Monday, 6 December 2021

COULDN'T GET UP

 The other evening the light bulb in Tom's bedroom went but it wasn't a bother because he has a bedside table lamp.

Later in the evening I went out to the back part of the house and found that the bathroom and kitchen lights were not working, the bulb in the bedroom had tripped the switch in the fuse box.

Now, everything in our house is situated in an awkward place and the fuse box is no exception, it is in a cubby hole under the worktop in the kitchen.

This is usually no problem as Tom used to have no trouble getting down to do it, but as he can no longer do these things it was down to me. HA HA

I put a cushion on the floor to kneel on as I know my knees are tender and sort of slumped down onto the cushion.  WOW, my knees were screaming out but I had to try to ignore them. I leant forward to reach for the fuse box but because I was on the cushion it felt like I was tipping forward.

ARE YOU WITH ME SO FAR?

I had to keep one hand on the floor to steady me and use the other to lift the flap and at the same time push up the switch, this I accomplished after several attempts with the knees still screaming.


Then came the challenge of getting up.

I edged out of the cubby hole and had to sit back on the floor because of the knees and work out how I was going to get up. lol

I won't bore you with all the details but in the end I shuffled on my bum over to the sofa and sat leaning against it. I put my hands behind me on the seat and hauled myself up onto the edge of the sofa seat.

By this time all my joints were killing me.

Next time the fuse goes it stays gone until one of the kids can come up and do it.

It wasn't until I got older that got the concept of not being able to get up off the floor, I could never understand why before, that was when I was FIT.  Ha Ha.


19 comments:

  1. I am so with you on this. I fell a couple of months ago, on the carpet in the living room, leaning over to take the harness off of Beau, did not hurt me which was a miracle,but the miracle was that I fianlly managed to get up. I did the boot scoot to the ottoman and jacked myself up with my arms
    I will tell you what i do with things under the counter. i take a kitchen chair and sit in front of the counter, and we do have many under counters stuff. sit on it and lean over and down and most of the time i can reach whatever it is.. i am trying to decide if i could reach the back wall to flip a switch doing that, not sure. glad you were not hurt and sorry all this is going on.

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  2. bob had the nerve to tell me i needed to get on the floor once a day and PRACTICE getting up..

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  3. In our younger decades we can't imagine that our knees or whatever vital parts will no longer work! Getting items from the lower kitchen cupboards means grasping the edge of the countertop to haul myself up. Woe is us!

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  4. Oh no, that sounds like quite an experience. Getting older certainly isn't easy. Thankfully I'm able to do a lot but there are still things that are getting more difficult than they used to be.

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  5. I'm trying to delay such an experience for as long as possible with a daily exercise.

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  6. It is a rather embarrassing tale so thanks for sharing it Briony. It is one with which I can identify. I used to leap up off the floor like Zebedee in "The Magic Roundabout" but now I squirm around like a sealion on a rocky shore. When did this change happen? I have no idea.

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  7. I'm feeling your pain. Since having the hip op that went wrong I can't get up off the floor. I have to shuffle on my bum and haul myself up on the cabinet... This getting old lark is no fun is it. ;-)

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  8. Welcome to my world, sista!! :-) I feel your pain... literally. Luckily I can bend at the waist really well so how I get up (on those rare occasions I have to go down to begin with) is... I put my palms flat on the floor & then I manage to get up on my tippy toes. Then I scoot my palms closer & closer to my toes until I can stand flat on my feet & then I stand up. With my big butt-inski up in the air, during this whole process, I MUST be a fright! *lol* That's a horrible place for a fuse box, by the way. I don't think that would even be "code" here in the USA... too close to a water source & low enough for children to reach. I hope you never have to worry about that again. As an added aside, I wonder why a burned out bulb would throw a fuse? Is there a fire hazard going on? It's always something! *gawd* ~Andrea xoxoxo

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  9. You are ME to a T!! I cannot get on the floor, because I would never get up! I fell on the living room rug once and we almost had to call someone to come over and lift me up! Finally Phil took a cushion off the couch and put it on the floor. I scooted onto it, and from there backed up to the couch and used my elbows with Phil pushing under my bottom. I was totally done in! I am guessing you were on pain killers the next day, i hope you are all recovered now.

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  10. It really is no fun getting older, my knees scream at me often, and I do need an hours rest most afternoons, sat in my comfy chair reading or crafting.

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  11. I can still get up and down pretty well... but have to admit the getting up is a little more difficult lately. I guess it's age, but I tend to put the blame on little to no exercise these last 2 years with the pandemic. We used to go to exercise classes and walk the mall... now we do neither. But I'm glad you were able to accomplish what you needed to do... without injury to yourself. But I agree that if possible, wait for the kids next time.

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  12. I'm with you 100%, the other day I went into a card shop and asked if she had large Christmas cards for family she pointed to a box on the floor, I crouched down to shuffle amongst them my knees were screaming! then I felt as if they were locked and there was no way I could get up! thank goodness my friend was with me he had to hoist me up haha. I would have to climb onto the loo seat to get to my fuse box so lets hope I never have to. I hope your joints have recovered . xx

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  13. Good for you for getting the job done in spite of the difficulties!

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  14. I am loathe to do anything that involves being down on the floor. I still can't believe how hard it is to get up again...how did that happen when I wasn't looking! I can't kneel either...even the operated on knee ( 10 yrs ago) doesn't like to be knelt on!

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  15. Well at least you got it working again. What a nightmare! I wonder if the box can be relocated?

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  16. I know! I used to think that old commercial was so strange and unrealistic: "I've fallen and I can't get up." HA! Now it's ME on the floor muttering that (and a lot of "poor pitiful me" words, too, and maybe a few BAD words!). It is SO hard to get up! I am glad you made it. That's how I get up. I have to use my arms and heave my behind onto something.

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  17. Thoroughly enjoyed this post not that your joints were killing you of course but that I can so relate to this. In fact I in a way am relieved to hear it isn't just me who experiences this. I feel quite annoyed with myself that it is tough to get done on my knees and even tougher to get back up! I've been doing exercises for the knees and hope it will help! I miss the flexibility I used to have! Hope you are feeling better now. Take care. Amanda x

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  18. I'm getting that way. I've forced myself to Pilates and the gym to firm up those muscles. Getting old is not for the faint-hearted.

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  19. That for sure is a strange place for a fuse box! I'm glad you were able to find a way to get up!

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