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DaveN    430

This past weekend the weather was perfect on Sunday (Mother's Day). My wife  went to visit her Mom while I stayed at home to do some chores. First, I had to mow the lawn because that stuff that falls from the sky, rain, makes it grow. It also doesn't help that I put fertilizer down this spring. next up was to continue my task of painting the foundation. My wife's rules of engagement on projects is no ladders without a spotter. Being the typical guy, that surely does not count a step stool (ladder). I managed to do really well on the stool on the uneven grass as I slowly worked on my project. I finally decided to pack up shop for the day. I placed the stool on the patio (flat surface), stood on the top step so I could remove the tape around the gutter that I did not want to paint. I have no idea what happened next as my 198lb body fell to the ground, recording my first Parkinson's fall, as my back rammed into the 8x8 support post for my screened in porch which preceded the rasbury on my left leg and skinned knuckles on my right hand. I laid there on the ground trying to catch my breath which was unexplicably taken away for some reason,  thankful that no one witnessed my Humpty Dumpty impersonation. The moral of the story is if your wife says no ladders unless you have help, you should listen. Of course I'm a guy and am invincible. For some reason I think I'm much younger than I actually am. Ahhh, to be twenty one again........

Cheers everyone.

Dave

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Linda Garren    751

Dave:  Glad you are okay.  A fall like that can be harrowing, and the shock of it is sometimes worse than the injuries.

 

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j2murphy    2

Sounds like you handled it well Dave with a more realistic plan going forward. I did much the same thing last summer only broke both wrists with the fall. The ER Drs called it a divorce break since many wives won't help with some of the things you won't be able to do. Fortunately Lowes and others all sell inexpensive toilet top bidets that work quite well.
 The indignities!

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jb49    654

Hi,  Good description of a scary incident DaveN.  I made my living in the construction business.  I could carry a bundle of shingles over my shoulder, up a ladder, onto a roof and continue walking across the sloping roof surface.  That was then, now is now.  It is not easy to see something that needs to be done requiring the use of ladders and knowing that with my balance issues that I really shouldn't do it myself. Mr. Parkinson can be very generous when he starts to dish out portions of  Frustration soup.  

Stump, you stumped me with BTDT, took me a minute but I got it 

Hi Linda, two things happen when you fall, you get physically hurt, and your self confidence takes a hit too.

Murph, I can only imagine trying to function with 2 broken wrists.  Are your wrists healed up now? The indignities of it all indeed.!!  It isn't easy being a person with Parkinsons.

Stand Tall guys. You too Linda 

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Beau's Mom    1,060

A lesson learned the hard way always sticks better for me. Glad you didn't break any bones.

Dianne

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MurrayPD2    219

OUCH!   I usually end up hurting my head on something.  I don't go on roofs any more.  My wife won't let me either. 

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