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I've had my fair share of stupid injuries over the years. Last night was probably the stupidest. There I was, holding the baby and playing hide and seek with the older 2 kids. Our son counts FAST and I'd just thought of the BEST hiding spot. So off I race to jump into my hiding spot when BAM, I fall over a dog and now I think my knee is dislocated. Baby is fine, I am less so. lol
 
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Elle,

I have a similar story.  When my son (17 today) was about 2, my wife had just called us all to dinner.  I looked at my son and said “Daddy’s gonna get you” and I lunged forward to swoop him up.  He naturally took off running, but my right toe (I was wearing socks) caught the edge of our vacuum.  I knew immediately something was wrong as I hobbled over to sit down.  When I did I saw a little knob sticking out sideways from the right front quarter of my sock.  I gently pulled the sock off and there I saw my right pinky toe sticking sideways 90 degrees from its normal position.  Off to the ER we went and found it was both broken and dislocated.  It did not set properly and still sticks out slightly to the right.  I could attach a picture, but it might be too disturbing for some.

Oh, and I have more where that came from!

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Oh man. That sounds awful Eric!

I have a nice bump on my nose because I broke it diving into the pool where obviously it was too shallow. lol

I've put a nail through my hand with the nail gun.

I was taking a roof down, while I was under it, because I'm a smartie, and whacked myself in the head.

My husband is a big fan of, "I'm ok but...." phone calls. Me, "I'm ok but I broke the sliding glass door. I could have DIED, thank goodness I didn't right?"

Really, ya'll should think kindly of my husband. I put him through a lot!
 
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Elle,

Actually of all my ailments and injuries, that one was fairly mild.  I mean it did hurt (strangely not all that bad at first, but by the time we got to the ER the swelling was kicking in) but it was by no means life threatening.

I have had carbon monoxide poisoning (yuck!  What a headache) and I once broke my neck—my C6 vertebrae.  Those make the pinky toe not such a bad deal.

But Elle, you yourself seem to have had some colorful injuries.  The broken nose seems minor compared to what it could have been!

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When I was in MN, and my wife was out of state, and our nearest neighbor being a mile away, I got the bright idea of climbing up on a second story metal roof to fix a leak .....on Christmas Eve.  Hey, what could possibly go wrong? Yes, I woke up on the ground with a broken knee.  Amazingly, it healed without a problem.
 
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John,

OUCH!! That certainly sounds painful. Sure am glad that you healed up ok.

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Actually Elle, I have heard of a number of people nail gunning their hands so you certainly are not alone!

I assume that you put the nail through the top of your hand?  I have to ask, how did you get it out?

That sounds really awful!

Eric
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Actually Elle, I have heard of a number of people nail gunning their hands so you certainly are not alone!

I assume that you put the nail through the top of your hand?  I have to ask, how did you get it out?

That sounds really awful!

Eric



Husband, again. It went through between my thumb and pointer finger. Completely missed bone. I was lucky! I hopped around a lot laughing, because I found the whole thing ridiculous, and he yanked it out and gave me a band-aid. It wasn't that painful at all.


I think my most painful injury was when I twisted my neck putting my shirt on and had a hurt neck for months. A sign of age I suppose!
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:
I have had carbon monoxide poisoning (yuck!  What a headache) and I once broke my neck—my C6 vertebrae.  Those make the pinky toe not such a bad deal.
Eric



Yikes! How did you get it and how did you get out before dying??
 
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John F Dean wrote:When I was in MN, and my wife was out of state, and our nearest neighbor being a mile away, I got the bright idea of climbing up on a second story metal roof to fix a leak .....on Christmas Eve.  Hey, what could possibly go wrong? Yes, I woke up on the ground with a broken knee.  Amazingly, it healed without a problem.



Ouch! Glad you survived the fall!!!



When I was 9 months preggo with our first kid I was super mad at my husband but the roof we were getting replaced was blowing off in a storm. So I set about hauling a sandbag up on the roof in the middle of a blizzard to hold down the roof. Our roof is metal. I couldn't get back down, too afraid was I of flinging off the roof. I did eventually slide down to a safe section and climb off the roof but boy, one of the stupidest things I've ever done.
 
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Elle,

Regarding the CO poisoning, I will make a very, very long story short, leave out a lot of details and actually have to make up one or two to make the story logical and concise.

Short version is I was renting a vehicle, began to feel very ill, whopping headache and as luck would have it, a hospital was near by so I walked into the ER and there the blood test showed CO poisoning.  I survived because I got out of the vehicle.  I had to have a friend come and pick me up.

For a long time after I kept a little CO tag on my keychain just in case.

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elle sagenev wrote:

When I was 9 months preggo with our first kid I was super mad at my husband but the roof we were getting replaced was blowing off in a storm. So I set about hauling a sandbag up on the roof in the middle of a blizzard to hold down the roof. Our roof is metal. I couldn't get back down, too afraid was I of flinging off the roof. I did eventually slide down to a safe section and climb off the roof but boy, one of the stupidest things I've ever done.



I can see that in technicolor in my mind's eye.  Yikes!

I'm out on my metal roof on a regular basis.  It is so slippery that I've built body rigging and eye-bolts every few feet to clip to.  Also, carpet underlayment - the stuff that is anti-skid - keep a roll of that handy.

Oh.  My stupid injury.  I left an unframed mirror propped on the floor in my bedroom and knocked it once when going by.  It tipped and sliced my leg pretty neatly.  I was so proud I didn't bleed on the rug.  Needed 12 stitches.
 
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I think it happens to everyone.
Just this week I am nursing a nasty cut on my middle finger because it's one thing to have knife skills, but the real pros don't go back and prep more stuff in the middle of the party when the gin-and-tonic station runs low. Especially with a borrowed knife after several gin-and-tonics. (as I always say, thank heaven for fingernails or I would have no fingers left)

After a young adulthood full of competitive athletics, I got my worst knee injury by running on a wet floor (a pipe burst in the kitchen and I ran, on the wet tile, to turn off the water main out front of the house. I got out there and turned it off after I fell, but then spent a week in a cast after that with a torn ligament, followed by 6 months in pain with serious mobility issues. Today, it's good as new (or at least as good as it's going to get). I promised Divine Benevolence that if it ever got better I would go back to running, and I did, although you bet if I'm on a wet surface (or even a downhill) I immediately become paralyzed and grab anyone near me in panic.

I also managed to get a concussion while looking at a gorgeous supermoon and riding a bicycle (hit the curb, first with the tire and then with my head), while I rolled a car once and walked away just fine.

Honestly, the older I get I wonder how I made it this far.
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Elle,

Regarding the CO poisoning, I will make a very, very long story short, leave out a lot of details and actually have to make up one or two to make the story logical and concise.

Short version is I was renting a vehicle, began to feel very ill, whopping headache and as luck would have it, a hospital was near by so I walked into the ER and there the blood test showed CO poisoning.  I survived because I got out of the vehicle.  I had to have a friend come and pick me up.

For a long time after I kept a little CO tag on my keychain just in case.

Eric



Did you sue the car rental place? I wouldn't have thought that possible while out driving a car. Just when it's parked in a closed garage. Glad you got out safe!!
 
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Tereza Okava wrote:I think it happens to everyone.
Just this week I am nursing a nasty cut on my middle finger because it's one thing to have knife skills, but the real pros don't go back and prep more stuff in the middle of the party when the gin-and-tonic station runs low. Especially with a borrowed knife after several gin-and-tonics. (as I always say, thank heaven for fingernails or I would have no fingers left)

After a young adulthood full of competitive athletics, I got my worst knee injury by running on a wet floor (a pipe burst in the kitchen and I ran, on the wet tile, to turn off the water main out front of the house. I got out there and turned it off after I fell, but then spent a week in a cast after that with a torn ligament, followed by 6 months in pain with serious mobility issues. Today, it's good as new (or at least as good as it's going to get). I promised Divine Benevolence that if it ever got better I would go back to running, and I did, although you bet if I'm on a wet surface (or even a downhill) I immediately become paralyzed and grab anyone near me in panic.

I also managed to get a concussion while looking at a gorgeous supermoon and riding a bicycle (hit the curb, first with the tire and then with my head), while I rolled a car once and walked away just fine.

Honestly, the older I get I wonder how I made it this far.



I laughed about the concussion. It's nice to know so many people are prone to stupid injuries! lol
 
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Elle,

This is one area where I had to drastically simplify.  It was not exactly a traditional rental car agency.  No lawsuits.  What was done was done and I didn’t really feel like belaboring the issue.  

I am typing this from my phone and this would be an extremely long post even from a computer.  I don’t mind relating the issue, it would just be an extremely long post.

If you want to hear more, I could give the whole story but I would need some time to compose it.

Eric
 
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elle and Tereza,

I am so sorry, this is not like me, but I am lmao. I don't think other peoples' pain is funny. Maybe it is your delivery. Maybe because you are laughing at yourselves.

I am glad you are ok.

 
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This is a minor stupid injury, but it happened two days ago, so it's timely.  (I've had thousands of stupid injuries over the years.....)

So I had the great idea to climb the mountain at the end of my street this week (I've climbed it dozens of times).  It's lovely weather right now, and it's one heck of a climb (1500' of climbing in 3/4 of a mile, about as steep as possible without using hands).

Well, my hiking boots are worn and have holes in them, so I decided to wear my steel toe work boots instead.  They're in good shape, and broken in pretty good/they're comfortable.

Going up the mountain was no problem, and the shoes were of no notice.

Coming down the mountain, the feet are at about a 45 degree slant to the body, and my middle toe knuckles were digging into the steel "cup" in the tip of the shoe due to the force of gravity.  It was ridiculously painful, and I was so mad at myself for wearing the boots.

My feet are very "skeletal", so that didn't help.

Of course, I just took a picture.

I'll post some picture of the hike in meaningless drivel in a minute.  It's a very pretty hike, and even better, it's only a mile and a half from the front door to the top.

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Oh my gosh, and I thought my face looked bad! Sorry if this sickens anyone. They don't look that bad in person!
 
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Hi Elle,

I was in a production center where one of the maintenance people who was installing something on the ceiling not only put a nail through his hand, but immediately kicked the ladder out from under himself.  
 
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John, that is a remarkable feat.
Some years ago (as I've mentioned elsewhere) I was at a work event in Arizona and snuck away one afternoon to go hiking in the desert. Alone. Not smart. Nearly stepped on a rattlesnake and in jumping away managed to fill my backside with cactus spines. Not my finest moment, to be sure.
But when I got back to the hotel I was telling my colleague about my stupid injury and a staff person overheard. Said, "ah, but at least you were smart and stayed down low. Last year there was a woman who went hiking but up on top of the butte. She stepped on a rattler, got bitten, fell down off the edge, broke both legs but apparently fell on top of another rattler and got bitten again." Also impressive. (She lived, apparently, and today has a hell of a story)
 
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Hi Tereza,

There is something in human nature that makes us feel better when no matter how dumb of a move we have made if someone else has made an even dumber one.
 
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Ahh Joshua! My feet hurt just looking at that.

Ya'll are people after my own heart! Lots of stupid injuries. lol
 
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