If you’ll recall my list of side effects that suck, clumsiness and stumbling/falling is one of the more common ones. This one’s kind of tough, since there aren’t a whole lot of tricks and tips to offer. I suppose you could opt to use a walker until you’re done with the Lupron, but if you’re not receiving Social Security benefits due to your age, then you probably don’t want to do that. For the most part, I’m muddling through with this and just trying not to faceplant in front of people.
- Don’t stand up too fast. My biggest problem is that I become lightheaded upon standing, but it doesn’t really hit me until I’ve taken about twenty steps. I spend the rest of my walk trying not to pitch forward. Stand slowly, and wait until the feeling passes before you start moving.
- Lean against something (stable) for a moment after you stand. If I’m near a wall, I’ll rest on that for just a couple of seconds before starting off, or I’ll hold onto the back of my office chair for a bit before moving. It’s embarrassing, but better than meeting the floor face-to-face.
- Walk deliberately. Pay attention to where you’re going, what the path in front of you looks like, and where the people around you are. Focus on your end destination and it’ll help you to keep from getting distracted and stumbling.
- Use a friend. Joey’s probably tired of the amount of times I grab his arm while we’re walking somewhere. If you’ve been honest with your loved ones, they know that you’re dealing with clumsiness and won’t mind offering you a steadying shoulder to lean on.
- Sit down! If you think you’re going to fall; sit down. It’s better to sit against a wall than to throw yourself into it. One requires medical attention and drywall repair. You can handle some minor embarrassment. Besides, people might toss change at you, which you can put toward your outrageously expensive medical bills.
Of course, it goes without saying (hopefully) that you may want to wait for the Lupron to leave your system before you head out for your Everest expedition or attempt to summit Denali. Or before you tightrope walk the Grand Canyon. Or take up with Cirque de Soleil.
Be careful out there, ladies.
**note, I am not a doctor…just a clumsy Lupron patient. None of my advice should outweigh anything your own doctor suggests you do. Although I sincerely hope s/he doesn’t tell you to climb Mount Everest while on Lupron.**