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Dave1941 05-15-2020 03:41 PM

Stop Doing Stupid Stuff
 
So two weeks ago I was replacing the rusty screws with ss screws on the ladder on my 2861. Instead of using a step stool or ladder, I choose a half full (or half empty) five gallon paint bucket as my step. As I was desending, I missed the center of the bucket and found myself on the concrete. Of course after looking to see if anyone saw my misshap, I noticed a large scrape on my ankle, not to say my 64 yo body wasn't screaming, you fool. Daily, my ankle grew a large knot ( hematoma) and my ankle and foot turned black. It's getting better now. Moral of the story, stop doing stupid stuff and remember your brain might be 30 something but your body isn't.

robbiels7 05-15-2020 03:46 PM

Man thats tough. I think we have all taken short cuts when we shouldn't and regret it later. Smarter not harder.
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Originally Posted by Dave1941 (Post 2324950)
So two weeks ago I was replacing the rusty screws with ss screws on the ladder on my 2861. Instead of using a step stool or ladder, I choose a half full (or half empty) five gallon paint bucket as my step. As I was desending, I missed the center of the bucket and found myself on the concrete. Of course after looking to see if anyone saw my misshap, I noticed a large scrape on my ankle, not to say my 64 yo body wasn't screaming, you fool. Daily, my ankle grew a large knot ( hematoma) and my ankle and foot turned black. It's getting better now. Moral of the story, stop doing stupid stuff and remember your brain might be 30 something but your body isn't.


dalford 05-15-2020 03:58 PM

Dave, welcome to the forum from the Space Coast of Florida :trink39:

I’ve always said “Living is hazardous to your health.” That is especially true now even when we are not doing stupid things... be safe!

Reverse_snowbird 05-15-2020 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave1941 (Post 2324950)
Moral of the story, stop doing stupid stuff and remember your brain might be 30 something but your body isn't.

Glad you're on the mend. :)
Stupid stuff isn't limited to those of us who are a bit older. We all get in a hurry and make mistakes.

OYO 05-15-2020 04:14 PM

Yup. I'm just a tad older. A poorly supported ladder cost me 3 fractured vertebrae and two broken ribs, three days before our scheduled "fall" trip. I only fell 4'.

Luckily I healed in time for a shortened/late fall trip with no long term effects. I'm not allowed on ladders anymore.

Be safe.

NoviBill 05-15-2020 04:33 PM

My brain is 16, my body remind my brain of my real age every time I do something stupid. So far I am unable to listen.

EdJunior 05-15-2020 07:42 PM

Welcome to the forum Dave. Not the usual "Hi, I'm new to the forum" post, but a good one for us all to heed. Glad you're okay. Now let's hear some good stories!

Mr. Dan 05-15-2020 07:50 PM

Dave joined November 4 last year.

boondocking 05-15-2020 09:00 PM

Four years ago, a week before going on a 2 month trip to Vancouver Island I fractured my 68 year old shoulder in 4 places.
Checking the seams on the roof of my trailer on a step ladder and leaned back too far from 7 feet up.
Landed on my shoulder on the concrete. That was the end of boon docking for the next two summers.
I have been extremely careful ever since.

rsdata 05-15-2020 09:27 PM

only need one mistake to teach hopefully

emm-dee 05-15-2020 09:50 PM

I fell off a 16 foot ladder a few years ago. Fortunately I was only on the first rung.

boondocking 05-16-2020 12:09 AM

^ :roflblack:

DustyRoads 05-16-2020 12:50 PM

A couple years ago I thought I was on my 6' ladder. Nope I was on my 8' ladder. Went to step off the ladder and down I went on the pavement.
I used to use 5 gal bucket all the time to reach something. I now have a $19+ step stool from Harbor Freight.
https://go.harborfreight.com/coupons...or-only-19-99/

REL 05-16-2020 12:53 PM

Hit a tree riding one of my dirtbikes last week. Broke my leg in three places.

CaptnJohn 05-16-2020 01:03 PM

In 1968 rappelling from a chopper the last of 4 to descend when ground fire erupted. Chopper pilot was a new guy and popped the chopper UP and I went DOWN. Back broke ~~ an experienced pilot came to pick me up as the 1st guy was in fear mode. Rarely use a ladder now.

F.R.O.G. 05-16-2020 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by boondocking (Post 2325127)
Four years ago, a week before going on a 2 month trip to Vancouver Island I fractured my 68 year old shoulder in 4 places.

You should quit going to those 4 places. (Sorry, couldn't control my fingers on the keyboard. They made me say it.)

brewjaz 05-16-2020 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave1941 (Post 2324950)
Moral of the story, stop doing stupid stuff and remember your brain might be 30 something but your body isn't.


Boy, can I relate to that.....MANY times.


You'd think we'd learn by now!


Glad what happened to you wasn't any worse-although it was bad enough!

Blank 05-16-2020 01:21 PM

When doing dumb stuff, if you have to think about whether its safe or not, it is generally too late!!!

medalguy 05-16-2020 01:34 PM

I did the same thing, using a 5 gallon bucket for a step stool to another spot even higher up. Unfortunately when I stepped back down my foot went right through the lid. Fortunately the bucket wasn't full of paint. Lesson learned.

buffalohunter 05-16-2020 01:48 PM

After two falls that eventually required that I have a total shoulder replacement. I still use ladders and fear falling and causing more injuries. However at 72 years old I refuse to give up. This morning I was washing the roof of my trailer using two different ladders to climb on. I am like the saying goes I guess "I went to Jupiter to get stupider".

Healing takes time just take it easy for a while. It was Oct 10,2019 for my replacement and I am not 100% yet but getting better every day. It could go faster if the pandemic would get over with and the gym could reopen.

Stay safe everyone.


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