Look out for the green stuff and avoid falling towersBy PAT BROWN,
Well, it is getting serious and I might end up in a rubber room. It began when a buddy invited me to deer camp on a Friday.
I got through with everything and decided to leave the office early on Friday afternoon. The friend has a camp just down the road so by about 3:00 we had arrived and were sitting on the back porch.
I had put on rubber boots and started down the steps to grab my bag. Before I knew it I was bouncing down the steps. It seems that rubber boots are not so good on green deckwood. It was only like four of five steps, but I hit each one on the way down and for good measure when I hit the bottom it threw me over onto steel grates, which took out my watch and chewed up my left elbow.
I lay still for a moment because I had hit hard and was afraid something might be broken. As it turned out, I just had bruises across my back and arms. I did not realize how hard I hit, but judging by the bruises it was bad.
If it had ended there it would not have been so bad. I have gone through a week and my lower back has been giving me a rough time.
Sunday night I was lying in bed about 2 a.m. having a graphic dream. For some reason I was in a wooden tower that started to blow over and right before it hit I figured I would jump for the water. I did...
...Only to wake up with the top of my head pounding where I hit the tile floor. I caught my shoulder on the bedstand and got a pretty good scratch, but nothing compares to the jammed neck and the throbbing where I landed on my head. At the time my feet were caught in the covers and I was hanging there off the bed. We don’t have one of those low beds. It is a high bed so you have time to reach terminal velocity on the way down.
I am telling you, it hurt. Nancy said, “Let me run to the bathroom and I’ll come help you up.” I could detect a slight snicker to her voice. I guess she got even for failing to listen to her in my sleep. Sometimes I realize I have done it--mind you, it is not intentional--I hear her shouting “Stop!” but it is too late.
Monday morning she suggested I see the chiropractor for an adjustment. It did not take long to call for an appointment.
I went in and the doctor asked what had happened, and I told her I had jumped off a fallen tower. She kind of looked at me strangely, and I explained.
She did her thing with the straightening and cracking and popping. It worked. The tension I had been experiencing for the past week was gone and I was able to get back to the office.
Regarding the green stuff on a deck or steps, try pouring some Clorox bleach on it. It works! And it might save your life.