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MORTAL ENGINES (December 8, 2018)

Friday, 7 December 2018

Here Be Dragons, And Beware Pit Traps...


It's a straight 15ft walk from our bedroom to the bathroom, and I've done it nightly (often more than once) in a state of semi-sleep, for the 10 plus years we've lived here.

The big 'danger' is the fact that right outside our bedroom door is a step down to the start, off to the right, of the staircase to the groundfloor. But I've trained myself to be automatically cautious when crossing that divide to the main corridor.

However, last night, around 3am, in my sleep-delirium, I somehow got turned around in the dark - I'm not even sure if I was going to or coming from the bathroom - and instead of stepping back up into our bedroom, I took a misstep, fell on my arse, and tobogganed noisily down the stairs into a heap!

Rachel and Alice found me babbling at the bottom of the stairs. I'd grazed my arm and bumped my coccyx, but because I'd slipped - rather than tumbled headfirst - I luckily escaped without serious injury!

I have no visual recollection of the event, just the the bump-bump-bump of my bum sliding down the stairs, which suggests to me I was more asleep than awake when this accident happened.

Ninety-nine per cent of my half-awake journeys to the bathroom in the night pass without incident, but earlier this year I went through a spell of 'waking nightmares' where our house wasn't our house and passages and stairways weren't where they ought to be, much to the consternation of my sleep-locked brain.

I guess it's almost like sleepwalking, but, until last night, even though I've previously gotten confused and "lost" (in a straight corridor!) because of walking in a dream-reality, this is the first time I've actually fallen down the stairs!

It's always been a great fear of Rachel and mine that this was a possibility, and it's certainly been a factor in our househunting.

For instance, one gorgeous property with an amazing garden I had to veto because I found the stairs too steep (even steeper than the ones in our current home... and they're quite steep!).

A house with an en-suite bathroom for the master bedroom is the ideal, so there are no more midnight adventures that involve tottering around stairwells.

4 comments:

  1. I am glad you didn't have to tuck in your arms so you didn't break your wrists. That is always my go to fall move but that just exposes my head to injury. Glad you are okay.

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    1. Thank you. I think I benefited from being 99% asleep, meaning my body just went limp ;-)

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  2. Phew. A lucky escape from serious injury, having witnessed the vertiginous drop from the top of those stairs. Get that Alice gate up to the top!

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    1. A lucky escape, indeed. Rather than a gate I think a door at the top of the stairs would be even safer!

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