Several times a month I experience a strange phenomenon. It has occurred in numerous places at stores, doctors offices and even at church.
I use a walker when Im out in the community. When I come across a door that I need to open, I use one hand to open it. I lean on my arm on the door to prop it open while I push my walker through the door with the other hand.
The strange phenomenon is when someone grabs the door away from me the door Im leaning on in an effort to be helpful or to hurry me along.
What many people dont realize is that this is a recipe for disaster. Many times Ive almost been thrown to the ground because I come close to losing my balance.
I greatly appreciate it when someone opens a door for me; it makes the going much easier. All I ask is that people think before they act. Warn me before yanking the door away so I can adjust my balance and footing.
Doing so could save people like me from potential physical harm and a call to 911.
Pamela J. Smith Bellefonte