Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Yesterday I fell down in my apartment complex foyer. It was very embarrassing. I was crying a bit about being "stuck" on the ground. One neighbor saw me and watched me roll around a bit trying to get up with husband's help but I just could not do it. He went to go get help, and she stayed there with me. My husband came back and then I saw three neighbors walking by and two were strong young men, so both of them helped to get me up with my husband too and I avoided having to call the paramedics. I was on my knees and they lifted me up from that position as I hoisted myself up on a chair. I always wanted to buy one of those emergency lifts as seen above in the video for these situations but have not been able to afford one.
It is very scary when you can't get up from the ground once you are there. It is one of the worse things about severe obesity. Add in weakness and balance problems and it can be a mess. I tried to catch myself in this fall, and remember being worried about my hearing aids falling out, as I lunged over my walker.
This is the first time I have fallen on the ground since 2012/2013. Those falls were a lot worse. I've had a few near misses but I switched to using my walker to prevent falls. So far it has worked. The problem was a floor mat that was bunched up which I did not notice, my foot caught it and my husband could not warn me in time. The walker caught me so I went down much slower then usual. After the two falls in 2012, I could barely walk and hurt my knees, this one I could walk afterwards and was not injured except for a few bruises.