So I'm at the club swimming yesterday, and there's this lady in the lane next to me, swimming with a snorkle.
When we both finished a lap at the same time I asked her why the snorkle. She said it was because of arthritis, so moving her head to breathe out of one side of her head would give her a lot of pain. I asked if she was on any medications. She said no.
I've been swimming now for 4 weeks since the hospitalization, and its going good - breathing is strong, good SWOLF (see Garmin) and it's really a relaxing exercise.
I showed her my belly scar (jagged rip from sternum to belly button) - warning, people with scars always want to show them off - and she gasped (they always do). She asked my age, and then told me she was 75. She was swimming a mile! What an inspiration!