Twice in the last month i have frozen and began to fall backwards when a door i was walking to was being opened outward towards me. The first time i wasn’t expecting it,was on a wheelchair ramp going up and felt like my brain was confused by the door. Feet wouldn’t move and i was falling backwards before it felt like my brain re engaged. The second time was yesterday, same thing but this time i saw the person and knew they were opening the door but again it felt like my brain switched off and i… read more
Yes your brain feels like it turned off.....
I believe it is part of the multitasking issue with PD.
Be prepared it will happen more frequently. Who glued my feet to the floor?
It happens to me when I encounter: doorways, change in floor type (ie carpet to wood), going around something, carrying something, getting to the chair to sit down,etc.
It is totally annoying. I try not to think about what I am about to encounter. Look pass the chair and surprise I am at the chair. If I am carrying something do not look at the floor look to a point far away. I am still finding way to trick my brain. I like to win!
Keep a chair around always. I freeze at doorways and getting up from my chair ..maybe 10-15 seconds don’t know what i’m thinking about.💛
Sherry - I have the same pauses as your husband when I stand up sometimes. I am glad that I do take the time to steady myself or I would surely fall. I'd like to find a way to make each movement more precise and just rethinking about what I should do seems to help me. You should thank the Lord that he steadies himself, it's much better than trying to wrestle him to his feet should he fall. (Smile).
I have trouble going through doorways also as I'm walking through I often say out loud, left right left right to coincide with my steps. Sadly it seems to be one of the perks.
I'm not sure if this will help, but I often find that enclosed spaces, changes in floor patterns, doorways (especially with a door strip), coming up against a solid structure like a table or chair - stop me in my tracks! The top part of my body wants to move faster than my legs! Climbing stairs is very interesting, as I seem to be able to climb them easily ... but I also experience strong feelings of my back wanting to fall backwards, even though I am bent well forwards!
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