It’s a beautiful day in paradise. Waves very gently lapping the seashore, no wind just a tiny little breeze making the tops of the reeds waver. Sun worshippers lying reading e-books, playing with the telephones, walking the dogs kicking the football. No noise. No shrieking kids. No loud raucous drunken behaviour. This is Salis beach with only the people from Antibes here. Gently going about their day. It is indeed a beautiful day in paradise that is also a very sad one
Today is my last day on the beach. Emma, my Aqua gym instructor, who has been working me very hard in the water here in Antibes, is now switching upon my request to Forest work or should I say forest bathing in anticipation for skiing with the kids at Christmas, I am not sure that there will be much skiing, at least for me, but I’m going to give it a go. More about that another day.
We walked up and down the waters edge with the water just below the knees on the way out and on the way back just above the knees. Tiring. Followed by lots of arm and leg exercises in the water left my left leg 🤣 tired and my right leg exhausted! And then floating on my back where Emma is holding onto my right arm and then i performed many different exercises like raising my legs rising up and down and in and out and left and right. This was then followed by a series of exercises on the steps and carrying a weight in my right hand. All in all a very tiring work out that was over in a flash. The time passed so quickly.
This is awesome. This is the first time that my right leg has actually gone up and down like my left leg. In the sea. So I am incredibly grateful and happy about this phenomenal progress. This outweighs all of the pain and aches that I am feeling from not having used these muscles for three years.
It was a particular strenuous workout because I was exercising my right knee muscles that have not really been exercising for at least three years. This is because my leg, when lifting it out of the water, would tend to go to the side. But today was different. Today, my leg rose up as it should do and not at all to the side. Yippee 🙌
I think this is the result of all of the exercises that I have been practising over the last few months. And I am enormously grateful to the wonderful women who are making all this amazing recovery possible. A big thank you 🙏 goes out to Rikke, Nicki, Charlotte, Elena, Laura and Emma.
I am very humbled and also very happy to have received this change in state today. I had this impression that following my acupuncture yesterday evening, from Rikke, that I was walking perfectly for the first time. When I woke up this morning, I walked to the shower and I realised that it was not the case. It was only when I was in the water with Emma, then she pointed out that in fact I was lifting the knee straight up for the first time I’m not hitting her leg. Then I realised that in fact I really was walking much better. Huge beaming smile 😊
Well, time to walk back to Charlotte, which will take at least an hour and a half. But I will be smiling all of the way.
Onwards and with my right leg lifting upwards together