When my medication is working my movement is good though a little dysfluent. However, my balance has gradually got worse. My physio gives me exercises eg walking on tip toe etc etc and I also use the Wii fit balance exercises and a big gym ball .
I started tripping over about 18 months ago -mostly just a bruised knee and injured pride but a few days ago I had my second serious fall in 7 months. The first fall I broke my nose but it healed very quickly without visible damage- all family and friends reassured me that it could have happened to anyone - the kerb was too high etc etc. Last Friday I put my foot in a pothole (so I was told by a kind 'rescuer'who saw me fall) and crashed into the ground face first. I spent Sunday having my mouth painstakingly sewn back together again and tooth re construction starts in 3 weeks.
Two major facial injuries in 7 months is not good. I think the falls are occurring because when I trip I can't recover my balance \and for some reason my arms/hands don't reflexively move to break my fall- the experience of seeing the ground coming up to your face and then the awful thud as you hit it, is pretty traumatic and I'd [refer it not to become a habit.
I dont' find a stick helpful as I walk fairly normally so don't need it to lean on. and actually found having a stick very difficult to manage - ironically I kept tripping on the stick itself.
I'm not willing to give up my independence and refuse to let fear of smashing my face up yet again stop me. I know, however, that inevitably I will have more falls but I would love to know if anyone has found a way of teaching themselves how to recover from a trip? Or how to preserve the face? Short of permanently wearing an American footballer's helmet with protective bars over the face, I'm stumped.
Any advice welcome!