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  • GaryM
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    Originally posted by Ellie View Post
    GaryM Is it unusual for your house/area to have power cuts? Just thinking of if/when you have vital equipment, not ideal if your home is prone to (bad weather?) power cuts.
    If we lived on the Isle of Lewis it might seem reasonable but we live in Greater Manchester. I think the electricity supply company are upgrading cables over the next few weeks, but in this day and age you would think that they could do it without interruption of supply. If I hadn't got this illness I would have liked to get solar panels and some sort of storage system. At our previous house we probably had two power cuts in 30 years. This one we've had about four or five in two years. Might be why they're upgrading cables. I am on the priority list of the energy companies though, so they do at least contact me to check we are okay.

    Could be worse,

    https://youtu.be/Kzx3B8NHDiU

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  • Ellie
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    GaryM Is it unusual for your house/area to have power cuts? Just thinking of if/when you have vital equipment, not ideal if your home is prone to (bad weather?) power cuts.

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  • Bowler
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    GaryM really 🙄 can’t think why 😂

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  • GaryM
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    Originally posted by Bowler View Post
    Gary your purple suit reminds me of when two of my grandsons did sumo wrestling in Spain😂
    I don't actually have one you know. 😉😂

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  • GaryM
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    Originally posted by SueM View Post

    Sorry to hear about your fall Gary. Although my legs are ok at the moment my arms aren’t and consequently I have slipped several times, twice outside on mud (yes I should be more careful) and once just slid off the edge of the bed(no I wasn’t drunk). I remembered what I used to tell my patients when I was district nursing, and that is to role onto your knees and try and crawl to something to grab onto to help you up, which sounds like what you managed to do. I appreciate all areas are different but where I live you can phone the ambulance service and they will send someone out to help you up and check you over for any injuries.
    Take care
    Sue
    Thanks Sue. Yes, that's what I did. Once I knew nothing was broken I knew the sensible thing to do was not make the situation worse by falling again in the bathroom, so get out of the bathroom first to somewhere with softer edges. It's very tempting to immediately try and get up, but I'm good at seeing what could potentially go wrong. Having said that, I didn't see the fall coming. I didn't know you could phone the ambulance service, but my sister-in-law told me that earlier. She was a nurse for all her adult life. Mind you, I can't imagine how long I'd have waited for one with no risk to life.

    I composed this post at 6.00pm and then we had another blinking power cut for 2 hours. 🙄

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  • matthew55
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    True but my issue is that I cannot have a false alarm because I can no longer form words and I am on my own. 😁x

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  • Bowler
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    Gary your purple suit reminds me of when two of my grandsons did sumo wrestling in Spain😂

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  • Bowler
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    Ann had an alarm in case anything happened to me. Although she couldn’t speak the alarm company new that if it went off and no one answered they had to assume there was a problem and send help. It worked because I accidentally set it off whilst moving Ann so couldn’t get to the phone in time. Literally 5 mins later a neighbour was contacted and came round.
    Matthew worth checking you have the same set up.

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  • SueM
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    Originally posted by GaryM View Post
    Well, yesterday was quite eventful. First I caught my foot going up the stairs and collapsed in a pile on the third step. Then in the afternoon we had a power cut, so no heating or lighting for two hours. That stressed me out a bit. Then I dropped a plate because my arm was too weak to hold onto it. Then for a grand finale, I fell over in the bathroom while getting up off the loo. Luckily I didn't break anything but I hit my ribcage and back on the washbasin on the way down. My legs just gave way unexpectedly. So I was lying on the floor with us both trying to figure out how I was going to get up. Eventually, I decided the best plan was to crawl into the bedroom and with the help of my wife I managed to get onto the bed. Very scary not knowing how you're going to get up. I've messaged the OT for advice, but not had a reply yet. Any tips or suggestions welcome. I'm going to get a raised toilet seat for starters, although I know it's not a long term solution. Also, I'm banned from getting up off the chair on my own now.
    Sorry to hear about your fall Gary. Although my legs are ok at the moment my arms aren’t and consequently I have slipped several times, twice outside on mud (yes I should be more careful) and once just slid off the edge of the bed(no I wasn’t drunk). I remembered what I used to tell my patients when I was district nursing, and that is to role onto your knees and try and crawl to something to grab onto to help you up, which sounds like what you managed to do. I appreciate all areas are different but where I live you can phone the ambulance service and they will send someone out to help you up and check you over for any injuries.
    Take care
    Sue

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  • Suefromwakey
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    Good thing about that Matthew at least you know your still connected! - we were told to send a false alarm every month as a test,

    Sue

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  • matthew55
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    I have one of those council alarms and I pay every month. Problem is that when the alarm is tripped an operator wants to talk to me. 😉😁x

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  • Deb
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    So sorry for your fall Gary. I hope you're not too sore today . Falling is such a shock and leaves us feeling vulnerable and wobbly. Its good your OT and physio are coming to look at how to make your home safer.

    I have a " buddi " alert bracelet which detects falls. It can be linked to the call centre although mine is linked to families phones. Only trouble is it alarms if I shake my wrist. I'm definitely the girl who cried wolf as they don't react as quickly now but they're definitely worth having for when you're on your own.

    Take care,
    Love Debbie x

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  • Suefromwakey
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    Gary its a shocker is falling and saps the confidence...........I see my husband go down hill every time he has one.............apart from all the walking aids and chairs we have "Care Link" provided by the local council it costs thirty quid a month and is well worth it - they will get you up come what may - they have those massive blow up cushions - we have used them 3 times

    and, the other plus is they would get me an ambulance even though I am my husbands carer..........if I fell outside for example and knocked myself out he wouldn't be able to help me, so he knows at the press of a watch like thing he wears he can get us both help - same if anything should happen to me during the night - he can get me help

    There must be something of a similar ilk near you

    Before we had the wet room done I was worried about the trip possibilities in the bathroom so I had the door reconfigured to open out and not in - if for any reason he had fallen inside the bathroom behind the door he would never have gotten up not would anybody be able to get in - just a thought - that gave me a bit of piece of mind to be honest - a sliding door would also be an option.

    Sue

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  • denise
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    Gary I just love the purple suit. 😂
    Matthew shouldn't you get an alarm? 🤗

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  • matthew55
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    I just thought when I fall over I won't be able to call for help, should be interesting 😁x

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