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July 22, 2012


by Amy

I never fell after I had a stroke, not once.  This is highly unusual.  Generally, it’s not an if thing, its a when thing.  It’s not if a stroke survivor falls it’s when a stroke survivor falls.  I’m going on a year and 4 months with no falls.  That’s not the norm.  There is a statistic that 70% of stroke survivors fall within the first 6 months.  I don’t know why I never fell, I certainly wasn’t always as safe as I could be.  I think I’m just lucky.  If you can avoid a fall, obviously do it.  The main reason, there are lots of reasons, but the main reason is that you don’t want to hit your head and cause any more inflammation in there.  That would be bad – you’ll already have plenty of inflammation in your head.  My advice – really work on your balance.  Balance alone, balance when walking, balance when reaching for things, balance when standing up from sitting down.  Your physical therapist will tell you what to do.  Read this


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