A woman (my MIL) who is vertically challenged deciding to climb on a chair to take care of something above her washing machine. She grabs the chair beside the basement stairs. Upon looking at its condition, she decides not to step on the chair in the middle - it didn't look like it would hold her. So, she places the chair in front of the machine placing one foot on each side. Climbing on the chair she places her right leg up on the washer. What happens? The chair kicks out because her weight is no longer balanced and throws her forward and to her left.
I got the phone call at 4 am -- will you take me to the hospital after you get off work?
Me - Ah, yeah - do you want to go now?
MIL - No, I want to wait to call the doctor.
Me - Are you ok?
MIL - No, I can barely walk. Getting up or sitting down is unbearable. Going to the bathroom is nearly impossible.
Me - You want to wait?
MIL - Yes, come down after work.
And after 3 hours in the doctor's office -- no breaks but a MRI on Friday.
Please - do not climb on unsafe chairs or stools. You don't bounce at 68 like you did at 28!
And that is today's Public Service Announcement!
Be safe out there - Denise