Yesterday, Hubs asked where something was and I responded that it was upstairs.
We actually have an “upstairs” in the house!
Now, it doesn’t look like a traditional second floor yet, just some plywood on some floor joists, which we access by a ladder.
But it’s a second floor nonetheless.
Here’s a picture of almost how far we’ve gotten so far.
But now we go back to the beginning of the second floor framing…
And that’s about as far as we got, and not likely to get much more done in the next week or or so because I was stupid and got injured.
We got the next joists cut and ready to go, and while we were putting them up on the second level, I forgot to watch where I was walking, and walked off the edge of the plywood! Blessedly, I didn’t fall the 9 feet down to the concrete floor, but that does mean I fell onto the joists. I added an arrow to the previous picture to show where I went through.
I landed on the joists sideways with all my weight hitting on my rib cage. Can I just say that this is one of the few times in my life I’ve been glad for the “extra padding” I have? Between that and the fact I was once again wearing a sweatshirt and puffy vest, I escaped more serious injury. I shudder to think how bad the contusion would have been had I been wearing just a t-shirt as in the picture above.
As it is, I am very bruised and sore. I did not go to the ER since they could not do anything for me anyway other than confirm that my ribs are, or are not, cracked, and send me home with a prescription for pain meds. I do not have any symptoms of internal injuries, but I am continuing to keep an eye on how my body is doing.
The treatment plan, even if my ribs are actually cracked – which I don’t think they are – is just rest (and ice and painkillers, etc). So, it looks like I have an unexpected “vacation” on my hands. Time to catch up on some reading and crocheting I’ve been wanting to do. I’ll update on my condition in a few days.
Hi Maridy! The build is really coming along! Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear about your fall. I recently fell and cracked a rib, and also did not go to the ER for the same reasons as you describe here. I did find some useful information for protecting against lung infection/pneumonia as you heal on this website however: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000539.htm
Hope you feel better soon!
Thanks for the info, Lynne!
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Oh dear! Maridy, dear friend, you need to be careful! I hope you heal well and fast. But holy cow…the second story! Your house is starting to look really good. Take care!
Thanks Vickie! Believe me, I learned my lesson. My grandpa was sharing with me how he did the very same thing when he was younger (with the same injuries resulting). He says that’s a mistake you only ever make once!
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