Let me start simply by saying that I had staples put in the back of my head in an emergency room on a holiday after a shower slip when I should of been with relatives and friends enjoying the time. Think Safety in the shower.
My home shower bath has a long and short bars plus a built in seat. I actually have a walk in shower to avoid having to step in over the tub, very dangerous when tired or a wet surface. I use the shower bars with suction bars available at Lowes and many health care stores. I prefer the shower bars that are screwed in ones of course but in an apartment or traveling , you dont alweays have a choice. I carry a small $20 portable shower bar when I travel. I still treat every second in shower as a potential slip . It is frightening when you lose control, even for a second and in the shower when you fall, you fall fast and hard. For example, on this holiday , I was visiting and fell in someone elses bath room coming put of shower , bath. I did a complete back flip and landed on the back of my head. I was so ‘lucky’ I was not home alone but that this happened where people were and called a rescue squad. Thus the staples from emergency room .
Shower Bar Safety
The portable suction cup bars are not as safe as the bolted in bars but having one or two in your travel bags can be life saving. I like to have 2 , even if motels or friends have a bar installed, it is not always within reach getting in and especially out of the shower or bath. Be careful installing suction cup bars as they need to be on flat tile or surfaces for maximum grab. One reason I have two is that I’ve reached out for a portable bar before only to have it come loose. A second bar can be grabbed then. Always try to keep your good side or better side near a bar. If you do have to close eyes for a second, keep a hand on a bar or shower head at that time. Holding on to a solid fixture . Always, always keep something solid to reach out for even if sitting.
I wanted to add that the bathroom door should not be locked when in .And keep rubber backed rugs or at least towels on floor(towels are not that safe, get tangled easily) Wet bathroom floors, even a small section are like ice to us. My weak foot does not grip the floor So its just like plaxing a leg with all my weight onto a sheet of ice, if wey. Tiles can be the worst, ceramic too. New floors even ceramiic are now designed with textures or ‘grit’ are much better.
I thanked God that day for being around people that day who could call emergency.Use the shower chair too and the hose attachment. Sure , you may want to stand but believe me , its like ice when you loose balance in the shower.
Keep a cell nearby too, alert or walkie talkie. really
I’m spending many hours, working every day,physical therapy, occupational, swimming or at least watercise, walking in water…. and brain exercises, games, etc….
It really is kinda hard but when I mention any thing like that, others, even family downplay it. I know it may be the right thing for them to say stuff so I feel more like everyone else, normal… but I don’t and I cant seem to comminucate to otyhers. You know, can’t think quick enough nor say the right thing often.
OK, It may have not been a real drop but after over a month, I woke up from my coma. ( I write this years later…)
I had awoken not able to use a muscle, However in the first few weeks after I showed signs , as I was told , of improvement, ability to wiggle a finger on one hand. I was responding with blinking my eyes and turned my eyes toward a television.
They moved me from the hospital I was at to a highly regarded head trauma and spinal cord recovery special unit at the County Medical Center.
Note , It was freezing as they took me in the ambulance from hospital to hospital. I was well wrapped in blankets but my face was cold. I could of used a ski mask! (It was in upstate NYearly in Feb, COLD) and thats when I felt like they dropped me. Of course I was strapped in the gurney but going in the ambuilance m when the wheels hit the ground. It was shocking.
Hey EMTs, How about some better Shock Absorbers on those carts!