My hormone situation is hammering my equilibrium in ways I never expected. Having been a swimmer forever and long time scuba diver, I never expected to be scared in the water. My first open ocean swim I got out to the buoy and literally didn’t know which way was up. I was so dizzy I could barely float. I had told Robert about my condition and asked him to watch me. He knew I was in trouble immediately and came up beside me and said, “Focus on the shore and imagine yourself on solid land.” I did. It began to work. I found myself fooling my inner ear, and using a visualization exercise to get stabilized in the water. For a very long time I had to sidestroke, to continually fool my inner ear with this “visualization” exercise, then I did pool work to learn how to do it during head turns … Slowly, I learned to swim again!