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Two Months After The Fall

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It was a beautiful, warm fall, sunny day. I was on my almost daily walk from our home on NE 32nd ave, east on NE Knott, then up NE Wisteria to almost Alameda. I turned down NE 49th to the stairs that would take me down to 50th. I was about to take my regular stairs down when I spotted another set of stairs I had never gone down. I could see they were little used halfway down, no hand rail and many spider webs. I hurried down the stairs, brushing at the webs when two steps from the bottom, I caught my toe and flew through the air. I saw the 50th street pavement coming at me and landed with a sickening thump; like a fist slammed into a piece of meat in Rocky.

I lay there longer than normal after a fall. My elbow hurt and the bottle of water I had carried rolled down the street. Slowly, I gather myself and managed to stand. My hip hurt and I held my elbow. Somehow I walked down the street to my water and sat down on the front steps to a house nearby. I sat there for some time sipping water. I checked my Map My Walk on my phone. I had gone over a mile and a half in 17 minutes. One of my fastest times ever. That meant I was about a mile and a half from home. Finally, I got up and started slowly walking. My body hurt so much, I knew I was not going to be walking home. So I called my wife to come pick me up.

I told her, “I think my elbow is broken.” We went to the emergency room. After xrays, the doctors determined I had broken my elbow in two places and my pelvis in two places. When we returned from the hospital to our house, it took my wife and me 45 minutes to get out of the car and up three steps into the house. Most painful thing I’ve ever done.

Almost two months later I can walk without pain. I am up to one and half miles walking and my elbow has healed. Unless it bothers me, the metal and screws in my elbow will be permanent. I was lucky I didn’t fall on my head. I was lucky the breaks weren’t worse.

The NY Times today carries an article that says, An Aging Nation Braces for More Deadly Falls

“As the American population ages, the number of older people who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of older Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents’ desire to live as they choose.

“They are hiring architects and interior designers, some of whom wear special glasses that show the building as an old person would see it. Some have begun to install floor lighting, much like that on airplanes, that automatically illuminates a pathway to the bathroom when a resident gets out of bed.

“The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012, almost double the number 10 years earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“More than 200,000 Americans over 65 died after falls in the decade from 2002 to 2012. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in that age group.

“And more than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, an increase of 50 percent over a decade.”

For awhile, during those two months I fought depression. I sat in the backyard in the sun and just closed my eyes and thought of little. I slept more and thought about the sound of my body hitting the street. I feel vulnerable.

I thank my wife Bev and my sister Cheryl and daughters Erica and Gilyn for all their help when I was down. I thank all my friends and acquaintances for their good thoughts and prayers. I also thank God that my fall wasn’t permanently worse.

The Physical Benefits Of Prayer

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This has been one of my most popular posts: Why Do We Pray? Posted on January 1st, 2010 by Mike Landfair. Now a “Mind Health Report” tells us that scientists have looked into the physical effects of prayer and have discovered some unusual benefits. Such as:

  • How a specific amount of “prayer time” per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia or Alzheimer’s . . .
  • How prayer reduces stress
  • How prayer actually changes four distinct areas of your brain.

Prayer is described as praying to God or some higher power; meditation; going to church or synagogue; participating in singing with others, etc. For me, it’s that quiet time, just before I fall asleep, where I can look back over my day and ask how did I treat my wife? Did I support her? Did I help he out with the chores? Was I loving? Then I ask for help to do a better job. I think about my goals and imagine myself achieving them. I also try to understand His will for me. Lastly, to prepare myself for a relaxing sleep, I imagine I’m in a hammock, swinging gently in the warm breeze, listening to the waves on the beach and the birds’ calls in the trees and sky. And I exhale and thank God for the day just ending.


Some Short Hits!

I was going through my phone contacts looking for dupes and eliminating them. There under “P” was Pop Landfair. Pop died on 9/11 in 2011. It will be two years since he passed tomorrow. I wondered if I called the phone number if he’d answer with his typical, “HELLo!”

Damn, I miss him! Could I just hear his voice one more time?

I was a the neighborhood block party Saturday night. I asked two residents a little younger than me, both “with-it” intellectually and informed, what they thought of the Syrian situation. All I got was this comment. “You know, one man said, I really love Obama. When history remembers him, it will be with the highest regard.” The other guy said, “you know he’s doing everything he can for the middle-class!”

I didn’t even try to argue through my gag reflex.

The two guys liked Jeff Cogan. Willamette Week is out with a story this week that says:

Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen explained his Friday resignation by saying he wanted to focus fully on his family in the wake of his two-year affair with a county employee.

But WW has learned that Cogen has another reason for leaving after three months of scandal: He has lined up a job.

Pop worked a lobbyist for elders and didn’t have a high rega


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Weekend Getaways includes Shakespeare in Ashland, Oregon and Southern Oregon’s thriving theater scene.

The play’s the thing in Ashland, home of the nearly year-round Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which draws more than 100,000 people every year. The town, which has about 20,000 residents and is located about 300 miles south of Portland, has also been garnering attention as of late for its budding restaurant scene.

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America’s Best Little Beach Towns includes Gearhart, Oregon

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With its antiques shops and picturesque hiking trails, Gearhart—just north of the renowned, more-bustling Cannon Beach—is an in-the-know haven for Portland hipsters like Paige Powell and Gus Van Sant. In the evenings, people drive onto the hard-packed sand for wine and stargazing parties.

Stay: The 12 attached cottages of the Gearhart Ocean Inn, constructed in 1941, are an easy walk to the beach, and the owners will furnish a “clam gun” for scooping up clams from the sand.

Eat: The nicely refined Pacific Way Bakery & Café serves top-notch muffins and coffee in the morning, and later a menu that includes bay shrimp, designer pizzas, and flawless crab cakes. —Tom Austin

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