Being injured and working...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Aaron's Lawn Care, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Aaron's Lawn Care

    Aaron's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    Yesterday I sprained my ankle while playing racquetball. I have work to do that can't get done now because its too painful. This got me to wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation of spraining something or breaking a bone and you've had work to do. What happened and how did you handle it?
     
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, I have been in that before. I had three things that come to mind: hurt shoulder, sprained knee, and tennis elbow. Out of all of them, the tennis elbow was the worst. Thank God that happened when I had workers. It honestly took me almost 2 months to recover from that.

    The other two injuries I just worked through it, but a lot of times would only work a half day until it started to feel better again
     
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thats why its best to have a couple of employees...you never know when something like this will happen to you.

    I have a reacurring back problem that decided to act up real bad last week. With all the leaf cleanups on schedule this time of year I worked anyway (letting the guys do the heavy work). I had to visit the chiropractor 4 times last week so that I was good enough to do even a little bit of work.
     
  4. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    oh ya i work with weak ankles i maybe only 14 but i work even if i spran my ankles which happens often i work but when i do i ake a little break and then go back to work yes its painful but i got to do it but it probably didnt hurt as much as yours
     
  5. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This week I was doing a cleanup, I was blowing leaves into piles along the curb so they could be sucked up, they were oak tree leaves and they are dam slippery i slipped on a bunch of em my foot went right through a storm drain and I slammed my knee on the grate of the storm drain, boy did that hurt. I taped it up and wrapped it up still hurts so i blow with a limp heh, but yea missin work stinks, guess youll need to hire someone for a bit and surpervise.

    Jeff
     
  6. sailinstud420

    sailinstud420 LawnSite Senior Member
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    last year i stress fractured my foot, (one of the bones in the top) I was running cross country at the time. I could not possibly miss out on mowing, the doc said i would have to stay off of it for 4 to 6 weeks to let it heal. I had no choice but to work through it, luckily it did not hurt that bad, i just let a lot of air out of my sulky tires and walked alot slower. I figured I had all winter to let it heal. I am fully recovered now. Stick in there, being hurt sucks! I find myself being a little more cautious nowdays, before you do something stupid think to yourself, How long will this take to heal from? I can't imagine spraining a wrist or something and having to use a walkbehind....
     
  7. Bulletproof

    Bulletproof LawnSite Member
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    Cut 4 tendons completely in half in my right wrist in the middle of April after commencing spring cleanups and aeration. I'll attach a picture of the brace I wore for 8 weeks. I was apparently the 10th person in the world to get one of these special braces and I had it specially done by the doctor who invented it. (I then wore another smaller brace for 6 weeks).

    I figured out how to work our Honda pushmowers (even figuring out how to start them 1 handed), trimmed 1 handed using a strap, even learned how to drive the ZTR with my 1 hand and my other elbow.

    Thank god for some fantastic help or our company wouldn't have had a good year but all turned out great in the end.

    I'll attach a picture of my hand after surgery, and then I'll post again and show a picture of the brace. Note the bruising.

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  8. Bulletproof

    Bulletproof LawnSite Member
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    And here's the brace that I wore...it got some looks ;)

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  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    now how did you do that though?
     
  10. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    i had a bruised ankle bone for a few days this season. every step i took my boot would rub on it and it was very painful. i just had to work through it. wasn't a fun few days but it soon got better.
     

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