I was hit by a tree!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Patchofheaven, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. Patchofheaven

    Patchofheaven Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Conroe, TX
    At about 8:30 on the morning of September 19th, my husband and I decided that we were going to top off an Oak tree next to our house. With all of the rain that we had this year, this tree has been leaning more and more and the roots were coming out of the ground. We have 6 acres and my husband has almost cleared all of it himself. Anyway he is very careful and experienced cutting down trees - it just shows that it can happen to anyone.

    My husband got the ladder and the chainsaw out and I held the bottom of the ladder steady, while he was 20 feet up cutting away. The tree hinged down very slowly and then in the blink of an eye, it split and came down really fast - the top first hit the ground - all of the limbs acted like a spring and the part of the tree that my husband had just cut came straight at me at the bottom of the ladder.

    It happened so fast and I don't remember everything - my husband said it hit me on my left shoulder and I went from standing up to hitting the ground real hard and fast. I could barely breathe - the tree had me pinned to the ground on top of my left leg and my husband had to get it off of me. I thought I was dying, my husband called 911 and the ambulance got here fast and took me to the nearest hospital.

    I spent 9 days in the hospital and the last 6 days in HealthSouth Rehab hospital. I broke my left clavicle, 7 broken ribs all on my left side front and back. I have a hairline fracture of my scapula - the doctor's said that this shoulder bone is probably the hardest bone in the body to break. My right ankle was displaced - broken on both sides and I had surgery on it - they put 7 screws and a plate in it. My left thigh, where the tree landed, is bruised and really swollen, but amazingly enough nothing was broke. So I have a good left leg and right arm and I can't use crutches because of ribs and shoulder- which means I'll be in a wheel chair for a couple of months.

    My husband has been incredible throughout this whole ordeal, he has not left my side since the moment this freak accident happened. I never thought at 35 years old, I would need help wiping my own bottom and he did not hesitate to help me. My parents have been keeping my boys (16 and 11) and taking care of the chickens and other pets. They have been very helpful and supportive. Everyone has, my friends and family have been wonderful.

    Reality sat in this morning, I looked out my bedroom window where the tree is still on the ground - I was about 4 inches away from dying. I'm so thankful that I'm alive and have been counting my blessings and thanking God for everything.

    It hurts whenever I laugh and it hurts to cry, but I know that this pain will stop with time and I will never take another moment for granted that I'm alive.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    OH, MY! I'm so glad you're well enough to be writing this story today! We cut down trees all the time and I always tell my DH that he is NOT to go into the woods without me along just in case. Hope you recover completely!
  3. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    Wow! You're lucky. That's a scary experience.
  4. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Wow! I'm glad you're okay... when I read the title, I thought it was going to be a joke!

    What a crazy accident!!! But again, I'm glad you're okay and have someone to wait on you, hand and butt. [​IMG]
  5. blossom hen

    blossom hen Songster

    Feb 20, 2007
    NE Tx
    Wow, Patch! I'm glad you are now back home and will pray that your healing will be speedy.
  6. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Wow, I will always be with my husband now when he goes cutting down trees. I always say he should carry a walkie talkie, but now I will make sure he is never alone. God bless you. I want you to know that your story opened my eyes and maybe someone else's too. I'm so happy that you are going to be ok. I hope you find comfort in knowing that your chicken friends are praying for your healthy recovery. [​IMG]
  7. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Songster

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    We are so happy you are safe and thank you for posting your experience for the rest!
    I think you should BURN that TREE! [​IMG]
  8. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    We have heritage oaks on our property and there is an ordinance against cutting them so they are protected. The oak is an extremely heavy wood glad you are OK.
  9. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    God bless and recover soon.
  10. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I agree with cheeptrick, burn the tree, roast some marshmallows with it and be done with that tree. [​IMG]

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