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What’s Up? September 18, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

In the past week, I have noticed an alarming trend of trips, slips, falls, and tumbles among bloggers I follow:

* Grannymar fell while walking Buffy (the dog, not the vampire slayer).  She twisted her ankle which required some down time for rest and recuperation.

* Debra at Breathelighter, after recovering from an altercation with a plastic deck chair earlier this summer, managed to stumble into a curb that refused to budge.  Debra, who may have been chatting on her cell phone at the time, ended up in the ER, teeth and bones intact, stitches required.

* On Friday the 13th, Carina at Anyone 4 Curry took a tumble in the bathroom and ended up bedridden with a broken ankle.

* Yesterday, Cecilia did a butt bump with some boards in the barn which resulted in some ruffled feathers.

* * * * *

What’s UP with this sudden rash of slips, trips, and tumbles?

At this point, the common denominator appears to be . . . ME!

Following my blog or having me follow your blog may be increasing your risk of injury.  Please, be careful.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Illustration:  Wikipedia ~ Falling (Accident) (in Public Domain)


1. shreejacob - September 18, 2013

Hehehe Nancy! Nah…I’m going to bullishly keep following you and hopefully not have a tumble and fall 😛

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Yay! . . . but don’t say I didn’t warn ya. :mrgreen:

2. katecrimmins - September 18, 2013

Thanks for the heads up! I will wrap myself in bubble wrap as I go on with my day!

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Have you seen the commercial with the kid wrapped in bubble wrap being used as a basketball?

That’s the image I’ll carry of you for the rest of the day. 😛

3. William D'Andrea - September 18, 2013

Talk about superstition!

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Not just superstition . . . supreme ego-centric superstition! :mrgreen:

4. gita4elamats - September 18, 2013


nrhatch - September 18, 2013

It’s okay if you’re ROTFLOL . . . but please don’t FOTFWLOL (fall on the floor while laughing out loud). 😉

5. kateshrewsday - September 18, 2013

You, Nancy? It couldn’t be.

*misses a stair…*

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Let’s hope NOT, Kate. 😕

I’m being UBER careful (and mindful) after reading about this sudden rash of bumps, fumbles, and tumbles.

6. ericjbaker - September 18, 2013

You have people pondering such deep thoughts that they forget to pay attention to large objects and slippery surfaces. Luckily for me, I am both shallow and memory deficient. I can’t remember what I wrote, much less what someon else wrote. I’m just looking for invisible bumps in my path.

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Yes . . . I’m certain that’s it!

I’m glad you’re not so busy looking within that you forget to look out and about for invisible bumps. Here’s to celebrating our shallow and memory deficient outlook on life. Go you! 😛

ericjbaker - September 18, 2013

Thanks. What were we talking about again? I forget.


7. Don - September 18, 2013

Well, Nancy,I certainly haven’t fallen yet – touch wood.

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Yay! Hmm . . . your comment got me thinking that the other common denominator is SEX ~> maybe it’s only women at risk for this recent rash of dashes to the ground? 😕

8. Grannymar - September 18, 2013

I’m still around. Had a Cardiac check today. Change in medication, further checks in the weeks to come and NO driving for the duration! 😦

Never worry, I am still alive, managed to get my foot into a boot today and am being pampered! 😀

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Yay! Sounds like you are on the road to recovery, Grannymar. Glad to hear that you’ll be able to wear boots as the cooler weather approaches. And also that you’re being pampered.

Now, you can claim to be a “global trend-setter” . . . since you were the first in this series of falls.

Grannymar - September 20, 2013

Trouble is, it is the third September in a row where I had a fall with injury and several others in-between. I am in the hands of great Toyboy Consultant and he has a plan!

nrhatch - September 20, 2013

I hope his plan works to keep you upright. That is a few too many falls.

9. colonialist - September 18, 2013

To take it pers’n’lly’s not right –
It is a bout of Blogger’s Blight!
A tip for falling that is grand
Is, if you fall, then just don’t land!

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Fantastic, Col! That is great advice . . . it’s not the falling that causes the lumps, bumps, and bruises. It’s the LANDING. 😛

10. Andra Watkins - September 18, 2013

I hesitate to type this, Nancy, but I hiked up and down a pretty steep hill and remained upright…………..Hopefully, we’re not all prone to a fall from reading your blog. 🙂

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Yay! Accidents often happen around the home where we are less wary. Perhaps your upright hike up and down a steep hill has broken the spell and we shall have no more spills. Let’s hope so. 😉

11. barb19 - September 18, 2013

Hahaha – warning duly noted and so far, all good here – no trips, slips or bumps!

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Yay! Perhaps living “down under” is the key! 😉

12. bluebee - September 18, 2013

Can we sue? 😆
A few years ago I had a temporary problem with my balance and saw a neurologist. He said that a number of small measures can be taken to improve/maintain balance as we get older. Walk barefoot as much as possible, around the house etc. And take a daily walk on a different route, so the brain is forced to make new connections. Oh, and don’t take up yoga at an advanced age and try to stand on your head straight away 🙂

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Great tips, BB! I especially liked hearing that walking barefoot (and NOT standing on our heads) is what the doctor ordered. Yay!

I had a problem with the “ball bearings” in my ears for a few days a few years ago. Every time I bent over to tie my shoes, the room started careening around like a laser light show. I had to stand and sit very SLOWLY to maintain an even keel.

The neurologist found nothing wrong and said the “ball bearings” would reposition themselves in due course. Which they did. Now when someone says I should have my head examined, I can say, “I already did.” 😉

And, no, you can’t sue.

13. jannatwrites - September 18, 2013

I’m normally not a risk taker, but I’m going to take my chances and remain a follower of your blog 😛

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

Yay! I was hoping there wouldn’t be a mass exodus from SLTW once I shared this “common denominator.” 😛

14. Three Well Beings - September 19, 2013

Oh you’ve explained it! I didn’t really want to blame you, but now I almost have to agree! LOL! At least I’m in good company, wouldn’t you say? 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2013

You ARE in good company ~ among other things, each of you shared your unintended tumble with good humor and grace.

After reading about Granny’s tumble, your stumble, and Carina’s broken ankle, I wondered which planet had reversed gear into retrograde. After Celi fell, I decided a PSA was needed. 😉

15. sufilight - September 19, 2013

Haha, I am going to be brave and continue following your blog. I check it when I am out in town on my Iphone, and nope, I don’t walk and text. 😀

nrhatch - September 19, 2013

Yay! Great idea to check it when you are out of town . . . since most accidents occur at or near the home. :mrgreen:

16. theonlycin - September 19, 2013

It would take more than a fall to get me to stop following your blog 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2013

Thanks, Cin! But be cautious just the same.

BTW: Your comment landed in the SPAMMER SLAMMER; I bailed you out. Your “cell mates” were flushed down the drain. :mrgreen:

17. nancycurteman - September 19, 2013

On the contrary, following your philosophical blog as prevented me from doing things that might have resulted in accidents.

nrhatch - September 19, 2013

THAT is wonderful to hear, NC!

I’m hoping “four’s the charm” that breaks the spell. 😕

18. Pix Under the Oaks - September 19, 2013

I am going to keep following. I see no risk at all.. 🙂

nrhatch - September 19, 2013

Yay! I expect that the risk is non-existent . . . but I hated to remain quiet about this alarming increase in tumbles. 😉

19. Jacqueline King - September 20, 2013

This alarming trend started a while back, Nancy ~ at the end of June a metal shelf full of cleaning materials and equipment fell on my head at work, leaving me with whiplash and unable to enjoy my pastimes ~ all of which involve bending my head and neck. I’ve been asked who I think is to blame for the accident ~ thanks for clearing that up!!! 😉

nrhatch - September 20, 2013

Ouch! That is NOT the right way to start the summer “with a bang.” Hope you’re beginning to feel more like your self again, Jacqueline.

But you can’t pin it on me! Not unless you fell DOWN first, knocking out the support post with your shoulder and dislodging the cleaning materials and supplies in the process. 😕

20. Tammy - September 20, 2013

Falls are another topic that need to be addressed more broadly Nancy.

nrhatch - September 20, 2013

Especially with the approach of Fall. Leaves are meant to fall, we are not.

21. Booksphotographsandartwork - September 21, 2013

Maybe the earth is wobbling a bit as we change seasons. Everyone walk carefully.

nrhatch - September 21, 2013

Yes! Autumn is upon us “up here” . . . while Spring’s coming around the bend “down under.”

22. Perfecting Motherhood - September 25, 2013

Did you see what happened to me on Friday the 13th? I think I win. 😦

nrhatch - September 25, 2013

I did see it, but didn’t include it because it included a CAR. And a CRASH. Now if you’d fallen off your bike . . .

All jokes aside, I’m glad that you ALL are still walking, talking, and blogging. Hope you’ve got all the paperwork sorted out.

Perfecting Motherhood - September 25, 2013

Haha, thinking of it, I should have tripped and fallen over the other driver, knowing how obnoxious he’d be admitting liability to his insurance company.

nrhatch - September 25, 2013

Or just stolen his billfold. 😕

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