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#1362103 Tue May 26 2020 10:40 PM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 11,766
Extreme Gabster
Well fellas, it's been nice knowin' ya. That's just in case I try another dumb stunt
and don't make it the next time.

So I'm out mowin' this afternoon and I get to this hill with an old oak tree that was bowled
over in a storm 50 years ago and then it took root where it hit the ground. It's always been
a pain to mow as it's nearly at the bottom of a pretty steep grade that drops off about 10 or
12 feet in about 30 feet. To make things worse, it slopes in to were the tip of the tree started
it's new roots.
I normally would mow around this feature with the hand mower and trimmer. But, to day I thought
I'd try and get as close as I could with my new Zero-turn mower. I knew what sort of a situation I
could get myself in to if I got to close, the grade is so steep that once you start down you
have to keep it going because you're sort of 'side slipping' around the obstacle.
Well, today I misjudged and side slipped a 1,300 lb mower under the stump that's hanging down in
the middle and it wedged my head between the cut off branch and the hard seat back of the mower.
I ended up half dazed with tree bark stuck in everything that touched. Not only the left face but smashed
in the back of my right side and my head is all swollen there also. I put up my left arm as I knew I was
sliding into the stump sticking out and it tore a good sized chunk out my left wrist and dislocated that elbow.
The right arm fared a little better with just a few holes punched in it. My teeth got smashed into my cheek
so I can't eat and I'll probably be living on 'recoup soup' for some time, but I think all my choppers are ok.
Had that branch been down another inch or two or the mower been a little taller, I would have been trapped,
wedged under there till someone found me. No one was home when this happened and Sweetie face
never comes out to check up on me anyway. I was lucky though that it didn't smash my skull in, that would
have put an abrupt end to my quest to reach the big 100, then you wouldn't get to help me blow out those
candles Alvin!
I'm swollen, sore, face is burning, head ache is killin' me and I'm pretty sure my work in the barn is on hold
for a week or more.
I can say for sure that the yard work is done for at least couple of weeks.
So from this day forward......I'm gonna put a great big sign up on that hill.... DO NOT MOW!!!
And I think I'll just give the feature in my yard back to mother nature and let the weeds take over.
Denny G
Resting in Sandwich, IL

Denny Graham #1362104 Tue May 26 2020 10:45 PM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 710
Shop Shark
Get some goats!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Denny Graham #1362105 Tue May 26 2020 10:51 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 6,797
Master Gabster
So sorry to see the damage. Take it easy.

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Denny Graham #1362110 Tue May 26 2020 11:32 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 9,053
Master Gabster
Holy carp Denny! Did ya not read the warning that come with ZTRs to stay away from slopes? Mine says nothing more than 15 deg slope max and that's going straight up and down. Sideways it's 5 deg. max.

Save a life, adopt a senior shelter pet.
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Denny Graham #1362114 Tue May 26 2020 11:57 PM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 762
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Denny, if you are not more careful you won't make your goal of 100 years on this earth. Looks like you tried to plant yourself alongside that oak. I am guessing you will be mighty sore for the next 3 days or so. You might consider anti inflammatory medicine to lessen the swelling and give you some pain relief. Your description didn't mention anything about losing consciousness; if you did you should consider having your noggin looked at. You don't want to suffer a subdural hematoma (clot on the brain). Sorry for all the medical nonsense but with my background I can't help thinking about these things.

Take it easy, we are all pulling for a rapid recovery.


Last edited by Lightholder's Dad; Tue May 26 2020 11:58 PM.

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Denny Graham #1362119 Wed May 27 2020 12:11 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,253
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Darn it Denny, I hope to follow in your footsteps.
Hope this is not what I have to look forward to!
Kick back and enjoy the sympathetic attention you will be getting.

Here is one of me after I slipped off the dock a few years ago.

Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

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Denny Graham #1362121 Wed May 27 2020 12:17 AM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 11,766
Extreme Gabster
Supose I orta read the manual Tiny. You know the old saying, "If all else the instructions."

Tks, Kent. Din't pass out, but just a bit dazed from getting strained thru that arrangement of tree vs mower.
Wounds are gonna ooz for a while and should feel better when the swelling goes down. And I sprained a
bunch of muscles trying to hold off the onslaught.

Denny Graham #1362127 Wed May 27 2020 12:32 AM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 2,474
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Sorry to hear about your mis-adventure. eek I just went back and looked at your pictures. I'll bet that hurts. big_eek
As far as mowing, hire some kid to do it for you. They are more rubber-like and heal quicker. We'll chip in for the expense. wink
Take care of your hurt self.

Last edited by klhansen; Wed May 27 2020 01:01 AM.

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Denny Graham #1362128 Wed May 27 2020 12:33 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 20,562
Denny, I sincerely hope you're going to swallow some pride and get checked out by a doctor, if that's allowed these days up there in lockdown land! Stubbornness is right next to deadness where possible internal injuries are concerned! That's why I've never considered getting a tattoo- - - -I can do enough self-mutilation by accident that I don't even want to think about doing it on purpose! Be safe!

The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Denny Graham #1362156 Wed May 27 2020 01:41 AM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,131
ace skiver
darn, Denny

Be careful!

I should talk - my life almost ended last week - at the still-young age of 70.

I was on as tall ladder (12') in my tall-ceiling garage (the lower 14' end).
I had failed to lock the ladder-legs apart.
When I leaned a little, the ladder collapsed below me - I grabbed two rafters.

Now I was hanging several feet off the floor - all I could do was to drop to the floor (and then maybe count the broken bones).

Obviously, I lived - just two bruised heels. They were a littler tender to walk on - but, no breaks and no casts.

I am lucky as heck.

Jerry is correct - swallow your pride and go see a doctor.

I would have seen a doctor for my heels, if I could not easily walk after 24 hrs.

Tim []
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
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