Hi, We had an unfortunate thing happen to my PSP wife and I recently. Thought I'd share it so that others can prevent such a thing in their lives.
We were in VA for a wedding. The morning of the wedding we were to meet my wife's son and family at the hotel pool. As I wheeled my wife's chair through a doorway she suddenly pitched forward, out of the chair, face first on the concrete. What happened? As I passed through the doorway I was watching to make sure her arms cleared the door jam, along with the wheels on the chair. There was a VERY poorly marked step down just about four feet outside the doorway. The distance between the foot pieces where she had her feet placed to the back of the large chairs on the wheelchair filled the distance from doorway to the step down. Another reason didn't see it coming. I shall never forget the sickening sound of her head klunking to the concrete as she went face first out of the chair. Perhaps someone with good reaction time could have put their arms/hands out to break the fall but PSP patients reaction time isn't the best. Her glasses hit the concrete damaging one lens with a huge 1" by 1" scrape. Emergency staff arrived, asked her if she had blacked out to which she said no. They asked her the routine questions "What date is it?", "Who is president?" and other questions to assure her mental state. They said that except for the knot on her head and the other scrapes she seemed fine but they would transport her to hospital if I wished. She and I opted to NOT go to hospital and would watch for headache, nausia etc. and if anything like that occurred we would contact emergency support. Two days later when we arrived home she had two VERY black eyes that went from blue, then purple, then yellow before finally going away. Why am I posting this?
Steps like the one causing our accident are everywhere and sometimes cannot be seen by the person pushing the wheelchair. Now we have a belt to keep her securely in her chair at all times. Probably should have known that before and saved a scare and injury. The step at the hotel was painted a very pale, almost cream, color and not well marked. Next morning they had installed a black and yellow hash-marked strip on the step. We are working out details with the hotel at the moment.