Falling For Life in Mexico – Literally

24 Jan

Multitasking actually means not fully paying attention to ANYTHING. So this week when I simultaneously stepped over a two foot high curb while looking for oncoming traffic, it’s not surprising that I caught my toe and went down on hip and elbow. 

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All sunrise shots taken from the porch this week.

I have fallen three times since moving to Mexico two and a half years ago. Leading an active, adventurous life involves risk.

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The first time I fell was a perfect storm of bald bicycle tires, gravel, a hill and a curve. The doctor diagnosed a fracture of the femur and put me in a soft cast for six weeks. We never saw evidence on an x-ray so who knows.

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The second fall was during a hike in San Miguel de Allende while visiting my friend Nancy last summer. While crossing a muddy creek, I slipped and went down hard on my knee. Again we had a trip to the ER, x-rays, swelling and additions to our collection of ace bandages.

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These hikers were way better prepared than I with boots and walking poles.

Thank God for the loving support of my wife, MIL and friends in Bacalar. The loan of a walker helps me to stay off the ankle and our stairs will keep me housebound for a week or so.

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This sweet little ride has seen better days.

I am also grateful for the extensive exercise we do, yoga, calisthenics and recently added strength training. It could have been so much worse. Living an adventurous life is worth preparing for.

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10 Responses to “Falling For Life in Mexico – Literally”

  1. Susan January 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Sorry to hear s out the fall, Alex. Hope you heal quickly and completely soon. Ask Teresa about my coming to agave blue 2 years ago on a walker!!! Total craziness on my part

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    • afish25 January 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      I can’t imagine with all her steps! The things we’ll do to not cancel a trip to Bacalar.

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  2. brucekelley January 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Hola Alex,

    It absolutely can be treacherous, walking and biking down here. Mary has had a bike crash, in Isla de Mujeres, gone down hard on her knees on a concrete sidewalk in Progreso and tripped, and while trying to break her fall, broke her wrist, here in Vallarta. So we have learned to, as you say, not multi-task as we negotiate the highways and byways of Mexico.

    Keep up the good work, and heal fast, amiga!

    Cheers!

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    • afish25 January 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

      Thanks Bruce, you and Mary are an inspiration with your level of fitness. We have a little gym in Bacalar! I’m not sure if my achey body is from the fall or the workout I did that morning. Lol.

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  3. Jack Scott January 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    Looks like we’ve all been through the wars. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  4. RetirementJunglesofTulum January 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    Join the walking off the wall club here in Tulum. I walked off a 3 foot cement wall last November and had a badly sprained ankle for 3 months…But before that I fell off my bike and a sprained wrist. This year nothing except a tumble on the road and road rash on my knee and shin…living the paradise life

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    • afish25 January 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      I think folks do the same NOB, they just don’t blog about it!! Thanks for stopping by. If you’re ever south, give us a holler.

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  5. emilievardaman January 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Falls are bad, especially as we get older. My dog caused me to sail and fall face first in the middle of the road. Permanent nerve damage to one knee. Considering how to modify her leash so I can again walk her.
    Stay well!

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    • afish25 January 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

      Doing much better. Ankle healed fast.

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