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debbei
12-11-2011, 02:24 PM
I guess I should count myself lucky that I haven't taken any spills in over 3 years. This morning I was outside trying to wrangle the dog back into the house when I missed a step (only 2 steps going from pathyway to driveway.) I think I missed the first step and landed half on my butt (one cheek) and caught myself with both palms. The skin on the palms are a little scraped, and I think I'll probably get black and blue on one cheek (LOL). I went into the house half in tears because I think I scared myself so much. My back felt a little jarred, but ok, I thought, so 5 minutes later my friend picked me up and we went to the gym for my zumba class as planned. I felt a little tight on one side of my lower back so after I came home I took an Aleve, and I've been fine.

I remember Pam, who used to be around here when I was new, always saying how she fell on her butt the day she came home from the hospital, and was just fine. That was a comforting thought to me. I'll try not to be such a klutz in the future, but I've always been klutzie since I was a kid.

Anyone else have falling experiences post-surgery?

naptown78
12-11-2011, 05:45 PM
Debbe,
Glad to hear you are okay after your spill! My two biggest fears after surgery have been falling and getting rear-ended in my car. Happy to say
neither has happened. I know others here have fallen and their backs have been okay but it is still a scary thought...we all go through so much
to get a new back, don't want to screw it up by having two left feet!

Marina63
12-11-2011, 06:39 PM
Debbe,
Glad to hear you are okay after your spill! My two biggest fears after surgery have been falling and getting rear-ended in my car. Happy to say
neither has happened. I know others here have fallen and their backs have been okay but it is still a scary thought...we all go through so much
to get a new back, don't want to screw it up by having two left feet!


Kristy, I have the exact same fears!! I'm only five months post surgery. When I left the hospital after my surgery, I was told to not bend, lift or twist . . . . or fall.

Since then, it's been a constant fear. I'm a maniac about water on the floor at home. When I'm out, I scan the floor to make sure there isn't something I can slip on.

JenniferG
12-11-2011, 07:13 PM
Glad you're ok Debbei. It would have given you a fright.

I've had several near misses which I put down to not being able to balance myself quite as well now I've got no movement in my spine to counteract small, unexpected trips. But each time I've been able to grab something, so far.

backissues
12-11-2011, 10:48 PM
At about 10 months post-op, I was on my first walk, or hike, in the woods. I was being very careful. Then, my foot got caught on a tree root that was stick up from the ground. I tripped and fell on my knees and hands. All I could think of was "am I ok?" "Did I break a rod?" "I just had my first fall."

I got up and realized I was ok. Thank goodness, I didn't break anything and my back was fine. I finished the walk. Now, I watch the roots and branches even more carefully. Also, I bought a pair of hiking boots to help with terrain.

It is scary the first time. That's for sure.

Jacque's Mom
12-12-2011, 11:50 AM
This past weekend I fell down the basement stairs of my cousin's house. I was talking to family and didn't realize I was so close to the steps. We had just arrived on Friday night outside of Buffalo, NY. It was a seven hour drive. We were attending my aunt's funeral (my aunt that helped me through all my surgeries). I was tired from not sleeping, the long drive, the shock that she passed away suddenly, but so happy to see my family and the next thing I know, I'm almost on the bottom of the steps. I tried to stop my fall by grabbing the railing and my wrist is swollen but my butt and the left side of my back is so black and blue in four different spots, it's frightening, not to mention I'm so sore everywhere. I have never fallen before and I was so shaken, but the outcome could have been so much worse. Today happened to be my one year follow-up with Dr. Boachie (couldn't have timed the fall better!) and he said I didn't break anything, the fusion is solid but "oh you are quite bruised". The nurse and xray tech were horrified! Debbe, I'm sure you're fine since you're three years post-op and I think I hit a few more steps then you did. Feel better. LYNN

loves to skate
12-12-2011, 05:55 PM
I slipped on some leaves on a small hill and landed pretty hard on one side of my butt. I was in quite a bit of pain and scared, but the fusion was fine. What I did do was irritate my SI joints and facet joints at C4C5 and C5C6. I ended up getting cortisone shots which pretty much resolved the pain in those areas. No more falling!
Sally

kennedy
12-12-2011, 07:01 PM
Debbe i'm glad your ok.

Singer
12-12-2011, 07:17 PM
Debbe and Lynn, glad you're okay. It's hard to believe when you take a major tumble that nothing gets jolted out of place, but they say it takes something like a bad car accident to really break and/or dislodge things. I got tangled up in my feet and fell sideways (incision side, of course), very hard, on the carpet of my bedroom when I was about 4 months post-op. I was scared to death but when I called Boachie's nurse, she said if I had broken something, I'd experience steadily increasing pain in the coming days instead of a soreness that gradually went away.

debbei
12-12-2011, 07:49 PM
This past weekend I fell down the basement stairs of my cousin's house. I was talking to family and didn't realize I was so close to the steps. We had just arrived on Friday night outside of Buffalo, NY. It was a seven hour drive. We were attending my aunt's funeral (my aunt that helped me through all my surgeries). I was tired from not sleeping, the long drive, the shock that she passed away suddenly, but so happy to see my family and the next thing I know, I'm almost on the bottom of the steps. I tried to stop my fall by grabbing the railing and my wrist is swollen but my butt and the left side of my back is so black and blue in four different spots, it's frightening, not to mention I'm so sore everywhere. I have never fallen before and I was so shaken, but the outcome could have been so much worse. Today happened to be my one year follow-up with Dr. Boachie (couldn't have timed the fall better!) and he said I didn't break anything, the fusion is solid but "oh you are quite bruised". The nurse and xray tech were horrified! Debbe, I'm sure you're fine since you're three years post-op and I think I hit a few more steps then you did. Feel better. LYNN

OMG you poor thing, that sounds horrible! It was last weekend, so are you still sore and brused? I'm so sorry about the loss of your aunt.

golfnut
12-12-2011, 07:50 PM
I'm glad you're both okay. I can't imagine how tentative I'll be walking around this winter. I usually walk super fast, so I'll have to just get in slow gear if conditions are bad.

debbei
12-12-2011, 07:50 PM
Well that's it--no more falling permitted by any of us! Thanks for your responses.

Elisa
12-12-2011, 08:03 PM
No falls here for my son and it's going on eight months post op now. PHEW! I wonder if me following him around like a blanket has something to do with it? There was one incident about three months post op which I had no idea of but he told me that he was carrying my laptop from upstairs to the downstairs garage (finished with seating) and he slipped on the outside step and had to make a decision to hang on to the railing or drop my laptop. He decided my laptop was more important so held on to it, argggg, but also managed to grab the rail so all was well. He really shouldn't tell me these things. :-(

Glad everyone is okay and yes no more falling allowed!

Jacque's Mom
12-13-2011, 09:05 AM
Debbe - yes the black and blues are so scary looking - they get worse before they get better, and I am very sore but hopefully by the weekend, it will get better. This taught me a lesson to be more concious of where I am. Time for two more Advil!!! Take care, LYNN

djkinkead
12-13-2011, 03:17 PM
Glad to see everyone is surviving falls. I have been lucky so far, but have learned to let our 60 lb dogs go down the stairs before I start going down them myself. They think nothing of bumping against you as you go down, silly creatures.

Although not fall related, I took my first bath last night. Its a small tub and it took me a bit to figure out how to get out. I was very worried about slipping and falling as I stood up, but all went well.

Not comfortable leaning back yet...

mabeckoff
12-13-2011, 03:24 PM
I fell in July 2010 after having my first surgery in May 2010. I wound up with a broken rod in March 2011. I was never able to get an answer if they were related