Last Friday morning I woke up early for an 8am Pilates session. I slept in and I rushed to get ready. When I was carrying the milk to the table my foot gave way and I fell backwards. Luckily I put my elbow out and landed on that instead of my head.
Falling over is common practice for me because of my poor balance. So that morning I got back up and carried on with my day.
Later on Mum and I got out of the car and I was in complete agony. My lower back was aching and I was barely able to walk. Thankfully I was spending the night at my parents house so I was able to rely on them for support.
Just to let some of you know, I moved out of home three weeks ago. I am currently living on my own and am enjoying it. However, I did have the fall in my flat, which meant that I had no one to help me.
This fall made my parents think, and made me think as well. I was lucky that the fall wasn’t major. If it had been, and I was stuck on the floor, unable to get to a phone, what would I have done?
These are things that a person with a disability has to take into consideration when moving out of home.
My father suggested getting an emergency button that is connected to 000, so if something were to happen I could call for help. This is something I will look into. Does anyone have this set up in their home? If you do, could you please provide me with any information.
Another issue that has come up since moving out of home is shopping for groceries. My flat is on the first floor and there isn’t a lift from the ground floor. I have to walk up twenty steps to get to my door. If I were to go shopping, there is no way that I could carry everything up in one go. I would have to make a number of trips and that is too much for me to do. Currently my mother is buying my shopping for me and bringing it over. But one of my reasons for moving out of home is to gain some independence.
Yes, I have heard of on-line supermarket shopping and I have even registered for it (if I can remember my username and password!), I just haven’t gotten around to it just yet. So next week, someone dare me to order my shopping online!