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This weekend was the first time this year that yours truly ventured off into our swimming pool.

My kids, wife, mom, friends, family, and even our dog had gotten in earlier this year but for me, the diabetic, it's about the numbers. 

Maybe being a slave to numbers all day long is what bothered me about getting into a swimming pool without an actual temperature. You see our pool thermometer broke and we had yet to get one. "It's nice you should get in," is not enough for me. I need to see 76° or higher on a thermometer before I will swan dive into the deep end.

We finally picked up a pool thermometer and with a reading of 78° I was ready to get in.

One thing I worry about constantly are my feet. Especially any time I am going to be barefoot which is very rare. I have neuropathy in my feet and it's to the point where I cannot trust what I am feeling. Sometimes I will feel a pain like i've stepped on something and nothing is there and other times I can step on things and not feel anything at all. Scary stuff.

Swimming was actually a good gadge for how far along my neuropathy is. 

Last summer was the first time I became aware of just how bad my neuropathy had become and it discovered in the swimming pool. You see, with the water surrounding your feet and the resistance of it, you can really tell where you have more feeling in your foot and where it is lacking. Just a couple of kicks in the water and you can feel it. And it was scary.

This weekend however was hopeful. It felt like I could feel more of my foot than before when I was swimming. I'm not sure if it was a fluke or if this new pill I am taking is working. More on that later since I want to make sure I have been on it long enough to know if it's doing it's thing or not but something has changed.

It looks like this weekend is going to be in the triple digits so hopefully I will be in the pool again soon. 

This time I hope the resistance shows a little more feeling coming back. 

Reader Comments (9)

This post makes me very happy!! (P.S. You were so, so missed at FFL. Next year?)

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I still remember all those lectures about getting into spa tubs/whirlpools. Don't have any foot issues yet but I also haven't gone barefoot into a pool/on the beach in years. I always had my dr. yelling at me to wear swim socks no matter what. So we lived in Florida for 2 years and you know what? I never once walked in the sand on the beach. Too afraid :( #duckfiabetes

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Thanks for this, G. As someone who's living with neuropathy, I too know what that's like. Used to swim in high school and it hadn't really hit at me by the time I stopped being in a pool regularly in college. But that sensation of not knowing what's going on with our walkers isn't fun... especially when it keeps us out of the water. I've been hesitant to get in the pool myself just for that reason, after scraping my toe on the jagged edge a few years ago and not realizing it right away. Not fun. Anyhow, hope that pill is working and does the job. Best your way, bud.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Hoskins

This is exciting, G-Money!

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott K. Johnson


Truly hope that feeling of "it's working" was real and not just a fluke. Fingers crossed for you. Hoping to see more hopeful news here.

- Tom

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Martin

George please tell me the name of the pill you're taking. They keep telling me I have carpal tunnel but the rehab exercises are doing nothing. I asked the doc if it might be neuropathy and he said "probably not". But I know that sometimes doctors can be really stupid.

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMinnesota Hot as Heck

yeah, like kim said, so so so missed!!

so happy to hear about the improvement you're feeling! i hope you continue to feel improvement! whoo pool time!

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershannon

Yay, that's awesome!

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLili

Marco Polo or Colors?

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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