A Poofing the Pillows Safety Meeting

Now sweet readers, I hope you will read this with a laugh but also take it seriously. Let this safety meeting come to order so you can learn from my mistakes.

I've always read that most accidents occur in the home and lately that has proven true for us. I don't know if it has to do with moving and having so much to do or if it's just not paying attention but...





A couple of weeks ago Paul and I were working out in the yard. He was pushing the huge wheel barrow around and I was walking with him. We stopped to work in one spot for awhile and to survey the ajuga that we recently planted around the air conditioner. When he started to back up, his heels hit the propane tank which is buried but sticks out of the ground about 6 inches. I saw him landing on his rear end and rolling all the way over right about the same time the wheel barrow landed on my foot!! 

He was cussing! I was cussing! We were both hurt and a little bit dazed. Paul landed in the grass so he was ok. My foot wasn't broken but it was very painful for a few days. Isn't it a miracle though that you can hurt yourself very intensely and within a short time the pain is gone? Well that's what happened and within a few minutes we were laughing our heads off and reliving the moment. We thought that if we could have made a silent movie out of the incident with the right sound effects it would have been great! We also couldn't help but wonder which of us would have crawled to the house to call 911 if something had been terribly wrong. 

Lesson learned:  Check your surroundings.

Then this past weekend while Paul and our son were out working in the yard again, I was in the house cleaning windows. Can you guess where this is going? I used my handy dandy two foot step ladder to step up and clean the first window. Then I scooted over and started to clean the second window - like I've done a thousand times. Just as I reached up to start scrubbing, the ladder collapsed.  There's no laughing in my head about this incident still because I hurt all over! My right foot is purple, my other foot is sore, my rear end is purple, my shoulders and wrists hurt. Nothing is broken though, very thankfully.



The men were outside and I was in the house alone so I just laid on the floor crying and maybe cussing for a little bit while the room was spinning. I was soaked with Windex, my foot was pounding, and while I was laying there....  I noticed that there was dog hair all over the floor under my kitchen table!

It wasn't a proud moment!

Lesson learned:  Use the correct type of ladder and make sure it is locked in place. 

Today I'm moving slowly and taking Advil. This will pass and I've learned from these two incidents, for sure.  My husband is constantly telling me that OSHA would fine me if this were a public workplace and I've always ignored him. I think I will listen more often.

So friends...don't forget safety in your home and don't take it for granted either. Take your calcium to keep your bones strong. Consider paying someone to clean your windows....well I probably won't but you might.

Now, how will I get those windows clean before book club tomorrow night?

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42 comments

Brenda Pruitt said...

Leave the windows! Things typically seem to happen in threes. Take no more chances for awhile! I really laughed at this. Remember over five years ago when I broke both sides of my ankle? I dragged myself across the yard, up the steps, across the porch, into the house, across the kitchen and then the dining room to my bedroom. I called my daughter the realtor who was having an open house. It was a Sunday afternoon. I said I didn't know if it was broken (I'd never had a broken bone). She calls her husband out in the country, who comes after he secures child care for the kids. I have to climb up into his Hummer and he takes me to the critical care clinic, they take a look and call an ambulance. I take a LOT of Vitamin D. My surgeon has me take it for my bones. Sorry this was so long. Wanted to warn everyone!
Brenda

Suzanne said...

So glad you're okay! Great post and good reminder for all of us. I think for book club tomorrow night the ladies should offer to bring you wine while you watch them clean the windows and the dog hair. Just a thought. 😜You might not be so popular at book club after that.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Things can happen so quickly! I hope you heal up and feel better soon. A good post for all of us as a reminder! Hugs, Diane

Kim said...

Oh no!! Accidents can happen at any moment, you are so right. I am sorry you are hurting and I hope you heal quickly and feel better in time for book club. A few years ago, I had a house full of mommies and babies for a swimming playdate. The pool was finished, but the landscaping was not so there was a low, plastic fence around the perimeter. I had climbed over that fence more times than I can count that summer, but on that day, my flip flop got caught in the fence and I went down hard on the cement. In front of an audience and in my bathing suit. Fun. I was ok, but man I hurt for days and I was purple, too. It certainly wasn't the same as when my toddlers fell... ;)

Tammy Lagaly said...

You poor girl! I feel your pain. Last July I was helping some friends set up for a surprise birthday party. I was standing at the bar area, turned quickly to walk around the area for something. What I didn't know - or forgot most likely - was that we had put a galvanized tub with ice and bottled water on the floor at the end of the bar. I walked right into it and I went flying. I ended up hurting the hand that I put out to stop my fall. No broken bones but I am still dealing with inflammation from the trauma and sprain. I am such a klutz. I think we all can agree that being aware of our surroundings is an awesome idea. Hope you feel better soon my friend!

The Sketchy Reader said...

I want to wrap you in bubble wrap next time you do chores! I'm thankful you didn't break anything. :)

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Oh my goodness! I hope you are on the mend soon! I'm like you, I insist on doing as much as I can for myself and my son is constantly talking about that OSHA junk! My reply is always the same: "This is a private home and OSHA has no business here!" Although, just between us, I will agree that many accidents would be avoided if we all followed the OSHA guidelines!

Betty said...

Thank you for my first laugh of the day. I am just glad no one got seriously hurt. Hubby and I have done the same thing when we have been working in our yard.

My thrift store addiction said...

Stacey thanks for letting us laugh with you.I can so relate--I have a tendency to be so task focused that I constantly injure myself in the process! Hoping your bumps and bruises heal soon. Hugs, Cecilia

Rita C. said...

Ugh, I hate how these things happen and the hindsight being 20/20. Really glad you're [seemingly] okay, but that last fall may take awhile to get over. :(

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, no one is immune! I am sorry you are in pain...accidents are scary and reminders that it can happen very fast! Feel better soon!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Oh dear!! I hope you heal quickly and I will keep safety in mind while we move into our new home - whenever that may be.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh no!!! I hope you feel better soon! I know what you mean about the OSHA thing...I would fail too...especially when I use a bar stool to climb up on to get something in the upper shelf of the cabinets...too lazy to drag out the step stool!...Take it easy Stacey!!! Be careful and heal fast!!

Sandy said...

Glad you are both ok. I am sure the first scene was a bit funny when you checked to make sure both were ok. I think a tiny bit more now that I am older, but I am still a bit of a climber and probably a bit too reckless. I will take note of your warning.

Jeanie said...

Oh Stacey, no, no, no! I'm glad you're OK -- but you're not really OK, are you? Sore, hurting, purple food, advil-requiring is not OK!

I think you deserve a week off! Maybe more. And flowers and take out (so you don't have to walk.) I know it could have been much worse, but this is no fun and while I love that you can write about it in good humor, I know there was no humor there at the time. Your warning is a wise one and bears repeating!

Donna said...

Holy cow, you have had a string of unfortunate incidents! Hope your soreness is going away and your bruises are healing. My husband is a retired home inspector and was a sheet metal journeyman before that, so he has preached ladder safety for years. Hmm, think I'd call a window washing service and sip my merlot and eat bonbons while watching them work.

Junkchiccottage said...

OMG Stacey. I know this was a painful time but you made me laugh. I would be the same way if I had fallen of course you then would see the dog hair under the table lol! Too crazy. Glad you were not seriously hurt.
I have to agree with Donna's comment get someone to wash the windows while you lay on the couch and watch!!!! Hope you are feeling better.
xoxo
Kris

Decor To Adore said...

I rarely if ever do my windows anymore. It seems like such as waste as they are dirty within 3 days.

Add this to the safety list: when changing out an outdoor arrangement empty it outside versus bringing it inside and trying to reach in and empty it into the kitchen sink. If you do you will grab a lizard with a handful of flowers and proceed to scare yourself and the lizard half to death resulting in him scrambling for cover under the refrigerator.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Do feel better soon. These things happen to anyone. ladders are a scary thing. Everytime I am on a ladder, I always think of what could happen. Rest up.

Bluesky Kitchen Carol Lander said...

Stacey, I'm so sorry for your accidents, but laughing a little bit because we've all done stupid (it's O.K. to say stupid here?) stuff that we could shoot ourselves for doing, but it's sort of funny. I'm thinking America's Funniest Home Videos where you laugh your a___ off but then stop because you realize someone could have, should have been hurt really badly. Hope your bruises and soreness heal quickly.

Bluesky Kitchen Carol Lander said...

Stacey, I have to add that Sweet Shark is always getting on to me because I'm too lazy to get out the step ladder and I'd rather use a chair or climb on the kitchen counter. Famous last words.

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

This is such a great post. We need to be reminded to keep safety in check. I hope that you feel better soon! Take care!

Simply Farmhouse said...

Stacey, my goodness what a time you have had. I hope you are feeling much better today. (((((HUGS)))) You sound like you could use a few.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh dear Stacey ~ I hope you will recover swiftly from these accidents. Bless your heart.

Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Ouch! It's always such a shock when an accident happens out of the blue like that! xoxo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh boy, you poor thing!! My husband bought me a special ladder so I wouldn't fall off it but I still don't do windows!

Lady of the Manor said...

Oh my! I'm glad you're ok. Jerry had an accident when we were building our house. He jumped off the front porch when they were bringing in the wood flooring. He twisted his ankle and it hurt woeful but, of course, he didn't go to the hospital. It's still bothers him a bit. The delivery men came back several more times to deliver more things. Those guys asked about him every time and said they felt so bad for him! Lol! I sure hope your family is taking good care of you! Maybe your book club ladies can help wash those windows! Zenda

Stacy Grinsfelder said...

I'm glad you are both ok. It sounds so painful.

justplainjilly said...

So glad ya'll weren't hurt worse! It's so easy for stuff like this to happen. Thanks for the reminder about the calcium. I am so bad about taking it.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, oh so glad you and your hubby weren't hurt worse with broken bones. It's bad enough to be purple and sore though. I think sometime when we get so busy with so much going on, we tend to work quicker trying to get everything accomplished and take a few missteps. I've done it too. Stepped off the porch in a hurry and broke my ankle. That was in 2006 and I've tried to learn from that. Sometime I remember that lesson but most days I am still working on it!! haha

Take care and well wishes. xo
p.s. Arnicare Gel works great on those bruises and clears them up faster. Sold at most pharmacies and Walmart.

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krishna said...

oh no!! hope you are ok now..
Last year while working in the garden, my husband picked up a sack of soil,and that hurt his waist. At that he couldn't feel anything, but after few hours it started paining.. it took him months to heel..
learned, Always use a wheel barrow..

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Shelia said...

Poor Stacey! I'm so sorry you hurt yourself but you're okay. These things can happen so quickly! I know! Slow down and stop it! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Laura said...

Thank goodness you are both ok.

Be careful!!!:):):)

Jaybird said...

However...don't take too much calcium, it messes with kidney function!!! Take magnesium with it!!!
Take care of yourself sweet girl and BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!
I sure hope you AND hubby are doing well today!
Blessings,
J

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Such a good reminder to take those extra few seconds to check your surroundings. So glad you didn't break anything! :)

Bonnie said...

Sounds horrible. Glad you can laugh now and thanks for the tips. I need reminding of how easy accidents happen.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Thank you for what the industry calls "Stand Up Safety Meetings". I could just picture looking at that dog hair and feeling it was the final blow! My husband broke his leg shoveling ice 2 years ago while trying to keep up with our 3-year-old grandson's shoveling...then he waited over two weeks thinking it was just bruised. The doc said it could've damaged his internal leg as the bone was split in two.

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh you poor thing! I am glad no bones were broken and hoping you heal quickly. Stupid stepstool! Good thing your hubby fell on the soft (ish) grass too. I would take your advice but I am famously clumsy. I once tripped on a footstool, lost a toenail in the process, then there's the time I twisted me ankle in the yard and broke my foot, also the time my knee gave out while I was standing still, (smh) and I fell on my tush. No amount of careful safety tips will help when you can't even keep from falling while standing stationary. Somehow your ability to notice the dog hair under the table in a moment of crisis worries me more than the accidents. Lol That had me rolling, good thing I was sitting down. I might have taken a spill.

Christine Graves said...

You poor thing, hope you're feeling better and you guys haven't had any more spills. It seems like it comes in waves at our house too. One of us take a fall then it's my turn too.

corners of my life said...

Since this post was a bit ago I am hoping you are all mended. Accidents are always frustrating.

Michele said...

Oh, my goodness, you poor girl, Stacey! OUCH!

Well all I can say is your must have some really strong bones.

I took a spill on a hill a few years ago and broke my bones in six places.

Hope your purple and ouchies are long long gone by now.

/comfort hugs. ♥