How a fall can easily happen with dementia …..

While I was in my paradise of Keswick, you may have read, that during the final day I had two falls as I walked around the lake. I know exactly why they occurred…..I was trying to do two things at once….🙄…I find it so difficult to walk and do something else at the same time. I usually stop to take a photo, so that’s ok, but on this particular day my mind wandered and I paid the price…My gait has also change, I can often shuffle my feet along instead of picking them up 🙄

The first fall was just as I came to the wood and for some reason, decided to take my hanky out of my left hand pocket with my right hand. That as well as walking was never going to end well and down I went. Didn’t really hurt myself that time as it was on the dusty ground. My camera was the first thing I checked and it was ok 😂…

But the second time, I was nearing the end of 18 out of 20 miles that day, so maybe my legs were doubly tired. But again, I decided to concentrate on the llamas and keep walking instead of stopping, as I usually do. This time I fell badly. I didn’t realise the damage I’d done until the following day in the shower. Both knees were just a big bruise, my right hand side was bruised, my forehead had an egg on it 😳 but the worse was my right arm. It was bruised from the elbow up to my shoulder and not a pretty site. Thankfully I could move everything so no bones broken just my whole body ached from the jarring…

Luckily I was travelling home the next day, so had a day of sitting on the train, but even the following day at home, I actually stayed in all day as I felt shaken and definitely stirred. By chance it was raining all day so the temptation to go out was zero anyway. The following day I had some calendars to post and 2 to deliver and it was a lovely September morning. However, going out I didn’t feel as steady, I was hesitant in my steps, it had really knocked my confidence…again, luckily, my faithful camera took my mind off it as I reached the pond. The Mandarin ducks colourful plumage becoming more distinct and bright as autumn approaches..

We also seemed to have acquired a racing pigeon that’s gone off course or maybe had enough of flying.

I’ve called him Peter….he’s so handsome..

Each morning he queues with the Muscovy ducks on the fence for its breakfast 😍 Simon the duck man, who feeds them each morning, was telling me how now it believes it’s a duck and the other ducks aren’t giving it any trouble 🤣 so he’s settling in nicely. He must sense we’ll look after him 😂

I only did half of my usual walk, not like me at all, but my body felt very battered and sore. The site of a robin amongst the sheep made me smile

And then squirrel after squirrel appeared in the church yard.

All looking for breakfast or their secret stash of nuts

The church standing proud in the sunshine 

Time for a cuppa, but I’d certainly lost a bit of my trundling sparkle, but hopefully it will be short lived. Just remember, as I must do, that many people with dementia find it difficult to concentrate on more than one thing at a time, me in particular 🙈…..

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

44 thoughts on “How a fall can easily happen with dementia …..

  1. So sorry to hear about your falls Wendy, but relieved to hear that nothing was broken. You sound like you are going to be multi-coloured for a while with all those bruises! Wishing you a speedy recovery, not only physically but also confidence-wise.

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  2. Wendy, I’m so sorry to hear about your falls. My lovely Mum had more falls as she got progressively poorly and it was such a concern. I hope you feel better soon. Absolutely gorgeous photos! Keep at it. They always cheer me up 🙂

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  3. I do hope you get over your falls. Try to get some Arnica tablets from your chemist, arnica does help disperse the bruising, you can also use the cream to rub on the bruises so they will fade much quicker. As a woman of a certain age I always have these tablets and cream in my toiletry bag, just in case!
    Take care, so looking forward to your next blog.

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  4. Hi Wendy, I’m sorry that you have lost a bit of your trundle sparkle ✨ but it’s understandable given you are full of aches, pains and bruises 🤕You have still managed to share some wonderful photos with us 💖 I hope that you feel better very soon. Sending gentle hugs to you 🤗 Take care xxx

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  5. Hope by now Wendy you are recovering well from your two falls. Glad no lasting damage but it does shake you up and of course know your confidence.
    I enjoyed the photos from your village trundle. 🥰

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  6. It’s not just people with dementia who fall while trying to do more than one thing at a time. I was walking in Anglesey on the coast path, admiring the view, next thing I’ve fallen over and got a bruise and a scaled knee. Must rememto look where I’m going 😂

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  7. Wendy, so sorry to hear that your falls were so bad, but what gives me hope is your (as ever) positive attitude to coping with it. You’ve identified the reason and now you’ve given yourself sensible advice, and I’m sure you’ll follow it. You are so wise. Rest is important now, to help you recover, but exercise is so important and also needed for your recovery, and you seem to have found a good compromise.

    But you are funny too – fancy worrying about your camera before yourself! Cameras are replaceable (to a certain extent) but you’re not ;o)

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  8. Wendy it isn’t just dementia you can only do one thing at a time, peripheral neuropathy in the feet upsets the balance as well.
    It is REMEMBERING to only do one thing at a time!! Hope the bruises are fading. Xx

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  9. Dear Wendy, I am so sorry to hear about your to falls. I hope you are now feeling ‘on the mend’. Please take care won’t you? You are very precious to us!

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  10. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in her mid 70’s. (the age I am now 😮).. She had two nasty falls, one resulting in a broken wrist and the other in a detached retina. But no one back then ever said it was related to the Alz. Sorry you fell, but glad the results weren’t worse. I often pass your info on to others, and most don’t know these connections. Thanks!

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  11. Wendy, I hope you are feeling better as you read this. I think that the loss of confidence hurts as much as the fall itself. I feel sure that you’ll be out walking again soon: perhaps shorter walks for a while and remembering to do just one thing at a time. I had a fall 9 months ago in a very similar situation (taking a photo, then turning to walk again) and it hurt.

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  12. So sorry to hear about your falls and hope you are better soon. Your photos are amazing, so well done. It is lovely to see all the creatures and other things. Leonie

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