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Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence

Posted by B.B. on September 14, 2002 at 22:07:45:


Hi, Walt

Most of my life I've been falling down and getting injured. In June I fell very hard on my knee and still going through water therapy in order to strengthen my muscles and working on stabilizing my balance. The knee was just starting to feel better and the swelling was just about a thing of the past. (sigh)

Unfortunately, I tripped over a driveway light this past week again falling, however, landed on the formerly good knee first and the bad knee next along with my right hand. This time it was late at night, outside, with it just starting to rain. Took me approximately 10 minutes to get off the ground using the trunk of my car to get back on my feet. Nope, didn't go to the doctors this time as knew my knee was able to bend after a few hours. Besides, I'm terrified of hospitals more than having a possible fractured knee. This time it took an hour or so to start to bruise, but swelled up fairly fast. So now I've got two bruised knees, as well as a rather nasty bruise on my arm after donating unit of blood. This was done on the 11th of September.
Could there be a problem with my balance, or all of these falls due to co-incidence? Why do I tend to bruise apparently so easily? I've actually stopped all meds a couple of weeks ago, with the exception of those antibiotics for the stupid tooth infection. Nope, no doctor told me to stop, I got ticked at just stopped taking the meds.

My water therapist seems to believe that my balance is getting better, however, due to tripping over something is only reason I fell. Of course, my water therapist took one look at me on Friday and just shook his head saying the only visible spot on my body not bruised was my right arm.

Used to think I was a kluntz, but there's no such thing as a kluntz.



Re: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence (Archive in aging.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 15, 2002 at 09:28:33:

In Reply to: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence posted by B.B. on September 14, 2002 at 22:07:45:

Hi, B.B.

You have to develop a habit of ATTENTION to all that you do.

If you are totally aware of what you are doing, when you are in a situation where you might fall, you probably will not fall.

This is a bother but once you have it is will be a habit and only a little bother. It certainly is a lot less bother than recuperating from injuries and eventually the injuries will be much worse--as you get older.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence--Don't like that word starts with an A:-(

Posted by B.B. on September 15, 2002 at 10:02:52:

In Reply to: Re: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence (Archive in aging.) posted by Walt Stoll on September 15, 2002 at 09:28:33:


Hi, Walt

Thanks for answering so quickly, however, NEVER expected that my falls were attributed to my lack of attention. Thought that I was very attentive to where and what I was doing. Apparently this is NOT the case.

I'll heed your advise and pay more attention to what I'm doing, where I'm walking, in an attempt to prevent me from falling any more. It's no fun trying to pick myself off of the ground or floor without anyone there to assist me. Probably better as then I'd be too embarrased to have anyone help me to my feet.

It's just a bummer getting old. Oh to be 15 years of age and have the whole world at my fingertips. (sigh)



Re: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence--Don't like that word starts with an A:-(

Posted by BarbaraN on September 15, 2002 at 12:38:32:

In Reply to: Re: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence--Don't like that word starts with an A:-( posted by B.B. on September 15, 2002 at 10:02:52:

You could check out a book called Awareness through Movement by Feldenkrais. It has a lot of info and exercises in it that makes you aware of how you move and hold yourself. Good luck and try some arnica next time you have a bruise...it really works :-)



Re: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence--Don't like that word starts with an A:-(

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 16, 2002 at 07:50:37:

In Reply to: Re: Balance Problems Or Co-Incidence--Don't like that word starts with an A:-( posted by BarbaraN on September 15, 2002 at 12:38:32:

Thanks, Barbara N!

Good advice!

Namaste`

Walt

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