Swimming the water of lifeBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7356.139 (Published 20 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:139
- Shubhada Suri, staff grade physician.
At the age of 35, I started swimming lessons to be able to accompany my children into the pool. I met Alfred at my first lesson. He looked about 70 then. I watched him walk slowly and painstakingly with his tripod. As I stood at the steps of the pool behind him, he nodded and said, “After you, doctor.”
“Oh. Have we met before?” I asked. Alfred introduced himself. He had been a patient on our stroke ward more than four years back. He had had a severe stroke and had to be ventilated for a few weeks. He had made …