This post is written to ask for information. Information about how others have handled the situation when their life begins to get smaller.
the silver ball will provide answers?
It has been almost two years since I had the accident when my arm went through the glass door. For some reason, that accident affected my balance. Something that I have never been able to recapture.
Have you had this issue and if so, how did you resolve it?
Since I seem to be falling more and more now - eight times in four weeks - I am fearful of falling and so not leaving the house very much. With no depth perception due to my right eye not having any sight, I think this is now, for some reason, contributing more to this.
It was most helpful last week when I went to visit a friend who had both knees replaced last August, then got an infection in one and had to have additional surgery. She is house bound for about a month. When I took food to her, we sat and talked for about an hour. She told me how, since the operation, she has hardly left the house because of her fear of falling. OMgosh, I was so relieved as we sat and talked about this as I thought I was the only one. No, we did not come up with a solution, but at least, somehow, knowing that I'm not the only one had a somewhat calming effect on me.
Since my friend and I have always been independent "go getters" not being able to go and do has had
a psychological effect on us. For me it is frustrating to have to be concerned about each and every step I take and, IF I am going someplace, the question of "Will there be stairs?" is a never ending first question. Or, will there be crowds. Hence, I don't go! Has anyone out there experienced this, and if so, how did you overcome it?
Thankfully, I have a car, so I plan where I am going based on being able to park near where I am going. That does help.
I have tried physical therapy, walking as much as I can here at home in hopes of strengthening my legs, but it does not seem to be working. I've even stopped going to my beloved "coffee klatch" group because of the fear of the cobblestones and how difficult it is to get there now that the city has closed off those streets to vehicular traffic!
It is embarrassing for me, the "Mighty One" (ha), to admit these issues and to ask for help. Truly,
but I am at the point that I do not know what else to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I count my blessings every day that I am in a one story house. Also, that I have Josefina two mornings a week to help with cleaning and laundry. And, that I have my wonderful son and grandchildren near by. But, I need to take action to resolve this issue.
Onward, slowly but surely with your advice, if possible.