Having got home at last now the hard part began. I had to find out, usually the hard way, that things in life were not all about how fast I could get things done. Rather how safely. Consequently I found myself losing my balance regularly, too regularly, and within a week had to be picked up off the floor by the ambulance crew two more times. A couple of weeks down the road I was down again with almost the same result, although this time I had to wait from 9.00pm until 3.00am. Even on carpet the floor is a hard place to be forced to wait on. Answer – don’t try to run before you can walk, it won’t always work, and don’t be afraid to ask for EXPERT help, they’ll always respond, happily, and with the required expertise and equipment.
For a couple of weeks all went well on the falling front, until for no explicable reason it happened again in an unfortunate place. I lost all sense of balance, fell backwards, hit a wall, and slid sideways along the wall, colliding with a shelf on the way, and bouncing off the night storage heater, all told that hurt “badly”. I ended up severely bruised and with cracked ribs which took several weeks to self repair, in fact they still are tender to the touch, or if I breathe too deeply, or sneeze. After every fall I was able to walk/shuffle back to my chair feeling sorry for myself, but still determined to proceed under my own steam, and I did. A few weeks later I had yet another go but this time, for the first time, I was able to get back up with only the help of my wife, and last week it happened again with the same success. It’s useless falling down so much, but inevitable I suppose. However it’s taught me to slow down, plan ahead, and concentrate on what I am planning to do when I get to do it. TOTAL CONCENTRATION and FORWARD PLANNING are the key to almost everything, and preparation I guess as there is little worse than getting somewhere and having to go back to get what you need. Frustrating really, I’m always doing it.
I’ll try next time to describe the aids that I have found, and should really have been supplied with from day one, where I found them, and what effect they have so far had on my rehab…………..