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So Lucky!!

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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JCKIRNER 10/29/2013 8:53AM

    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!!

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GEMLADYONE 10/26/2013 11:12AM

    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!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/26/2013 9:06AM

    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.

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BLUENOSE63 10/26/2013 8:58AM

  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.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/26/2013 7:56AM

    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!"

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STRIVER57 10/26/2013 6:51AM

    so glad you're both ok! i think my heart would still be thumping hours later ...

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NEW-CAZ 10/26/2013 2:34AM

    glad you're both okay Marsha! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 10/26/2013 1:32AM

    I'm glad neither of you were seriously hurt. Your angels were watching over you.

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JIBBIE49 10/26/2013 1:16AM

    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.

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SLIMLILA 10/25/2013 11:32PM

    Whoa!!! Too Scarey, glad all ended well... I don't blame you for not holding a ladder for him anymore!!!!

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TAICHIDANCER 10/25/2013 10:25PM

    Glad you both are okay.

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-AMANDA79- 10/25/2013 10:23PM

    Wow!! A fall like that and no broken bones? Very lucky indeed!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/25/2013 9:02PM

    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!

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SEAJESS 10/25/2013 8:34PM

    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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JOYINKY 10/25/2013 8:09PM

    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

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FROSTY99 10/25/2013 7:48PM

    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!!!

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IAMWINNING 10/25/2013 7:47PM

    Praise the Lord for taking care of both of you. I'm glad it wasn't worse.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/25/2013 7:34PM

    Ladder accidents -- DON'T GET ME STARTED! I'm glad you both are OK. It could have been AWFUL.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2013 6:43PM

    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

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GABY1948 10/25/2013 6:40PM

    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

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WATERMELLEN 10/25/2013 6:03PM

    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.

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MSLZZY 10/25/2013 5:47PM

    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!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/25/2013 3:46PM

    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!

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BURGUNDYBABE 10/25/2013 3:28PM

    Wow. Glad to hear you are both okay.

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PLMITCH 10/25/2013 3:20PM

    Glad you are both OK. That is very scary!

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PMFISH 10/25/2013 2:33PM

    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.

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KLMEIRING 10/25/2013 2:25PM

    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.


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NATPLUMMER 10/25/2013 1:49PM

    Glad you are both okay!! emoticon

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