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Swimming with Sickle Cell

I got a question from a reader in Egypt that loves to swim but has a painful episode after each swimming session.

For sickle cell warriors, my advice is not to swim in cold water. The main thing about swimming is that it drops your core body temperature, increasing the work load of your circulatory system to keep your internal temperature in a good range. In addition, you are probably decreasing your oxygen saturation with the exertion. If you go scuba diving or into the deep sea, the atmospheric pressure underwater drops and this decreases the ability of your hemoglobin to hang on to oxygen—all in all not a good recipe for a sickle cell survivor. In fact it’s a direct trip to pain city, not passing go.

There are alot of people that just love the water, my guy is one of them. He’s most comfortable when he’s wet and just loves anything related to water. My suggestion is to try a heated pool, jacuzzi or swimming when it’s warmer. Besides that I recommend the usual, hydration, taking your pain meds and avoiding stress. Personally I don’t swim anymore, it’s just too painful. If I must I wade in the water, but only for a short period of time and then I’m back on the beach warming up.

Milan told me she got invited to the beach and had to make excuses why she couldn’t go. Personally I love to frolic on the beach, watching people, playing games, having a great time and enjoying the sun. So don’t let sickle cell limit your life to that extent, go to the beach, just know your limitations regarding the water.

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Tosin is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sickle cell. Although sickle cell is a subject often taboo in the communities this condition is most prevalent, Tosin’s message is that sickle cell is not something to be ashamed of and you can live a rich and fulfilling life with sickle cell. Sickle cell warriors are the most amazing people in the world, with a great fortitude for compassion, willpower and strength.

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  1. Ayesha
    Ayesha June 24, 03:57

    My five year old son has scd and is doing amazingly well and hasn’t missed one day of school this year since he started taking dioscovite please make people aware of this wonder supplement

  2. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author June 28, 22:46

    Ayesha, I think I have posted several times on the site about Dioscovite. It works for some, but not everyone.

  3. deusamar alexandre
    deusamar alexandre June 29, 11:26

    Deus colocou em minhas maos um gerreiro ,,meu filho foi a 0bito dia 17 de junho ele tinha apenas 7 aninhos foi os 7 anos mais feliz da minha vida e le tambem graças a Deus mei filhinho sofreu pouco.quase nao tinha inernaçao ,as vezes 2 vezes ao ano com crises dolorosas,e outras com penamonia era uma criança alegre feliz,bricava muito,nem parecia que era portador de falciforme.mais derrepente tudo acabou com ele.por causa de uma sepse cravissima que acabou com seus orgao em apenas 3 dias,fico pensando porque Deus levou meu filhinho tao novo,elepoderia ter pouco tou desesperada,pois unico filho do meu marido,estamos desesperados por saber que nunca mas vamos poder ter filhos novamente.existe algum tipo de tyratamento para nos dois.o que vamos fazer agora.sozinhos.estamos acabados com essa dor terrivel penssei que meu filho ia viver ate pelo menos seus 20 ,ou 30 aninhos,mais sabemos quem tem essa doença o tempo de vida so depende do senhor,e a hora do meu amor,chegou.

  4. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author July 07, 22:56

    @Alexandre’s mom, so sorry for your loss. That is unfortunately one of the hardest things we deal with for sickle cell. at least your baby is not in pain or suffering anymore. Remember him with joy. ~Sickle Cell Warrior

    @ Mãe de Alexandre, sinto muito pela sua perda. Isso é, infelizmente, uma das coisas mais difíceis com que lidamos para falciforme. pelo menos, seu bebê não está na dor ou sofrimento mais. Lembre-lo com alegria. ~ Falciforme Guerreiro

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