While walking... and you suddenly fell... What do you do?...

@aseretdd (13736)
Philippines
October 31, 2009 3:24am CST
Well, this happened yesterday... while walking along the sidewalk... i tripped/fell... and i must say it was very embarassing... but to ssave myself from more embarassment... i stood up looked straighted ahead... and started walking again... i did not look around if people saw what happened... or if someone was laughing... and i am glad i did that... as if nothing happened... So... something like this happens to you... what do you do?... do you cover your face?... or look around and smile?... do you cry?... or just pretend nothing happened...
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
Well, it has happened to me a lot of times but, there seems to be this odd instinct in me to avoid a nasty fall and recover quickly from what might have been a very embarrassing predicament. Like I did a mis-step and would surely fall off but, I just immediately recover by doing something 'fluid' if I may call it like that in which, in effect, the would be accident looks like something intentional. (-_-")
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Wow... i can never do that... act as if the fall was intentional... i don't have that kind so fast thinking... but with some practice... then i might also master that skill... Thanks for the response... sorry for the late comment...
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Oh worry about the delay in reply. We obviously have more things to do aside from going online, I suppose. Yeah, just been a habit, I guess. I can't really recall the first time I did such a thing or even started to think that I should try to make it look intentional but, there I am doing it whenever it happens.
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@jbb316 (1779)
• United States
11 Nov 09
I jump up as fast as I can. Hurt or not, I jump up so quickly and hope and pray no one saw me. It is so embarassing. I am sure my face is very red.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
I get up as if nothing happened... and try not to look around to save me from further embarassment... falling can really be embarassing... i don't blush easily so that is a good thing for me... Thanks for the response... sorry for the late comment...
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• India
31 Oct 09
I’ve got used to this by now…my ankles have a mind of their own and I really have lost count of times I have tripped and fell on the road. Its become a habit with me really so now I look down at the road while walking. It’s a very bad posture I know but better than a broken ankle LOL So used to tripping as I am, I don’t feel embarrassed any more (I used to), I just get up, rubbed the sore part, wait for sometime and then start walking again. I behave as if nothing happened and tripping is as normal as walking.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
I had bad falls of my own... and one was i was pregnant with my daughter... i had to go to the doctor and had an ultrasound to be sure that she is fine inside my womb... no matter what shoe or sandal i use... i am bound to trip... guess we are both clutzy... Thanks for the response...
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
31 Oct 09
Hello aseretdd, This embarrassing experience happened to me about 15 years ago. I was 'catwalking' and out of sudden I flipped and fell down. My heels stuck in between the pavement and there was a crowd as it was nearby a bus stop. I stood up immediately and 'cat walked' again! I think my face was red that time but to save from the embarrassment, I just pretended that nothing happened and nobody saw anything!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
Wow... you really did it with a lot of grace... and i would have done the very same thing... i don't usually wear high heels... so i think i would trip often if ever i do... Thanks for the response...
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@mommaj (22894)
• United States
31 Oct 09
When it happens to me, I usually laugh. I am such a clutz. I have a friend that has MS and she will sometimes fall. She gets so embarrassed and I feel bad for her embarrassment. She should try falling when she has no excuse! She tries to act like nothing happened either, but sometimes she has to wait for her body to start working again.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Oh my... she shouldn't leave the house when she has MS... can be dangerous... or embarrassingly dangerous as other people would put it... i am glad that i am just a clutz because that i can handle... Thanks for the response...
@mommaj (22894)
• United States
1 Nov 09
MS can flare up at any time. She doesn't want to sit in her house and become a vegetable waiting for something to happen. She's actually quite active. She has a lab and walks everyday. She can actually run rings around a lot of people. She doesn't want anyone feeling sorry for her. I don't see how anyone could. She's amazing. I am glad I am just a klutz too.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
That is so brave of her... so she is not wasting her time at home just waiting for something to happen... i watched that there are certain dogs that can detect a seizure early... and they were able to save a lot of lives because of that... i hope she can have one like that too...
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
This happened to me a lot of times already.. hahahah. My boyfriend said that my foot is too slim so I fall a lot. hahaha... anyway, usually I just stand back up and continue walking like nothing happened. Though if it's in the stairs, well that's a different story. There was once, I fell like 4 steps on a stairs in a bus terminal. There were a lot of people, and I was so embarassed. I wasn't able to stand up right away cause it was very painful, and my legs were scraped and all.. anyway, there were 2 guys who helped me stand up, and after that, I pretended nothing really happened until I reached the bus and that's when I saw that my leg was actually bleeding. hehehe.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
That must have been very painful... it was nice of those guys to help you out... such a gentleman act... i remember falling like 10 steps of stair from my old apartment... and i was the only one there because my room mate was still sleeping... i did not get any wounds... but it really hurt a lot... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
It really did hurt, not only did my legs hurt, but also my ego. hahahaha. Anyway, I think I was in pain for a couple of days after that, and there are still scars in my legs because of that accident.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
You have something to remember that incident... well, the best thing to do is to laugh at the situation...
• Boston, Massachusetts
31 Oct 09
I had a bad and very embarrassing experienced of being tripped in a sidewalk along the main road in our area. I was wearing my high heeled pointed shoes, rushing to get a cab when suddenly i fell down. My pointed heels got into the hole cover's handle. When i looked up, people were staring at me and a jogger asked me what happened and if i am ok. I laughed and laughed and laughed and they all laughed at me too. The jogger helped me get back my feet. I was so dirty then that i went home to change clothes. It was a great one funny -embarrassing moment of my life. I never ever wear the point high heeled shoes.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
I don't remember a time i wore point high heels... i don't think i would be able to manage them... but it is great that you laughed... since that lessened the embarassment and awkwardness... it was nice of the jogger to help you out... Thanks for the response...
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Nov 09
Really funny-- the mere thought of the scene always make me laugh. Every time there's a gathering and sharing is focused on most unforgetable and embarrassing moments? you know what is my piece... it is a blockbuster story with action of course that made it more funny.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Well, it is nice that you were able to put that embarrassing experience to good use...
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
31 Oct 09
I will look at myself to see if I am injured. Then I will also look around to see if I become the attention of the crowd around. In case I found that everyone around is looking at me, I will just give them a mild smile, and walk steadily away. It's embarrassing to fell down. But it's not our fault, thus there is nothing we should feel shy about it.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Giving that mild smile is a good idea... since for sure someone would wonder if we are alright or not... even if we do not know that person... i might try that next time i fall... but i hope that won't happen soon... Thanks for the response...
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
1 Nov 09
You are most welcome. I hope you are not injured. Sorry about the fall and for not asking you about this earlier. That's right. By smiling mildly will let people around know that we are still alright. I didn't think of that, but that's what I will do. Ya, we hope we won't fall down again. I remembered during childhood, my parents always motivate me to get up on my own after falling down. It's nurtured a strong will to get things right after I met with failure later in my life.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I also do that with my daughter... i tell her to stand up on her own when she falls down... and sometimes... we share a laugh when she does... that would surely instill in her the idea of laughing at being clutzy...
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
haha i remember my friend's girlfriend.. they were both walking on the sidewalk.. then suddenly she disappeared then we saw her sitting with his butt on the ground haha... well we just laughed and got away... If i fell like that i would stand slowly and say CAN YOU DO THAT!? wahehehe
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
I am quite the clutz... and this was not the first time that i tripped... and i when i am with friends... i would say that too... but since i was alone during that time... and i know a lot of people saw me... i chose to just pretend nothing happened... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
That's very unlucky aaawwww It's ok don't worry and don't think of it too much.. those people who have seen you probably forgot it by now =)
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
Someone actually said in a very soft voice... be careful... but i did not dare look at the person... for fear that he might be smirking...
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
This happened to me a lot of time already, what i did mostly was just laugh (if im with my friends). Sometime i just stand up and walk away from where i tipped as fast as i can so those who saw me won't see my face.. It's kinda embarassing though, but it happens anyway.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I also laugh out loud when i am with friends... because that would surely be a part of the conversation afterwards... i try not to run or walk fast... because that might add to the awkwardness of the situation... or i might fall again... Thanks for the response...
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
hmmm..i guess i will have to do the same. Not to run or walk fast, so people will not look.
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@mrsctb7 (120)
• United States
1 Nov 09
This is definitely the discussion for me! You see, I have had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 20 years. Since I can still walk (without a cane or anything like that), but also because I don't feel my legs much at all, I've had lots of falls over the years! If someone is near me, I just say something about being a little distracted, and go on! I just simply cannot let it "get to me"! Now, if I hurt myself, though, I would definitely not hesitate to ask for someone's hand to help.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Oh my... i read how difficult having MS is... and i think you are very brave to still be able to go out on your own... that is a lot better than just stay at home and wait for something to happen... i hope you will always be all right... Thanks for the response... welcome to mylot and i hope you enjoy every minute of your stay here...
@mrsctb7 (120)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Thank you very much for your compliments, but most times, I think of my attitude as part being stubborn! I just know that I did nothing to get this disease, so I'll do everything possible to "keep it in it's place"! I'm lucky, because I don't have a bad case of it, and I can just walk around without a cane or anything like that, and feel like I blend in, and no one knows! It's times like that (falls) that bring reality back!
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@werdan88 (273)
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
no matter how much it hurts, the first thing i do is stand up on my feet and pretend as though nothing has happened! wahaah!. :) It is my way of avoiding embarassment. wahah!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
Pretending that nothing happened is like the best thing we can do in such a situation... but there are people who can get away from embarassing situations like that... Thanks for the response... welcome to mylot and i hope you enjoy every minute of your stay here...
@werdan88 (273)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
yup! tnx! :) nice discussion
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Dec 09
aseretdd I am so glad that only your pride was hurt. the last time I fell while walking along a sidewalk still haunts' me today. in fact because of that fall I can barely lift my left arm to waist height. I was on my way to eat breakfast out and really looking forward to it. but I went up from the sidewalk onto a greasy sloping area beside the cafe where someone had swept out greasy water from the kitchen. I tripped over my own foot and fell landing unfortunately on my left shoulder. when I tried to use my hands to get up I knew immediately something was really bad wrong. myleft arm would not lift me and my right one by itself could not get all my weight up. a number of people saw me fall, and just sit there cradling my throbbing arm.so someone called the paramedics,I went to the hospital, was xrayed, my shoulder bones were crushed so badly I had to have surgery to put in an artificial shoulder joint, so some falls are really costly. my insurance paid it, all 86 thousand dollars worth.I shudder to think whatwould have happened had I not had a really good gap insurance. wow.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
That is so scary... an slip like that cost your insurance company 86 thousand dollars... oh my... you should have sued the restaurant for making the side walk a dangerous place... Thanks for the response...
• United States
6 Nov 09
Hi aseret -- I can think of at least six occasions of falling down while walking. Some of the falls were pretty disasterous. Once I broke my right arm, during another walk I fell and broke my left arm. On another walk I kissed the sidewalk and ended up with a bloody nose. On another bone breaking adventure I wasn't walking, but was wearing bellbottom pants. My foot got caught in a pantleg while I was walking down some stairs. I don't remember the details but I do recall I broke my left leg. A friend had thrown a Halloween party and part of the evening's fun was to go on a scavenger hunt. It was on this scavenger hunt that I was on the stairs and fell. Anyway, I'll try and keep this short, so I'll just say now when I walk I use my walker. I don't try to cover up my mishap and don't feel embarrassed by it. If anybody's laughing, I probably don't notice it since I already have a full plate dealing with whether I'm still in one piece
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Oh my... i think it is dangerous for you to go out alone... a lot of broken bones during all those falls... i don't know what i would do if i were in your situation... i hope the next fall won't be as disastrous... Thanks for the response... sorry for the late comment...
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
3 Nov 09
The cerebellum which is at the base of the brain controlls a lot of things including balance. It sends your brains messages to parts of the body, like your arms and when to lift your legs etc.. There is something wrong with mine and that's why I fall so much. Maybe you should get checked out. Whatever is wrong with me it's degenerative. So it started out I just fell a lot and got much worse.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
I might get a check up just to find out if i have that condition... thanks...
@AmbiePam (50259)
• United States
3 Nov 09
When I was a child, or even if I were a teenager, my face would have turned red and I would have tried to run away as soon as possible. Now I'm an adult, and I'm much better at laughing at myself. So I would have said something even to myself if no one else was with me. I would have just looked around and if someone saw me said something like, "That's why they call me Grace!" It would help me save face. : )
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
That is a very nice way of dealing with the situation... being adults... we tend to be a lot graceful than we were teenagers... when i was one... i would hide inside the bathroom for hours just to save face... Thanks for the response...
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
Yup, I would quickly pick myself up, hoping no one notices, and walk away as fast as possible. I'm often worried that I break a bone or two, and need someone to help - then people would gather around to see! Now that would be embarrassing!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I agree... that would very embarrassing... and we might as well melt like butter in front of all those people... even if there are only a few of them... i had my share of a vein being twisted due to a fall... but i sure hope i won't break a bone... Thanks for the response...
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Haha. This happened to me many times before. Well I just simply get up and smile. I don't look back. It's quite embarrassing but it happens to everyone so it's okay. It would be more embarrassing if one will cry after felling down. haha shadow41
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I don't anyone who cried... but i know someone who faked a fainting because she was too embarrassed to get up after falling... that was quite funny... but i agree... we all would eventually fall one time in our life... it is just up to us how we handle it... Thanks for the response...
• Chile
1 Nov 09
i used to laugh about it.. or make fun of it... and screemed i found a big bill... but know i walk with my baby on my arms, and the last time i felt she was 4 month old... and i got very upset because nobody help me... i mean nothing happend thanks God, but what if??? it scares me people do not help each other on this situations.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Good thing that when i fall... my daughter is not with me... but i did fall when i was like 7 months pregnant with her... so i immediately went to my doctor and had and ultrasound just to make sure she was okay... Thanks for the response... welcome to mylot and i hope you enjoy every minute of your stay here...
• China
1 Nov 09
Well,it happened to me a couple of times:( When it happened,what I cared was not if I got hurt,but if somesome caught it~~I stood up as soon as possible,and walked away swiftly,without looking at my leg~~Of course I would check it when i got to a place where there was nobody:)
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I also did not even look at my legs or knees if they got dirty because of the fall... but i checked them out when i was already riding the jeep... away form the place where it happened... Thanks for the response... welcome to mylot and i hope you enjoy every minute of your stay here...