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    Getting up after a fall

    I just got to wondering how does everyone handle getting up after a fall. After I do, It takes me a bit to get on my hand's and knee's, then if there is nothing to hold onto really sturdy, I can't get up. I almost alway's have to have help.

    Even though I can walk, the way my toes are curved under really makes it hard with helping to get up. And I can't put any weight on my knee's

    Anybody else care to share their experiences??

    Doug

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    Hey Doug - the trick is not to fall [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] (someone had to say it). I can't get up at all without holding onto something steady. At night while watching TV I get on the floor and do ROM and stretching. I crawl to the door if the cat needs to go in or out, etc. I don't have any problem with putting weight on my knees. But when it's time to get up I've got to have my walker or a chair to lean on.

    If my memory is right you've had a few broken bones - were those from falls?

    Mike

    T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003
    T12 Incomplete - Walking with Crutches, Injured in Oct 2003

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      #3
      use the cane
      cauda equina

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        #4
        I dont..

        ~~If it feels good do it even if ya shouldnt,dont let people mess you around~~

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          #5
          duge,
          Instead of trying to get up off your knees..which my knees don't bend far enough
          to do this..get next to a wall, tree, car wheel whatever is available.

          Get into a sitting position..and use the wall
          to get balance and pull yourself up on your cane. I do it with two crutches so that is much simpler.

          We are ever so fortunate to have upper body strength..so I use it to the maximum.

          You also must learn to view your route before taking it. This is second nature to me now..and have avoided many, many situations that would have meant meeting the pavement.

          It's also very important to keep your weight in check..as close to what's appropriate for you body as possible.

          Is there anything available in your particular situation that might help to straighten your toes..I know it's either permanently curled..or permanently straight..but you might want to contact a good ortho and get some options.
          Even the correct shoe is important..and splinting at night can slow down curvatures.
          Archaic but it does work to some extent.

          Of course you can't always be in splints so
          other alternatives have to be looked into.

          Good luck.
          Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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            #6
            well Mike I had 11 broken ones with my accident if that count's. but Oh My knee's It's hard to explain how it feel's but after I get on them I can't move. I have tried getting and sitting next to a wall once but something about my back, feel's like it's pulling loose,

            Shaun you have never fell??
            Guess I am just clumsy as hell!!

            I am over wieght and trying to get it down to the right proportion. It's just if I happen to snag the smallest object with one of my feet, I going down. it's the balance thing and it does have to do with my toes being curved.

            I have checked about getting somthing to put under my toes to straighten them out, But My Dr. says NO because I'm fighting diabetes.

            Thanks everybody for your input!!
            Doug

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              #7
              Originally posted by duge:


              Shaun you have never fell??
              Guess I am just clumsy as hell!!

              Doug
              You asked how ''does everyone handle getting up after a fall'',not if you fall.I fall way to much,what i meant was when i fall i dont/cant get back up..

              ~~If it feels good do it even if ya shouldnt,dont let people mess you around~~

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                #8
                i just yell until someone finds me and helps me get my butt back up into my chair, can't do it on my own.

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                  #9
                  Before when I was younger and stronger if I fell in the van I could get into power seat and raise it back up to w/c level. In my house, I would crawl into bed face first using the locked chair to assist. At my parent's house, from floor to my dad's recliner to my chair. Now I crawl to a phone and call someone and after they finish laughing they pick me up.

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                    #10
                    My husband does this VIDEO either with the brakes on or someone holding onto his chair. Watch video number one, the other ones are different.

                    Krystal

                    VIDEO

                    www.sciinfertilitysupport.com
                    Krystal

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                      #11
                      I am a really good crawler [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] so if or when I fall it is easy for me to get up on my hands and knees, but I too have to have something to "pull up" with

                      ~Jennifer

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                        #12
                        At home in the house I have to crawl to the couch with my chair. I put one hand on the couch and one hand on the chair to get up on the couch. Then I transfer to the chair. The chair is too high to go straight from the floor. My couch is in between. If there is no couch or equivelent I'm kinda screwed and hope someome is around to help.

                        jOE
                        jOE
                        www.nwiscig.blogspot.com

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by jplw:

                          At home in the house I have to crawl to the couch with my chair. I put one hand on the couch and one hand on the chair to get up on the couch. Then I transfer to the chair. The chair is too high to go straight from the floor. My couch is in between. If there is no couch or equivelent I'm kinda screwed and hope someome is around to help.

                          jOE
                          What he said, except I use the recliner

                          C6/7



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                            #14
                            [QUOTE=pdbecht;1683303]I am a hemiplegic my left leg and left arm did not work very well. So getting up from a fall almost impossible. If anyone has any suggestions for me. I would love to hear them. I have grab bars everywhere and super poles in strategic places. But I still cannot get up. If I have hit the ground. I have to call someone to get me up. I keep thinking there must be some device or method that would help me. I have not broken any bones and I'm very thankful for that but I believe it's just a matter of time. Any help would be appreciated
                            Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead

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                              #15
                              I'll tell you what I wish I would have done. Get a wheelchair and get off your feet. Save the standing for important things like reaching the top shelf.
                              I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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