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… 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!