Solo Op - broke my foot

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LwnmwrMan22, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Well, first time in 20 years I've had a major injury.

    This morning as I was heading out to get ready to work, I missed the last step in my house, the same house I've lived in for 30 years, since I was 6, and broke my foot.

    I go in tomorrow to talk with the orthopedic surgeon to discuss surgery. I broke outside bone on my left foot, the one that would like up with the small toe.

    It broke at an angle and there's displacement of the bone, so the ER doc said most likely it'll have to have a plate and screws put in, since it broke completely off.

    I figure once it's sewn back up, I can hopefully ride the mower, but I'll have to farm out the properties that I have to use the walk behind on, and I'll have to train some guys in real quick with how to use a trimmer.

    Sad part is, I don't even have an exciting story on how I broke it, just that I missed the bottom stair in my house.
  2. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    wow what a bad break, (no pun intended) hire someone for crew lead and just drive with him at first so you can train him. Also hire a temp if you have enough accounts that justify a 2 man crew. I feel for you that is a tough position to be in.

    Good luck.
  3. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Man, that bites.... but... based on your sig line, you are a spiritual man. We often get crosses we don't want. Then, after a while, often we can look back and see that thse things happened for reasons we could never understand at the time. Sometimes, it never makes sense.... but, you will find a way to get through this. best of luck, and I wish you a fast recovery.
  4. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dont farm anything out, just hire help, maybe this was natures way oftelling you you needed time to work ON your business more instead of IN your business.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    First time I ever started cutting grass for money was when one of my dads friends broke his leg. I was 16 and he said I basically saved his business, and thats when I decided that I wanted a lawn mowing company of my own. I had a great time a really caught on quick with all the equipment...and was a quick master of the wb with sulky. Just gotta find someone who can learn quick, or someone experienced.

    Cool thing is that I know that he is retiring at the end of the 09 lawn season....wonder where all those accounts are gonna go...he did mostly resi's, and had a couple of apartment complexes. He'll be getting a lot of phone calls from me next season....maybe I should start kissin up now!
  6. Cashio13

    Cashio13 LawnSite Member
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    haha id say start taking him out to dinner IMMEDIATELY! :)
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    lol....good one.
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well put Whitey!
  9. brandtb1

    brandtb1 LawnSite Member
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    Sorry to hear about your bad luck. You hear about pro athletes getting hurt doing minor stuff (washing the car, ironing a shirt, opening a jar) and wonder how, but it can happen. I would try to find someone to run the trimmer while you cut and run the walk behind. Maybe you can get a good employee and expand your business next year to keep the employee. Hope you get well soon.
  10. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I just got the call I have a 1 pm appointment today with a specialist to see if I need surgery.

    It's somewhat ironic that last week I had my cousin work with me, who just lost his job due to the business closing.

    He had headed to Canada fishing an hour before I broke my foot, so I called him and said when he gets back, expect to have more hours than just 20 or so / week.

    90% of my jobs are wide open, done with the ZTR with minimal trimming.

    The 2 that I need to use the walk behind on, I've already farmed out to the guy that does irrigation work for me.

    I've got another cousin that does concrete work that's only getting about 20 hours / week right now.

    I'll be calling him as well, seeing if he wants to pick up some hours.

    The work will get done, but as one that wants something to do myself, it's VERY hard to just sit in the chair.

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