I did a spectacular face plant while walking in my apartment recently. Yep, I was having an amazing run and preparing for my next trick (i.e., another step forward). I miscalculated and went down, landing face first on the carpet. Ouch. Rug burns hurt, by the way. And they leave marks. For the first time in my 20+-year career as an amputee, I have injured my face in a fall. Somehow, I managed to sell myself on the possibility of the facial rug burns not being noticeable. Heh. Today, during my first public appearance after the face plant, I was asked by almost everyone I met about the abrasions on my face. Generally, the question directly followed the polite greeting (e.g., “Hi. What happened?”).
The face plant is the last of three falls I have had in the past week. Yep, three falls while wearing my magic new prosthesis. Until last Tuesday evening, I had not fallen once while wearing my prosthesis in the seven months since I got my new prosthetic leg. (I did have occasion falls while on crutches.) So, 7 months sans fall and then 3 falls in 4 days. What’s up with that?
What or who can I blame? That’s what I want to know. I want to blame someone or something aside from myself. I am certain that none of the three falls involved mechanical difficulties, so my prosthesis is not to blame. Let’s breathe a collective sigh of relief on the count of three. One, two, . . .
My working hypothesis is my amazing prosthesis has lulled me into a highly elevated confidence in my ability to overcome wobbles. My Plie is so amazingly stable and secure that I have learned to throw caution to the wind at all times. If I can easily overcome wobbles while walking or standing upright by taking a few compensatory steps, I’m sure I can do the same while crouching and preparing to sit on a wooden folding chair resting on a slippery wooden floor. And while standing from a low couch with my right hand occupied in holding my cell phone to my ear. And while walking on carpet while somewhat tipsy. The time has come to reintroduce myself to using a bit of caution while maneuvering through the world.
One big question remains. Am I still a Weeble if I wobble and do fall down?