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A Fall


For maybe the last five or ten years, visits to doctors have included a question about whether i had fallen lately.  My answer is alway something like: "Of course."  I am active, careless, clumsy; i've broken an ankle, akneecap, both wrists, and, i am sure, other body parts in 80+ years of crawling, walking, running, playing, & climbing.
What i lacked in talent and skill, i tried to make up for with effort.  For eight  years i played basketball in a "gym" whose out of bounds were the brick walls of the building.  That accounted for one wrist, one patella, and numerous bumps, aches, and bruises.  But it meant staying in games i would otherwise be left out of.  I have taken punches, kicks, and falls that alarmed every observer but me.

The fall  i took at three a.m. scared me.  Thinking about it  afterwards, i think i went out of and back into consciousness at least twice, possibly three times.  Trying to remember exactly what happened is like watching a series of still photographs of an object in motion.   I was standing at the kitchen counter chugalugging a glass of laxative,  my throat seemed to close, i dropped the glass, i became dizzy and disoriented and panicky.  I must have fallen and got back up without realizing it.  Afterwards i had a bump on the  top of my head, my neck hurt (still does) when i moved it, and my right shoulder blade was scratched and bleeding.

I had something like this happen maybe three years ago.  There is apparently a single nerve that passes near my heart, lungs, throat and brain which can be triggered by a too rapid intake of liquid.  I've seen it  portrayed on  an ER type reality show.  A first cousin thrice removed by marriage and polygamy had his father die as a very young man after "rapidly drinking cold water on a hot day."

I have an annual checkup with my cardiologist in about three week.  She will  no doubt ask me about falling.
I will have something to say besides "of course."

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amaebi
Jul. 25th, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
Yowza.

Yes,please take care of yourself, and please describe the fall to your doctor.
bobby1933
Jul. 25th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
Yes, i will, and yes, i will. Thank you.
amaebi
Jul. 25th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!
cathy_edgett
Jul. 25th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Yes, please take care of yourself.
bobby1933
Aug. 9th, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
Thank you. /\ :)
abendstille
Jul. 25th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
This kind of fall included losing control and not completely knowing what happened and how it happened, which is a scary thing for the ego. It´s also scary in your living situation, since there is nobody around checking on both of you on a daily basis, but you know all that. Keeping both of you in my thoughts and prayers. Love and blessings
bobby1933
Aug. 9th, 2015 01:44 am (UTC)
Thank you, Mia. /\ :)
vaporw
Jul. 25th, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
OH my gosh, so sorry to read you fell. The experience is not foreign to me when our sugar level tanks, and when we had to much water in our blood pressure pill. The art of clutzy-ness is not foreign to us either, but our sport was baseball. Hope nothing serious is going on that a simple change would cure.

How's Dianne?
bobby1933
Aug. 9th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jackie.
Dianne is o.k.
No fallout from the fall is evident.
All is well. /\ :)
elainegrey
Jul. 26th, 2015 02:11 pm (UTC)
I understand clumsiness and falling regularly. I had been saying to myself that i'm not old yet because i haven't broken anything, but last summer's spraining of both ankles really spooked me.

My grandmother fell a while back and was in discomfort afterwards. It turns out she had several broken ribs and a cracked vertebrae that were missed by the first few doctors. (I will never trust doctors in a retirement community because of that.) I hope you will check on your neck sooner than in three weeks if it doesn't ease soon.
bobby1933
Aug. 9th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your grandmother's treatment or lack thereof.
Dianne's several health problems began with misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose serious conditions. The results of my fall have all disappeared, head, shoulders, and neck are fully functional.

Thank you for caring /\ :)
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