Monday, March 20, 2017

Living up to "Grace"

For a few years now I have been worried about falling. My balance isn't what you could call good. All this time though, of bouncing off the door trim/walls and catching myself, I hadn't fallen. Until the other night ...

Tacky wanted to be fed, and as usual, I filled her cup with cat food and made my way through the storm door, avoiding stepping on my o2 tube. I put the food in her dish, turned around and she was still loving on me. I opened the storm door, my tube got hung around the cat, and as I lifted my foot to go through the door - I didn't! I landed square on my dignity. 

At first all I felt was my throbbing finger, my foot, and my back. I had slammed into the storm door with my back, it felt as if someone slammed me with a 2x4. It hurt every time I breathed in. I figured if I went to the doctor, they would tape me - seeing that I can't stand a bra because of my breathing, I opted out of that idea. I called DH and he came home. I never would have made it up into my bed without him. 

In the morning, I found out that it was my coccyx I landed on and not just my dignity. Everything went into sympathy mode and I felt like I had whiplash. I felt like I had been in a bad wreck. 

It's getting better, thanks for the well wishes! I can sit now, but I wish I had one of those donuts. ;-) My foot and finger are fine. Been using Aspercream, which helps my back and other painful areas. I informed DH that he can feed the cat from now on.

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  1. THe older I get, the more cautious I get.

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    1. I was cautious to the point of paranoia - it didn't help this time.

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  2. Coccyx, oh my! Mom fractured hers. She fell while trying to oust Arlo the beagle from her room. The pain was excruciating. She was in her late 90's when this happened. Just getting into the car and riding to the doctor's office was just about unbearable for her. She eventually recovered and was pain-free, at least as far as her coccyx was concerned. I wince to even think of what you've been going through.

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    1. I feel for your Mom! Not easy to sit down and not easy to sit up, or sit forward, or to climb up onto my bed. Cannot imagine being that old with all that!

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  3. Oh gosh. So sorry. Hope you are feeling much, much better soon.

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  4. Gosh, I'm sorry you had to go through this but also grateful it wasn't worse. Accidents happen so quickly and at least yours didn't land you in the hospital. Take at easy!

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  5. Oh no! I hope you get steadily better each day!!

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  6. I am so sorry that you took that spill. But I am glad that you are doing better. Don't mess around if there is another time cause you might have hurt yourself worse then you think. You take care and watch those steps, and those critters.

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    1. Even though I hate the doctors, I pretty much know when I have to go in. I somehow knew that one day she would cause a fall ...

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  7. Is the tube, oxygen? I haven't been reading here long, so I don't know. Sorry...

    You must get a pillow, for taking pressure off your hurt coccyx. You really must. This is one of the most miserable of "hurts," and.... Well, just, please have someone get you a pillow for relief of this.

    I understand about falling-worry. Being overweight in the middle, my center of gravity has shifted. At least, that's what I blame it on. Could just be getting old, but I like the "center of gravity" story.

    Are you very sure, you should not go to be checked????? Hmmmmmm.....????

    Well, Happy Spring to you, anyway!!!! ,-)

    Lots of gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

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    1. Yes, is oxygen tubing, I have been on an umbilical cord for years.
      Happy Spring to you too!

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  8. So sorry. I hope you are feeling better soon.

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  9. Ouch that hurts, feel better soon. It must be falling season. A lady at church fell, my friend fell twice and John almost did. He was able to catch onto the sink and didn't go all the way down. I know it can happen so quick.

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    1. I have had more than my share of 'close calls' of late and some bruises to show it. I knew it was just a matter of time ... but it could have waited a while longer. Ha Ha!

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  10. I didn't know you were on oxygen. 24 hours or just for sleeping? I remember a couple of my customers would come in to shop with a small trolley holding an oxygen tank, the tube connected to those little nose plug things.
    I'm sorry to hear you landed on your tail. It sends a reaction right up the spine doesn't it? Rest is really all you can do, give everything time to readjust itself. Can you send DH to buy a donut cushion?

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    1. Usually o2 on wheels is just for going out and about. Mine is in a backpack. For daily in-home use, we use what they call an oxygen concentrator (I call my puckity), a stationary machine that separates the o2 from room air and blows it through the tube to your cannula. (Nose piece)My situation is 24/7.
      DH is sort of out of it right now, he is trying to get back to normal sleep patterns and having a rough time of it. No more night shift! (For now, anyway)

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  11. People keep telling me not to rush or make hurried turns. I never listen! Your unfortunate fall reminds me to be careful. At my age I guess anything could happen. Carry on getting well - I hope the pains disappear quickly.

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    1. Please slow down! Dress like a football player ...

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  12. Hope today is a good day and that you're pain free.

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    1. I'm better, not great, but better. I slept most of last night.

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  13. Glad your feeling better. Hope you can avoid future falls.

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  14. A bruised coccyx s nasty. Hope you're much better by now.

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    1. I sit very carefully, haha. Back seems to bother the most today. Thanks. :-)

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  15. I'm relieved it wasn't worse. Hope you continue to heal quickly.

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