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post #1 of 7 Old 05-25-2007, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Oh man,I hurt one of my own

Yep,another bad day on the farm.As many of you know,my oldest son Corey has finished his military obligation and is back home,supposedly safe and sound.He has been coming out about every morning and helping Kay or I with something then going to evening classes to further his education.Well,last thursday we were cutting some trees off a fairly steep bank.Once they were all down,I was using the tractor to pull them down into the bottoms where we could handle them a little easier.Now I have fooled with equipment most of my life,and timber a good part of that.Well,I lifted the butt up of a log just a little so he could get a chain around the end of it when it snapped back hitting him in the ankle then bouncing back.It had a limb folded up underneath of it that I missed,and the stored energy sprung the log like a big league homerun swing. Got Corey down off of the bank and his boot off and was already turning yellow.He could wiggle his toes and move his foot so we thought we were lucky.After an hour the swelling was getting bad,so we took him in to get it xrayed.the bone above his ankle was broke all the way thru but stayed together.The bone beneath his ankle was broken and seperated by 3/8ths of an inch.The local VA hospital couldn't handle that severe of a break so I had to take him to Pittsburg thursday nite.Now I gotta tell ya.Those people for a goverment facility have their act together.They were expecting us and everything was taken care of immediately.They couldn't operate on him thusday because of the swelling,but by 11 am friday he was in surgery.4 hours later he has a plate and 6 screws holding everything in place.The good part of all this is that no ligaments,tendons,etc,were torn or stretched,plus he's not mad at his dad.There will be no long term damage and is expected to have full recovery in 6 to 8 weeks.Meanwhile,I feel like a heel.I know,accidents happen.But,when it's one of your own,well,you know.Anyway,the outcome is looking good.So on that note,everyone have a good and safe weekend,and thank a vet for it.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-26-2007, 02:38 AM
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Wow Mike. What a bummer. I won't tell you to not blame yourself (though you shouldn't) because I probably would in your place (though it'd do me no good!)
Anyway, here's to a speedy recovery for your boy.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-26-2007, 11:47 AM
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Hope all go's well, as I am sure it will. Don't beat yourself up too hard, we as parents hate seeing our kids hurting, now matter how it happened. And tell Corey thanks for his service to this great country!! It is appreciated.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-26-2007, 02:26 PM
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What a mean old Dad, buy him a motorcycle to relieve your guilt.

Just trying to get the kid a motorcycle...glad things weren't worse!!
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-27-2007, 07:08 AM
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Cutting trees is dangerous!!!! Things happen that we can't control so don,t beat yourself up too much. Just be thankfull he is OK and not long term damage was done.
And the next time let him ride the tractor.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-01-2007, 12:35 AM
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Shi...Stuff happens, as long as everything is OK, chalk it up as a learning experience. Our UPS driver lost his son (23) 2 years ago to a logging accident, was cutting a tree and when it started to fall, it kicked, hitting him in the head.
Glad your son is ok.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-01-2007, 11:34 AM
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Thank you Corey

Thank your son for his military service to our country.
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