The fact that there is a dedicated way for medical professionals and insurance companies to specifically record each instance of some poor soul who just wants to be clean and winds up completely wiping out tells me it is certainly a common occurance.
Yes, where I’m going with all of this is that I recently took a tumble during my nightly ‘get clean and relax before bedtime’ shower.
Short version is that it happened quickly and I’m fine.
Long version is a bit longer. My tub is slow to drain and I think soap dried on the tub floor instead of draining when I showered the previous night. So the following night, when I stepped into the shower right after I turned it on, it was basically a private naked ice skating event. I literally stepped in, realized I was falling, grabbed at the shower curtain rod with my left arm and the shower shelf with my right arm. Grabbing these didn’t break my fall but a) slowed me down b) allowed me to pull myself around so that I stayed inside the shower. I wound up landing on my butt facing the other direction, cracking my head and upper back on the faucet and tile in the process. I pulled a muscle in my left side from grabbing the shower rod and warped the shower shelf, but landing inside the shower was preferable to falling out and cracking my head on the toilet. I also had some crazy looking bruising on my upper back.
But I’m fine. No doctor visit required. But also quite frightening.
I mention this because it was a wake up call to me that falling in showers doesn’t just happen to the elderly. I’m fairly stable with my RA right now so falling in showers also doesn’t just happen to people experiencing ambulatory difficulty.
It happens quickly and can be very serious. Even if you’re stable in your RA. Especially if you’re stable. We don’t want broken bones, especially because in my case, injuries cause flares.
So be aware. Buy the super attractive no slip mats for your bathrooms. Use them. I’ve already decided that I’m going to purchase a shower stool if I’m ever having walking problems ever again.
Even though I’m doing well, even though I didn’t get hurt, even though I’ve been proactive to implement safety features in my home going forward, I still can’t believe it happened and I’m still a bit shaken up every time I shower now.
Protecting ourselves never stops, does it?!?!?