Not For the Squeemish!

staplesI told you!  But you had to look, didn't you?  

Meet my husband's boo boo head. As a motivational speaker on living a healthy lifestyle, I have now added a new bullet point to my power point slide: Avoid injury to keep feeling good!   It took this close call to happen for us to set new safety rules around our house.

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we were both busy with sprucing up much needed attention to our homestead.  Me on the inside and him on the outside (how stereotypical are we?).  To make dusting ceiling fan blades a little more exciting I decided to put in  ear buds and listen to some moovin' groovin' tunes.  It was sort of working when I thought I heard my name being called.  Our normally reclusive neighbor was inside calling for me.  "David has fallen off the roof."

Do you know how that feels when you are given news that could potentially change your life in a devastating way?

I made it downstairs and outside to find him on the driveway, flat on his back, conscious thank God, leg tangled in the ladder.  It was quickly and gratefully discovered that he hadn't broken ANYTHING!  Leg/ankle/foot – fine.  No pain in hips or back.  Then I saw the broadening pool of blood from the back of his head.  Fast forward to ride to ER with ice pack and towel.  Unbelievable that he wasn't in any pain anywhere!  He had experienced a concussion long ago and knew that he hadn't suffered another one here.  Which was later, much later, confirmed by the MRI.  He's home with those Frankensteinian staples in his scalp and healing quickly.

We had plenty of time to discuss his blessed luck on this one.  It could have been lights out, or worse, broken back and paralysis.  These moments give one perspective on what's really important in life and how minor all our daily grievances really are.  Wonderful motivational speaker Linda Larsen's "Gratitude Showers" are so right on!  Once we processed the prayers of thanks I proposed new safety rules for us:

1.  No getting up on ladders or roofs without someone looking out from below.

2.  No trimmimg palm trees with chainsaws without someone looking out from below (out of range of falling fronds)

3.  Be keenly observant of your surroundings and fix any possible hazards before diving in

4.  Trust your gut when it's yelling "Danger Will Robinson!"

In addition to eating your leafy greens and exercising, I'd like to offer this extra advice of personal safety awareness to really boost your health quotient! 

From a grateful wife and speaker.



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

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  1. Polly, a very dear friend's husband wasn't so fortunate and ended up with injuries that kept him out of work for almost 7 months. So glad that wasn't the case for you. Truly a beautiful reminder to ask for the support you need to get a job done AND to appreciate your life as is.

  2. Thank you, Colette.  So true.

  3. Oh wow, Polly. Are our husbands related?  John fell off the top of a ladder while trying to trim an old oak tree at our Brandywine house – WITH A SCREAMING CHAIN SAW IN HIS HAND! Broke his arm and ended up in the ER also.  It could have been SO much worse.  I only wish he had read your blog post BEFORE he tried to do that!  Thanks so much for the reminder. And because we need to be REMINDED of these things – I'm forwarding this blog post to him now!

  4. I'm surprised that you thoughtful motivational speakers haven't thought about this one.

    I have an alternate safety policy: have lots of homeowners insurance so I can hire others to do dangerous things on my behalf with no risk to myself.

    On a serious note, I’m rethinking handloading ammo by candle light Thursdays.

  5. Excuse me, Mr. Bill – but aren't you the one who has been spotted working on OUR roof and cutting off tree limbs in the back yard? And I wouldn't be surprised if there was a chain saw involved! Or in your case, dynamite! I'm just saying.

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