Monday, April 25, 2016
It has been a year
It has been a year, since I last fell and needed help getting up. We make jokes about the TV commercials saying "Help I have fallen and I can't get up!" Let me tell you, it really sucks to fall and it is even worse if you have trouble getting up. I remember one fall, at home, alone, late at night, wondering as I was tumbling to the floor, if this was it, if this was where they would find my decomposing remains.
If you see someone fall, help them. Urge them to see a doctor. Assess their condition, dial 911 if needed, or help them get up if they appear to be uninjured. My last fall was in my local metro station. Two men helped me up, one of them walked with me to my car just to make sure I was okay and said, "you really should go see a doctor." I wish I knew his name, I owe him a huge THANK YOU! Encourage people at risk of falling to obtain and use an emergency alert button.