What if you were told you could never Dive again?

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asked Jul 28, 2018 in Scuba Diving by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
Have you ever been told by a Doctor that you shouldn't dive anymore? What would you do if you did?

I had to have a surgery this year in which one Dr. says I should be able to dive again but I have to wait 6 months to a year before trying, and another Dr. saying that I might be able to dive again but only to 30ft, no more than that... so far thankfully I haven't been told that I will never get to dive again, but it got me thinking, what if that was the case? I would be so bummed out since I only just got Advanced Open Water Certified 2 years ago and the health issue popped up right after that so I haven't been able to do any diving in over 2 years... It's been tough because I love it so much... just wanted to see what other peoples experiences were if they had a similar situation. Obviously health comes first, so I will listen to my doctors, but i hope that I'll be able to go more than 30ft again someday, it will all depend on how i feel and how it effects me once I try again...

wish me luck please :) thanks and God Bless.

6 Answers

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answered Jul 28, 2018 by Knewsom (650 points)
selected Jul 29, 2018 by NinjaShark
 
Best answer
First, I would find a diving medicine doc for a second opinion.  If he said no then I would just have to find something else to do.
commented Jul 29, 2018 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
second opinion form a doc that knows diving would be a good idea. Agreed, if he said no i'm sure i'll find other things too do.
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answered Jul 29, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
I missed a year of diving due to shoulder surgery. It was awful but there was no choice. If it had been a medical condition I would certainly obtain a second opinion. In general, second opinions are good. Retired doc here.
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answered Jul 28, 2018 by frontbeast (2,220 points)
First of all good luck!!!! Second.... I really would t know. Terrible thought
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answered Jul 30, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
Sad day my friend. The ocean is my attachment to the earth, and as such it would be like not being able to visit a loved one. I would of course continue to swim, support it’s conservation and do other water sports activities but it would not be as much fun.
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answered Jul 30, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Good luck and I hope everything works out for you. I honestly dont know what I would do. I'm sure I would continue teaching classroom and confined water atleast. I love teaching as much as recreational diving. I guess it depends on the illness. If it were something terminal, God forbid, I think I would continue diving anyway.
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answered Aug 1, 2018 by MantaRay23 (640 points)
I am still not scuba certified because of my doctors being iffy about me diving. I had leukemia at 5, a bone marrow transplant at 8 and a kidney transplant 6 yrs ago (I'm 27 now). With all the treatment, they are worried about my lungs. I fell in love with the environment and the ocean developed because all I could do was fish after my bone marrow transplant as I was not allowed to swim in anything other than a pool for a year following. It is really hard accepting that I might not ever dive but I try to make the best of it by snorkeling and enjoying what I can when in the water! Life isn't too bad near the surface and I have been very lucky to observe many great things snorkeling!

Good luck NinjaShark! Hope everything turns out well and in your favor!
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