Imbalance is common with brain injuries, chronic illness and aging. Falling is embarrassing. Rather then asking for help or looking like an idiot most of us compensate in different ways.
Energy conservation is vital to one’s existence. I couldn’t find a parking space near the door and needed to pick up a couple items at the grocery store. Rather then walking the distance on the level surfaced parking lot (which of course makes sense) I decided to cross over through the grass area.
As I stepped into the grass near a mulched flower bed I lost my balance and fell. I couldn’t balance myself well enough to stand so I just sat and needed time. Time to think. Time to figure out how I was going to stand up from a sitting position without help. I didn’t want help and I didn’t want anyone to know I fell.
A gentleman walked by and asked “Can I help you?” I spontaneously replied “No, I decided to volunteer and pull a few weeds this morning!” I thought that was an excellent response until he came back with his: “You forgot to come prepared!” My reply was:“Oh, that’s the story of my life!”
I think we both left that morning with a chuckle. I didn’t even think about it until after I got home that he probably witnessed me falling. When you are the one falling, you are always hoping no one saw you…unless you are injured! When a fall ends in injury it’s common that people pretend they never saw you fall. It’s always good to laugh at these silly little things that happen in life.
It reminded me of another situation as a child. My father was laying sod in our yard. A young boy was walking by and asked my dad what he was doing as he was rolling sod. His reply was “We’re moving!”