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Old 05-12-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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I was a passenger in a car accident on March 13. Looking back I feel lucky but I did get the worst of anyone involved I broke my hip in 4 places, broke a rib, and 4 bones around my right eye. This obviously has me not working which is driving me crazy. Been off 2 months, probably looking at another 4 before I'm back to full or as near as full as I'll be capable of. To make matters worse I ordered a new job trailer which I was extremely excited to start outfitting like many have on this site. The trailer was finished and ready to be picked up 4 days after the accident. Now I have to stare at it in the driveway.

As tv and movie options are pretty much exhausted what did anyone else to do keep their sanity. I bitched about working 6 days a week and now its all I want to be able to do!
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:30 PM   #2
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Sorry, but I gotta ask. Were you wearing a seat belt/shoulder harness?

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Old 05-12-2016, 04:20 PM   #3
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Yeah, the other guy ran a red light and T-boned us right on my door/the support behind my door. Like I said feel lucky, if a bigger vehicle would've hit us I don't know that I'd be here.
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Can you hire some labor and supervise?
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I'm in the same boat as you right now. Broke one of my heels four weeks ago. Looks like I'll be on crutches for another 8 weeks. I hired a guy this week to do the labor part of the job. We go to the job site and I just tell him what needs to be done. I focus on smaller remodels so hopefully this strategy will work till I get healed up. Good luck with whatever you do
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I almost dies in an accident in 2007 on the way to work.
4 years no work....
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Couldn't imagine it being 4 years. Work wise I'm ok I contract mostly from a guy I've known since I was 16. When the time comes I can start putting weight on my leg and drive I'll get back out and do some estimating, office work, supervising. Luckily insurance has helped keeping the bills paid.
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I'm in the same boat. During a basement flood remodel in the first week I tore my bicep from my forearm. Just from helping load a sheet of plywood in a truck. Early march.

Two days later with my dominant right arm in a sling. I try to carry a sheet of plywood with my left hand from on top of the truck. It falls edge first into the back of my left foot hitting so hard on the back that it crushes stuff on the inside and causes the side to bruise and not where it hit.

Then I hop step with one arm in a sling. For a while. Luckily after sugery to re attach bicep. (Pain meds day of surgery. Then next day. And only advil and ice packs after that) The mud guy takes a couple weeks to do his part. This gave me a couple weeks to slow down. Still no use of right arm for months. By the time tape and texture is done I can start to put weight on my left foot.

So far I have gotten through guiding cheaper non skilled labor to help. And double lucky I had a buddy that was slow in work with another contractor so I hired him for a few days. And some evenings to get things done. He has been a big help as I don't need to babysit him.

I would have organized some tools and such more. And wished I did. But it's hard one handed.

Nearing the end of the basement job two weeks ago I painted two interior doors on saw horses outside. When going to lift one. I reached under the door to grab the far side with my left arm and tore (same tearing noise and pain) in my left forearm. Luckily not as bad as my right. Now both arms are on light duty.......I'm scared as $*i+ to extend my arms to touch anything.

Now I'm scrambling to get things going (backloged jobs) turning down anything on the phone that sounds like it would be a waste of time to look at. And trying to reorganize tools/paperwork.

My advice would be sharpen the axe while your not cutting wood. Start paper layout of your new trailer set up. Hire a buddy to start cutting plywood or how ever your going to build out your trailer. Label the pieces as to where they are going to go. Do the therapy to get you back to level ground again with your body. Think about ways to improve your business and put down a plan to paper.

Two books I wished I would have read while I was down is Mark up and profit for contractors by stone. And 2 second lean by Paul Akers.
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Wow, now that's a string of mis-haps.

pain medication helps kill time while healing/rehabbing.
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Wow, now that's a string of mis-haps.

pain medication helps kill time while healing/rehabbing.
It can open the door to not dealing with things too. Seen that all to often.
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Back in 2008 I had surgery to remove a growth in my stomach.
I was in hospital for close to a month ,and off for 8 weeks after that.
Fortunately I had three good employees to take up the slack.
And my wife works.
Pain meds were the best part. ;-)


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I feel your pain man. Get well soon and follow Dr's orders.
I spent nearly 4 years having my left knee operated on 5 times. I had cartilage implants (I got hurt in Jan of 96) it was a fairly new operation at the time. My mom gave me a canvas bag so I could shop on my own..lol I couldn't sit still, just about wore out a new conversion van. I was scared of the pain meds so I weened myself off them early, what a mistake that was, it took two days for them to get back into my system and control the pain.
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It can open the door to not dealing with things too..
Or to think you're OK, then do something physical and screw things up.

The worst part of pain management is the scumbags that do it recreationally, they make it very very hard for those in real need of pain control to get/keep a sufficient amount of medication.

No mercy for junkies.
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X2 for sharpening the axe.
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Or to think you're OK, then do something physical and screw things up.

The worst part of pain management is the scumbags that do it recreationally, they make it very very hard for those in real need of pain control to get/keep a sufficient amount of medication.

No mercy for junkies.
My wife works at a pharmacy and is always telling me about the crazy junkies coming in the store. One guy came in and tried to pick up pain meds for his grandma. To his surprise the pharmacy new that his grandma had been deceased for a few days. Pretty sorry.
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My wife works at a pharmacy and is always telling me about the crazy junkies coming in the store.
they seriously are--crazy for their god--the drugs and they'll lie, cheat and steal from anyone, including their dying mother (witnessed that one).

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