My life has been filled with warnings since day one, although I do not really remember mum telling me to keep still in the pram because I might fall out. As soon as I was old enough to venture on perilous journeys that involved crossing the road, that was warning No 1. My first journeys to school were accompanied by the words “Be careful how you cross the road”. As I got older it changed to “Be careful how you get the bus” and when I actually got to the age where my journeys through life were more extensive she just said “Be careful”. She probably ran out of ideas of danger.
Eventually I was living my own life, and had no-one to warn me of what could happen.
I am now a golden oldie, so I got there eventually. On the way I broke an arm, twice, and not because I was crossing the road. I just fell onto hard surfaces. My latest event was breaking a leg. Mr. Swiss has taken over from my mum and if I go anywhere his last words are “be careful”. During the past years I have collected a few marks on my body. the scars of falling and my knees have accumulated a few lumps and bumps. Since falling on the wooden floor in the bedroom whilst leaving the shower the warnings have increased. The statement after my fall “I knew it would happen one day” remains with me as the famous words of Mr. Swiss, but I still had to try and prove that I was stronger than the pull of gravity.
I now leave home in my wheelchair with an attachment for my stick. Last week I was warned “be careful in your wheelchair”. Now I ask you what could possibly happen. It rolls under electric power, and all I have to do is steer it. OK, along the side of the railway tracks it can get a little dodgy, but up to now I have kept to the straight and narrow. I must admit crossing the road can get a little bumpy on wheels, but I can do it. I can even tilt my seat back when driving to ensure that I do not fall out. I really do not know what the fuss is about.
My last accident was this week. I happenedd to find myself on the floor again, but no problem. I was alone, but with a mobile phone you can always call for help. The rescue team soon arrived from the local hospital and picked me up within a few minutes. When Mr. Swiss arrived home he mentioned he saw an ambulance leaving. “I hope it was nothing to do with us”, were his words. Yes, these things can happen, just listen to the warnings.