Snow and breaking through obstacles

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 1/7/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
We got only 2 inches of snow overnight, but as many of you have probably already found out, any snow combined with unsteady walking equals trouble. My fiance cleaned off cars and shoveled me a path to the road before he left for work. Silly me decided to walk the boys and dogs to the bus stop. I haven't walked with them in weeks. The trip down was great. Monty is my Boston terrier pug mix puppy and the boys were excited to play with him and our golden in his "first snow." He looks so cute in his little blue sweater! But I am off topic again. The boys and dogs played while waiting for the bus, and it filled me with joy to see them run and romp and toss snowballs for the dogs to catch. We carefully picked our way home so I would not fall. I was so close to the house and instead of falling, ended up sliding out of control and twisting my back, belly, and hips in a very odd way.
The adhesions in my abdomen and pelvis pulled badly and my belly feels like it is on fire. My SI joints are the same, so I have ice on my back. I can't reach my PM or PCP, and took my last breakthrough  med and no refills left. It was an old prescription and I simply forgot to refill it. My Golden retriever Achilles, who has arthritis himself, slid with meand was in front of me. Without him, I would have completely lost my balance and gone down. Now he is walking very slowly and gently climbing on the couch. I don't have the heart to shoo them both off the couch today. I gave him his meds for his pain, and we are all relaxing.
Other than the ice today and heat tomorrow I don't know what else to do. I have my school work to do today and a massive amount of laundry, plus I took out a roast to make beef burgundy in my dutch oven. There is no way that all of the work will get done. I will have to rely on the boys and fiance to help. I know they will, but still feel badly about needing it again today.
 
I just don't know how to overcome this obstacle today. Not the obvious one of injuring myself, but the one of being disappointed in myself for sliding and hurting to begin with. My obstacle is being upset for needing help. If it was pushing through the pain and doing it myself, I could handle that easily. But not this feeling of helplessness. Who hurts themselves by walking?

Joan M
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   Posted 1/7/2011 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry but i am very afraid of the ice and snow too. put a cane in the hall way and have one in the car and one in the house. it does help a bit. then there is the problem of driving and my tires are not that great. will get into that next week...i hope.

so long for now...

Rhaevin
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   Posted 1/7/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Mom, first off I am so terribly sorry to hear what happened. I'm grateful it was nothing more serious, that you didn't need to call 911, that you were able to get back inside. Your family loves you and will understand, so please stop beating yourself up. Accidents happen, that's why they're called accidents. Maybe for such snowy days something to help you walk and find your traction? Joan's suggestion of a cane is a good idea. You may not want to use it, but it could mean the difference next time, and they make so many pretty ones now a days.

You ask who hurts themselves by walking. Well.... lemme share with you an utter moment of embarassment. Before winter decended upon my lil rural town I used to walk at night. I would put my son to bed, grab my iPod, and hit the neighborhood streets for about an hour; it was pretty much the only thing I could do to help keep myself in shape. Recently it had rained. Always welcome in the high desert, but in my neighborhood we had several intersections where the rain would gather, flooding the road from one corner to the other with a length of 5 - 10' down the road. Now normally I walked in the road. It was the most level and consistant; the sidewalk doesn't go all the way around. I walked every night unless it was raining, infact I'd just done this walk the night before. I was on my way home, I was actually in an upbeat mood; gotta love those endorphins! I crossed the street to the sidewalk and followed it around the corner. Where the sidewalk ended I was going to head back down to the road. Well..... there was a major crack in the sidewalk there, followed by about a two inch drop to the dirt and lose gravel, which then sloped back up before dropping off to the asphalt. I went to step down, misjudgeing the distance and hit hard. My next step didn't come up as high and the toe of my sneaker cauht on the rise of dirt, pitching me forward. I brought my hands forward to stop my fall, but at the last minute panic'd because of my right arm. So my face helped stop my fall. Yup, face first into the road. For the longest time I could still remember the sensation of my nose crunching onto the asphalt, the bang of my teeth before my momentum slid me forward. I was really glad I carried my cell phone so I could call my family and let them know to have the first aide kit on standby as I found the will power to stand up (and do an interal check of my injuries) and hobble the the block and a half home. I was so bummed, I ripped out both knees of my favorite jeans. Sure it was a trip to the ER in the middle of the night for four stitches to my face just above my upper lip (for a week it looked like someone had smashed a spider on my face with all those lil black threads like lil spider legs) after they pulled some gravel outta the hole, but that was the worst of my injuries aside from my major injury to my dignity. People would be like 'OMG what happened to you?!' Oh, I was in an accident. 'A car accident? Were you in the car, did you get hit by a car?!' Umm, no... I was walking. 'Oh so you were walking and you were hit by a car!' Ummm.... noooooo... I was just out walking. Period. There were no cars, there was nothing. Just me and the road.

I tell ya they've got it all wrong. Walking isn't good for you, it's hazardous to your health. ;)
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled and on Percoset for pain.
Hoping 2011 will see my spinal cord stimulator unit finally implanted.

Jim1969
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   Posted 1/7/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Something any of you who are some what unsteady on your feet or who truly risk hurting themselves slipping on ice or snow might want to consider purchasing is some "cleats" for your shoes and/or boots. These simply slip onto your existing foot wear and have metal on the bottom in the form of either small spikes or springs to add traction. You can find them online and many shoe stores sell them. I have also seen them at "farm" stores like Rural King, Farm and Fleet and TSC (Tractor supply company).

The link below is just one online store that sells them.

cozywinters.com/ice-cleats/ice-cleats.html?gclid=CMeBube_qKYCFYa7Kgod2zVanQ
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

tmjpain
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   Posted 1/7/2011 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Ohhh so sorry about your fall Mom. I always try to be careful when outside in the snow and ice as well.

We just had some snow today and I'd love to go shovel a bit but I'll wait and see.

Hope you are feeling better by tomorrow.

Let us know how you are doing.

Hugs
SUZANE

One day at a time!!

MIKEL99
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   Posted 1/7/2011 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
    Hey Mom , Sorry your having so much trouble , please be careful and don't you feel bad about needing help . If someone you knew needed help I bet you'd be the first one there to give it , so allow those who love you to love you . I know its hard , I needed a walker for 2 years and was deathly afraid of ice and further injuring myself because I was so unsteady , I know how that feels and its rough . But sometimes just to walk can be hard for us , you've nothing to apologize for , your going thru something and any human being will understand that .Hang in there , you can do this , I'm rooting for you Mom ! Mikel

couchtater
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   Posted 1/7/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Just walking is what got me in my problems today. I just stepped on a stick and rolled my foot causing my mighty fall. Thanks to my fall I now have PF, Arthritis in my knee, rotor cup tendonitis, and a mystery pain in my elbow that no one will tell me what's it about.
There's no safe way to walk in my opinion.
Joy

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 1/8/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the advice and well wishes. I am still sore, but my dignity is faring better today than  my body.

Mikel, my fiance and boys helped and I did my best not to feel bad about it. Two boys just at the beginning of puberty are not usually happy to find that they have more chores than usual! Still, I have good boys who are making the rounds of the neighborhood shoveling today. We got more snow last night, and when we woke up this morning my fiance made sure he was close by.
We went to a diner near our home to interview a couple for DJ's for the wedding. They have great references and are the parents of a friend, so we got a nice deal. They thought we were so cute walking arm in arm to the diner, never realizing it is him supporting me so I don't fall. So I am choosing to see it as support just in case instead of him helping me from fear because I can't do it myself!
 
I couldn't have come to that point without the support here. Thanks again
 
I am seeing now that walking is hazardous to everyone's health! A teenage girl in our neighborhood broke a bone from slipping yesterday, or so the boys tell me!
 
Mindy

Joan M
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   Posted 1/9/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
had to drive home in the snow on friday...usually people go around 75 mph but friday was 55 mph.

Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 1/9/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Mindy!! You and me girl, we both need to change our middle names to "Grace"!! I personally have always been a clutz, but since whatever has happened to my brain, I can't drive, walk alone or even go to the restroom in the night without alerting my husband! I have taken a spill off our step ladder, caught my toe on the front porch step, fell getting into my tanning bed and hit face first! Bloody nose and lip! Oh, I have become my own danger zone! My front staircase has 16 steps and the back has 5, a landing at the guest suite and then another 9 down to the living room. I have lost it on all counts! My body is black and blue and yellow and purple...!!! So, please don't be embarrassed! Just know you have a "sister" out here with the balance of an elephant on a balancing beam! Please take care of you!!
Stac/Catz4
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Joan M
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   Posted 1/10/2011 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
had to close fast yesterday because i got an offer for a ride to go to the grocery store...this was great and he actually carried up my groceries for me!

on saturday my car had to be moved and my ankle hurt like holy hell because i sort of rushed to put on boots.

jim, will be looking into good cleats for my shoes today.

well onward and upward...or something like that.
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