Thursday, June 17, 2021

Take a fall or fell over

Surely I am not old enough to 'take a fall'. I just fell over, three times, months apart. The second time was onto the couch, so no big deal. 

The first time was onto my bedroom chair and no injuries aside from the wall being gouged by the back of the aforementioned bedroom chair, since repaired.

The last time, a few days ago, I fell into the lounge room venetian blinds. 

There are commonalities to my falling down. I sit on a lounge room chair and watch tv after wine and dinner. I rarely do this, just occasionally. I then fall asleep for 15 to 20 minutes. I stand up and it must be either oxygen to the brain or sugar levels, I fall over. I am not unconscious as I put out my hands out to save myself but still I fall. This last time there was a result of a bent slat of the venetian blinds and a hand injury.

I don't need to see a doctor. I just need to remember to not sit and watch tv, fall asleep and then stand up to do something too quickly. 

I don't like looking in a mirror at my body and my face. I see them as required for shaving etc, but I don't really see them. What I do see all the time is my hands and I don't like what I see. It bemuses me to see how in those insert hands downwards hand dryers, the skin of my hands ripples away in the air blast. 

My hand will heal. I won't die...not yet.

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  1. Ouch.
    I hear you. And sadly fall over/take a fall more often than I like. I also ignore mirrors. I studiously ignore mirrors. And have done for years. Many years ago I was taking part in a video. My cue to speak was when the camera panned over to me. I missed the cue - because I didn't recognise myself.

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    1. EC, that isn't great that you too fall. Lol about not recognising yourself. The same happened to me in a mirror maze when some old dude was blocking my way and I realised it was my reflection.

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  2. Nasty cut, but it could have been much worse. I stood up from a desk and had not realised my leg had gone to sleep. It gave way and I fell into the door frame. Cut my forehead, quite a lot of blood. Since then I've been trying to train myself to pause before and after standing up. Sounds like you need to do so too.

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    1. Tasker, yes that is exactly what I need to do. I am learning to deal with older age. Mind I remember many years ago in a hardware store where a lad was down on his haunches fetching something for me from a bottom shelf and I had to steady him when he stood up.

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  3. No falls on rising, thank goodness but I have disposed of several pairs of ‘scuffs’ …..slip in backless sandal type shoes….after tripping over my own feet.
    There’s a it of redness round that wound - might be a good idea to get it looked at

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    1. Cathy, there seems to be so much to aware of to protect yourself as you age. I am on my doctor's cancellation list for tomorrow but it is looking better and I may cancel.

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  4. If you dress in one of those foam rubber sumo wrestler's suits, it won't matter if you fall over. You will just bounce. I am nothing if not helpful.

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    1. YP, I would probably save on clothing and heating costs too.

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  5. I have a knee which sometimes gives me problems so I have to take care on stairs. And each time I make my way down holding on to the handrail, I realize that I look like an old lady. Humbling to say the least.

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    1. You are getting there Debby and it doesn't get any better. Sanitise after holding the handrail.

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  6. I known people who has issue standing up to quickly. My husband was having balance issues. His front mussles was quite a bit stonger than his back one, and had to physical therpy to get him balanced.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, that is great that hubby's balance problems were identified and fixed.

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  7. Anonymous10:05 am

    That cut looks nasty! I hope it heals quickly.

    It's amazing how easy it is to fall at our age; please take care. Trying to be fully alert before standing is great advice. I've had to learn that as well as being more self-aware to avoid falls.

    Bunyip

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    1. Bunyip, nothing heals quickly when you reach a certain age. I am trying to be more careful, especially looking where I am stepping.

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  8. That's an ugly wound, hope it isn't painful. I don't like the expression "take a fall" Taking implies voluntary, as if choosing to take, in this case a fall. But who would choose to do that? I don't care how old I get, if I fall over I will say I fell. Or tripped, or whatever. My suggestion to you would be, when you wake up, sit a while, stretch a bit, lean forward a bit, orient yourself, then stand. Or use a cane to balance yourself as you get up?

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    1. River, I agree with you about taking a fall. I was with your advice until you mentioned a cane!!!!

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    2. Just for getting up, not for walking around.

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  9. Advancing middle age is a shocker :(
    And the wounds and bruises last much longer than in your younger years :(

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    1. Hels, don't they ever, and broken skin happens so much more easily.

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  10. I tend to fall over in the woods. There are ground-hugging brambles everywhere, and one's feet can occasionally become entangled. A decent expletive is the only remedy I need.

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    1. Cro, I don't know that we have brambles. I guess blackberries are a kind of bramble, but easy to avoid. You are of an age whereby you should take care.

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  11. Oh dear me, do be careful. When standing up after your evening nap make sure there is something sturdy to hang on to, wait before you actually stand up, then stand staying in the same place hanging onto the sturdy thing unless your blood pressure or what ever comes right, then take a step.

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    1. Margaret, that is exactly what I need to do. The best remedy is I stay in my computer chair and watch tv from there and not doze off.

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  12. Yeah, I think Margaret's got it right -- move slowly and purposefully!

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    1. Normally I am fine Steve. I just need to remember about getting up too quickly after nodding off.

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  13. Oh no, Andrew, be careful. I've been taking tumbles too, usually related to wearing sandals that are loose on the toe, so I pick front of my foot up, but the bottom of the sandal is in same position and catches on something. Two days ago, I slipped in wet cat shit on an uneven backyard while carrying a large tom cat in a trap. Fell, rolled, ended up in a large pile of cat poop. Wasn't pretty. But I wasn't injured, which is a miracle. Nothing is pretty about life except your hands are lovely. Imagine your face under that blow dryer whipping around. Be funny.

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    1. Stayer, you did make me laugh about putting my face in the blow dryer. It wouldn't be pretty. I'm glad you survived the cat shit experience.

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  14. Ouch! Be careful.

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  15. My hands, arms, legs look a bit like that after a few hours in the garden Andrew, I think it's getting stronger than me and fighting back! Between your post and Strayer's comment above, chuckling when maybe I shouldn't be 😊

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    1. Rose thorn scratches for you this weekend Grace/

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  16. I don't fall over. I take a slight break before rising off anything. However I have unsourced bruises in weird places, my thigh, my arm, and one time a rather deep cut on my left arm.

    I put it down to an alternative universe I inhabit with a really active lifestyle.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I am going to have to learn to do that. Normally it is not a problem. Yes, you used to always know why a bruise happened. Not when you older. Lol at your active alternative universe.

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  17. Apparently we have something in common falling on the floor ! Pay attention you will nevver know when it happens, as I was just standing and suddenly had the parquet in front of my nose ! I hadn't been dizzy, nothing, blood pressure Ok I really don't know what it was !

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    1. Gattina, maybe blood pressure or sugar levels, or just old age. Whatever, we need to take care.

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  18. I've had a few tumbles myself. It's the getting up too quickly thing, and low blood pressure. Since I am a lady I can say genteely that I swoon! Ha!
    Take care my dear. Thinking of you!

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    1. Maribeth, I am sure I have swooned a few times in my life. Thank you.

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