Falling In The Shower

On Friday afternoon, I took a fall in the shower I use at home.

First off, let me assure you I am OK. The worst I got of it was a small scratch on the right side of my forehead that didn’t even draw blood. Just as red mark that looks like a squashed plus sign.

What happened was I forgot to shave (as I usually do on a Friday), and this came to mind when I was in the middle of shampooing my hair. I have a towel I always keep nearby when I shower, so I wiped my eyes that got shampoo in them, or so I thought.

By the time I got my shaving cream and razor, my eyes had gotten irritated again, but I thought I could get back into the shower safely. When my feet hit the floor of the now wet tub, I lost balance. I put my hands on the floor to brace, and down I went.

Getting up must have taken seconds, but they felt like hours. Took me a moment to make sure I wasn’t injuried, nor that the razor hadn’t slashed me anywhere. Soon, I was back up to finish up. I was lucky.

That’s why I mention this precautionary tale. What did I learn? One, it’s always a good idea to enter the shower before turning the water on. If you forget something, it’s also a good idea to do it some point after your shower, and not during. Some of you hear of older people falling in showers, but my experience has me thinking it can happen at age 42 just as easily as age 82. What happened to me can happen to anyone at any age.

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