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11-13-2009 10:40 PM

Well, it’s been a while, but I’m back.

For those of you who didn’t know I was ‘gone’, lol, read here. You can tell I was on some strong ‘stuff’ when I typed that one!

Got home from the hospital on July 6th, and spent the next three months in a wheelchair. I finally started walking on October 18th.

My right leg, the one with all the plates, rods and screws is doing great. No pain at all. The left leg, however, is another story. The heel bone, also called and calcaneus, shattered and then crushed the sub-talar joint, the joint that allows your foot to move side to side. They haven’t operated on it yet, and the bones have fused into the joint causing all kinds of problems/pain. I can’t stand for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Then sit for 15 or so, then when I get back up it REALLY hurts like heck for a few moments.

I haven’t been doing any woodworking at all except for turning one small bowl.

Well, that’s it, except I’m selling my new Grizzly jointer/planer. Just don’t need it anymore, or use it.

So, HI everyone.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 10:46 PM

Welcome back Chip now STAY AWAY FROM LADDERS please. Wish you a complete and speedy recovery.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 11:32 PM

Urgh, that sounds grim, hang in there Chip.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 11:52 PM

Padre, Glad you are mostly doing better and I agree with a1Jim, STAY AWAY FROM LADDERS! ; )

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 11-13-2009 11:59 PM

I too had avery bad accident on ladders when I was about 37 years old .I was up a ladder and it started slipping there were two of my chidren underneath ,so instead of falling on them I threw myself backwards to miss them and landed on my head.I completely lost my memory for a few days that was frightening couldnt remember anything even my wifes name or my house etc etc.So I can sympathise with you entirely gob bles you and get well soon.I bet your just dying to get back to your tools LOLAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 12:44 AM

Every time I go to get on a ladder I think of you and I double check the footing and make sure my anti-kickout is solid in the ground.

Hoping you get well soon.

-- BLOG -

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 12:55 AM

Glad to hear you are doing well Padre, We;come back!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 01:01 AM

I had that happen to me once. Was cleaning cement block wall, you know, one arm, back and forth, back and forth, all the time those legs walking away behind me. I dropped straight down too. Tearing all my fingernails off trying to slow my decent. Didn’t help. First my feet hit then my butt came down on my feet, then my chin hit both knees knocking my front teeth out. I was stupid and went back to work the next day. Looked like a shrew,. nose stuck up in the air toothless, hunched over. Stupid. Just like A1Jim called me. Back then you didn’t want to get a name as being a slacker so you worked with those kind of injuries. You could even see the imprint of the ladder across the top of both feet. God only knows what I did to my back. Hope you are able to mend pal. There finally comes a time when you just can’t do it anymore.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 01:16 AM

Good the hear from you again Chip.
I hope your other surgery gives you a decent result as is with you right leg.
Hang in there fella.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 01:37 AM

I’m another one who has problems with ladders. Welcome back and hopefully you can find some woodworking things you can still do.

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#10 posted 11-14-2009 01:43 AM

Welcome back. Get everything taken care of then hit the shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#11 posted 11-14-2009 02:31 AM

Glad to hear you are on the mend. The recovery time will be long and hard but Im sure things will work out. Will keep ya in our prayers..

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#12 posted 11-14-2009 05:43 AM

Chip, it is good to hear from you. I just hope and pray that you recover soon.

Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 11-15-2009 06:09 PM

Chip, we haven’t met before, I am 68, still working, but definitely not as young as I used to be. I hope those orthopedic surgeons can do their usual miracles. Lots of physical therapy, I bet. If they can leave you just with a couple of stiff joints, count your blessings. I bet you did that same thing a hundred times, and with a bunch of strange circumstances, the ladder backed out from under you.

With your indulgence I am going to carry on here a bit, just to point a truism that we older folks forget. Not because it describes you, mostly it describes me, but it just brought this to mind.

I have to admit, I finially just quit using ladders. Scared the devil out of me, those things. My biggest problem was that I have some very high spots on this house, and my wife and I together could hardly get the ladder up. Tried last summer, and as we came close to breaking a window. I stopped. Looked at her (and by the way she is tough as nails and 15 years younger than me) and said, “We just can’t do this safely anymore, hire someone.” So I don’t, and we did. I don’t plan to ever use those ladders again. It was always a marginal activity, with marginal ladders. I used to put clamps on the drains so they couldn’t go sidewise, and my wife for 25 years, Sherie, always held the bottom. Still scared the s—- out of me every time. I used to clamber around our slippery metal roof in the winter, probably as recent as a couple of years ago. Not anymore.

I have a calcified facet in my back, it was diagnosed at age 6 or 7. I probably broke that sucker falling off a swing or slide, and neither I or my parents ever knew, until probably a year later when it got totally fused. When you are young, you recover fast, and heal well, although that facet haunts me still.

For us oldsters out there, actually you may still be pretty agile, I am. I can sprint, play a little basketball, volleyball including diving into the sand to dig out a low one. Although I played my last game last year. I could do it, but bruised up something terrible.

But here is the rub…...

You don’t wake up old someday.

I must say that to a client every week. You get there gradually, losing energy, resilience, healing powers. The bones get brittle, vessels in that brain are weakened and can hemorrhage more readily. Picture someone in their 90’s, the vast majority walk slow, probably use a cane, are bent over, frail, can’t hear or see well, shake with every movement, and nap most of the day. If they trip and fall and break their hip, they will frequently die. That’s how my mother died. Are there exceptions, of course, but I just described 99%. We start moving towards that aged person every day of our life, probably starting in our 20’s.

And along the way, there are times, when you should recognize, that even if you can do something, it is not safe anymore…......if for no other reason…......that you heal slower, and break more things, when an accident happens.

So choose your battles, recognize your limits, don’t be scared to ask for help or hire someone. We all age differently, and lose different abilities at different rates. So there are no rules. Just common sense. We all live with getting older….......let’s just try to be sure we keep getting older, because the alternative isn’t very good. Besides, who else is gonna make the sawdust….................. (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 11-15-2009 06:22 PM

Hi, Welcome back Chip i joined about the time of your incident,
makes all mine seem small.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#15 posted 11-15-2009 06:37 PM

Thank you all for your kind words.

I am actually doing a lot better than I was this summer. I even took the ramp out of my shop and put all of my tools back in place! :)

As I said, my right leg is doing fine, like nothing happened, and I find that strange since that’s the one that had all of the surgery, plates and screws and stuff. Oh well.

Thanks again all.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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