Today’s discover prompt is Below.
From my earlier post – Join Our Discover Daily Prompts in April! — The Daily Post which has more details on the discover prompts.
Thank you to Michelle Weber https://wordpress.com/discover-wordpress/2020/04/07/discover-prompts-day-7-below/ for letting me know today’s prompt is Below.
Trust me, the topic of below gets covered, but I am setting some background first.
I had to give up swimming decades ago. My ears have a hole in each one. The right ear hole comes and goes. It self heals on a regular basis. The left side has a big enough hole, it doesn’t self heal. The ear surgeon chose not to fix it as I am prone to chronic ear infections. By not fixing it, I am less prone to getting them.
As a result, I could go swimming, but risk additional hearing loss and possible new ear infection issues.
How does the above relate to below? I was never taught to swim. I learned on my own. When I swim, I could go several minutes underwater before coming up to breathe. My swimming has always been below the surface. I can’t swim with my head above the water. I can tread water or float with my head above water. I can briefly dog paddle very short distances with my head above water.
I miss swimming, but the risks outweigh the joy. I have a family member who has a similar situation and he chooses to risk his hearing and ear infection issues by swimming.
I use ear plugs in the shower, but they can come out easily. Not a problem in a tub, but a big problem in a pool or a body of water.