A Lift Becomes A Fall

July 31, 2014


Yesterday evening , and unexpected situation happened. I was especially busy working on tasks to be completed. Joann had suffered from pain in her right leg, and lower back. She could not sleep hardly at all.

I did what I could do to assist her. I washed dishes, and cleaned a middle room where our cats have their litter boxes. I also cleaned our bathroom, and sprayed , for fleas by using a very good bug agent. Everything seemed in order, and all was working out well.

It was getting close to 7:00 P.M. It was time to bring Becky to Joann's bedroom because Becky wanted to rest. Joann insisted on lifting Becky from a motorized wheelchair to Becky's manual one. I told Joann that I would lift her.

I did not feel very strong. I felt tired, so I should have listened to Joann. I situated both chairs in there proper positions in order to open the footrests. However as I reached, and placed my hands, and arms under Becky's arms, and began the process of the lift, in order to pivot Becky around , in order to move her to the manual chair, that's when I realized I made a definite mistake.

Joann was nearby watching me when I noticed that Becky moved her right foot, and ankle to the left side of my left leg. The movements were already too late. In , and attempt to maneuver my movements in a manner consistent of my priority, I tripped, and began falling.

It all happened slow , for me, but Joann said it happened fast. I knew I was falling with Becky in my arms, so somehow I had to minimize future injuries as I was falling down with Becky to the floor.

In my mind I quickly realized that I had to cushion Becky with my body in order to minimize the impact of her falling with me. So as I fell I moved quickly, the best I could, under Becky in order to lessen the floor impact that would occur to her.

Becky fell on top of me, and rolled to the right of me, and I lowered her carefully to the floor. Definitely it all worked well , for Becky's sake.

Becky began screaming, and crying as was expected, however she was not injured, and I thanked God.. I asked Joann if Becky was injured, and she said that she seemed O.K.

In my fall, I injured my left finger, my right shoulder, my lower back, my right foot, my right knee , and the right palm of my hand. These minor injuries were not bad at all. In fact I was glad that Becky was not hurt. The only difficulty was in my getting up from the floor. It was hard to get myself up, and to put pressure on my right knee. I know my knee will hurt , for a time.

The hardest parts came when Joann, and I had to lift Becky from the floor. I could not lift Becky all the way up to the chair without Joann's help. Extremely hard it was , for us to lift Becky together from the floor to the chair, but with God's help it was done. Becky cried a short while, but then she laughed about it all. I was happy that Becky thought it was funny, and that she was not injured.

Joann told me that the mistakes I made involved my entire lifting process. She told me that I should have pulled Becky toward me, and should have placed my legs further back away from Becky because Becky will cross her legs. This I should have known, but I did not prioritize that fact in Becky's neurological condition.

Neurologically Becky automatically crosses her feet as a disability . My stupidity did not put that behavior among my priorities.

My minor injuries mean absolutely nothing to me. I made the errors. In the future I will pull Becky forward toward me, and I will safely keep my legs situated further back. It was a close intended maneuver that failed. Working at lifting is a necessary science that involves definite perfections, or patients , or care taker can get injured by falls, and falling is not professionally acceptable.


God Bless You.



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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I sure hate that; I know you must hurt so bad but I am happy too you weren't seriously hurt nor Becky!

Have you ever looked into getting someone to come in during the week to bathe and move Becky around. They did with my dad after his stroke and it helped mom so much because she couldn't bear his weight for certain tasks. I guess it is a state thing but I am sure most have them and I know they would let Becky get to know them and become her friend not to scare her. I hope you can get some help; we just start getting older and weaker and we have to do whatever we can to keep things as normal as possible. You were very lucky this time; please give this some thought if you haven't.

God bless you friend and your sweet family.


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stars439 2 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Jackie Lynnley : Thank you so much, for the wonderful thoughts. I surely will discus the matter with Joann to see if it would work out for us. God Bless You Dear Heart, and wishing you're family all the best.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh ... I am so sorry for your fall, but so glad Becky is okay and you too. You may need to put ice on your knee for any inflammation. I think Jackie has a good idea about some type of Home Health or such coming in to help out with the lifting and such.

God bless you all.

Hugs


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stars439 2 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Faith Reaper : Thank you for visiting dear heart. I definitely will check into what may be available in Home Health. This evening I tried moving Becky a different way, and it worked better with less lifting involved. God Bless You, and thanks again precious heart.


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bluebird 2 years ago

So sorry to hear that this happened, I am thankful you're both okay, and that it wasn't any worse, even though you must be very sore. Glad Becky didn't get hurt, that's gotta be a huge relief for you and Joann.

Here's hoping you're feeling better soon and that you might be able to get some help from home health care whenever you might need it.

Take good care with heads high and spirits up!


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America

This is a very good lesson and I hope everyone reads it. I am happy none were hurt too badly and I pray your pain leaves fast.


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stars439 2 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear bluebird, and Patty Inglish, MS :

Thank you very much dear hearts, for writing , and for expressing you're very important views. Becky is doing fine, and I thanked our lord , for our lord's interventions. Like angels you are with you're wisdoms.

Last night I took Joann's advice as I helped her to put Becky in her bed. Instead of lifting, I pulled Becky forward toward me, and then turned, or pivoted her feet.It only took a slight lift, and push to maneuver Becky to her bed. The moves worked well.

God Bless You, and you're dear family members.

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