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Monday, October 11, 2010

10/11/10 Boo-Boo's

I'm such a klutz, but no worries, I'm OK.
Yesterday, I was finishing up the last piece of outside painting (the casing boards around our garage doors). As much as I tried to make this house maintenance free outside, there's still a few things to paint (I also repainted all the outside lights this weekend, remind me to show you as I need opinions). Actually, I only got the prep for painting underway. The paint was flaking so I was outside from 9am-5:30pm (until I wiped out) scraping off paint and then using the belt sander to get the final pieces off. OK, picture this; I was up on the ladder at the top of the garage door (feet about 4-5' off the ground), leaning a little to one side away from the ladder, with the heavy belt sander in both hands, and then....I turned on the belt sander. You already know what happened next...it grabbed the wood and pulled me right off the ladder (think America's Funniest Home Videos, but without the video).

I'm not sure what happened next, but I rolled and ended up on the concrete, in front of the other garage door, with a little less skin (wonder how much skin weighs LOL). I'm celebrating the season with a fall. I'm thinking it's a good thing that I weigh a lot less now or the outcome might have been much worse. DS2 happened to be outside mowing the lawn, so I waved him down to come help me up. I've got two skin knees (yes, even with long pants on, thank goodness), a skinned elbow, I'm going to have a huge bruise on the shoulder that I landed on, and I did something to my back and neck (hopefully just aggravated the osteoarthritis). I'm moving like I need a walker.

OK, let's find an upside...DS2 is off school today for Columbus Day, so I have the help I need to get the primer on to protect the raw wood (remember, DH left yesterday for the week). Oh, and I've decided that scraping (my bat wings were flying scraping that paint) and sanding paint off all day is an excellent workout for the arms...and if you tumble off a ladder...it can be considered aerobic activity!!

11 comments:

Sandy Lee said...

You poor thing. No heights for you. You seem to be well stocked in BIG bandages at least. And since it is now long-pant season, not one will be the wiser. Except you posted pics on-line. Get better soon.

Miss Vickie "The Queen Bee" said...

Oh goodness, I do hate to fall! I hope you are not too sore today.

Jen said...

Yeouch!! I hope you can take it easy and recover. It's always worse the next day. :(

andy said...

OWWWWWWW feel better

Libby - Denver, CO said...

Ow! Safety, safety, safety. I'd make DS2 do all the height work so you can stay safely on the ground. Take care of yourself!

LDswims said...

Yikes, Girlfriend! I'm glad it's "just" skin and not bones and sprains or whatnot. I really hope the back and neck are ok! Heal fast, please! And don't be scared to move the ladder over... :)

~Lisa~ (Mrs C) said...

Oh MERCY, Lady!! That sounded like an awful spill.. Almost "Clark Griswold-ish"!! I hope you're not "feeling" it today.. ((huggsss)) - gently!

amandakiska said...

Glad it wasn't worse! Feel better!

Darlin1 said...

Scary! You're in my thoughts-

Take Care!!!

Christine said...

OWCH! I hope you're okay!! I doubt that the loss of skin weighs much, but I bet the adrenaline rush of falling off the later burned a few extra calories!

Bandita Senorita said...

I hope the bruise didn't turn out too bad and that everything heals soon!

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