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Fall Down–Get Up

Well, I did it again.  A couple of months ago, I fell while in Charleston, South Carolina.  This time my foot slipped on the sidewalk as I was about to cross the street albeit I was not at the crosswalk.  My foot turned, but I was able to get up and walk on it. There was nothing broken only badly bruised. I said I did it again because some years ago, I was walking out of a restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (fussing because they put tomato sauce in shrimp and grits–who does that).  Well, I missed a step and there I went.  Again, I was able to get up and walk on it–nothing was broken.

I thought it was just me, but recently I have been hearing more about women of a certain age stumbling and/or falling.  I know we have all been walking on the sidewalk and it becomes uneven and we stumble.  It seems our recovery period is not a split second anymore, it takes a couple of seconds which could lead to a fall.  My college roommate says she finds herself looking down as she walks in order not to stumble on the sidewalk.

We’ve all seen the commercials telling us about supplements, and we’ve all had our bone density test done with our doctor telling us to take calcium and do weight-bearing and balancing exercises.  I for one believe these things assisted me in not breaking a bone and have helped with my posture.

Our posture takes a hit because of osteoporosis, but also because of our obsession with our electronic devices (we are always looking down). These are two things we can work on.

After my latest fall, my doctor suggested that I increase my calcium supplements*, so I did.  He didn’t give me a specific supplement just what it should contain–how much calcium, vitamin D, and so on.

I always thank my trainer, Marsha for having us do those crazy balance exercises because as long as I can get up without breaking something I’m okay.  Let’s all do the same, practice a few weight-bearing exercises, get a little extra calcium, and watch our posture.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”--we all fall down in life.  It’s the getting up that is sometimes difficult.

*I take Nutrilite Bone Health Pack from Amway.

 

5 Comments

  • Carla Gardner
    September 8, 2021 at 2:33 am

    I am glad that you are ok. I recently had a fall, as well. I was outside in my back yard and lost my balance and fell, and hit my head on a tree. I thank God that l did not go unconscious and l was able to get up immediately, and get back inside the house because l had an open wound on my head from the fall, and blood was coming from my head. I called my son and he took me to the ER. The pain from the fall to my head really hurt. The ER did a Cat Scan to make sure there was no bleeding inside my head. Praise God! There was not. Everything checked out ok. I had to get a few staples in my head to close up the wound and that really did hurt, but l survived because things could have always been worse. God was with me and had angels protecting me.

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    • thisisyourbestyear
      September 8, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      I am so glad you are okay. My fall(s) were not so bad. I know that it had to scare you especially the wound on your head. A church member of mine still to this day does not know why she fell. When she fell in her kitchen she broke bones in her knee, but she didn’t fall on her knee. She said it was the worst pain she has ever had. They had to do surgery and she had to go to rehab.

      You take care, and thanks for reading “thisisyourbestyear”.

      Maricia

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      • Carla Gardner
        September 8, 2021 at 8:07 pm

        Yes ma’am, thank you. I am doing much better since the staples have been removed. I pray that l will not have no more falls or lose my balance. Likewise, l pray that you will not either. May you be blessed.

  • Amanda @ AnDweplant.com
    September 9, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Happy to hear you are okay and no broken bones. Prayers of healing to Carla Gardner. I agree totally staying active, weight bearing and balance exercises and supplements along with good nutrition are the key. After one to many slips and bumps with bruises I have made myself slow down! My rushing for no reason just doesn’t make sense. I am reminded every time I am grabbing a stumped toe!

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    • thisisyourbestyear
      September 10, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      Hello Amanda

      I don’t know why women are always rushing around. I have learned to slow down too. Yes, my little toe is the one I am always grabbing–it wants me to slow down.

      Thanks for reading, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

      Maricia

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