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The Fall

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

You might have noticed, in my status feed, that I took a fall last week. I have to admit that it felt like the height of foolishness. What fall isn't, when you think about it? Nobody ever wants anyone else to see you doing it. And falling down is, let's face it, graceless.

We'd just arrived for vacation in Key West, and I was ridiculously determined to get in a walk after being stuck in a car for 6 hours. Unfortunately, the road going by our hotel was, instead of a lovely, palm-lined boulevard past the water, under construction. Instead of taking the prescribed route between Jersey barriers, I went BEHIND a "sidewalk closed" sign because the former sidewalk area looked perfectly flat and clear. It was flat and clear all right, but it was MUD, and I slid right down on my butt, legs out in front of me! My left leg, which is a little weak anyway, bent outward slightly and my knee got strained. Once I realized I was no longer striding along, but rather sitting on the ground, I picked myself up gingerly, making sure nothing was broke. I looked like I'd joined one of those native tribes that decorates themselves with mud. My shorts were caked in it, my hands (which, bless their little hearts, had the presence of mind to break my fall) were dripping with it, my sandals were full of it. I wasn't too far from the hotel, so I slunk back to the room, dripping mud and hoping not to attract notice.

Immediately and for the next couple of days, I was stiff and a bit sore, but still able to walk. In fact, that night, we walked all over Duval Street, and the next couple of days I totaled 10 miles. And today, I feel almost normal.

You're probably wondering what the "good" part of this bad news/good news joke is? It's basically that I'm maintaining at a good, low weight; that I've been doing a frequent pilates routine; that I HAVE been walking every single day; that I take glucosamine and fish oil and all that good stuff. Because of all that, what could have been a disastrous fall for an old lady like me was but a temporary embarrassment.

So, keep up with your goals, your eating plan, your exercise. It could all pay off for you one day when you really don't expect it!
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    So glad to hear you didn't seriously hurt yourself. I know it's embarrassing as Grace is my middle name! I'm glad you picked yourself up and kept walking. You are right keeping active does strengthen your body! It's a good thing for you, you are active!
    1565 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    I've been away for so long and today realized how much I have missed reading your blogs!! Looking forward to keeping up with you!

    1566 days ago
    So glad you were not seriously injured! Stay healthy, you role model, you!
    1567 days ago
    I know what you mean about falling and a quick recovery! At nearly 300 lbs, when I fell, it was a hard hit!! Thankfully I weigh much less than that now. On May 20 I was walking along our country road and came upon a guy cutting down a tree. I was watching him while walking along and I twisted my ankle in a rut in the road and feel on my left knee. Gravel was embedded in my wound. My workout pants were torn and I was bleeding and to be on a plane later that day taking us west to celebrate my Dad's 80th birthday. I spent 2 weeks with a bandage on my knee, cleaning the oozing wound every morning and every night. Now I have a fabulous scar - a reminder to watch where I'm walking cuz one day I could be walking by a cliff!!
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    1567 days ago
    Thank you for sharing. Glad you are okay.
    1567 days ago
    So glad you're okay Suz, take care emoticon
    1568 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad you weren't hurt!! Just a note, you are lucky that it was softer mud and not hard concrete. Most people break their wrists trying to break a fall landing their body weight on their hands -they just aren't designed to take that kind of weight! When our dog knocked my Mom over, she threw out her hand to break her fall and ended up badly breaking it and now suffers from bad arthritis in it:(
    Please be careful -every time I hear of a fall, I cringe, some have had catastrophic results!
    1568 days ago
    I have been thinking about you every day and wondering what happened to you.

    I have had some major falls to and done some damage with them. It took me weeks to recover so I try to be careful bur people our age do fall. I'm so glad you are fit because it did save you.

    I've always wanted to go to Key West but not so sure now. WE have plenty of mud here. LOL.
    1568 days ago
    I'm glad you're OK. Keep up that healthy lifestyle!
    1568 days ago
    Glad that you are ok!!
    1568 days ago
    I took a tumble on my bike a month ago. While it was embarrassing to fall. Not geting up would have been the true embarrassment. Keep doing all the good/right stuff so you can survive the minor incidents.
    1568 days ago
    Glad to hear that you're okay! Why don't we pay attention to signs? Last week hubby and I ignored one while bike-riding and wound up on a flooded road with huge ruts.
    1568 days ago
  • DR1939
    Glad you're doing okay. I love Key West, It is so easy and interesting to walk everywhere.
    1568 days ago
    So glad the only real injury was your pride and that the fall did not ruin your vacation. I guess those signs were there for a reason Suzy. You know my chiropractor has been encouraging me to try pilates, maybe i will.
    I take fish oil, flaxseed oil, but not glucosomine. I have to be real careful of what I take or eat because of my allergies-unfortunately that does not mean I eat healthier, just allergy free emoticon

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    1568 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
    Good LORD! I'm glad you're alright!
    We swear by arnica sometimes, around here, too.
    1568 days ago
    I slipped in the mud a while back. Was taking pictures at the Hannah Dustin Monument on the Merrimack river in Boscawen. Didn't realize there was Ice under the mud and down I went into the mud and the river.
    And that was the day I found out where I rated with Bob. Did he ask me if I was okay? Offer to help me up? Nope, all he wanted to know was did I save the camera I was holding.
    Though he was amused by the fact that I had to strip my pants off before getting in the car. And the look on my poor son's face when I came walking into the house in a tshirt and underwear. He didn't ask, though...I'm pretty sure he was afraid he wouldn't like the answer. He just gave me a look, rolled his eyes and headed for the safety of his room.
    Glad the only thing damaged was your, um, dignity. The flexibility from the walking and pilates has definitely paid off!
    Though you could have at least gotten a picture of the event. I know there's at least one of me in my muddy stripped down state around here somewhere , ha ha.
    1568 days ago

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  • GABY1948
    SO glad you turned out all right. No, I hadn't seen your status feed, I'm ashamed to say I have never learned what those are emoticon BUT I truly am glad you are well and thin and healthy! Have a great time...I have missed your blogs! emoticon
    1568 days ago
    I am so glad you are okay and you did not break any bones. I hope you continue to get better.
    1568 days ago
    Glad embarrassment is the worst of your injuries.

    1568 days ago
    I'm glad you're OK; yes, almost every fall I've had has been preceded by a "mind flash" of "I shouldn't do this, but"! I've had a couple of others tripped by uneven sidewalks. Thankfully, also with full recovery; once because it was winter and I had a lot of layers on and another time just "managing the fall" which I credit my good habits with; especially my yoga practice. Still, falls are scary and again; I'm REALLY glad you're OK. Hugs.
    1568 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I do like how you've realized and pointed out the because of how you've been with SP, you aren't that bad off
    1568 days ago
    How embarrassing!! Hard to be inconspicuous with mud dripping off of you. emoticon So glad you're OK.
    1568 days ago
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