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mystery reader
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 257
   Posted 3/8/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I experienced my first fall Friday night (actually early Saturday morning--1:30 a.m.).  I woke up and had to use the facilities.  I felt a tad bit dizzy when making my short journey(about 10 steps) to the bathroom.  When I walked in, I turned around, was more dizzy, tried grabbing the shower rod, and ended up falling backwards into the tub with my legs hanging over the side.  My cane and the shower rod ended up in the tub with me.  I am not sure if I passed out or not.  Now I had to get out of the tub.  I live alone. My cell phone was on the sink.  First I tried pushing myself up , but did not have enough upper body strength.  ( I need to start using those wieghts in my spare bedroom.)  Then I swung my legs into the tub and tried reaching forward to the grab bar to pull myself up.  Once again I did not have enough strength.  At this point I thought I was going to spend the night in the tub in my tank top and pj shorts which were wet from the tub.  I did rolled over, got up on my kness (which hurt like ****) and managed to get up.
 
After putting neosporin on my arm and using the facilities, I returned to my bed and was asleep within a few minutes.  I think I am taking too many meds at bedtime. I have been taking zocor (cholesterol), ambien, 900 mg of neurontin, 10 mg of baclfen, and .25 mg of clonazepa.  I cut out the .25 mg of clonazepam last night and only took 5 mg of baclogen instead of 10.  I am also going to try cut down on my neurontin slowly.  I may eventually cut the ambien in half also.
 
I am bruised and sore but okay.  And I am not dizzy.
Barb/mystery reader
Diagnosed April 2007
Started betaseron --  May 2007 -- experienced allergic reactions after 2 weeks
Started copaxone -- June 2007 -- stopped after 4 1/2 months;experienced  severe 5 IPIR's
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)


Gretchen1
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 3518
   Posted 3/8/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow!  How scary!!  You need to sit down and think about how you are going to make sure this doesn't happen again.  Perhaps a walker at night?  I also know that many MSers use a port-a-potty at night.  They keep it right next to the bed.  You also need to maybe have a phone line installed in your bathroom although it doesn't sound like you could have reached it from the tub.....most people put it next to the toilet.  There are also those life-alert type products that you wear around you neck so if you fall you can get the help you need. 

I am sorry you fell!!  Please be careful!  You are going to be sore for the next couple days I suspect.  You need to do everything in your power to avoid falls.  A bad break has landed some MSers in that dreaded wheelchair long term. 


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


mystery reader
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 257
   Posted 3/8/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks G for the advice. Although I am pretty stubborn and I am not ready to really take it:) I am not sure I am ready for a walker (have never experienced this before) and I am definitely not going to use a port-a-potty. I have thought about those life-alert products. Maybe in the future... I really think the meds are responsible for the dizziness. but I am taking my time when getting up from bed to make sure that I am okay. I am going to ask my landlord to put an additional grab bar next to the toilet, and to consider installing a walk in shower instead of the tub. My legs are not really weak -- in fact they are the opposite -- rather stiff.
Barb/mystery reader
Diagnosed April 2007
Started betaseron --  May 2007 -- experienced allergic reactions after 2 weeks
Started copaxone -- June 2007 -- stopped after 4 1/2 months;experienced  severe 5 IPIR's
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)


Motown John
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 475
   Posted 3/10/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Tuesday a.m.
 
Good morning, Barb:
 
@ 2 years ago, I "graduated" from walker to electric wheelchair.  Like many things in our MS lives, it took a bit of a mental leap to adjust to new need of my progressing MS life.
 
 
But...since I have made that adjustment, there has been no more falling....no more chance of injury....
 
And...I remember...as I used to fall.....I am thinking in the 2.5 seconds it takes to fall.....
 
"...this is going to hurt...."
 
It is, just as it is.....John
DX'ed June 21st, 1987
 

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