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Jerry Plak

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Well last Sunday I was Working project in the backyard and was up a 6 foot latter and forgot to count the last two steps down and fell landing on my right wrist. :(

I went to Kaiser urgent care they did an x-ray and a hairline Fracture, I been wearing a softcass this week...

Jerry Plak:(

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Sorry to hear that Jerry! I hope you don't have a lot of pain. Get well quick, Christmas is coming and you're going to need both hands!

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Hey Jerry, we have pills for the pain and while you a taking them, you forget why you had the pain. Wait.... that may not be good idea. Jerry we do not really need repeat performances of the ladder mis-step.

OK, really- Jerry get better and take some pills. I could see by your typing that you are in some difficulty. I hope that this doesn't cause any permanent injury and is just a temporary speedbump.

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Thanks Group,

had my check up on Friday afternoon,andthesoftcass has been removed and can stop taking the pain pills.:waycool:

John they gave me vicodin for the pain pills andI am glad to not take them anymore ...

Jerry Plak

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Jerry, those are rotten on the stomach and tend to mess up your mind. A number of people only take 1/2 a tablet and take that with food.

Good to hear that you are off the drugs.

How many days until the doc will let you play with your ladder again?

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Jerry, Hope your wrist heals to good as new. You were actually pretty lucky. A few years ago, I had a ladder incident that led to 2 broken wrists at once - and one needed 2 surgeries to fix plus numerous casts. You never know when accidents will happen - especially if you're tired or in a hurry.

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Jerry Plak wrote:

Well last Sunday I was Working project in the backyard and was up a 6 foot latter and forgot to count the last two steps down and fell landing on my right wrist. - Jerry Plak:(

Jerry three words---

ThinkBucket Truck

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Jerry Plak wrote:

forgot to count the last two steps down and fell landing on my right wrist. :(

Jerry

4up 5down

8up9 down

Hope you are feeling better. All that traveling to Mini Plus meeting got you Jet Lag.

glenn

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glenn wrote:

Let's see
4up 5down

8up9 down

I besittting on the ground a lot :laughing:and starting tofeel better, the Dr said to wait one more week before going up any ladders!!!?

theBucket Truck if i barrow it on weekend?

By the way Home Depot is Rental has a bucket lift @ 191.00 a day.

Jerry Plak

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John Lomnicki SR wrote:

I could see by your typing that you are in some difficulty. I hope that this doesn't cause any permanent injury and is just a temporary speedbump.

You are right--Jerry's typing seems much better today! :shock: :] :shock:

TED

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Jerry Plak wrote:

I besittting on the ground a lot :laughing:and starting tofeel better, the Dr said to wait one more week before going up any ladders!!!?

theBucket Truck if i barrow it on weekend?

I can see you are getting better! :laughing:

TED

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Regarding bucket trucks: be sure to wear (and attach) the harness that will be supplied with the truck. I've seen more than a couple accidents where people have been thrown from buckets for a variety of reasons. Safety first!

Tom

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clafournaise wrote:

Bucket-shmucket. I want my boom lift! (Arrives today in fact).

You'll definately want to wear the harness/lanyard AND attach it to that basket. I use them at work all the time and have witnessed people being thrown from the basket.

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