I’ve been tripping for the past four years.
Not the psychedelic, drug-type tripping but the disabling, gait-type tripping that happens when you have MS.
For the past three and a half years I’ve been anticipating the fall which means parts of my body tense up with every step I take. My left shoulder is usually raised and tense followed by an always bent elbow, ready to break (probably literally and figuratively) my fall. If on the off chance I do hobble around in a completely relaxed manner, usually an almost overturned ankle or my catching the edge of a carpet and flying forward gets my attention and I go back to being internally and muscularly tense and alert.
I’ve tripped in Target, Kohls, Wegmans, parking lots, at a variety of airports, outside on the sidewalk, and about a million times inside my home. But I always figure out a way to stay upright.
Then it finally happened. I fell in my foyer, making contact with both knees and my left wrist onto an area rug, covered hardwood floor. The good news: My head and face didn’t kiss blacktop or gravel (my number one fear) and beside some soreness, no injuries occurred.
I’m glad it happened. Maybe now that I’ve finally fallen and unlike the Life Alert lady, was able to get up – I wont be so tensely anticipating face planting and can worry about other, more important things like Donald Trump becoming our next President.