• National Fall Prevention Week

    Asked by BoiseB on Sunday, September 23, 2018

    National Fall Prevention Week

    Beginning yesterday it is fall prevention week.
    http://stopfalls.org/what-is-fall-prevention
    This is very ironic as I am suffering from a very bad fall. If I want to be a 5 year survivor of this next cancer I have to watch where I am going

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      When I was very sick from chemo, the nurse talked to me about the hazards around the house. Loose rugs, things on the floor, water and many other things can lead to a fall. She asked if there were stairs up to the house and in the house leading to bedrooms. I only have three stairs going on and then I live in a ranch, so I'm fine.
      Being in a weak state, there are more chances of falls. Which can be dangerous.
      After my surgeries, I know they didn't want me to get out of bed or off the chair without assistance.

      27 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      i had to get rid of throw rugs after I tripped over one and broke my arm for the second time. I worry about all of the toys Cotton leaves around the house, but so far, so good!

      Take care of yourself, @BoiseB!!!!!

      27 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Before I was released from rehab both times I was taught how to walk with a cane. And my caretakers were taught about fall hazards. In first grade I had two serious falls. Cancer takes a lot out of our balance. We are not told what chemo and radiation do to our optic nerves and inner ear. When you hit your head it makes these injuries even worse.

      27 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I haven't done it since I have had cancer, but I used to fall more often than I like to remember when I would walk the dogs in the mornings. I walked before daylight and the sidewalks weren't always even. If I wasn't paying really close attention, my toe would catch and down I would go. I usually did end up with my head hitting concrete. I broke my glasses once. I hesitate to walk the dogs much any longer and I think that one reason is a fear of tripping (or them tripping me) again.

      27 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I fell twice in six months after my treatment ended - the first fall knocked me out and I ended up in the ER for stitches. Chemo adversely affects our balance.

      There are specific balance exercises that you can practice that really help. I hope that you recover from your fall.

      27 days ago
    • Songwriter's Avatar
      Songwriter

      This is SOOOO Critical and True. My legs are weak from when I had cancer impinging on my Sciatic Nerve and I need to be VERY Careful. I can drive and walk ok but lately I started using my Magic Walker more as it is my Best Friend.

      27 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @Songwriter, I think my husband is about to the point that he needs to start using a walker or at least a cane. I don't know that I'll ever convince him of that, though. He falls way too often and it is scary.

      26 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Jane I just graduated balance Pt. Then I fell I cannot do the balance exercises because of the pain, I start physical therapy Wednesday. Then on October 30 I have surgery to remove skin cancer. When I get to Olympia Washington I am going to join the balance class at the YMCA

      25 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      They are not removing the skin cancer until Oct 30? Why the delay?

      25 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      @LiveWithCancer, I did get lucky the date has been moved to Oct 24 and I am cool with that. I really want to get over the fall and get some packing done.

      24 days ago

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