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loves to skate
08-21-2009, 11:39 AM
Hi all,
I survived my first fall and I wasn't even skating. I was on my way to skating and missed a step on our brick walkway. I was turning my head to say goodbye to my husband, twisted my ankle and went sprawling. The only thing that hurts is my ankle and not so bad that I couldn't continue on my way. No pain skating.:D I guess my fusion is solid. Yay!


08-21-2009, 11:51 AM
Oh my goodness. Thank heavens you are ok! That is a good testament to this process. I am only 2 months out and have a completely irrational fear of falling so I appreciate your posting this result.

08-21-2009, 12:34 PM
Hi Sally

That first fall is scary. My surgeon explained that we can absorb falls from a standing position. Any falls or crashes that involve speed or height are dangerous.

Ive mentioned step stools in the past, about how dangerous they really are. Its just best to stay off of them. Ladders also. I will never climb a ladder again. Its not worth it. Im also very careful on stairs.

Its nice to know that you can fall and not have to "walk on eggshells" forever.....its part of the recovery process.


08-22-2009, 08:12 AM
Been there, done that -- it seems that everyone has to get that one good fall out of the way!! So glad you're okay.

08-22-2009, 08:22 AM
I'm with you, Ed. . .stairs are treacherous, for anyone. My husband fell down our flight of stairs 3 years ago - it was just before midnight, and he got up and started to the 1st floor, to check on the teenagers. . .he must not have been fully awake, and he went tumbling down, landing on the brick in the foyer, smashing his face into the jagged brick at the edge where the brick meets the step to the sunken living room, and then sliding into the living room. He was unconscious, had a concussion, his lip was slit, he had a gash in his forehead, nose broken in 2 places, elbow shattered (3 surgeries to repair it). . .and everything else had assorted abrasions. ..

One of the insurance agents said that falls on stairs are one of the main non-disease-related causes of death.

I am supercautious on stairs now. . .because that sure didn't look like it was anything that I'd want to experience.

I'm glad you're okay, Sally!

08-22-2009, 09:20 AM
Good for you Sally, I'm glad you're ok!

08-22-2009, 10:38 AM
So glad you're ok, Sally. I'm sure it was pretty scary while it was happening... :eek: Hopefully the soreness is gone soon. BTW-- for those who mentioned ladders, etc. My surgeon said NO Ladders! :) Now I have a valid excuse for not doing some things I used to at school... (hanging posters, etc.) But I probably won't like it when (IF) I want to do some painting here at home or my kids' homes.

loves to skate
08-22-2009, 02:15 PM
Thanks for all your reply's everyone. My ankle soreness is completely gone today and never caused me to have to sit down on life. Actually I didn't get scared because it happened so fast. I was surprised I didn't even get my white cut offs scraped or dirty. It is good to have that first fall over with, not that I want any more of them, because now I know I won't really hurt my back if I do fall again.

08-22-2009, 06:50 PM
Glad you came out OK despite the fall. Oh, dear, are we all going to have to have one?? Ha. That is always my greatest fear. Stumbled on a walk yesterday which once again refocused my mind to be extra vigilant. Janet

08-22-2009, 11:24 PM
I'm glad you are ok! That is my fear since surgery, that I will fall down. I did do the slide half way down the stairs a few days ago which twisted my back muscles but haven't had the "actual fall" yet. Maybe this winter ;-(

Linda W
08-23-2009, 08:17 PM
Hi Sally,

So glad to hear that you were not injured from your first (and hopefully last) fall. I bet being in such terrific physical shape, in addition to the strength of your fusion, must have protected you from a serious injury. Very impressive that you did not get your white cut offs dirty! You must have popped up pretty quickly!

Take care,

Jo 71-09
08-24-2009, 09:50 AM
I'm impressed that you went on with your plan to skate after falling. Hopefully you did not feel too sore from it later. So glad you are okay.