Just one more reason to move to Florida

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   Posted 2/4/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all, I just fell on the ice on my driveway. For some reason, I thought I could bring in the mail, my purse, a package, the recycling container and my garbage can--it has wheels and rolls. I was able to get everything in my hands, but then I slipped on the ice and went down and the garbage can fell on top of me. I hurt one wrist, one elbow, one rib and my butt. Probably I would have broken something if my hands hadn't been full, so I couldn't put down my hands to block my fall. I don't think my back is in very good shape either. I really hate this weather! Diane
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   Posted 2/4/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Be sure you can get homeowners insurance before you come down. State farm is pulling out and now my husband and I are trying to find some. Not very easy to do. I found some but no name brand companys. I have a migraine from all of this.  
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Aww, Diane, hope you're feeling better soon.  I've had it with this winter too.  The cabin fever and frozen wasteland syndrome are making me crazy!!!

Tink, Hope you're head gets better soon, too!

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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Diane...I did that the other day and the only thing in my hand was the mail!  A sliding split half way up the driveway.  OWWY.  This has been one horrific winter!   I don't think spring comes to Central NY until the end of April.

Hope you are okay and feel better soon.



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   Posted 2/4/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I woke up feeling awful this morning with a headache and nausea and the whole day I have felt cold. I live in central Florida and it has been in the forties here today. My heater was set at 72 and I was still freezing. Don't know what I would do if I were really up north. I bet I'm not going to get much sympathy from this post, am I?

But on a more serious note, RedDiane, I am so sorry you had such terrible luck today. I hope you mend well. Take a hot bath. That's what I did and it helped.

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   Posted 2/4/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   

It was January last year when I slipped and fell on the ice.  One year after my neck surgery.  Fell on my behind and I felt it right up my spine.  I was dx'd with fibro in April.  What a drag. 

I'm sorry Diane about your fall.  It's no fun living in this cold and ice. 

(OK, I did get a week break in TX, but even there it was cold for most of our trip.) 



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   Posted 2/4/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
O ladies, please be careful. Diane, take care I will help you pack your bags for Fl.

BTW Donna, I grew up in NYC, we did not have spring.


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   Posted 2/5/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I too, took a tumble, yesterday. It is impossible to keep up with the shovelling and ice control. Fortunately, my arms were too full and so I didn't rebreak my right hand as I had done to break my fall, a couple years ago. I haven't used any salt b/c I have two dogs that are outside a bit and I don't want them to get salt chips in their paws. I can only shovel for ten minutes before I have to rest. There is a fellow who plows our driveway, but because I knew he was coming I parked my car way over to one side so he could do the job. Well, now, it's in a snowbank, stuck, sounds like it's ready to drop it's transmission from me trying to rock it out of the rut. I tried everything I could think of, kitty litter, shovel, shovel, shovel. Nothing worked. The day before I had swerved to avoid a logging truck on the road and landed in a six to eight ft. ditch. I got to hang out in a blizzard to wait for fellow with tow truck and then my cell phone went dead. Great day. Then as I started for home, the loudest squeal started in the right front wheel. It would stat as a low humming sound and increased in pitch until it sounded like an air raid siren. I managed to get home but now the car is stuck, I don't know when the tow truck will come, I worried sick because I live way out in the boonies, I don't know how serious car problem is and whether I can afford to fix it. On top of all that, there's five ft. of snow on ground, and it is still snowing. Believe it or not I lived in Florida  from 03 - 05. I came back due to health problems as they worsened and I had no health insurance. We're, me and my two dogs make up the we, are here because I had to care for my Dad who lived out here in the boonies, for two solid years, until I had to place him in a LTC facility a month ago. My son was here for a few weeks but left about two weeks ago. I'm feeling very vulnerable and helpless. I am supposed to drive Dad to see a neurologist two hundred miles away on Feb. 10. Then I'm supposed to drive stepmom to another medical appt. Feb 11, also two hundred miles away. Wonder if I'll have trans? Not enjoying this winter at all. Plus, I had a pdoc appt. today at 11AM which I had to cancel b/c, well, the car is broken down. And I need my meds and I don't think he'll prescribe over the phone. Feeling completely lost, and it ain't no winter wonderland.
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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Diane and Tyno I'm sorry you both fell. Our mailbox is across the street since we live right on the edge of town and when the drive has been icy I have driven the car to get the mail, I know sounds crazy but better than falling. My neighbor and his little boy shoveled off the front porch, steps, sidewalk and drive after the last snow we had. I thanked him dearly for doing it. He knows Ken's health has not been good this winter. We also have two boys in the neighborhood that are always looking for things to do to earn a little money. So some of you might want to consider getting a child to help with the shoveling if you don't have any of your own. Please be careful out there.
Tink, why are they pulling out of Florida??? I don't live far from the State Farm headquarters and where it started. They employ a lot of people in the area.
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
diane and tyno,

ouch! i'm sorry to hear that you've both taken a tumble recently! the pathway to our mailbox is super icy, too, and i worry about that everytime i go out there.

tyno, i hope you are able to get your car unstuck! when you say you live in the boonies, do you mean you live outside of a town or are you in the boonies, boonies? (like-in the middle of nowhere with no larger town/city nearby) is there anybody you could call to get you to your apt. so that you can get your meds?? it must be so frustrating for you to be living alone in the middle of nowhere you definitely don't need to have to go without your meds, too! ((((hugs)))))

as for florida-i lived there once for about 3 months. and you know what?? i HATED IT!!!! ugh, the bugs! and the humidity! and the nightly thunderstorms that lasted about 3 minutes and only made the humidity worse! nooo thank you. florida's definitely not for me!
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   Posted 2/5/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Be really careful out there.  I remember the snow and ice when I lived up north and it can be treacherous.  I always would watch where I was walking and take little "baby" steps to help keep me from falling.
I'm thrilled that I moved to Florida.  It's cold down here right now but it will be in the 70's by this weekend.  Sleepybug, I'm not sure where you were but I know the afternoon rains cool the air here and lessens the humidity. BUT, living in Cleveland was about the worst!  The humidity there is awful and many of the homes are not equipped with air conditioning.  Now, THAT was heat!  LOL And, I remember going into labor with my son while I was living in Cleveland.  It was so much fun driving a half an hour to the hospital in 40 below zero weather!  We kept praying that the car wouldn't stop.  It couldn't even give heat in the interior of the car.  Boy, was I miserable!
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   Posted 2/5/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
sherrine, i lived in erm..ok i am blanking out here on the name of the town. arg! lake wales! yes, that's it lake wales. lol. it's about an hour (i think?) outside of orlando. my sister convinced hubby and i to move down because my brother in law owned a construction company and wanted to hire my hubby, but i was pregnant at the time and the heat and humidity were awful and as soon as we got there, my brother in law took a hit on his business (long story) and there ended up being very little work for my hubby. so the stress of very little money combined with the heat and humidity ended up making us all very unhappy. we hemmed and hawed about coming back for awhile, but the day i turned around in the shower and saw a spider the size of my head i shouted that's IT! we're out of here!! we moved back to michigan the next week. what really freaked us out was that just a few days after we left, that big hurricaine hit (can't remember the name of it, but it was the one in the summer of 2004) and completely destroyed the house that we had been about to rent before we decided to come home. that really scared me-if we'd stayed our house and everything we owned would have been completely lost-and we might have been seriously injured in the process!

i know there has to be nice parts to florida-when we were there, we did take a trip to the ocean and that was incredibly beautiful (and cooler, too!) i imagine living in a coastal florida town would be really nice, but central florida? no way!! definitely not for me.

it's funny that you lived in cleveland-i lived there for awhile, too! and i think you're the person who used to live in upstate new york, aren't you? (which is where my hubby is from)..huh. small world! :-)
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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Sleepybug - I live in Michigan, too! WAY up north, though, where it snows and snows and snows...and it's been cold, too! Today is 23 and that's a warm up from where it's been. I haven't been out of the house in two days.

Tyno - if you have auto insurance with physical damage on your car, you should be able to file a claim for the event that landed you in the ditch. As soon as you can, call your agent and get the car checked out.

I hope your days get better - take care of yourself.
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I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 

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