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SO FAR, I hate January 2013 (and there are a little more than 4 hours left.....)

I am frightened. In January I have tripped on my front step and landed full force on the porch. About a week later, I was getting my coffee and got my foot caught in a laptop cord--fell face first into the carpet. While on a roadtrip, I was darting around a car that had a bike carrier (no bikes...and extended behind the vehicle) and ran into it full force. After three weeks, I am still getting over the two black eyes....

Today I was helping my son move and got tripped up on a laundry basket--went knee down full force.

AND I had a full on paramedic 911 this month...

I seem to be OK--nothimg broken or problematic except sore muscules. And at my age that is good with the falls. I have always been the clumsiest peson in every state and country I have lived in.

Tired. and afraid.

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I'm so sorry, Spock. What an awful month for you! I've slipped and slided on the vertical skating rink that led up to my house (it finally melted) but only controlled falls. I'm really glad you're ok, and you know what? February will be a better month so "Adios January gremlins who keep tripping our friend!" Banishment!

Wow. Thanks so much.

I can feel your pain. I have fallen but it seems like things are coming up just to spite you. I would first of all make sure that you don't have any vision problems. Also check
for peripheral neuropathy. Another thing to do is make sure you have a full balance and inner ear check up. I am just trying to think of all the things that could contribute to your falla. If it will help any, I have benign tremor and last week I tried to take my dinner plate to the kitchen after eating. Well I ended up shaking so bad that nothing was on the dinner plate, but in various places including the living room carpet and the ceiling.
Now I use my walker to transport my food. I never know when my body will do something to make my life adventurous. I am sure you agree that these are adventures that we don't need but if you keep falling or running into things I think it is wise to get things checked out. Hope you have a fall free, spill free, and running into free month.

I'm so sorry Spock, As a veteran of a few falls and a recent one where I think I broke two fingers I feel your pain. It does seem that Janurary has been bad for you. Hopefully February will be better and if not at least it will be a short month.

I hope you can stay vertical. There's less pain that way.

Kathy--I do have double vision. I was in a car accident as a young teen (about a year after my type 1 diagnosis) and damaged my eye. It is ok, but my down and side to side vision is altered. Mut its been like that for almost 49 years, so I hope I have the handle on that by now. I am seeing a doc next week and will ask about the other things. Thanks.

Stemwinder--Thanks. I am trying to pay more attention when I move.

Boy, can I relate. I used to be athletic, a long distance horseback rider, rode my bike for many miles. Since I was diagnosed 5 years ago, though, I have pretty severe neuropathy in my feet and legs. The first time I fell down I was shocked how fast I went down, like a cut tree. I couldn't get my hands out in time to cushion the fall, it was just "whap!". I fell off my bike, gave that up and bought a tricycle. Fell off the tricycle. Now I shuffle around, always watching my feet. So naturally I run into things because I'm not looking up. I'm 66. My stumbling around makes me feel like I'm 88 (or like that old Laugh In character that Arte Johnson played). I stay fairly tough doing water aerobics and lifting heavy chicken feed sacks, so when I do fall down I don't do much damage to myself. It IS pretty scary, but we just do the best we can, don't we?

I have fallen down four times in the past year and a half and each time broken a bone. The last fall caused me a hip fracture. I'm just getting off crutches after three months. As I start walking more and more I can't help but wonder where I'll be the next time I go down like a sack of potatoes. Lately I don't feel safe on my own two feet.

Wow. I feel better, but worried for all. Just keep your eye on where you are walking!!!AND please be safe.




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