People with MS are more likely than people who don’t have MS to have relatively frequent falls. Not all people with MS, but more than others.
I certainly fall more that other people of the same age, who don’t have MS or similar condition. When I am being ‘good’ and exercising often, I build up my strength and my sense of where I am, my spatial awareness, and while I may have near falls, I have fewer actual falls.
Keeping moving around, doing some housework kinds of things, or simply walking, these things can be useful, and I try to do at least some things that involve getting up and moving around. Today, I helped out with the washing, and had more reminders that trips and falls are always possibilities for me.
I certainly didn’t fall, but had a couple of near trips that could have been nasty if I’d actually fallen. I didn’t though, and I’m glad. I’m also glad these thoughts have led to a new poem, about the subject.
TRICKS & TRIPS
Housework, reasons to move around
Good times, getting jobs all done
But the going outside is bumpy not smooth
Bending & stretching are good that’s true –
getting clothes washed, hung out & dried,
then brought back in then put away,
The risk of falls though is ever-present
Three near falls today, not actual ones
But near, it’s the wake up call I need.
These reminders ensure I step carefully –
An almost fall, that’s better than another
Meeting with hardness of the ground!
So three near falls, and zero actual ones
They’re the stats I like to have, it’s the way
I like it, I can laugh at gravity’s harsh tricks!