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Subject: OT- but important!
Date Posted: 10/27/2011 12:51 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2007
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10 days ago my DH fell 10 ft. off a ladder, hitting his head on our concrete front walk.  He lay there unconscious and bleeding for quite awhile.  Managed to stagger in and call for help.  He was very confused and had clearly injured his brain- not to mention the blood.  911- the whole shebang.  Long story short, he was incredibly lucky.  16 stitches in his temple and a very bad concussion, but no brain bleed or skull fracture.  We have heard over and over from the drs how this almost never ends this well.  He is feeling great and back to work.  It is amazing!

He had been meaning to replace that rickety ladder for ages.  Do you have something similar in your home?  Go right now and throw it out or destroy it.  It's human nature to push your luck and use it one more time if it's right there.  Instead, you will have to replace it with a safe one before the next project.

 If you are planning to hang lights or other decorations this holiday season, make sure you have a safe ladder, and never work alone!  Refer stubborn husbands to me for gory details...

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 1:21 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
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Oh Sara, how terrible! Thank God it was no worse.

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 2:28 PM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2006
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Sara - I'm so glad your terrible adventure had a great ending.  Thanks for the reminder - our ladders are stable, but it is so important to make sure that they are placed in the right position, etc.

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 3:09 PM ET
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Oh wow. He's incredibly lucky. Thank goodness everything ended well.

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 10:50 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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Thank goodness he's okay!  That is very lucky that he was injured but survived.

Earlier this year a friend of my mother's fell off a ladder inside her house.  She lived alone and it was quite a few hours before anyone found her.  It didn't turn out good at all.  She never came to and passed away after about a month in hospitals and finally a nursing home.  Head injuries are nothing to mess around with, look at the actress who hit her head skiing, thought she was fine, and ended up at the hospital after it was too late to save her.

Date Posted: 10/27/2011 11:41 PM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2005
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Sara, so thankful your husband is OK--thank you for the timely reminder!

Date Posted: 10/28/2011 7:10 AM ET
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I am glad that your husband is ok and has no last ill effects.

Date Posted: 10/28/2011 10:07 AM ET
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I work for 911 and I will reiterate what she said!!  Also, NEVER climb a ladder when alone - even one only a few feet off the ground.  Even a 3 foot fall can do irreparable damage or death.  When I say I take calls like this DAILY, that's the gospel.