Mayhem...

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  1. jpanhalt

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    Mayhem paid me an unexpected visit a week ago last Tuesday. I was able to crawl into the house for the night and on Wednesday got these X-rays:
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    There was no question of where I should go. The damage was accompanied hy a hemo/peumothorax and collapsed lung. I got home Sunday night with both lungs working again. Everything is supposed to "remodel."

    I thought the X-ray was interesting as the line of breaks (ribs 3-8) outlines the ladder rail onto which I fell.

    It is hard to maneuver the mouse with my right hand for making Eagle PCB traces, among other things.

    I am on the mend but will be laid up for several weeks or months.

    Regards, John
     
  2. nsaspook

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    Another trophy for the war case. I've got two so far, broken arm and foot. Don't go to any comedy acts. ;)
     
  3. Papabravo

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    Arm, foot, leg. Last one was February 1962, the day John Glenn made three orbits of the earth.
     
  4. wayneh

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    Yikes. I've recovered from cracked ribs a couple times but not quite that bad. They say it takes 6 weeks for the bones to mend and in my experience that was right on. A sneeze at 5 weeks still ruins your day but two weeks later, it's just a sneeze. You'll feel a lot better in a day or two when the swelling goes down and you can get off the meds.

    Soooo, how did you manage to land on the ladder rung?
     
  5. jpanhalt

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    It was from an extension ladder I had used to get on the roof. As soon as I applied my full weight to come down, the locks let loose, and it was a quick trip to the bottom. I can't remember how the ladder ended up under me.

    I have a good theory of what I did to make the locks come loose and won't make that mistake again. I use a safety rope. This time, it was tired just around the top rung. Next time, I will be sure it is tied around a rung from each section.

    John
     
  6. nsaspook

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    Sorry but I think we need a training video.
     
  7. #12

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    This seems like an opportunity to say that I am still improving from my squished disk of last July. Within the last 2 weeks, I have achieved completing what used to be my, "usual" 1 mile nightly walk. :)
    This is a Big Deal from my point of view.

    In order to seem relevant to this thread, I can say I rode a ladder down the side of a building, once. I only broke my arm. :p

    I would list the other fractures I've healed, but I'm afraid it would start a one-upmanship contest, and the first liar never wins. :D
     
  8. jpanhalt

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    This was my first bone break in 72 years. I have been lucky. What I found ironic was that my theory for the way the latches became unlatched was by dragging a high-pressure spray hose over the safety rope. That must have raised the top section just enough for the flippers to shield the latches. I had never used a safety rope in the past. Its sole purpose was to allow me to raise the ladder in case it accidentally got knocked down.

    I really hate working alone and forbid it in my business, but now I don't really have a practical option for quick little projects. I do carry my emergency cell phone.

    John
     
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  9. MrChips

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    Try not to laugh, cough or sneeze.
     
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    In order to clean the moss of the north side of my house, which is on a hill from one side to the other (the right side is high; the left, low). I had a cement block under the low leg. Of course, while I was scrubbing the siding, the leg came off the block. I rode the ladder down to about ten foot off the driveway and then I jumped. Nothing broke, but lots of bruises and overall soreness.
     
  11. MrChips

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    Ladders, ladders, ladders!!!

    Ladders have done more harm than electric current to people I know.

    My first cousin was killed falling off a ladder.
     
  12. nsaspook

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    My foot was broken in a ladder fall at work. One of the techs had overtightened a VCO fitting and had rounded out the seal. I was inspecting the overhead piping to see if a contractor would do a quick circular weld to replace it and was standing on a two foot step ladder. The damn slipped, one leg fell into a hole in the floor for a large vacuum pipe without a lip on the edge. I fell backward, my foot was wedged between the rung and top causing it to give a loud SNAP just before my back hit the floor at an angle. A few week later the safety guy started installing angle brackets on all the floor cutouts.
     
  13. Alec_t

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    Ouch! Have a good recovery, John.
     
  14. atferrari

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    Ladders are definitely the most dangerous thing I found on board. So much people injured because of them.

    John, have you call someone to assist you? You live alone, right? Wow. :(
     
  15. wayneh

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    I bit the bullet and had one of those LeafGuard things installed on my gutters last fall. I hated going up there 20 years ago. Now, forget it, I want to keep living a while longer.
     
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    Ladders and Electricity.

    An aluminum Ladder and Electric current from a 110ac power cord. One of my Friends brothers; I would have thought would known better; he was on the ladder cleaning out his swamp cooler when the cable fell into the water killing him.

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  17. DickCappels

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    Bad news! Maybe you should stay away from the Jokes thread for a month or two. I know how irritating chest injuries like that can be, have fallen off the motorbike a number of times.

    It might be a good idea to keep of those ladders from now on. Don't over-do it and get well quickly.
     
  18. cmartinez

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    Gosh... you guys make me feel soooo guilty... I'm in perfect health and have no issues other than slightly cracking knees.
    The worst that's ever happened to me was a root canal that I had to go through about 25 years ago... I was in so much pain that I decided to get drunk that day... and it worked!... for the night only... imagine the size of hangover that I had to survive the next day.
     
  19. wayneh

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    My cracked ribs on the right were from a head-on car crash with a drunk during a thunder-snow-storm. The shoulder strap saved my life but did some damage.

    On the left side, I did an unplanned windsurfing move known as a catapult, as nicely demonstrated by the person in the photo. I ended up being impaled by the tip of my board, which I was still harnessed to. It took me half an hour to get my breath back enough that I could get back on and sail home. It was a bad day - I also broke an ankle bone when I hopped off the board in water much shallower than I thought. That's one of those weekends when you're glad to go back to work on Monday.
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  20. cmartinez

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    Ok... first I felt guilty... now I feel.... boring ... I'm beginning to wish I had more adventures
     
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