Last December I crashed down to earth with a shock. I was strolling home from an evening meeting and suddenly my ankle gave way. I have no idea how it happened: it was a mild evening and there was no frost or ice. I went from being perfectly fine to sprawling on the floor with my trousers torn and blooded knees. The worse thing was my ankle though. There was no one around to help and I hobbled home. My ankle was rapidly swelling and I went straight to bed propping it up. For a couple of days I could barely move around the house. I had to draft in my parents to do the school run. If you want to see the picture of my injured ankle, you can in this post from the time.
Even a few weeks later I was still working downstairs because I couldn’t get down if the postman came with a parcel (a common occurrence in this house) and I spent a chunk of my evenings with my ankle raised up on the back of the sofa. It took me many months to fully recover and I would say it’s only been the last month or so that I’ve felt I could consider doing any sort of exercise involving impact.
Until I had my ankle problem our house had never really been a problem for me. Yes, there are a lot of stairs (it’s a 3 storey house), but we’d managed fine. The same goes for the bathroom. We have the shower over the bath sort of arrangement in our house as the moment. You have to step over the side of the bath to have a shower. Again this wasn’t perhaps the arrangement I’d have chosen, but it worked perfectly well until I had my accident. Climbing into the bath wasn’t quite so easy any more and I was worried that I would slip, lose my balance and maybe fall making the ankle worse. Luckily that stage didn’t last long, but it did make me think a little about how we deal with things as we renovate the house. We are gradually working our way through the house. The kitchen and the bathroom were always high on our list of rooms to do when we moved in. We’ve now finished the kitchen, baring finishing touches and we are starting to think about the bathroom. As we don’t want to be doing the bathroom more than once, I’m wondering if we shouldn’t future proof our bathroom by designing it so that it works for us now and if we have any sort of mobility problem in the future. So I’ve been taking a look at various options of walk in showers by Premier Bathrooms, maybe with one with a low shower tray. It’s the sort of practical solution that would be comfortable to use when you are well, but much easier to use if you were not.