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melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2004
6:27 AM

Post #909081

I didn't hurt myself..not sure, really, how I avoided doing that. I landed on my cats scratcing pad, which was a carboard inclined thing that he loved. It is flattened now.
I have bruises on my toes and right hip, and my whole body is sore. And my knees! They both hurt, but especially the left one that was replaced almost two years ago. I was told by my Doc, that I couldn't really hurt the implant...but maybe I need to go, and have it checked? He is a specialist, and a visit to him usually is 100 plus dollars, something I really hate to spend. My insurance has a $5,000 deductible, so it is out-of-pocket, except if it is something major. That has not happened, yet, (knock on wood)
I need to lose a lot of weight, I know that is most of the problem...I know, but doing something about it, is another thing.
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 14, 2004
1:45 PM

Post #909251

So sorry Melvatoo, I hope the bruises and sore body is all that happened. This is one of my nightmares...falling. I have gone way past the time I was advised to get both knees replaced and one hip replacement. I also fight the weight problem. I lost a lot (could stand to lose more) and everytime I put any back on I can feel every ounce of it in my legs. I think you should go with your gut feeling about the doctor visit. My method is unless there blood gushing I tend to wait a few days to see if it will go away (grin). Probably not the best plan, so please post what you decide and the outcome. I will keep a good thought for you.
Pati

PS: Thank goodness it was only the scratching pad and not the kittys!
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2004
2:35 PM

Post #909314

Thanks Pati, I am okay, just sore. It could have been a lot worse...I had another sratching pad thing for the cat...good thing as he is a real brat, I would have had to go and get him another one...
No blood gushing, thank goodness. Thanks for the good thoughts. Falling used to be a scary thought, now that I have a few times, it is losing the fear factor...
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 14, 2004
4:42 PM

Post #909455

I slipped the other day on a wet floor and came down on my left hip and it is still sore. Falling down is my biggest concern because I am a large man 6ft and weigh 312lbs and have many problems but the most annoying is Post Polio Syndrome a horrible illness that slowly drains the strength from my body especially my legs, so you can understand my fear of falling. I
know I should lose weight and have been trying to do so my entire adult life and being 66yrs old, am very tired of sacrificing and have come to accept "What will be will be."
LouisianaSweetPea
Mount Hermon, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2004
4:49 PM

Post #909461

Melva, I hope everything is okay. Just the shock of falling is so upsetting.

Last time that happened to me, I had tripped over one of my pesky cats. I think my kitties must have taken a policy out on me or something, because they are always darting in front of my feet! LOL.

The soreness will probably last several days, but watch for anything more serious. Take care.

Jean
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2004
5:26 PM

Post #909499

A repuable insurance broker, will not sell a policy to a cat...where do you think they found someone who would sell them a policy? Bad kitties! Horsie would never do that! (Yeah right!) He ran when I was on the floor last night, guess he thought he was in trouble, with all the cussing I was doing..
Thanks everyone, I am okay.
Melva
Ponditis
Lincoln City, OR
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2004
11:28 PM

Post #910064

Melva, I am glad you feel you are ok. I know if I fell and bumped one of my knees that have been replaced it would really smart for several days but my surgeon has reassured me that my knees are stronger than what God gave me so I would probably wait and see rather than spend over $100 out of pocket. Of course I might be getting myself into trouble by waiting. lol Never an easy way to do things is there?

Anyway, I am glad you are doing ok. I bet the cardboard helped you land softer. Thank you to Horsie for that.

Kidneyguy
Verona, ON

June 15, 2004
12:30 AM

Post #910140

Melva, how are you feeling tonight? Still stiff and sore? Aren't you glad Horsie had that cardboard toy?
The Orthopedic surgeon told me the same thing as Lani's told her - my new knee is much stronger than what I had to begin with. Hopefully you are just a little shaken up and well bruised. You are in my thoughts.You did what we all dread is going to happen - fall. That's some large deductible you have on your insurance, I'd think twice about being out of pocket the $100 - especially if I wasn't bleeding and other than sore my knee felt okay. Bet your pride was hurt more than your body - I know mine would be.
Watch your step and give Horsie a big hug for having such a well placed toy. D
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2004
12:59 AM

Post #910167

Tonight, I am still sore..more bruises have bloomed and I am sure they will continue. I am glad that Horsie's scratching pad was there...I am pretty sure if that had not been there to break my fall the outcome would be different. Right next to it , is a saddle on a metal stand...hitting that would not have been such an easy fall.
The deductabile is pretty high...and the out of pocket expense is a large consideration...and my surgeon told me, pretty much was yours did, Lani that I really could not do anything to hurt the implant. I didn't think I would be tI hesting the theory...and yes, it was a real blow, to my prideI have thanked Horsie, for the well placed toy.

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handhelpers
Coopersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 15, 2004
2:49 AM

Post #910299

hope you're feeling ok - my feet went out from under me a couple weeks ago and my butt landed on the edge of a step...tearing the muscle and leaving a huge black/blue - feelings bruised, feeling silly...but luckily not doing more damage to my back or arms. lotsa RICE for you - and lots of best wishes that you'll start feeling better in a day or two
handhelpers
Coopersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 15, 2004
8:59 PM

Post #911177

if you guys want to try losing weight - i've got these 'power-pops' they're lollipops. you eat 3 per day; they've helped people lose incredible amounts of weight. they're 'natural' and don't contain ephrida. lemme know if you'd like a 10 day supply at my wholesale cost
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2004
9:12 PM

Post #911187

Tell me more about the 'power pops' I think I would like to try them. What do they taste like?
Melva
handhelpers
Coopersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 15, 2004
9:41 PM

Post #911202

these are the flavors -MOCHA, CHERRY, GREEN APPLE, CINNAMON, MOUNTAIN BERRY, PINA COLADA, RASBERRY CHEESE CAKE, ROOT BEER FLOAT AND BUTTER PECAN. they taste like regular lollipops - but the ingredients are different:Guarana*: Combined with vitamins B6 and B12, helps to reduce fatigue and increase mental alertness; L-Tyrosine* (amino acid): Suppresses appetite, helps reduce body fat; Citrimax*: A natural ingredient in weight loss products for over 30 years which suppresses appetite and helps burn fat; Vitamin B6 [.2mg]: involved in more body functions than almost any other single nutrient, helps absorb fats, and reduces water retention; Vitamin B12 [.6mcg]: Helps with proper digestion, absorption of foods, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.


melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2004
9:56 PM

Post #911211

Sounds interesting..how much are they?
handhelpers
Coopersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 15, 2004
11:15 PM

Post #911312

it's about $20 for 30
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2004
12:57 AM

Post #911412

Thanks but that would be a lot per month. I can't afford it.
Melva

This message was edited Jun 15, 2004 8:57 PM
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2004
5:04 AM

Post #911699

How are you feeling tonight, Melva? Howie and I battle weight, too, and we're back dieting again. One forum that's really helped us (especially Howie - I'm too busy here most of the time!) is http://3fatchicks.com

Howie has weight loss pages at his blog now, too: http://thehman.com/weight_loss.htm We're all in this together - we know how the weight just compounds our pain, and we want to feel better more than anything cosmetic.

This message was edited Jun 16, 2004 1:04 AM
handhelpers
Coopersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2004
5:31 AM

Post #911720

i LOVE his site! and he wants to live in maine??? ME TOO - only i grew up there so i want to move BACK to maine!

as far as the expense of the lollipops...no worse, perhaps even better, than specialty foods, diet/herbal pills. plus since it's MLM - getting a couple people involved besides yourself can pretty much give you free pops. the best thing about them is that they take care of sweet cravings
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2004
3:57 AM

Post #913089

Handhelpers, what is MLM? I'm interested. You have e-mail.
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2004
1:51 PM

Post #914853

Melva, are you ok now? I've been thinking about you since I read the first posting about your fall.
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2004
4:41 PM

Post #915036

Thanks for thinking about me. I am okay..I have some bruises still and I guess I pulled a muscle in my back..but over all I am fine. I used to ride horses, years ago, and I still remember how to fall, when it is going to happen, you just let go...that way you don't hurt yourself more, trying not to fall. so when I started to fall, I just hoped for the best.
handhelpers
Coopersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2004
5:34 AM

Post #917221

i'm thinking about you too - and hope you're all better soon!
Ponditis
Lincoln City, OR
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2004
5:50 AM

Post #917231

Have had you in my prayers. Sure am glad you weren't hurt worse and I know you are VERY glad too!!!!!
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2004
6:00 AM

Post #917237

Thanks Everyone, it means a lot to me, I appreciate it a bunch...

This message was edited Jun 20, 2004 2:01 AM
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2004
2:51 PM

Post #917574

Melva, it's good to meet a fellow former equestian. I use to ride too but never learned to fall well. I always got hurt because I tried to control the steed until the last possible moment at which time I had lost all balance and just went flying.
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2004
7:40 PM

Post #917845

LL,
I fell a lot, and I never really hurt myself, other than bruises. I usually ended up, landing on my butt, which even as a child, was well padded. I don't recall anyone teaching me how to fall, I think I just learned it on my own, as a self preservation technique.
What kind of horses did you ride? Mine were always Quarter Horses, although I always wanted to ride a Arabian...
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2004
8:32 PM

Post #917902

We had all the way from a Shetland pony we rescued to my last one which was a 16.2 hand Tennessee Walking Horse stallion. Caleb was about 9 when we got him and I had to have him castrated about a year later. He was so gentle but one of our mare had an estrus problem and it made him start to get untrustworth. He had an act he thought had to go thru each time I rode him. It often ended with me on the ground and him looking at me in amazement as tho he had no idea how I got there. He lived to be about 26 years old. One of my all time favorites tho was a Welsh/TWH cross mare named Belle. She stood about 13.3 and all the children and I rode her at one point or another.
melvatoo
Denton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2004
8:56 PM

Post #917919

I always wanted to have a horse that was trained to jump...I probably would have broken bones if I had ever done that. At the time Quarter Horses were not as tall. Most of ours were 15 hands and less. Now, they have been crossed with Thoroughbreds so much they are a taller horse, 17 hands is not unheard of...
My first horse, was a Welsh Pony and something...she was a real character, she would throw me, and look surprised to see me on the ground, rather like your horse. Her name was Dolly and she lived to be 33 years old. I don't remember how tall she was, probably less than 15 hands.
Ponditis
Lincoln City, OR
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2004
6:33 AM

Post #918463

My first horse used to gallop to a ditch and jump it with me onboard. However sometimes she would stop abruptly before we got over the ditch. I would fly into it and she would stand there looking at me like she was saying "what are you doing down there?". I swear she knew what she was doing and had a sense of humor. She was hard as nails and could go all day working cattle or trail riding. Her breeding was half Arabian and half American mustang.

My present horse is an 18 year old bay Arabian mare. She is extremely well trained and I am going to sell her. I don't take the time to ride her and it is not the best place to have a horse you don't use even though she is the very best pet. WE have so many mosquitoes and black buffalo flies here that she is always covered with welts even though she gets sprayed on a regular basis. I feel so sorry for her sometimes. Someday when we have managed the money to build a suitable barn then I might get another horse.

Falling, I fall like a huge rock. Always land on my backside or front side or top side or bottom side. And ALWAYS land HARD. I got a saddle horn into the middle of my tummy once and I can still feel the pain from that one as I have scar tissue in there from a past surgery and the horn hit it dead center. OUCH. That time it was darned dogs that the neighbors let live loose. They were snapping at the horses heals and she wheeled around to attack them with her flying hooves and I fell off onto the pavement. Not my idea of a fun ride I can tell ya. lol

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