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    People with MS seem to be especially accident-prone. Mobility problems and vision problems and fatigue all make it likely that we'll lose our balance, fall, drop and spill things, break things--we're all accidents waiting to happen, or at least it seems that way.

    I'll start this thread with a misjudgment of mine yesterday. I'm sitting here trying to get over the shooting pain in my right leg that I now have, probably from having to deal with that little mistake.

    It was nearly bedtime, and I was moving my 4 movable little plants from their tray to a counter because I use the tray for the humidifier at night, and the plants spend their days on a windowsill but can't spend their nights there as the poor darlings might get to cold or the blinds and curtains would brush against their tender leaves.

    Pampered plants? You bet. These are plants that are headed for the patio in the warm weather.

    I'd moved the biggest plants and left the other 3 on the tray. Before moving them off the tray I made the huge mistake of moving the tray a couple of inches, neglecting to notice that the tray wasn't well balanced on the counter. So off it went, along with all 3 plants, and on the carpet--exactly where the inspectors would see any stains on the carpet on Monday when they will inspect--was a huge pile of wet dirt, smashed plants, and broken crockery (one of the pots was a clay pot and broke into lots of pieces).

    It couldn't wait till morning IMO. I just had to try to save the plants. So I fished out what was left of them out and cleaned up the mess on my hands and knees, very glad to have that kneeling pad handy. Using a small dustpan and small whisk broom, I got the worst of everything up, the dirt back into the pots, and the plants reinstated. But it was tiring, especially at the end of a day when I'd already done laundry.

    I don't blame eyesight or shaky hands for this one. It was the thoughtlessness and carelessness that happens when I'm tired.

    Maybe this thread can be a place where people will report on any similar incidents (including falls but with luck there won't be any of those!) that were probably due to MS.
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    :) My fall in February happened because my pajamas got caught on the scooter seat turning handle. I could not get back to the commode or forward onto the scooter and finally my weak MS leg gave out and I went down.

    I saw that my foot was going the wrong way and knew it was broken. I used the alarm panic button and the paramedics came and took me to the hospital. I wound up with surgery inserting an 18 inch long 1/2 inch round rod, a plate with three screws by the knee and two screws at the ankle. I do not remember anything about the hospital other than when I first got there.

    Three days later I was in rehab and in bed for 23 hours a day. I was only allowed up when PT came and they only did leg exercises sitting on the side of the bed. I was not allowed to bear any weight on it until 8 months. I had a catheter but when I called to have my diaper changed it sometimes took three hours.

    The first x-ray the bones looked like rows of bb's on either side of the bar. After 6 months I signed myself out and ordered 12 hour a day aides because my good leg was getting weaker. After two months of aides I was able to transfer to the bedside commode and to the scooter.

    I went through almost all my life's savings for aides and co-pays. My insurance would not cover them. I have had two falls since I came home but both times someone was there to help me up. I am having to be super careful.

    I have been on LDN since 2000 and did not have any new symptoms, but now I am a lot weaker due to being sedentary. I am hoping my new insurance will pay for PT again. Jeanie:)

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    :) My fall in February happened because my pajamas got caught on the scooter seat turning handle. I could not get back to the commode or forward onto the scooter and finally my weak MS leg gave out and I went down.

    I saw that my foot was going the wrong way and knew it was broken. I used the alarm panic button and the paramedics came and took me to the hospital. I wound up with surgery inserting an 18 inch long 1/2 inch round rod, a plate with three screws by the knee and two screws at the ankle. I do not remember anything about the hospital other than when I first got there.

    Three days later I was in rehab and in bed for 23 hours a day. I was only allowed up when PT came and they only did leg exercises sitting on the side of the bed. I was not allowed to bear any weight on it until 8 months. I had a catheter but when I called to have my diaper changed it sometimes took three hours.

    The first x-ray the bones looked like rows of bb's on either side of the bar. After 6 months I signed myself out and ordered 12 hour a day aides because my good leg was getting weaker. After two months of aides I was able to transfer to the bedside commode and to the scooter.

    I went through almost all my life's savings for aides and co-pays. My insurance would not cover them. I have had two falls since I came home but both times someone was there to help me up. I am having to be super careful.

    I have been on LDN since 2000 and did not have any new symptoms, but now I am a lot weaker due to being sedentary. I am hoping my new insurance will pay for PT again. Jeanie:)
    Oh my gosh Jeanie.."I had not realized the extent of these recent distresses. You are one amazing woman. Wishing you the best in this new year.
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    Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says:"Oh Crap, She's up!"

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    I curse physics when this happens. Itís bad enough to be so ill, it only seems fair that physics would occasionally cut us a break and not follow its own rules.

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    I was so mad that they made you wait so long to change you.

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    This is a good thread to retell my story. I was DXed in 98. I had ON which lead to an MRI, and I had multiple lesions. My second exacerbation was a bad one that ended my working days.

    It was then that I told my wonderful doctor I wanted to try the antiviral med Valtrex. I did it daily for a year and a half, then stopped it.

    That was 18 years ago. In that time, I have not progressed, or had another exacerbation. Like Jeanie, I'm very sedentary, and that has made me weaker. I still walk, still drive, and life is good.
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