Thursday, January 08, 2009
Tuesday morning the ice on sidewalks was extremely treacherous--worse than I've ever seen it. I was wearing boots with good tread but still slipped alarmingly a couple of times soon after I left our building. And less than half a block from home, I took a hard tumble & landed sideways, on my left elbow. Pulled myself up to a sitting position & had to stay there for a while collecting my wits & figuring out what hurt. Finally I managed to stand up, collect my bag & walk back home--with tiny, cautious steps.
My husband went with me to the doctor that afternoon & then to get x-rays. Yesterday we learned that the readings are equivocal: there's a possibility of an occult fracture. I don't think there is, because I'm feeling better as time passes, but I agree that I should see an orthopedist to make sure. That appointment is later today, & I hope to go back to work tomorrow. I can now type two-handed, as long as I rest my left forearm on my desk chair's armrest.
My sister fell on ice last year & had to have surgery to retrieve a bone chip that had broken off. So she has become expert in such things. Her daughter, my niece Valerie, was living in Switzerland last year & has just given her a pair of Yaktrax--says the folks in her Swiss community used them routinely during the winter.
I hadn't known about Yaktrax but am very happy to have learned of them. Here's info: revelsports.com/yaktrax.asp I'm banking on being able to put them on & take them off easily, since they are not to be used on surfaces other than icy/snowy sidewalks/roads/fields etc. In my commute I go in & out of train stations, trains, & buses, so I can't just put them on in the morning & leave them on till I get to the office.
If any of my Sparkfriends use Yaktrax & can give me tips, that would be most welcome!
This is my third fall in three years; the two previous ones were during running. It's kind of a paradox: I fall BECAUSE I'm running & walking a lot, yet the running & walking help protect me from the bone fragility of osteoporosis. I also take calcium & vitamin D supplements. And strength training is important too, not just for bone & muscle strength but for good balance, which also tends to deteriorate as we age. I need to stick with all these practices--while increasing my precautions.