We've been hit with a major heat wave here in Salt Lake with seven or eight days in a row of 100+ degree heat. But Whitney has found a fun way to beat the heat. She's been taking adaptive swimming lessons at the local recreation center.
The classes are similar to regular old lessons except that there is a teacher in the water for each child and the pace is a bit slower than a typical swim class. Whitney has been learning the basics of being comfortable in the water and getting around. She can almost walk around in the pool unassisted. And she's also learning to put her face in the water and blow bubbles. She can even lay on her back and float with a bit of help.
Whit wears special ear plugs to keep the water from getting into her inner ear through her tubes and sometimes a life preserver, mainly to give her confidence. Each time she goes, she's getting good therapy and great exercise. Because Whit loves the water it's easy to get her to cooperate too. Best of all, when the lesson is over, Whit is tired out and she's been resting extra well at night.