Practice What You Preach, Big Boy!

16 09 2012

My office was in desperate need of painting.  So, on Labor Day, along with my constant companion- my wife- to keep me company,  I set out to complete this chore which I had been dreading.  If you follow this blog,  you know how I much I loathe painting. But this was something that had to be done.


Now, I’ll just cut to the chase.  I was standing on a ladder while painting up above my head.  As I was coming down the ladder, I stepped wrong and lost my balance, falling from the second rung. I came down on the side of my left foot. The pain was enough to bring a normal man to tears, but as you know, I’m not normal. Pain, (in my Italian accent) I laugh you inna da face..Ha! Chuck Norris would be proud!


With assistance from my trusty companion who, by the way, failed to break my fall, I pulled myself up into a chair. After a couple of minutes most of the pain had subsided and I was able to man-up and complete the job. Over the next few days, the swelling increased but the pain continued to subside. I diagnosed a sprained ankle which was quickly improving. There’s only one thing wrong with my diagnosis…I’m not a doctor.  On the following Thursday I felt a pain run down my left lower leg. Over the next few days the pain increased until Monday, a week following my fall, I was unable to put weight on my foot when I got out of bed. I decided it was time to see someone who was qualified to render a medical opinion.


At first the doctor diagnosed a bad sprain, but when I mentioned the pain down my leg she took another look at the x-ray and decided it was a fracture. Check out my earlier post, BT, Phone Home if you like reading about my ankle injuries.


Aside from the embarrassment I endured this week limping about the classroom in an air cast while teaching safety classes, I’m doing fine. My wife, no doubt feeling guilty because she failed to throw her body under me to prevent me from hitting the floor (!!!!!!), is taking great care of me, waiting on me hand and broken foot.




2 responses

17 09 2012

Yup, I can see your sheepish expression as you told the class “yes, it’s a REAL cast”…..totally made me LOL!!

18 09 2012
Bill Taylor

it really is funny when you tink of it. Glad you enjoyed the story.

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