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tony barnhill
07-26-2006, 05:28 PM
So, today the landscapers were here installing a new patio between the house and Garage-Mahal off the rear deck where Jerri can see it from her outdoor kitchen....everything was going well until they started moving these 2 huge Tennessee Creek bed stones as a landing at the bottom of the steps...the smaller of the 2 (about 5'x4'x4") went in place and leveled pretty easily...the larger (6x6x4") created a little problem...it toppled out of the tractor's bucket & pinned my feet underneath! OUCH!

In the adrennalin of the moment, one of the hefty young workers grabbed an end and lifted it to allow me to get free...then he fell to the ground from the exertion...we estimated it weighed nearly 1/2ton as the tractor was straining to pick it up!

I hobbled to doctor where they x-rayed both feet - nothing broken thank goodness for my leather work shoes - but several veins were bursted & bleeding inside feet...skin scraped off in several places & sore as you now what....put 'em up & ice pack was the remedy...but the right one looks like a puff ball now & I can't stand on it...so, I won't be wearing any shoes or moving around for a few days. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cryin.gif

Oh, but Jerri says the patio turned out nicely...now they've got to build a rose bed around one side of it...when they get the natural stones for the border...maybe tomorrow I'll get up & see how it looks.

....& this weekend is the big Grand Prix American Rolex Sports Car Series - Porsche 250 - in Birmingham & I've got tickets!

07-26-2006, 05:56 PM
Ouch! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif

07-26-2006, 05:59 PM
Sorry to hear about the accident sounds v painful. The noise you hear is the line forming to the right with guys willing to help you out by taking the race tickets off your hands

07-26-2006, 06:09 PM
I always knew you were a hillbilly at heart, put on some shoes. If I didnt have to work the weekend I'd be glad to go to the races in your place.

07-26-2006, 06:30 PM
yowsers!!! man I know how that feels first hand. Had a fork lift shatter my right foot when I was 18. I had 4 pins sticking out of the end of my foot for about 6 weeks...

I guess you were lucky no bones broke, but sure sounds like broken veins ain't no less painful... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

07-26-2006, 06:35 PM
Yikes Tony,
put those feet up high, sip a cold one and hope you get on your feet just as the patio is all done.

07-26-2006, 06:39 PM
...one of the hefty young workers grabbed an end and lifted it to allow me to get free...then he fell to the ground from the exertion...

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Ow. Hope it heals quickly.

Don't forget to buy the "hefty young worker" a six-pack or something.

07-26-2006, 07:25 PM
Hope nothing's too badly damaged.

A bit of a forced holiday, try to grin and bear it.

I trust daytime TV won't depress you too much, either- maybe more time for the BCF and other enjoyable sedentary pursuits....

07-26-2006, 09:19 PM
Ouch!...That had to hurt....A few years ago I was doing something on the roof(2 story house) so I had to get the big extension ladder(the one with the feet that have spikes on the end)...I was working with only sandals one(yeah, I know sandals on the roof, smart huh?) anyway as I was setting up the ladder it slid outta my hands and the spiked foot took a nice chunk outta my toe.

While we're on foot injuries a friend of mine, who was a body builder, dropped a dumbell on his toe....split it open like an apple!

Anyway, wishing you a speedy recovery! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

tony barnhill
07-26-2006, 09:28 PM
Man, I put my feet down to walk to the "library"...WHAM! BAM! KABOOM! I'd forgotten what it feels like to have blood suddenly rush to an extremity!

...& the body shop called today to say they had finished sanding & buffing my 380SL - I told them to keep it inside until I could put my shoes on!

07-26-2006, 09:34 PM

Dad of one of my daycare kids broke both his feet 6 weeks ago. The only thing worse was when a friend of ours fell off a ladder and broke both arms. Was horrible. For his wife.

07-26-2006, 09:38 PM
Do we at least get pics? Of the patio I mean!

tony barnhill
07-27-2006, 11:12 AM
Not today! I tried to put weight on my right foot - not today!

07-27-2006, 12:06 PM
Typically the pain/swelling/inflammation is worse for a while after the injury-- Take it easy, Tony!

07-27-2006, 12:31 PM

I am very sorry to hear of your misfortune. Keep it elevated and iced and it will definately heal quicker.

We can wait for the pics.


07-29-2006, 10:14 AM
tony,sorry to hear of you misfortune,as a contractor i see and hear of such accidents more often the most, consider yourself very lucky indeed. three days ago a local tree guy i know had a huge log roll off the back of his truck pinning his foot against a railroad tye severing his archilies tendon, they say most accidents happen around the home,ive never been injured on a job but boy i do manage to mangle myself up aroumd the house, take every ones advise lay low for a couple a weeks or however long it takes to heal, then take you wife out dancing. get well. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif

07-31-2006, 12:29 PM
Just found this one. Been offline for a couple but gotta chime in say I hope ya heal up soon.

tony barnhill
07-31-2006, 12:39 PM
Am limping around toady (gotta get somew stuff done)...left foot is fine - right is still black & now the sole has turned bruised color...but I can at least get sneakers on it & walk & the swelling's gone down some.

07-31-2006, 01:06 PM
I got an idea, go out in the garage, sit down, and pretend you are supervising your shop staff.

tony barnhill
07-31-2006, 01:29 PM
When FEDEX's site comes back up, I'm gonna print a label & then take 3 packages to them...gonna go by bodyshop to drop off your stuff, Jack, & take photos.

07-31-2006, 03:06 PM
Oh boy oh boy, can't wait. Now I am wound up for sure.

07-31-2006, 03:40 PM

Glad to hear you are doing better. I had a fire escape (city, sliding type) fall on my foot a year a half ago. So I know exactly what you are going through. Spent a week on the couch having people bring me things and to walk the dogs. It took about a month umtil I was 90% mobile.


07-31-2006, 07:23 PM
gb1, ya milked dat one didnt ya? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jester.gif

07-31-2006, 07:28 PM
Am limping around toady (gotta get somew stuff done)...left foot is fine - right is still black & now the sole has turned bruised color...but I can at least get sneakers on it & walk & the swelling's gone down some.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- now fur show no one can say "ya aint got sole brother" just tryin in my silly way ta cheer ya up a bit, least ya aint got no cats! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazyeyes.gif

tony barnhill
07-31-2006, 07:57 PM
You know what realy hurt - driving! finally started using left foot for brakes & cruise control whenever I could!

07-31-2006, 08:07 PM
yikes... yup... that first jab at the pedals is a shocker...

I mentioned before I broke my right foot at 18. I learned rather wuickly to use my left foot for everything. Fortunately, I didn't have to drive any manual transmission cars during that time. That would have been some trick. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif The day I got out of the hospital with my broken foot, I was climbing a flight of stairs and lost balance, and instinctively put my foot down to catch mystelf. Needless to say, the broken foot rebelled on me and let me finish falling into the banister...

07-31-2006, 08:37 PM
Sorry no milk here, the bottom of my foot was a big hardened puss ball across half of it for four months, no Doc involved, because I have broken to many bones and had no insurance (working construction then).

Lucky I even had it, 500lbs+ 5ft drop, priceless. With the inertia behind it, hmmm.

Before, I had fractured my back (L3)and was at work the next day. Wanna talk injuries and a trooper, I think not my friend, both knees, etc. I predict weather better than the Doppler, x000's.

Tony, take it slow and keep it up and off the foot as much as you can, let it heal for another week IMHO.

The first few are very critical.



tony barnhill
07-31-2006, 08:45 PM
Patrick - I know what you mean! Its swollen more than this morninig & the sole has turned a little more blue...probably pushed too far too soon!

07-31-2006, 08:51 PM
Take it easy my friend for one more week, our thought are there for you.