Yesterday, I was walking on the Vestal Rail Trail with my spouse, taking pictures and having a nice time. I was into mile three of four, I think, when my right ankle suddenly gave out and the ground was rushing up to meet me. This is something that happens infrequently (thank heavens) thanks to an ankle injury from many years ago. In fact, I started to exercise walk in my 20's (I'm 60 now) partially because it was good for that ankle.
I ended up on my back (not missing hitting my head by much). I hit my left elbow and scraped it nicely, with blood dripping all over the trail. And all I could think of, in a somewhat dazed state, (besides the pain in my elbow) was:
IS MY iPHONE OK?
It was in my right hand and - amazingly - I never let go of it.
So, yes, I am hurting. I am not hurting near as badly as my Falling Friday episode of a couple of years ago, when I fell face first after tripping on an uneven sidewalk, and it turned out three other people I knew hurt themselves falling on the SAME DAY. I hope I don't find out other people I knew fell yesterday, too.
Of course, I'm now worried about infection, and I have the usual aches and pains.
But it got me to thinking - the last three times I've fallen, its been connected to walking.Twice, exercise walking. Once, walking downtown. I think I am going to have to find some ankle exercises to make sure this never happens again. As I age, the consequences become more and more dangerous.
In the meantime, I am grateful I did not fall on my face. And, yes, I'm grateful that I did not break my iPhone. For right now, I am not going to worry about walking with it - I love the ability to take photos with it too much. Cross fingers!
Do you have a problem with a weak ankle that will go out once or twice a year without warning? How have you dealt with it?
As I finally rested, late yesterday afternoon, the phone rang.... a little long distance caregiving episode was about to begin for my spouse. More tomorrow.