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Donger
05-24-2006, 11:42 AM
I'm trying to ascertain whether or not something's wrong with me. At least a couple of times a week, I have to physically stop when I'm going down stairs and think about what my next step should be. I asked my wife if she did this as well, and she just called me an idiot and laughed, but I'm willing to bet that others do this as well (the forgetting how to walk down stairs bit).

So?

milkman
05-24-2006, 11:45 AM
In this case, I believe you're wife is right.

Your and idiot.

bkkcoh
05-24-2006, 11:46 AM
i feel the same way, but is it because my ankles and knees don't want to work first thin in the morning... Old age is a bitch..... :banghead:

luv
05-24-2006, 11:47 AM
If it's dark, I usually think I'm at the bottom when I'm not. It's a weird feeling to take a step forward and your foot goes lower than you think it should. It has almost tripped me up a few times.

FAX
05-24-2006, 11:48 AM
I don't have problems with stairs.

But, sometimes I stand in front of a door for several minutes before I remember how to open it.

Does this happen to you, Mr. Donger?

FAX

cmh6476
05-24-2006, 11:48 AM
not yet...

morphius
05-24-2006, 11:52 AM
Not even the tendonitis in my knees causes me to have to pause and think about the stairs.

Maybe your legs are revolting from all the years of not being washed?

wazu
05-24-2006, 11:52 AM
Not even once in my life, even when drunk.

chagrin
05-24-2006, 11:52 AM
I have done that alot on stairs, but it is related to my balance being somewhat off since I had brain surgery, have you considered you may have too much on your mind and are simply too involved in thinking about this or dealing with it and it just gets in the way of normal acts?

It happens... :shrug:

Donger
05-24-2006, 11:52 AM
The responses so far do not fill me with encouragement.

Phobia
05-24-2006, 11:53 AM
I've never done that but I've frequently carried 2 items to the garbage can and thrown the wrong one in.

FAX
05-24-2006, 11:54 AM
What about bottles and cans, Mr. Donger?

Do you experience difficulty opening bottles and cans?

FAX

morphius
05-24-2006, 11:55 AM
Is this anything like the time when Beavis and Butthead forgot how to take a piss?

Donger
05-24-2006, 11:55 AM
What about bottles and cans, Mr. Donger?

Do you experience difficulty opening bottles and cans?

FAX

No.

Dartgod
05-24-2006, 11:59 AM
I've never done that but I've frequently carried 2 items to the garbage can and thrown the wrong one in.

Remind Pink to never allow you to take out the trash while carrying your child.

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 11:59 AM
You know your and idiot when Mr. Fax (perhaps the most civil of Chiefsplanet posters) talks smack to you.

JBucc
05-24-2006, 12:01 PM
I'd tell you to see a doctor, but I don't think stupid is fixable

jidar
05-24-2006, 12:02 PM
Once when I was very tired I was dropping the kids off at school in the morning and I couldn't operate the automatic door lock. I was pushing down to unlock when I needed to push up. What's worse is I knew I was doing it wrong but I couldn't focus on what I should do to operate it correctly and I kept pushing down several times. It only lasted for a brief moment before I pushed up and unlocked it, but it really sucked.
Ever since then I've occasionally wondered if I had some kind of encroaching dementia coming on, but it was probably just how tired I was.. I think.

Demonpenz
05-24-2006, 12:02 PM
Could be having a stroke or a mild siezure

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 12:04 PM
Could be having a stroke or a mild siezure
Perhaps a brain tumor? :hmmm:

58-4ever
05-24-2006, 12:04 PM
I always walk into the kitchen and forget why I came in there.

58-4ever
05-24-2006, 12:05 PM
Perhaps a brain tumor? :hmmm:

Or Lupus.

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 12:06 PM
Or Lupus.
Yep, or late-latent syphillis.

FAX
05-24-2006, 12:08 PM
I wasn't giving Mr. Donger a hard time, Mr. JimNasium. I would never consider such behavior. I was merely trying to narrow down a diagnosis and determine if there was a possibility that Mr. Donger might starve to death prior to falling down a flight of stairs.

Have you ever been afraid of or nervous about heights, Mr. Donger?

FAX

Fire Me Boy!
05-24-2006, 12:09 PM
If it's dark, I usually think I'm at the bottom when I'm not. It's a weird feeling to take a step forward and your foot goes lower than you think it should. It has almost tripped me up a few times.
And that, luv, is one of the reasons that I obsessively count stairs. Not only so that I know how many there are, but so that I never have to worry about having one left. I haven't lived in my parents home in almost 10 years, but I can tell you the stairs to the second floor have 14 steps, while the stairs to the basement have 15. And all the floors in my former dorm room had 8 stairs at every level, except the top one, that had 9.

morphius
05-24-2006, 12:09 PM
Once when I was very tired I was dropping the kids off at school in the morning and I couldn't operate the automatic door lock. I was pushing down to unlock when I needed to push up. What's worse is I knew I was doing it wrong but I couldn't focus on what I should do to operate it correctly and I kept pushing down several times. It only lasted for a brief moment before I pushed up and unlocked it, but it really sucked.
Ever since then I've occasionally wondered if I had some kind of encroaching dementia coming on, but it was probably just how tired I was.. I think.
Tired can really **** you up. I remember being up almsot 40 hours once working on a crashed server and finally had to pass it off to someone as I could no longer focus, everything was foggy and I was starting to see floating shapes and colors that were obviously not there.

Fire Me Boy!
05-24-2006, 12:09 PM
Perhaps a brain tumor? :hmmm:
It's not a tumah.

Fire Me Boy!
05-24-2006, 12:10 PM
Tired can really **** you up. I remember being up almsot 40 hours once working on a crashed server and finally had to pass it off to someone as I could no longer focus, everything was foggy and I was starting to see floating shapes and colors that were obviously not there.
And entire bottle of Robutussin does the exact same thing!

morphius
05-24-2006, 12:13 PM
And entire bottle of Robutussin does the exact same thing!
Of course maybe he could just be afraid that Roof Pig is hiding on the stairs waiting for him to trip over him...

Hydrae
05-24-2006, 12:13 PM
And that, luv, is one of the reasons that I obsessively count stairs. Not only so that I know how many there are, but so that I never have to worry about having one left. I haven't lived in my parents home in almost 10 years, but I can tell you the stairs to the second floor have 14 steps, while the stairs to the basement have 15. And all the floors in my former dorm room had 8 stairs at every level, except the top one, that had 9.

Interesting, I count stairs as well. I am surprised by how many places have 13 steps between floors. :eek:

Do you do any other "mental math" things in your normal life? I used to walk a lot to get places. I would take addresses and add the digits together to see if the original number is divisible by 3.

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 12:15 PM
I wasn't giving Mr. Donger a hard time, Mr. JimNasium. I would never consider such behavior. I was merely trying to narrow down a diagnosis and determine if there was a possibility that Mr. Donger might starve to death prior to falling down a flight of stairs.

Have you ever been afraid of or nervous about heights, Mr. Donger?

FAX
My sincerest apologies Mr. Fax. I mistook your inquiry as badgering rather than a diagnostic procedure. Please continue in your efforts to save Mr. Donger from this troubling malady.

Donger
05-24-2006, 12:15 PM
I wasn't giving Mr. Donger a hard time, Mr. JimNasium. I would never consider such behavior. I was merely trying to narrow down a diagnosis and determine if there was a possibility that Mr. Donger might starve to death prior to falling down a flight of stairs.

Have you ever been afraid of or nervous about heights, Mr. Donger?

FAX

No.

FAX
05-24-2006, 12:16 PM
Tired can really **** you up. I remember being up almsot 40 hours once working on a crashed server and finally had to pass it off to someone as I could no longer focus, everything was foggy and I was starting to see floating shapes and colors that were obviously not there.

Maybe the floating shapes and colors are always really there, Mr. morphius. It's just that you can see them when you're tired because your brain functions have slowed.

It could well be that Mr. Donger is subconsciously aware of floating shapes and colors on the stairwell and his mind is telling him not to interfere with or bump into them.

FAX

luv
05-24-2006, 12:17 PM
Interesting, I count stairs as well. I am surprised by how many places have 13 steps between floors. :eek:

Do you do any other "mental math" things in your normal life? I used to walk a lot to get places. I would take addresses and add the digits together to see if the original number is divisible by 3.
When I was younger, I would count the number of telephone posts that were between our house and where we were going. Things constantly remind me of algebra. I think to myself how I could put a certain circumstance into an algebraic equation.

Oh and there are 18 steps to get up to my floor at my apartment building.

I know you weren't talking to me, but that's never stopped me from putting my two cents in before. Hope you don't mind. :)

morphius
05-24-2006, 12:18 PM
Maybe the floating shapes and colors are always really there, Mr. morphius. It's just that you can see them when you're tired because your brain functions have slowed.

It could well be that Mr. Donger is subconsciously aware of floating shapes and colors on the stairwell and his mind is telling him not to interfere with or bump into them.

FAX
Next time I see them, and with the little baby in the house I'm sure it will be too soon, I will be sure to ask them if they are there all the time...

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 12:20 PM
Dementia can affect language, comprehension, motor skills, short-term memory, ability to identify commonly used items, reaction time, personality traits, and executive functioning. Even without signs of general intellectual decline, delusions are common in dementia (15-56% incidence rate in Alzheimer's type, and 27-60% incidence rate in multi-infarct dementia). Often these delusions take the form of monothematic delusions, like mirrored self-misidentification. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia)

Bob Dole
05-24-2006, 12:20 PM
Perhaps a brain tumor? :hmmm:

That's what Bob Dole was thinking.

Bob Dole
05-24-2006, 12:22 PM
When I was younger, I would count the number of telephone posts that were between our house and where we were going.

That's always a good idea in case there's a fire and the cabin fills with smoke.

FAX
05-24-2006, 12:26 PM
My sincerest apologies Mr. Fax. I mistook your inquiry as badgering rather than a diagnostic procedure. Please continue in your efforts to save Mr. Donger from this troubling malady.

No problem, Mr. JimNasium. I would just hate for Mr. Donger to get the wrong idea.

Did you ever fall down stairs as a child, Mr. Donger?

Have you ever thrown another person down a flight of stairs?

Have you ever seen floating shapes and colors?

When was the last CAT scan of your cranium performed?

FAX

chagrin
05-24-2006, 12:30 PM
That's what Bob Dole was thinking.

Well, I didn't want to be so gloomy, the reason I had brain surgery was to remove a malignant tumor from the right side of my head. One of the biggest symptoms was regarding balance and loss thereof, also short term memory loss and other things.

I don't think you have a tumor dude, but if this keeps up, see a Neurologist, ok?

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 12:32 PM
Well, I didn't want to be so gloomy, the reason I had brain surgery was to remove a malignant tumor from the right side of my head. One of the biggest symptoms was regarding balance and loss thereof, also short term memory loss and other things.

I don't think you have a tumor dude, but if this keeps up, see a Neurologist, ok?
Whoops. As usual my lame attempt at humor strikes close to home with one of our regulars. Sorry bro.

Donger
05-24-2006, 12:32 PM
Well, I didn't want to be so gloomy, the reason I had brain surgery was to remove a malignant tumor from the right side of my head. One of the biggest symptoms was regarding balance and loss thereof, also short term memory loss and other things.

I don't think you have a tumor dude, but if this keeps up, see a Neurologist, ok?

Thank you, but I've had this issue since childhood.

chagrin
05-24-2006, 12:33 PM
Whoops. As usual my lame attempt at humor strikes close to home with one of our regulars. Sorry bro.

NO, it didn't piss me off or anything, I was just explaining that. No biggie dude!

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 12:34 PM
NO, it didn't piss me off or anything, I was just explaining that. No biggie dude!
What about syphillis? Have you had syphillis?

chagrin
05-24-2006, 12:34 PM
Thank you, but I've had this issue since childhood.

So had I, then I had the CT scan. I'm not saying, I'm just saying - you know?

chagrin
05-24-2006, 12:35 PM
What about syphillis? Have you had syphillis?

Funny thing about syphillis... ROFL

Demonpenz
05-24-2006, 12:35 PM
it could mean your pregnant

FAX
05-24-2006, 12:35 PM
Well, I didn't want to be so gloomy, the reason I had brain surgery was to remove a malignant tumor from the right side of my head. One of the biggest symptoms was regarding balance and loss thereof, also short term memory loss and other things.

I don't think you have a tumor dude, but if this keeps up, see a Neurologist, ok?

I'm really sorry to hear about your problem, Mr. chagrin. I hope you're okay.

I don't think it's anything like that, though. Otherwise, Mr. Donger would be experiencing similar symptoms in other facets of his life as you have described. This issue seems to be confined to stairs. I think you're right, though. If his problem persists, it's a really good idea to see a specialist and have an MRI performed.

FAX

morphius
05-24-2006, 12:37 PM
Thank you, but I've had this issue since childhood.
Depth perception issues?

chagrin
05-24-2006, 12:41 PM
I'm really sorry to hear about your problem, Mr. chagrin. I hope you're okay.

I don't think it's anything like that, though. Otherwise, Mr. Donger would be experiencing similar symptoms in other facets of his life as you have described. This issue seems to be confined to stairs. I think you're right, though. If his problem persists, it's a really good idea to see a specialist and have an MRI performed.

FAX


"I'm feeling much better now"

FAX
05-24-2006, 12:44 PM
Depth perception issues?

It could be, Mr. morphius. But, it sounds more like a psychological issue to me. It is as if some horrific and dreadful memory is associated with stairs and is plaguing Mr. Donger. His mind is desperately trying to cope with the memory and is interpreting his dread and inner terror as "forgetting".

Were you ever raped on a set of stairs by a large, sweaty man, Mr. Donger?

FAX

Skip Towne
05-24-2006, 12:49 PM
Do you also attempt to chew gum while walking down stairs?

sedated
05-24-2006, 12:52 PM
Put down the pipe, man

Hog Farmer
05-24-2006, 01:03 PM
Have you ever forgot to pull down your pants before taking a shit ?

Bob Dole
05-24-2006, 01:03 PM
It could be, Mr. morphius. But, it sounds more like a psychological issue to me. It is as if some horrific and dreadful memory is associated with stairs and is plaguing Mr. Donger. His mind is desperately trying to cope with the memory and is interpreting his dread and inner terror as "forgetting".

Were you ever raped on a set of stairs by a large, sweaty man, Mr. Donger?

FAX

Wouldn't it have been quicker just to tell him he's a loon?

BucEyedPea
05-24-2006, 01:38 PM
I'm trying to ascertain whether or not something's wrong with me. At least a couple of times a week, I have to physically stop when I'm going down stairs and think about what my next step should be. I asked my wife if she did this as well, and she just called me an idiot and laughed, but I'm willing to bet that others do this as well (the forgetting how to walk down stairs bit).

So?

Well, if you're in Florida I would think one story living is more the norm...and easy get, if need, be if it continues to be a problem.

I have to admit, growing up with stairs and in having them in just about all past work spaces before moving to Florida...that I find myself a bit hesitant when there are a lot of stairs...particularly going down and if the angle is steep.

Lzen
05-24-2006, 03:06 PM
I've never done that but I've frequently carried 2 items to the garbage can and thrown the wrong one in.

Ha ha ha ha. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I think I threw away my MP3 player like that. :banghead:

Rain Man
05-24-2006, 03:24 PM
Funny you should mention this. I have this problem occasionally myself, except in my case it'll be while I'm halfway through a step. I'll then kind of jerk around and have to grab the handrail.

I've attributed it to my growing clumsiness as I get already. At 18, I could flow down a flight of steps like water, but as I've gotten older, I've been more likely to catch a heel or something and have to take intensive action to avoid falling. My theory is that I've lost my confidence with stairs.

As a side story, the back staircase in my house goes down to my kitchen, and it makes two 90 degree turns on the way down. The first 90 degree turn terminates in a full-size window whose bottom edge is only about 8 inches above the steps, and I have this irrational fear that at some point I'm going to miss a step, fall, and go right through that window. I would then manage to fall down a flight of stairs, crash through a window at a bad angle that would guarantee some impalement, fall another eight feet or so onto the sidewalk outside, and most likely be locked out of my house.

A couple of years back, we ended up meeting a guy who lived in our house before we bought it. (He was two owners before us, so we didn't know him.) We gave him a tour of the house, and with no prompting at all, he told me that he had fallen down that back stairway once and it was everything he could do to keep from going through that window. It didn't help my fear any.

FAX
05-24-2006, 03:26 PM
Look what I found, Mr. Donger!!

Bathmophobia.

Defined as "stairs or steep slopes", each year this surprisingly common phobia causes countless people needless distress.

To add insult to an already distressing condition, most fear of stairs therapies take months or years and sometimes even require the patient to be exposed repeatedly to their fear. We believe that not only is this totally unnecessary, it will often make the condition worse. And it is particularly cruel as fear of stairs can be eliminated with the right methods and just 24 hours of commitment by the phobic individual.

Known by a number of names - Bathmophobia, Fear of Stairs, and Fear of Steep Slopes being the most common - the problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates. Symptoms typically include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread, although everyone experiences fear of stairs in their own way and may have different symptoms. .

Though a variety of potent drugs are often prescribed for fear of stairs, side effects and/or withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Moreover, drugs do not "cure" fear of stairs or any other phobia. At best they temporarily suppress the symptoms through chemical interaction.

The good news is that the modern, fast, drug-free processes of The CTRN Phobia Clinic will train your mind to feel completely different about stairs or steep slopes, eliminating the fear so it never haunts you again.

Consider the true cost of living with Fear Of Stairs.
If you are living with fear of stairs, what is the real cost to your health, your career or school, and to your family life? Avoiding the issue indefinitely would mean resigning yourself to living in fear, missing out on priceless life experiences big and small, living a life that is just a shadow of what it will be when the problem is gone.

For anyone earning a living, the financial toll of this phobia is incalculable. Living with fear means you can never concentrate fully and give your best. Lost opportunities. Poor performance or grades. Promotions that pass you by. fear of stairs will likely cost you tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your lifetime, let alone the cost to your health and quality of life. Now Fear Of Stairs can be gone for less than the price of a round-trip airline ticket.

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FAX

Fire Me Boy!
05-24-2006, 03:28 PM
Interesting, I count stairs as well. I am surprised by how many places have 13 steps between floors. :eek:

Do you do any other "mental math" things in your normal life? I used to walk a lot to get places. I would take addresses and add the digits together to see if the original number is divisible by 3.
I watch the seams between sidewalk cracks, and my step patterns have to be left foot on the crack, right foot in between, left foot BARELY on the crack, right foot in between, left foot OFF the crack, right foot ON the crack, rinse repeat.

FAX
05-24-2006, 03:30 PM
And never, ever, ever pick up a found penny that is tails up, Mr. Roof Pig!.

I have a feeling that a lot of people are doing this, thus our playoff issues.

FAX

Douche Baggins
05-24-2006, 03:31 PM
No, but sometimes I put the milk in the pantry and the cereal in the fridge.

JimNasium
05-24-2006, 03:31 PM
Funny you should mention this. I have this problem occasionally myself, except in my case it'll be while I'm halfway through a step. I'll then kind of jerk around and have to grab the handrail.

I've attributed it to my growing clumsiness as I get already. At 18, I could flow down a flight of steps like water, but as I've gotten older, I've been more likely to catch a heel or something and have to take intensive action to avoid falling. My theory is that I've lost my confidence with stairs.

As a side story, the back staircase in my house goes down to my kitchen, and it makes two 90 degree turns on the way down. The first 90 degree turn terminates in a full-size window whose bottom edge is only about 8 inches above the steps, and I have this irrational fear that at some point I'm going to miss a step, fall, and go right through that window. I would then manage to fall down a flight of stairs, crash through a window at a bad angle that would guarantee some impalement, fall another eight feet or so onto the sidewalk outside, and most likely be locked out of my house.

A couple of years back, we ended up meeting a guy who lived in our house before we bought it. (He was two owners before us, so we didn't know him.) We gave him a tour of the house, and with no prompting at all, he told me that he had fallen down that back stairway once and it was everything he could do to keep from going through that window. It didn't help my fear any.
Might I suggest a bowl of anti-freeze.