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Fall Down ... Get Up

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Yesterday I took a fall walking up the drive way. I was feeling so good, so strong, that instead of driving to get the mail, I decided to walk. I had boots on and walked in the fresh snow, not the tracks so I wouldn't slip … I walked strongly up the drive, got to the top and then the next thing I knew I fell down on my hands/knees/right hip. I was stunned. Apparently there was some ice under the snow I hadn't counted on and my foot caught it just right. My body remembers having really good balance from my karate days, so it is still a surprise to me that I don’t.

Well, there I am at the top of the drive, yelling for DH to come and help. It took a few minutes but he was able to get up the drive (not an easy task since his stroke two years ago). Luckily an old chair was still sitting at the top, as the garbage company seems to think we want to keep it. Mike pulled it over, put his weight on it so I could put my weight on the chair and pull myself up. Anyone with a double hip replacement knows what I mean … We were able to walk together back down the side of the driveway holding on to the neighbor’s fence.

When I got in I was scared that I did something to the hip. Did RICE on my knee and hip, heating pad on the back of my neck and ate a bowl of chicken soup and had .5 cup of peppermint ice cream later (all within my calorie range).

Now what I noticed since doing even the limited exercises and losing 30 pounds since July 3 is that I really am stronger. I had fallen two and a half years ago in the house (same right hip, knee – which is my weaker side apparently) and could not pull myself up. I remained on the floor for a half hour before I could crawl to get my cell off the chair to call DH to come home (this was before his stroke) to lift me up off the floor.

I am very grateful for being stronger … though my thoughts went instantly to the fact that there is still substantial fat on my thigh and butt … what if I didn’t have that cushioning. I realize then that if I stay with those thoughts, I will sabotage any progress.

F.e.a.r. = Fantasy Expressed As Reality …. And my reality is that I am stronger and healthier than I've been in many years. I must either take a walking stick up the driveway, or pay attention to the fact that we have ice snow right now and not the packy stuff which gives me more traction. I cannot let fear dictate my healthy journey. I will not give up.
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    I'm glad you weren't seriously hurt. Fear is a fierce enemy. It is what makes old people shuffle along. It keeps us from trying new things. We must fight it, Fight it, FIGHT it. It will cripple us quicker than anything. You are a brave lady. I know you won't let it win. Neither will I.
    1784 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Jackie O, I am so sorry you had a fall but happy that with your DH's help you were able to get yourself up. Please be careful and do use the walking stick or some kind of traction shoes. I'm so glad I don't live where it snows as I do have a fear of falling especially when it rains. You do sound pretty strong as I doubt I could have gotten myself up but hopefully I'll never know for sure. I am hoping to lose enough weight to be able to have both my knees replaced in the Spring or Summer of 2013. I wish they could do both at the same time but my Dr. said that's out of the question. We can't live in fear or we'd just sit at home all day and never try anything new! I've read more accidents happen at home than anywhere else. Do take good care of Yourself as you are a very special lady and friend.

    Hugs & Love,

    1784 days ago
    Ahh...yes, I know exactly what you're saying about the hips, fall and changes with the WL! Been there, done that, as well, with similar results. So glad you are okay, but I agree with you...a walking stick, at the very least and boots or shoes with those clipon spiky things to keep us upright?? Just a thought on that one, as I never had them, but they were recommended to me after a fall. I love the FEAR acronym--and Kathy said something else I hadn't thought about...fear is the basis for all errant behaviors...will have to think on that for a bit, as I wonder if that is part of the basis of some of my self-sabotaging behaviors?? Anyway, good luck, Jackie, and hopefully you'll be able to stay upright from now forward! Love, Jeannie
    1785 days ago
    Very happy that you weren't really hurt badly! Kudos for you on your strength and on losing the 30#. How wonderful for you!!! Please be careful! Noel
    1785 days ago
    I'm glad you weren't hurt worse Jackie.....I know EXACTLY how you feel! Kudos for getting stronger! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1785 days ago
  • _KATHY
    Your karate training seems to benefit you in many ways. You know what to do and how to do it, in situations like this. It must also add to your tenacious attitude about life and knowing yourself. I don't know if I've heard the "fear" analogy but I like it. It's so right and so appropriate to my thinking at times. They say that fear is the basis for all errant behaviors. I believe it :)

    1785 days ago
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