You know that commercial where the woman is on the floor and she is saying, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”?
Well…..I’m not the age of the women in that commercial, but it has happened to me.
A couple days ago I was getting in the shower and completely slipped and fell, half in and half out of the shower. I’m sure you can picture it in your mind. It wasn’t a pretty site. The shower was running on my face, my legs were out behind me sticking out of the shower and over the ledge. (I have a walk-in shower not a tub shower.) It really was lucky I had caught myself a little before I hit my head on the corner seat in the shower.
Ok, you can laugh now if you want…..
As I lie there, crying a bit in pain, I realized there was no one who could help me. My phone was across the bathroom. No one was coming home anytime soon. I would have been there for hours if I couldn’t have gotten up. Thankfully nothing was broken and I was able to get up and finish my shower.
But, I realized I was that commercial. I’m getting older, my body isn’t as flexible as it used to be. My bones are aging. I have never broken a bone (except for a toe) and I don’t want to anytime soon. I’ve got some nice bruises to show for my fall and I am thankful that is all that I have.
But, it has made me think about my parents and their safety at home. I want to have a conversation with them about this. I’ve thought about my own safety. I’m not planning to get “Life Alert” anytime soon, but I am going to be more careful and maybe keep my phone within reach.
What do you do to make sure you are safe in your home? Have you ever fallen and couldn’t get up?