually suck it up and make the effort to go swimming….still amazing. (And I do get some great pictures with my waterproof camera.)