Loss of Balance, Falling and Bruising
For seniors, loss of balance and falling brings terrifying consequences. When we are babies, it is a normal part of learning to walk, when we are from the ages of children thru adulthood, it rarely happens, but as we age, loss of balance begins to take a serious toll in our lives.
I am of the sandwich generation. I have 2 girls, 12 and 17, and an 84 year old mother which I care for in the evenings and monitor throughout the day. My mother has been falling for the past 4 years. Luckily she is overweight, which cushions her falls and protects her bones. She has osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and has broken two ribs during the past year. After every fall my mother’s caregiver and I aggressively treat her with arnica cream to reduce her inflammation and bruising. But I have never been able to record the consequences of the fall, and the relief of the cream until last week.
My mother loves her garden and since we are worried that she could fall on the uneven ground, we designed a cement path so that she could safely get around with her walker. However on Wednesday, some how her bad knee gave way and Mom toppled over, hitting her face on a solar light. Somehow she was able to pull herself back up, get back in the house and call me. I came over as soon as possible, saw that she had cut her nose, gave her ice, ibuprofen, and put some Elixer Arnica Rub TM on her face. Seeing that the bleeding would not stop, I took her to the Urgent care facility where she received 8 stitches. That night I, along with my other duties, I made sure that Mom got another dab of Elixer.
Mom’s bruising is scary since she has poor circulation due to congestive heart failure. As we feared, her left side of her face looked terrible on the second day. For the next several days Mom would receive Elixer treatments in the morning and night and each day, the bruising inflammation subsided. By Monday, I almost had my mother’s beautiful face back to normal. And Mom feels so much better, the stitches were out, and her physician commented on her speedy recovery, “Just like a young kid’s”, he said.
We think that every one should have a jar of Elixer in their medicine supply.