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Neuropathy Has Made Me Clumsy

January 31, 2016

for JusJoJan – Prompt: Clumsy

I’ve never been a clumsy person, unless drunk (like the time I went to the kitchen in the restaurant where I waitressed to cook me and a friend burger and fries. I was wasted, the floor was slick and I was in high heels. On the way to the counter to place the plates there, I slipped and fell, but didn’t lose even a single fry!) or not paying close attention to my footing (like as a child when I was playing kick-the-can with the neighbor’s grandkids and my foot slipped between the sidewalk and grass and I twisted my ankle). I’ve always managed to keep my footing well otherwise. Until 2012 that is.

I had uterine cancer and 7 months of chemo. As a result, I developed severe neuropathy in both of my feet. They are so numb that it feels like I am wearing padded socks all the time. I literally cannot feel where I am placing my feet and often stumble around like an old drunk. Even stepping on a small pebble sends horrid shock waves through my feet and legs, so I tend to jump, stumble, and bump into things. I lose my balance a lot and will walk into walls and doorways. I need a cane to stay balanced when I go out in public. I wouldn’t wish this kind of clumsiness on my worse enemy.


Just Jot January has now come to a close, but if you’d like to join in next year, you can see the rules here

 

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4 Comments
  1. Neuropathy has caused me more injuries than any other factor. Please be careful! Keeping you in my prayers. Dani

    • Thank you, Dani 🙂 I do try to be careful, just that sometimes, my feet don’t know where they are. I am sorry that you deal with it too.

  2. Terrible aftershocks to have. Must be extremely frustrating. Sure glad you beat the cancer tho 🙂

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