I picked up my shoes to move them out of my way before I trip over them and fall.
That is how I usually fall; I trip. This is not always the case, sometimes my knee gives out, or my muscles spasm and then the knee gives out, and sometimes I just lose my balance and then I fall. Whatever the reason, I fall. I tend to fall hard; I drop like a dead weight.
Over the years, I have learned tricks to prevent considerable damage; namely, I tumble and roll, or I put my hands out, which causes a lot of scraping of the hands and sometimes my elbows when they hit the ground, but except for a few scrapes, I usually am not hurt too seriously.
I get embarrassed when I fall in front of people who do not know me. Most of, my friends are used to my falling, they know I just pick myself up and I carry on.
I look at my right shoe. The right side, the front toe part of sole shows signs of wear and tear. It won’t be long before I blow a hole in my shoe. The bottom front, and the rear left part of the sole.
My gait is such that I am hard on my shoes. My shoes rarely don’t last more than six months, or so. If the shoes are a cheaper make, then they blow out sooner. If I have multiple pairs of shoes, then the shoes will last longer.
Oh well, now, I have an excuse to buy a new pair. I love to shop for shoes. I usually keep the buying to one, or two pair. If I did not, then I would be the male version of Imelda Marcos.
The life of someone with Cerebral Palsy, falling and the need to buy new shoes.
—Robert Confiant 9 April 2017 (mod 25 March 2018)