Someplace to stash my stuff
not once but four times just recently.
Published on June 3, 2019 By starkers In WinCustomize Talk

Many of you know that I suffer with vertigo and that my balance isn't the best, but lately it has been even worse and I have found myself on the ground.  The worst time was Sunday week ago while I was mowing the lawn.  I stopped to turn around when suddenly I lost balance and fell backwards, hitting my head quite hard on the front fence railing as I fell.  Luckily, I had help on hand so that I could regain my feet.

There was not a lot of external damage, just a graze on my head and elbow as I tried to break my fall, but it was the week's worth of concussion that really feched me up.  As a result I forgot to attend three important medical appointments and lost track of time, with days going missing and me not doing stuff I'd arranged to.

The second time was just a case of dizziness and landing on my hands and knees.  I was able to regain my feet without assistance, but it sure shook me that I could fall so unexpectedly like that.  The third time I walking along our hallway when I fell up against the wall and landed hard on my back.  Again, I was able to gain my feet unassisted and was able to make it to my bed and recover.

The fourth time I had been downstairs collecting some tools to do a little job in the computer room.  All was well until I tried to stand at the top of the steps.  That's when my legs just didn't wan't to hold my weight and collapsed underneath me.  Luckily I landed on my backside on the verandah instead of falling back down the steps, but there was no way I could regain my feet without assistance.  Both knees and both hips were twisted awkwardly and I no strength to position myself to reach the verandah railings to ease myself up.  Fortunately Steve was nearby and came to my aid.

I was fortunate on all four occasions not to have broken any bones or caused more damage, but I does concern me that I have fallen more in recent times without warning.  I'm not ready for a wheelchair, motorised or otherwise, and a zimmer frame is a cumbersome pain in the ass, so I'm unsure as to how I will get around.  SHIT! I'm only 66, I don't wan't to be confined to mobility devices yet.


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on Jun 03, 2019

I'm the same age as you Mark. My problem though is extreme fatigue. Each morning its a struggle just to breathe. I'm presently undergoing radiation treatment for my NSCLC (non small cell lung cancer). I've had seven treatments out of fifteen so far. After that its back to the Keytruda immunotherapy. This morning was especially difficult, took me over an hour to get my breathing under control. My doctor was not satisfied with a maintenance dose of prednizone, 10 mg per day, saying it wasn't enough and that it was causing the breathing issues. He upped it to 30 mg per day. Hopefully it will avoid another hospital stay. Since Jan. 1 I've been there four times. Take care of yourself cap'n.  

on Jun 03, 2019

Be careful around those steps Starkers.  That's the type of thing that might only happen once.

on Jun 03, 2019

First thing you NEED to do is stop operating 'machinery'.  If you have to mow grass change to synthetic...

I just got my hands on a 10" Bosch Angle Grinder [From Terry's dad's estate] but at 64 I'll be just hanging it on the wall to look at.  They're about the deadliest tool you can handle.....

on Jun 04, 2019


I'm the same age as you Mark. My problem though is extreme fatigue.

Getting old is no fun, and when people say that 66 isn't old my response is that it very well can be when one's health isn't the greatest.  There are days when I feel a lot older.  I also get fatigued rather quickly at times, but it's more muscular these days, my body just doesn't allow me to do much of anything anymore... as much as I want to.

DaveRI

Be careful around those steps Starkers. That's the type of thing that might only happen once.

Yup, I'm being very careful on the steps now.  It might only happen once, but I'd rather not take the chance of another fall because I didn't take enough care.


First thing you NEED to do is stop operating 'machinery'.

That is a thought I've been having since the first fall, to stop the mowing and other yard work.  The owners here have gardeners to do it all anyway, it's just that I liked getting out there to get some exercise and use my new mower and whipper snipper.  I think that has to change. though.  Perhaps I will even sell the mower and whipper snipper, both Honda and near new so I should get a decent price.

Thing is, I have a compressor and stacks of air powered tools, as well as electrical ones.  I'd like to keep those as I like to tinker with small projects to keep me busy, but being we're moving back to Tassie for good this time, I may have to rethink that idea to keep the cost of the removal down.

on Jun 06, 2019

Hmmmm, seems not too many are interested in how my luck turned uglier just recently.... falling over 7 times now in recent weeks, putting a large dent in my head.  Lukily, after explaining my predicament and turning on the waterworks [which I thought was a nice touch] the bloke isnt suing me for the dent in his car and will blame his wife instead. 

Yup, I thought the tears would help.

Thing is, I'm not too happy with Jafo, telling me not to operate machinery.   I mean, how the fech am I gonna get my blow-up doll inflated without the motorised inflation device [eg: machinery] without it?  Like at 66 I'm gonna blow the bitch up myself?

However, there are other advantages.  Now I can just sit at the table and wait to be served on 'roast' day.... cos I'm not allowed to use the 'lectric knife to carve the meat.  And that fechen vacuum cleaner.... it IS machinery, right?

There is one part of this falling over that concerns me if the woman next door happened to be nearby.... she'd have my pants down around my ankles and be under me before I hit the ground.

I dunno, I'm either a stud or she's desperate.  

on Jun 06, 2019

At least your sense of humor hasn't been damaged. You're still ornery as hell.   

on Jun 08, 2019


At least your sense of humor hasn't been damaged. You're still ornery as hell.   

Life would be completely miserable with humour, a joke or three to brighten up the day

Speaking of impairments n' such, I paid a visit to tha Twistid Sister to see how tha crew were doing in my absence.  The first night were orright and us 'ad a few rums as nightcaps.

Well it were tha next morn when it all went guts up.  Normally, bein' as I don't see so well out o' me right eye, that's whar I puts me patch  Not this day tho..... silly bugger, goes n' puts it o'er me left eye afore doin' me inspection.  Big mistake!!!!!

I puts me 'ands out in front of I so's not ta bump inta anyfing, an' shure enuff, I did.  Bumped inta tha Missun, didn' I.

No, No, not tha mizzen mast, tha Bosun's tha Missus.  Well that be wot that crew calls 'er.

Now cos I 'ad me 'ands out in front of I tha collision weren't too bad, bur her still turned around n' abused I anyhow.  Her Reckoned: "Ye done it on purpose so's ye could fondle 'me tits." she did.

I did no such thing an' I told her: " If'n I wanted ta fondle yer tits I'd 'ave lifted yer top t' make shure they wos yours, bein' I can 'ardly see n' all."

She ne'er said anuvver word after I set them cats among tha pigeons.

On another note, I had a much better day today.  I managed to pack 17 crates of stuff we won't need until we move.  I'm feeling it a bit now but I am pleased with my efforts, the fact that I had no mishaps.

Hopefully tomorrow is as good.

on Jun 08, 2019


At least your sense of humor hasn't been damaged. You're still ornery as hell.   

Far as I'm concerned if you loose that you lost it all.

starkers

Hmmmm, seems not too many are interested in how my luck turned uglier just recently....

Not sure that is totally true Mark. I for one have lost a lot of interest here so not my usual self being on every couple hours of the day. I may even upload a WB soon as I sure have got plenty completed sitting here. 

There are regulars left just don't see them often anymore. Way to many impatient  people on here. 

 

You can only do the best you can do. Doctor has to get the falling under control before you fall one to many times and get hurt. I'm 74 and do the best I can. Us older people have to do just that.

Take care and stay strong.

 

on Jun 08, 2019

DaveBax

Take care and stay strong.

 I am trying, though the strong bit can let me down at times.  I have plenty of strength in my arms, it's just my legs where it seems the muscles are withering some.  I bought myself a portable exercise bike to help with my legs, but it is also useful to give my arms a workout as well.

Thing is today, I got plenty of execise and muscle workout while packing and moving heavish crates around, and I've plenty more to do so I won't be slacking off anytime soon.  Hopefully as I rebuild my strength I can get back to walking a lot more.... perhaps even some swimming if they let persons my size in the pool.  It's just that last time I dove in and half emptied to pool of its water.

Hmmm, there was no deep or shallow end until the admins effected a ban on me that ensured the pool water didn't again end up inundating all the cars in the pool carpark.  Poor supermarket nearby cleaners didn't take it so well, though.  The chlorine and other chemicals put them out of work for a couple of weeks cos I made the establishment in question spotless.

The funniest part was the cop on points duty cos the traffic lights were out.  He got washed down the street on his ass by the torrent, with legs flailing in the air and his frantic blowing of his whistle.... like blowing that was going to stop his 20 knots travel down the main thoroughfare on his derrierre.

As for people losing interest and patience, it has got to the point where the forums are almost dead, where if it were not for a handful of contributors,  nothing new would ever happen.  There's still a few members seeking help with various issues, but even then the replies/offers of assistance have dwindled considerably from a couple of years ago.

I try to keep the forums alive with new posts and a bit of fun, but lately I feel like I'm in a losing battle because there are so few responders.

Sadly, the good old days ARE DEAD.... and the new days will be short lived because contributions are dwindling and nobody ['cept me and a few others] give a fech.

on Jun 08, 2019

starkers

I try to keep the forums alive with new posts and a bit of fun, but lately I feel like I'm in a losing battle because there are so few responders.

Sadly, the good old days ARE DEAD.... and the new days will be short lived because contributions are dwindling and nobody ['cept me and a few others] give a fech.

The losing battle you are seeing isn't your fault as you know. YES, the old days are gone. Very few of us left and that about all I can say. 

Maybe this sounds corny or whatever. Bit I have my own saying that works pretty well for me. "If you can't control it don't worry about it"  Think about that, say it to yourself and let whatever made you say it pass by you like the weather. Gone forever.

Some of the shit people tell me is unbelievable. Like, they can't do anything ever about it why the hell do they let it get to them. People worry about so many things they have no control or can't change. People need to live their own lives, control what they can for them and the hell with the rest. Most of this World wants to change things and worry about everything but yet they have no control over any of it. Ok, I'm done.

on Jun 09, 2019

That woman, the one next door, the one who'd have my pants down around my ankles and be underneath me before I hit the ground, well she got her wicked way.  Got me as I fell down in the bike lane just before crossing the road the road.

I queried: "Are we having safe sex?"

"Safe sex, whaddya mean?   Of course we're having safe sex, she said: ".... like how far off the road d'ya wanna be.

on Jun 09, 2019

on Jun 09, 2019

Then there was the woman who propositioned me.  When I'd gotten all naked she stuck this paper bag over my head.

"Oi;" I snorted, that's a bit rude."

"Oh, don't worry,' she replied: "I'm putting one on as well."

"Well that's okay, then."

"In case yours blows off."

on Jun 09, 2019

starkers

Life would be completely miserable with humour, a joke or three to brighten up the day

"without" ..... Spell checker ....

on Jun 11, 2019



Quoting starkers,

Life would be completely miserable with humour, a joke or three to brighten up the day



"without" ..... Spell checker ....

Quite correct, I did another typo and failed to pick it up.  Thing is, it is likely to be an ongoing issue with the vertigo, diabetes and other ailments I'm having to deal with.

I had another fall today, not that I hurt myself, but it took me a good fifteen minutes or so before I could regain my feet.  My balance is not good at all, then my legs are getting weaker as the days pass, with my knees struggling to bear my weight, which wasn't the case 4 - 5 months ago.  Hopefully some medical advice can help me get back to being fitter and more mobile again.