With the current spate of very hot weather in Melbourne I have spent some time in the backyard pool. I was messing around having a go at some arm exercises and discovered that I can do a few strokes of backstroke.I can get out about 6 strokes with my left effected arm but it is a struggle as I have that sinking feeling as it lacks power in the water.
I have discussed with Melanie, my arm therapist why this works, and she believes that as my deltoids are activated by my triceps (I had a tricep nerve transfer into my deltoids) the backstroke action is perfect for activating the triceps. Anyway this is exciting and gives me another way to move through the water.
I have about 2 weeks before I see the Surgeon to decide whether an operation is needed to get my external rotation going (see previous blog). Whilst it is stronger when I practice laying down, I am concerned that when upright there seems to be little improvement. At this stage I fear the operation is more likely than not.