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    Don't stand on chairs

    I was fixing the hole in my ceiling yesterday and needed to reach a bit higher to get a couple screws in, so I decided to use a kitchen chair. Big mistake! Here I am, reaching up with the cordless drill in one hand and a screw in the other when the leg on the chair just broke. These are sturdy looking chairs, but the darn thing just snapped. I was caught somewhat unawares and went flying into the wall. I knew something was wrong when I tried to get up and didn't have enough strength in my left arm.

    So my wife got home and drove me up to Mercy Fairfield and by that time the pain was getting pretty intense. The x-ray was not pleasant, twisting my arm in all directions to get the right shot. Well, it turns out that I have two breaks, one in the elbow and one in the wrist. I'm splinted up and I'm going to get a cast Monday. If you don't see many posts from me for a while, only having one hand might have an effect on my typing ability. Now if these pain killers could work a bit better...

    So next time you need to reach something, think twice before you use a kitchen chair. At least it was my left arm. I'd hate to have to change my screen name for the next six weeks.

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    Re: Don't stand on chairs

    Wow, sorry to hear that. I cringe when hearing about broken bones - been there, done that.

    Hang in there.

    And buy a step ladder!!

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    Re: Don't stand on chairs

    Quote Originally Posted by creek14
    Wow, sorry to hear that. I cringe when hearing about broken bones - been there, done that.

    Hang in there.

    And buy a step ladder!!
    First broken bone. I didn't know it hurt that much. I almost passed out during x-rays. Good excuse to watch football all day. My wife won't let me do anything.

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    Ouch! glad it wasn't worse ORH
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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    Ouch! glad it wasn't worse ORH
    Yes, we learned in our torts class that these injuries are quite common, and sometimes result in death due to impalement.

    Hope your recovery goes well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    Yes, we learned in our torts class that these injuries are quite common, and sometimes result in death due to impalement.
    Chili- should he sue the chair maker and the drill company?

    ORH- Be careful with the Tylenol 3...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck
    Chili- should he sue the chair maker and the drill company?
    Hmm...the American way, just sue someone.

    I'm going to the orthopedic doctor today. I'm on some prescription pain killer, but all it does is make me sleepy. I tried to watch a football game yesterday, but slept through most of it.

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    Re: Don't stand on chairs

    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander
    Hmm...the American way, just sue someone.

    I'm going to the orthopedic doctor today. I'm on some prescription pain killer, but all it does is make me sleepy. I tried to watch a football game yesterday, but slept through most of it.
    I don't need a prescription pain killer to make me sleep through football games.

    But maybe if I went to my Dr and told him I'm a Brown's fan he'd prescribe me some. Maybe Darvecet?
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    Re: Don't stand on chairs

    Sorry to hear this, ORH. On the bright side... they say "time heals all wounds" ; Tesla used to sing a song called "It's Getting Better" ; sticks and chairs can break your bones, but words will never hurt you.

    Believe it or not, I have broken a bone 13 different times in my life (one bone at a time). Each time the darn bone healed just right and I was as good as new in 4-8 weeks. It is just those simple things that we take for granted and never seem to appreciate that'll drive you nuts over the next month or so.

    Take care and try to lay off those narcotics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck
    Chili- should he sue the chair maker and the drill company?

    ORH- Be careful with the Tylenol 3...
    All kidding aside, a lot o people sue. They almost never win. We were told by our torts professor that using chairs for their non-intended purpose (standing on them) is pretty much an absolute bar to liability.
    ". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    All kidding aside, a lot o people sue. They almost never win. We were told by our torts professor that using chairs for their non-intended purpose (standing on them) is pretty much an absolute bar to liability.
    So does that mean you actually asked your professor and spent tuition getting an answer, or is one of the tort class lectures called, "Chair manufacturer liability; does an accident victim have a leg to stand on?".

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    Ow!

    I've sprained a few things and broken some digits, but never a joint. Much less two!

    You'll be in my thoughts, ORH.
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    I'm still in the no-broken-bones club, but I sympathize with your pain.

    My wife and kids love to stand on chairs to reach things. I'll be using your story to bolster my argument that chairs shouldn't be trusted.

    Glad you don't have to change your screen name, but you should expect to get in some extra glove work after the cast comes off, as we'll still be expecting you to field your position next season.

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    Re: Don't stand on chairs

    Thanks all. That glove work will have to wait until around Christmas when I get the cast off. I'm going to head to Home Depot for a good sturdy stepping stool.

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    Sorry to hear of your mishap. Hope you recover quickly.

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