Sunday, May 20, 2012
revenge of the city tree
You may recall that I've fulminated about the overgrown city trees that have spread out to shade over half our front yard. Last year I got up on the tall stepladder and pruned back what I could reach, letting much needed air and sunlight over the plum tree and the rose beds.
For Christmas I got an extendable pruning saw and shears. Aha, trees, I said, your time is coming. A couple of weeks ago I took out the branches encroaching on the power lines, and today I went after the higher branches that I couldn't reach before. I thought I'd try out the pruning saw this time.
Branches are springy and hard to saw. One sprang back on me. I sprang back with it--off the ladder.
Fortunately from only 3 or 4 steps up, because I was nervous of the ladder's stability.
I should have been worried about my own.
Well, to betray all the principles of a well-told story, I am lucky enough to only have a slightly chipped tibial plateau, rather than anything definitely crippling. I've had x-rays and a CT scan, and was sent home from the hospital about 10 pm (went in at 3:15 pm) wih a leg immobilizer, crutches, and morphine for tonight. I'm not in any particular pain, but I suppose that may change.
No weight on my right leg for a week, doctor's note for being off work. Could have been a lot worse.