Friday, 6 October 2017

Well Named Slippers

For the past few weeks i have been having problems with my left knee, pain and weakness being just two of the symptoms.

I have had a 'bad' knee for many years but have learned to live with it.

This morning however my leg gave way as I went downstairs with a load of washing and I fell banging my lower back and slipping all the way to the bottom of the stairs in my very slippery slippers.

The leg giving way has featured several times recently so against my normal practice I rang my local surgery and have an appointment to see a doctor this afternoon.

Obviously I can't just keep ignoring the problem, and while it has caused a few near collapses recently I was going to wait until i could see the Parkinson's doctor to  find out if it is related to the disease or something different.

While i am sure the slipperiness of my slippers contributed to the slide down the stairs, the original leg giving way thing  is what I am really worried about.

The pictured slippers are nothing like mine i would add.  Mine are normal, but unfortunately, normal slippers have very smooth soles.

Any suggestions?




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  1. Oh, dear! I'm sorry to hear this, Ray, and I hope you get an answer to why this is happening. As for slippers, they do make those fuzzy socks with gripper strips on the bottom. Maybe that would work?

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    1. Have seen a doctor and have a referral to a clinic (not until 2.11.17), meanwhile a list of exercises which may help and a prescription for a painkiller gel. We'll see.

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    2. Forgot to add need solid slippers as I wear them outside to garage, shed etc.

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  2. Oh my goodness, Ray. Falling down stairs with a basket of laundry is no fun. I hope that you do find out what is going on with your knee, and that you don't take any more tumbles. Since I have done the same thing, I have no suggestions, except that I always use the railing going down, or take one step at time and lean against the wall.....

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    1. I have a rail either side but could only use one as my arms were a bit full. I could try hurling the laundry downstairs and following with empty hands (have done so more than once) but cannot stop the leg giving way.

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  3. Can't seem to comment anymore?

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  4. OK, sorted it! Try Hotter slipper or trainers as they will give grip on the sole and help protect your knee with cushioning. Chuck clothes downstairs and shuffle down on your bum if you think your knee might collapse. I took these measures when I had a damaged tendon.

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    1. I might try Hotter slippers. I wear their shoes and sandals. The problem with this collapsing knee is that I get no warning. It comes completely out of the blue hence the fall.
      Perhaps the clinic will be able to help.

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  5. I hurl the laundry down ! I slipped too and fell a few weeks ago as I had socks on and no slippers. It has taught me to take more care . We would have a stair lift if we could as Colin is not well , so he goes backwards down the stairs. We cant have lift as we are in a very old cottage with a spiral shaped stair. Have you thought about a chair lift . I would do everything I could to avoid the stress of a potential fall, that and praying for angels to surround us .

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    1. This morning's laundry did get hurled down the stairs first which allows me to use both rails.
      The second one was put in for John and I never had it removed. Thank goodness.
      My stairs are straight and only a few (13), so I really don't need a stairlift.
      The stairs are also good exercise for my condition as long as I take care.
      I'll see what the physio clinic has to say and leave the rest to my guardian angels/ Good thinking Margaret.

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  6. Today's psalm in Morning Prayer is 73.Its about slipping!

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    1. Have just read it Margaret. Quite apt.

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  7. Oh dear sorry I missed this previously..Ray please think about a chair lift...if you can afford it. It makes a huge difference here....I put it in for David but I now use it most days for laundry etc but also for me when I'm frail....it was an excellent investment.
    I hope you are feeling much better now. Sorry to be so late joining in...

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    1. You'll see that i have answered Margaret's comment about stairlift.
      I feel OK now if a little bruised but the leg continues to give way with no warning.
      It amazes me when people say what a great thing it is to reach ancient crone status.
      It would be if it didn't bring so many problems with it.
      I can see the sense of using your stairlift to carry goods Jean.
      A team of bearers would be nice....

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