View Full Version : how NOT to prepare for christmas.

12-24-2011, 08:48 PM
wednesday about lunchtime i was home alone.

so it was a good time to get a few things ready for christmas day.
(everyone is comming over for tea)

so i spent an hour in the mid day sun, cutting the lawn.

finished the job - no problems.
them i had another brain pause.
ran right over my boot.

i came around to see my foot under the back of the lawn mower.
i pushed it off and got very scared.
the boot was cut, a karge piece missing,
and i could see a mangled toe through the hole.

i came out of hospital on christmas eve,about 9:00pm.
so i am home for christmas.

i have my foot raised on a bean bag.
i am missing a piece of bone in my fourth toe,
and it was mangled.
there is still a 50% chance i may loose that toe.

but i am lucky.
not many people manage to save toes after lawn mower accidents.

i am now a boy with no toy.
i have given up all my power tools (toys).

i am ok.
there is very little pain, and i get to be pampered.
but i am a "very scared little boy" after this.

and yes i am seeking medical advice on my "brain pauses".
lets hope they find answers.

12-24-2011, 09:07 PM

Man, I am sorry to hear about your accident.

My Nephew had a very similar accident back in 2009. I wrote about the outcome in this post-


It was bad, it took time, but he recovered, and is walking, and doing just fine. In fact, I just saw him tonight.

You'll be OK. Just keep that foot elevated, and hang in there,


12-24-2011, 09:13 PM
That is not good, Steve. I'm sorry to hear that you may lose a toe, but even more concerned about the brain pauses. I'm relieved, as I'm sure your family is too, that you've given up your power tools.

Please keep us posted on what the doctor determines the cause of the brain pauses.

12-24-2011, 09:16 PM
That is no good, I hate when scary instances happen like that. Well now you will have a Christmas story for next year right?

12-24-2011, 09:49 PM
Is that the little Piggy that had none...you know the Children's Rhyme? I am sorry....Get well soon, Steve....Love..O.

12-24-2011, 10:20 PM
What an awful thing to have happen! Those "brain pauses" are scary. It is terrible to give up doing the things that we want to do, but we really do have to learn to limit ourselves, for our own good and for everyone else around us.
I'm so glad that I can still cook, but I really worry about when the day comes that I can't. We may starve, since my hubby is particularly inept in the kitchen!
Take care of that foot, and pamper yourself for a while.

12-25-2011, 07:59 AM

I am sorry, that happened to you. You are very lucky, that is was "only" one toe.
I hope the toe stay's put and you won't loose it.
Take care of you your foot and keep it elevated.


12-25-2011, 10:25 AM
Checking in on you, Steve to see how that toe is...Merry Christmas...Hugs.

12-25-2011, 10:47 AM
So sorry to hear of your accident. I hope they are able to figure out what is causing the brain pauses. It is terrible to be laid up at Christmas but take this time and let everyone wait on you for a while.

Merry Christmas!

12-25-2011, 03:52 PM
Hey Steve, just wondering how you are doing. Say hello when you can.


12-25-2011, 04:18 PM
Giving up the "big kid toys" sucks but when it gets like this we (and others) are safer. I said most of what I wanted in PM but I just want to add ... Lupus SUCKS

12-26-2011, 05:24 AM
thank you everyone for your well wishes.

christmas afternoon, and boxing day were great.

had all of the family around.
one of the grand kids was sitting on my knee openning his presents.
out of nowhere he shouted.

it was a wonderful time.

we started boxing day with breakfast on the balcony.
bacon and eggs
prawns skewers on the barbie
all sorts of platters
and of course the bryce family tradition .......
left over triffle.

this is how to be spoilt.
family, good food and a good view.
sure beats a hospital bed.

i go back to the doctors in 1 week to check the foot.
it will stay wrapped until then.

12-26-2011, 12:17 PM
OMG Steve!!! SO SORRY about your toe! You poor thing! OUCH!!! This boy will just have to find a NEW (and SAFER!) toy to replace the BAD one! Im HAPPY to hear it all worked out as well as something like THAT can! UGH! I'm glad you didnt have to be in the hospital on CHISTMAS!!! WOO HOO to THAT! I LOVE the grandkids story! Out of the mouths of babes huh! Keep us updated on th foot! No more playing with SHARP toys! LOVE YOU!

12-26-2011, 06:40 PM
Thinking of you today, my friend. I'm glad that you had such enjoyable holidays.
Keep taking good care of that toe. We're all hoping that the news is good when you see the doc again.
Keep us informed.
Love & Hugs,

12-26-2011, 06:53 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your lawnmower fiasco and your toe injury..goodness. I am happy to hear that the toe can be saved and that you are OK..Boxing day sounded wonderful. Hoping that your doctor's appointment is good news for you. Take care
Peace and Blessings

12-27-2011, 06:25 AM
so sorry about the toe but hope you had a very nice Christmas the brain issues can be scary i just had one on Christmas day my husband went to the bathroom before we left and noticed i forgot to unplug my curling iron i completely forgot it thank goodness he found it Bonita

12-27-2011, 07:33 PM
I am sorry Steve, I am at loss of words. Keep us update.

12-27-2011, 08:41 PM
sorry to hear about your lawnmower incident had similiar happen when i was 18 didnot even feel it my mother pointed out my shoe was full of blood my toe was half cut off but they sewed it back. spent a a couple of weeks with foot elevated. hope they can help you soon my friend . glad you had good christmas we also had barbecue and trifle take care luv and hugs to you and family.

01-05-2012, 06:16 AM
my doctors update..........

well i get to keep all my toes.

the damage has healed very well.
i am still missing a little piece of bone, but it will grow and fuse back together.

i got to see just how lucky i am.
there is 2 sets of cuts across my 4 smaller toes.
one set crosses at the top of each toe.
another set crosses at the base.
the lawn mower blades cut the top off of my boot.....
and then scimmed across all four toes.
had it gone any lower......
i would not have these toes anymore.

the lawn mower has a split blade, (from hitting rocks)
and it is beyond normal belief that it stayed so high, as it buzzed the top of my toes.
logic and gravity should have lowered the blades through my toes.

my wife is laughing quietly .......
we are buying our grandchildren a minature pony to ride.
it is my new lawn mower. it will live in our yard.

i am surprised at the lack of pain this injury has.
i am in very minor pain.
my fibro pain is more severe than my toes.

i am one lucky bunny.
but still a boy with no toy.
i have hung up my power toys.

01-05-2012, 06:41 AM
I am so glad to hear, that you get to keep your toe.
And yes, you are very lucky, it could have been very bad.
Now you can sit on your porch and watch your living lawn mower, that sounds like fun.


01-05-2012, 09:05 PM
Wow, I'm so glad that the blade didn't go any lower! You are a lucky man!
Have you had any luck with finding out why your brain fades out like that?

LOL - I'll bet that your grandkids LOVE the new lawnmower! What a great idea! I would think that a goat would be very good at that, too.
Enjoy the pony and the grandkids - and don't let the pony step on your toes!

01-06-2012, 07:57 AM
i go back to the neuro in just under 1 week, after extensive testing.
i will know more about my brain issues then.

we already have a 11 year old welsh a pony the grand kids ride.
this new one will be almost 1/2 that height.
it is not alot taller than a sheep.
or a large dog.

it will be interesting to say the least.

01-06-2012, 09:13 PM
LOL - I have a large dog that I jokingly call my pony. He is a huge German Shepherd from a line of Shepherds that came from Germany. He looks like a big wolf.
He's probably bigger than your new pony.

01-06-2012, 09:30 PM
So relieved that you didn't lose any toes, Steve!

I hope the neuro can figure out why you're having the brain issues....

01-16-2012, 01:32 AM
Ahhh I didn't know! So sorry Steve! Thinking of you!