For years – decades, maybe – I have told friends & relatives that it is dangerous (once over 60 years of age - I may have even said ‘over 50’) - to clamber up ladders or climb up on chairs and tables to reach high places.
So why did I – at my ancient age – step up on a kitchen chair to place something up on a high shelf?
The answer is that I considered myself quite able to do such a thing. Which was/is a wrong assumption.
I stepped up on to a chair, lost my balance, flew through the air backwards, landed in a crashing heap on the kitchen floor and whacked my head on hard tiles.
Long story, involving a hospital visit (scary in these Covid times), CT scan and a resultant diagnosis of serious concussion.
Previously I had no idea that concussion means days (weeks now) of dizziness, headaches, unsteady gait, inability to look at a computer screen without becoming nauseous and a desire to lie on the sofa all day.
But that’s it!
This is as long a blog post that I can muster right now. Nausea rising!
PLEASE everyone – if you are older than about 50, do not climb up on anything, no matter how young you feel you are.
Concussion* awaits – and it is not nice.
*Worse can happen.
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