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A Fear of Falling?

I was asked during a recent doctor’s appointment if I fear falling.

I hesitated before answering, worried that I was being set up. After all, I’d earlier been given a cognitive test to check my memory.

It had been years since I’d seen a doctor and, during that time I’d aged enough that now the exam seemed to be focused on my mental acuity instead of any physical abilities I once had.

I feared a wrong answer might result in me being sent to a home.

“Of course, I fear falling,” I snapped. “It’s winter in Montana. There’s snow and ice on the ground. Who doesn’t worry about falling?”

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