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Friday, October 25, 2013

If you read my status this morning, you know we had a narrow escape. It could have been really bad, but it wasn't. Hubby asked me to hold the ladder for him. He had asked a couple days ago, but I had to wait for a time he wanted to do it and I didn't have a grandchild to watch. So that was today.

We have one live oak tree that is really too close to the house. He's already planted a small tree further out from the house. He plans to cut down the oak once the little tree is well established. But for today he wanted to chop down all the branches over the house. He had already done the ones he could reach easily. Today the extension ladder was nearly perpendicular to the ground as I held it steady. He leaned it on a branch and cut a few inches out toward the house on that same branch. Unfortunately, what he/we hadn't thought about was that once the branch was cut it was holding far less weight so it went up by several feet. The top of the ladder slipped off the branch and fell with hubby. I know he fell 10 feet at least. He's 72 years old, diabetic, heart problems, vision problems, etc. It could have been really bad. He bled just a little where the edge of the ladder scraped his side. My right arm got badly scratched from the shoulder to the elbow by a falling branch. Inside my left knee also got marked up. All in all, we are fine. And very, very lucky.

PS Weight today: 125.0, 87 pounds below my all time high. I'm working toward establishing 126.0 as my average weight. I'm doing it!!
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    Very lucky indeed. Ladder accidents are no joke - my hubby survived an 8 foot fall onto concrete. One broken shoulder. 6 months recovery. Wooden ladders - watch out for dry rot!!
    1573 days ago
    That was a close call with the ladder....glad it wasn't worse. Hope you all will be more careful in future!

    WTG on the weight! Maintaining is hard...not for wimps!
    1576 days ago
    I'm so glad you escaped with "minor" injuries. Sometimes "saving money" doesn't! I hope you both recover soon... it would be a shame to have your dancing days curtailed.
    1576 days ago
    Wow I am so glad that it wasn't more serious....perhaps it would be best to hire an arborist or general tree guy to take that big oak down. If you do any wood working , keep the wood as oak is highly sought after by Furniture makers.
    1576 days ago
    Yikes! Glad you're both OK. Two years ago my FIL (81) fell off a ladder and broke his back. Luckily they put some kind of new cement in there and now he's actually better then ever! (But shorter!) Our elderly aunt Jackie fell off a ladder while picking apples and broke her finger. People said to her, "Jackie, what were you doing up on that ladder!" And she said "Picking apples!"
    1576 days ago
    so glad you're both ok! i think my heart would still be thumping hours later ...

    1576 days ago
    glad you're both okay Marsha! emoticon
    1576 days ago
    I'm glad neither of you were seriously hurt. Your angels were watching over you.
    1576 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    Oh, I"m so glad ur husband and you are both alright. That is so lucky. MY SIL lost her father to a fall. He came out of the house and walked into the yard to get the newspaper. Then walking over to the driveway to get into the car, he tripped on the edge of the driveway and fell flat on the concrete payement. He had a bruised heart and that caused him to go into a cardiac arrest and he died. He was 68. The autopsy showed that the fall had done the damage. Glad ur husband fell on the ground.
    1576 days ago
    Whoa!!! Too Scarey, glad all ended well... I don't blame you for not holding a ladder for him anymore!!!!
    1576 days ago
    Glad you both are okay.
    1576 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    Wow!! A fall like that and no broken bones? Very lucky indeed!
    1576 days ago
    Thank goodness you are both all right! With all of those other problems, Gary doesn't need to add anything to the mix. Take care!
    1576 days ago
    emoticon Oh, too much of a Halloween scare, Marsha!!! I am so grateful you are both okay. Working with trees is complicated.

    Just so glad you are both okay.

    emoticon You are really nailing that maintenance weight goal!
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    1576 days ago
    Oh my gosh! Beyond lucky!! Trees do strange things when you start cutting. A job worth hiring done. I'm so glad no one ended up with permanent injuries. emoticon
    1576 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Glad to hear it didn't turn into something serious. We have a friend with a broken ankle because of a ladder accident. At some point we have to throw in the towel and let someone younger do these chores. Maybe it is time?????? I say, Better safe, than sorry. We can't unring the bell once it has been rung. My dear DH ended up with a broken heel and then a hip-first from getting down off a truck bed and the other from using crutches because of the broken heel! No more truck beds or crutches for him!!!
    1576 days ago
    Praise the Lord for taking care of both of you. I'm glad it wasn't worse.
    1576 days ago
    Ladder accidents -- DON'T GET ME STARTED! I'm glad you both are OK. It could have been AWFUL.
    1576 days ago
    So glad you are both OK... I know we like a *little* excitement in our lives... but this kind? I think we can skip it, right? emoticon
    1576 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Oh, Marsha! I held my breath...I almost didn't want to finish reading. You both are VERY lucky! Rather there were angels watching over you both. I am SO glad it went well!

    And the weight is even better! I expect that of you, though! Have a restful night! emoticon
    1576 days ago
    That must have been so frightening . . . glad your DH is OK and you too.

    Rugged independence is great but . . . some things you just gotta bite the bullet and call in the specialist . . . tree trimming is notoriously dangerous for a whole lotta reasons. Not worth the risk.
    1577 days ago
    How awful! So glad it wasn't any worse than that. Live and learn but what a lesson. Do take care and I hope you both heal quickly. HUGS!
    1577 days ago
    That must have been very scary! Years ago when our children were young my DH was cutting a branch off a large weeping willow and the rope that was supposed to pull it one way broke and it headed for the sand box which was full of children. Fortunately, it stopped about a foot away but I will never forget how fast I was heading for those children when I saw that branch swing. God was watching over us that day and you today!
    1577 days ago
    Wow. Glad to hear you are both okay.
    1577 days ago
    Glad you are both OK. That is very scary!
    1577 days ago
    Wow! So glad it was not worse. After the age of 70 being on ladders is not acceptable. I know my brother-in-law never felt he was too old to cut back on some of the things he had done all his life. He was up on the roof checking it out early one morning and there was dew on the ground. He lost his footing broke his left hip and his right ankle. They put him back together with screws and he was lucky, but it took him well over a year with all the re-hab he had to go through. I have learned as I have gotten older to be more cautious, because our bodies do not have the healing powers that it did when we were younger. Hope you both heal quickly.
    1577 days ago
    I am so glad that you both okay! My father took a serious fall off a ladder when he was trimming a tree in our backyard once, so I know firsthand what kind of injuries could have occurred. Grateful that you are okay.

    1577 days ago
    Glad you are both okay!! emoticon
    1577 days ago
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