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  • #74473
    Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    Paul Simon extolled us in his song to “Learn How To Fall”.

    This is a very good idea!

    Today I had a fall onto comcrete and had not a cut or bruise.

    The secret is not to panic and fight it. Do not tense and put your hands out. Think “rag doll”
    and tuck everything in, a little roll and you are fine. Not a scratch today!

    My own fault, I decided to see the other side of a gaily painted van with cowboy piccies. Suddenly
    on the other side a combination of a steep camber, a weird curb and a wet pavement and me and
    the rollator were on the tumble.

    The other tip is of course to stay where you fall for a time. You will at the very least be suffering from
    shock or be winded. Let all the concerned bystanders check you for injury and make the decisions.

    But where were they ? Right opposite a row of terraced houses just 50 yards from home I waited for the
    rush of help and sympathy. After five minutes, I had checked all my bones and muscles and slowly
    and sheepishly levered myself up on the trusty rollator. One thing I reember clearly. The green curtains
    on next door but one were definately twitching.

    All part of L.R.T.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #86019
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    Ahh yes the tuck and roll. When struggling up the stairs many decades ago in a sleepy state, just at the very top step my knee did not take the weight and back down I came. It was a classic pre-war terrace house with a three foot square flat standing at the bottom of the stairs. I had no bruise, scratch, dent or trophy of such an adventure and my sister remark “That was an excellent backward roll, can you do that on the flat too?” …. it was common happening my stumbling.

    The best as yet was when walking beside my Mother along the street, she with drated handbag between us, the corner of which just briefly tapped the back of my knee and I crumpled and folded ended up sitting on the pavement cross-legged and Mother merrily continuing on completely oblivious to me sat several feet behind her.

    Bet the green curtains were tutting thinking”Drunk again” :lol:

    I'm always the animal, my body's the cage

    I blog about nothingness www.amgroves.com

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    #86020
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    Havent quite managed the art of a successful yet, as I have grown weaker the number of cut & bruises have increased. Thanks for the tip will try to go like a limp biscuit next time.

    Never had the twitching curtains yet but when falling in public no one had the decency to help me up or offer, I was disgusted by that as I would always offer to help others.

    miracle77
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    #86021
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    Sorry to hear of your fall, Mr. Fox, but thank goodness you managed to get up and are unhurt. Two of my falls come to mind to amuse you with:

    When I was walking, Mum and I had our daily constitutional round the block [it was a windy day] and I suddenly just buckled at the knees and down I went. A neighbour saw us from quite a distance and started to hurry to help but he’d just had heart surgery so both Mum and I were trying to shout out not to worry, I would be all right. We didn’t want him to go back to hospital! Fortunately Mum helped me up and all was well, but we were both laughing so much at the time, we thought anyone peeking out their windows would think we were both drunk in the early afternoon!

    The second incident is almost like a dream. At Brands Hatch, my boyfriend was pushing me in my wheelchair when all of a sudden I flew out of the chair and landed length-wise on the ground [tarmac]. The front castor of the chair had got caught in a little grating and in the bright sunlight neither of us had noticed it. A little crowd quickly gathered and before I could figure out quite what had happened I was back in the wheelchair thanks to my boyfriend and another nice man who both lifted me off the floor. My boyfriend [we are still together by the way] thought we’d have to go to hospital but I only had a tiny graze on my elbow. The whole incident was over and done with in a couple of minutes and I am sure I was being looked after by Someone From Beyond.

    Sybylla :D

    sybyllascarlett
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    #86022
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    @sybyllascarlett wrote:


    The second incident is almost like a dream. At Brands Hatch, my boyfriend was pushing me in my wheelchair when all of a sudden I flew out of the chair and landed length-wise on the ground [tarmac]. The front castor of the chair had got caught in a little grating and in the bright sunlight neither of us had noticed it. A little crowd quickly gathered and before I could figure out quite what had happened I was back in the wheelchair thanks to my boyfriend and another nice man who both lifted me off the floor. My boyfriend [we are still together by the way] thought we’d have to go to hospital but I only had a tiny graze on my elbow. The whole incident was over and done with in a couple of minutes and I am sure I was being looked after by Someone From Beyond.Sybylla :D

    Glad you pick exciting places like Brands Hatch to have a fall…….also pleased you were happy after the other one.

    However clever you feel about falling correctly, it is so obviously a potential disaqster that is how I feel,
    really elated, happy and light-headed that you have got away with another one.

    Here some nice people have come up with a step by step guide for us ;-

    http://www.wikihow.com/Fall-Safely

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #86023
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    However clever you feel about falling correctly, it is so obviously a potential disaqster that is how I feel,
    really elated, happy and light-headed that you have got away with another one.

    I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Fox. Whenever I’ve fallen my thoughts as I go down are “oh God, don’t let me break any bones”. Since being permanently in the wheelchair the risks of falling have greatly reduced. I will check out that link next….

    Sybylla

    sybyllascarlett
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    #86024
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    Unfortunately since my neck muscles gave up most of the ghost I can fall as gently as I like – my head still flies off and bounces and I end up in A+E…. ho hum!

    My falling funny story is that I had a fall earlier this year and badly injured my knee so ++ pain, 6 weeks off work – the works (ok that bit isn’t very funny!). A month or so later I had another fall which was very mild but due to the bouncing head looked very bad to everyone else – immediately afterwards I was lying on the ground with a bleeding head exclaiming happily “my knee is fine!”

    Ailsa
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    #86025
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    @ailsa wrote:

    – immediately afterwards I was lying on the ground with a bleeding head exclaiming happily “my knee is fine!”

    LOL – I brained myself but didn’t hurt my knee, the things that go through our minds and out our mouths!

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    #86026
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    Just reporting back that I have managed to have my second fall in a week.

    Luckily I did it in the waiting room at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and got all the sympathy
    and cups of tea going. They obviously checked for any damage.

    The good thing about it is that it was totally avoidable because I disobeyed the rules the MD
    and Physio people have given me.

    I had dozed off in the waiting room and suddenly people were saying Wakey Wakey and calling my name. In
    a panic I started off without thinking and even with the Rollator was on the floor. I was not as the
    Physio taught me concentrating on my walking and feet and not walkiong through straight lines.

    The bigger mistake was about the idea that my Regional Neuromuscular Advisor came up with, a superb idea
    to minimise pregressive fatigue. We call it “Alternate Day Syndrome”, I am not allowed to have medical appointments
    on two consecutive days. Ignored her rule this time and right from the start of day two I was
    so wasted and totally under par and i was an accident waiting to happen and it did.

    So, obey the rules !

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #86027
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    @taungfox wrote:

    So, obey the rules !

    But I don’t wanna

    Though sadly I get what you mean. Recently my Sister and I visited Norwich Castle, spent close to 5 hours taking in all the things there to see [fab day, much better than expected] but that night, the next day and the next night I was absolutely shattered!! If I have a busy day, the next day I am drained and need rest.

    Glad your second ‘gravity test’ was less traumatic or dfficult than the first .. thats your quote for this month exceeded, take it easy out there.

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    I blog about nothingness www.amgroves.com

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    #86028
    Re: Learn how To Fall…………….and/or Curtains….

    Just reporting back that I have managed to have my second fall in a week.

    Luckily I did it in the waiting room at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and got all the sympathy
    and cups of tea going. They obviously checked for any damage.

    At least you were in the right place for a fall, Mr. Fox, and thank goodness you are unscathed.
    I know this is somewhat unkind of me, but the best bits [for me] on “You’ve Been Framed” is when grown-ups fall over – especially at weddings. I always think, oh that’s OK it’s not just us with our weak muscles and poor balance!
    Sybylla :D

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