OS Acromiale

It’s where there is a fusion failure of the anterior acromial apophysis. In a case-report published on the internet, there was a successful solution via taking anti-inflammatory drugs, resting the shoulder, e.g. no swimming for 2 months and doing gentle stretch-band exercise.

We did all that and Madison hasn’t been swimming using her shoulder since 3 months and the problem still exists.

Further medical invention will have to take place.

Here is another interesting article on surgical intervention.

When I suggested to give up swimming instead, the look I got in return could have frozen an iceberg.

waiting for answers

Even doctors are baffled by Madison’s sudden demise, which comes on and goes just as sudden. There is not much going on but doctor’s appointments, hospital check-ups and soon to come a bunch of blood tests. Tomorrow is the consultant’s appointment for the orthopaedic but the MRI scan already showed there is a lot of fluid in the shoulder. Obviously that is causing pain when swimming with the arms and so it is just going on as always, kicking, spinning, gym. Now Madison also got exercise to build the muscles in the shoulders with stretch-band exercises. But it’s just one of those things, it probably is the worst 6 months in the young life of this young swimmer. The physio gave a brilliant prospect, so some competitions have been entered for next year, there is also counties but we have to wait and see what further consultations conclude. But in the meantime football is easy enough, if those strange dizzy spells don’t throw a spanner into the works. The bunch of blood test Madison needs to do will probably shine a light on the reason for recent occurences.

Hotel A & E

Went training at the LAC yesterday and again a sharp headache coming on, left early to change and there was nausea, fainting feeling and then sickness.

Home and a bite to eat, and straight back to the Royal London A & E, thinking its not so full on a Monday evening. How wrong we were. The waiting room was crowded with mainly smaller children.

Had the pre-examination at around 10 pm and then waited till 12 midnight to see the doctor who referred Madison for a Brain CT scan and another ECG.

Went to the CT scan at 1AM. What is most annoying that when you sit on the waiting room chairs long enough, you kind of run out of comfortable positions to be in. The tiredness sets in and you are too tired to keep the eyes open and too eager to not miss your call to fall asleep.

What often helps to stay awake is getting annoyed about dirty floors or windows or faults in the hospital but no such luck at the Royal London. The place is sparkling clean and everything bright and new. I did find a fault eventually though by sitting at the x-ray waiting room next to a wobbly chair.

It is pretty scary when you get referred for a brain scan, think about it, you are on one hand pleased that they could rule out a brain tumour but on the other hand worried they might find one.

After the CT scan at around 2AM, the nurses led us to the beds, that was even scarier, first the brain scan then a hospital bed. We all know how hard hospital beds are to get into. When you need one there are none and when you get one offered, that makes you think it is getting more serious than you wanted.

However, the nurses were just helpful, allowing us to lay down on beds as we were very tired. Whilst half-asleep Madison had more blood tests, more ECG test and routine examinations.

Eventually at 5:15 AM Madison was discharged. Nothing physically wrong could be found, which only strengthens my assumptions that the problems are related to the sudden withdrawal of the brown inhaler.

It’s a day off school today as sleep is needed and there will be no swimming today either. Got to let the coach know as coaches always want to know what is happening in their swimmers’ lives.

Well, the life of a swimmer is not always plain swimming, when I always read those website, which only report the positive things, I find it off-putting because it makes me more imperfect and the slightest weakness wants me to give up swimming because I am not as perfect as my heroes are. But then on the other hand there is that nagging desire to just swim.

Getting there

This year’s London Winter Champs were hugely inspiring to us. Even though Madison cannot compete herself at the moment, due to various issues, the fact that some of our club swimmers made it to the podium, gotten national times and overall did very well and swam so inspiringly, is very important.

Because not everybody is 100% well all the time but the team, will always support each other and draw strength from each other.

Please check the Hackney Aquatics Club posts on Twitter and Facebook to see what excellent results were achieved. And do not hesitate to visit the Hackney Aquatics Club website to follow the ongoing successes of our swimmers.

It is very important that your swimmers realise, that it is not always going swimmingly good for everyone and that we all have off-times, but that being part of the team and the will and strength to overcome problems is very inspiring and important for everyone.

The fainting episode

Yesterday’s fainting of Madison at the London Regional Championships led to much speculation. Snapchat went wild with comments about it and let me make something clear now.

Madison had been wrongly diagnosed with Asthma and been given a brown inhaler that contained steroids.

When suddenly the doctors realised that Madison wasn’t asthmatic after all, they told her to stop using the inhaler. However no advice was given to reduce it gradually. I now found advice on the NHS website, which explains a lot. It seems that these days patients need to find their own advice online instead of relying on doctors to tell them everything.

Madison now suffer the typical withdrawal symptoms like

  • Dizziness and even
  • some pain around the lungs,
  • joint pain, which is accelerated by the swimmer’s shoulder and she can
  • get very tired
  • mood swings
  • increased appetite.

Yesterday Madison fainted at the London Aquatics Centre and I had to leave my official’s post and take her home.

We rang NHS 111 and then went to the A & E and been told it was just a faint. I am considering making a complaint to the NHS about the quality of advice we are getting.

Facilitating a world record

To my total surprise, on Saturday, Eleanor Simmonds, achieved a new world record in the 400 m freestyle in the lane I served as time-keeper, it was lane 7 of the London Aquatics Centre.

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Superb swim by Ellie Simmonds in the 400FR breaking her own Paraswimming Short-Course World Record (set in 2013) with a time of 5:26.76 – superb effort in Ellie’s return to . Congratutations!!!

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That is what make being an official worthwhile, it is the knowledge that we can facilitate and assist greatness in the pool.

 

Shame to miss the London Region

Is it not doubly annoying when you qualify for a regional championships but then can’t take your place in the lanes?

Worked so hard to get to the Regional Winter champs but unfortunately my shoulders have suffered the worst wear ever.

Well, can hope that all the County times for 2019 will at least come in handy. It will take a while to get back to peak fitness after this long break but never give up.

Nan will be an official and Madison can watch live results here.

Basildon weekend

It’s always nice to go to Basildon, it’s a well established club with great swimmers and officials who run it smoothly.

Anybody visiting can pick up a lot of good pointers to take home to our own clubs on how to do things.

They actually have porcelain cups for the tea and coffee, which I prefer instead of the throwaway paper or plastic ones. It’s all those little things that make a competition weekend.

Madison could not compete on that occasion and it is a huge miss not to be able to take part in competitions such as Basildon as the buzz of being an active part of a team makes the swimmer.

But being able to stick out problems and hang in there and hope for a better future in the sport is also important because the life of a swimmer is not just about winning the medals when you are 10 or 12 or 14, 16, 18, it is about making swimming a sport for life and using performance to overcome difficulties and stick to the goals.

In fact the life-style of being a swimmer, the daily routines of early morning AM training, then going to school, then off to the pool again, should become a life-style to carry on throughout the years when getting jobs and going swimming before or after work.

All sports would suffer if every athlete with a temporary problem would drop out. Many of our swimmers won medals yesterday and without a doubt will win them today and Madison can look at those medals she won in Basildon previously and savour the moment and the memory.

As a parent, I had my first practise as starter and I enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks to Basildon and the referees for giving me the chance.

 

I am still around

Still going to training regularly with the performance squad but haven’t been competing since the end of last season, e.g. August 2018.

Have already obtained 8 County times for this season during last season.

Don’t be put off by injury. Even though swimming is a very active sport with constant competitions, having an injury is no reason at all to drop out of the sport.

You can continue training and keep fit, even if you can’t enter every competition for a while.

Don’t let your coach tell you otherwise because if you love swimming you will want to stick with it.

Just thought, that swimming is the ideal sport for hyper active kids. Stick anybody into a swimming club and even the most lively kid will be tired by the end of the day, with little time left for being hyper-active.

Think about it if your child attends morning training before school, by the time they get into the benches, they will already have spent all excess energy during the AM session and if they get active again the after-school training session will take care of that.

Doctors should prescribe more sport less pills.

I think the key is to get parents involved as much as the children to develop the healthy life-style for the whole family.

Helping parents

There are actually a lot of parents who stay on in a sport whilst their children have dropped out of it.

Many sports clubs rely entirely on their volunteers to function and those dreaded but necessary officials often take years to acquire the necessary knowledge to do the job well.

No competition can take place without officials and it is done by volunteers, especially in swimming who do not get paid for doing that job.

We recently had several swimming competitions cancelled for lack of officials and who suffers from that, it is the young swimmers who cannot compete.

But that is due to the fact that not enough parents are helping and not enough parents are becoming officials.,

Well it does take years to do the job well and many kids only stay in the sport for a few years before they drop out and do something else. And if parents only help where their own children participate that then creates a skills gap in those officials that actually can do the job.

Helping youngsters do sports does a huge amount of good to our society as if we create the opportunity for kids to do a sport that will keep them out of crime and make them better people. The less crime we have going on, the better for all of us.

It is a good investment to help young people stay in sport and the great side-effect for the parent helpers is, that it also keeps us fit, we do not just sit and slouch on our couches on days off or sit in the gallery, stuffing our faces with chips, we stand there and we are alert and do something positive.