I have taken 4 bad falls since I began walking again the summer of 2004. That doesn’t even count the one where I was thrown off of my snowmobile in the winter of 2005 & broke my collarbone. It also doesn’t count the numerous falls I have taken in my house where I wasn’t hurt at all.
The first fall I was practicing marching in place at my walker way too soon; my knees were too weak & gave out, resulting in 2 broken bones in my foot. The second time I was walking up the few steps to my deck & led with the wrong leg, again down I went & broke 2 bones in my foot again. The 3rd time I tried walking to the bathroom at night without my AFOs, & tripped over my big toe; I broke my big toe & the one next to it. This past July I fell from sheer exhaustion & sprained my foot & ankle, laying me up for a month.
I have learned that I usually fall when I am overly tired, or trying to overdo it. My husband is tired of bringing me to the ER & clinic; afraid of being arrested. If you have any foot drop, please get AFOs; they really do make a difference. And try really hard to get more rest, you were lucky this time. I know what you are going through, but no matter what, you need to take care of yourself physically or you will be a burden yourself.
Hi Happy belated Birthday.
I have been away from the Forum foa a while. As for falls my 1st came before I knew what I had and happened on a public street with about a jillion people watching, most of them knew me which made it even worse. Since I have so many falls I can only remeber the ones when I got hurt.
I use 2 canes when I trry to walk, which is not very much, they work better than a walker because they are easier to use in the halls and bathrooms.
Hope you never have anothe fall.
I too, have had falls. For me, they lasted about two years, off and on and I have gone five or six years now without a fall. I have no fear anymore of them happening. The cane was a great idea, I hope you have one now! Lean how to handle the falls, rather then fear them!
I have had too many falls to mention, many of them coming years before I had CIDP! I am not clumsy, just more of a risk taker type of personality. But since CIDP I have had 4 falls onto my feet, breaking bones in them each time. But my worst fall came back in March of 2005 when I hit a pressure ridge while snowmobiling on a lake & have a permanent broken collarbone on my right side. Kind of hard to explain to people who knew how sick I was & how after spending 3 years strictly in a wheelchair I was out snowmobiling. I was barely walking at that time!
I love my cane, & laugh inside when people comment that I am too young for a cane. They have no idea where I have been & how proud I am to be walking instead of in a wheelchair…