Sunday 23 September 2018

Mary Kenny: Fallen woman

A painful tumble last winter brought many useful life lessons

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

It's a sad fact of life that the older you get, the more likely you are to fall. And not in a good way, like falling in love, or falling (as they say) pregnant. I mean tumbling to the ground because you've lost your balance.

Falling is the most common cause of accidental injury in older people and third of people over 65 fall about once a year.

I'm in denial about it, actually. I don't say that I fell. I explain that I tripped over some loose hanging straps in my own home, on Christmas Eve last, and had the most ghastly tumble. Couldn't get up for an age. Floored. Felt as though my prosthetic hip had been knocked out of its socket. No, didn't call an ambulance, as I felt sure I'd be lying on a hospital trolley for the duration. So just lay there for a long time, like in Franz Kafka's story, Metamorphosis, when a man finds he had been turned into an overturned beetle, and is powerless to get up.

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