It happened again, I ended up on the floor and couldn’t get up. However how it happened was slightly comical. I ran myself over with the wheelchair. My sweatshirt got caught on the control as I was making my transfer to my chair. I got knocked over with my arm still attached to the chair. If it was on video, trust me we’d all have a laugh. This is why they always tell you to shut off the wheelchair when you get up. Good point, lesson learned.
I was downstairs in my Wednesday social club yesterday playing Yatzy. We were down there for a while. There’s just something about sitting for too long in my wheelchair that my back sometimes tires out. No different than when I’m playing mah-jongg. I came upstairs, I knew I was tired, I was just trying to make it into my chair￼. Didn’t quite work out as planned.
I just couldn’t get footing in the right position and I couldn’t get myself up. It’s pretty pathetic because I’m just flopping around on the floor from back to front with my legs straight because they don’t bend. ￼picture that fish out of water flopping around, that’s me but the flopping is in slow motion. Somehow I finally got myself into a sitting position, moved the wheelchair in front of me and got myself on my knees to climb up onto the wheelchair. This exhausting situation probably took me about￼￼ 20+ minutes. I was very happy when I made it back into the chair. Thankful that I had brought my dinner with me and had no reason to get up again.
I do have people’s number in my building to call if I need help but my pride and stubbornness still get in the way. My own determination to do things on my own prevails. If I really couldn’t get up I would have called eventually. Not one of my finer moments but it all worked out. After sitting for a while my strength came back and I was fine for the rest of the night. Today is mahjong and again the same fatigue will happen. This time I’ll try to be smarter than yesterday.