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4EVRYOUNG Posts: 5,174
7/29/13 11:24 P

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Thanks for all of the well wishes.

We just returned from 3 days at our annual vacation/reunion at New Braunfels, Tx. I'm so glad he was up to going. It was great seeing our family and friends, all of whom have been patiently waiting for a chance to see for themselves that Greg is on the mend.

I've recently been reading a lot of information available for amputees, their families and caregivers. I thought this one would be interesting considering the topic of this thread.


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7/28/13 6:12 P

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The powers that be are using good precautions at the Brickyard 400 here in IN.They are instructing people to put their name and cell phone no.on a piece of paper to put in their child/children's pockets and put striking colors on their children and keep them in sight.Of course I think The parents should have known this without being told but reminders are good.When I was too young to remember them doing it my parents taught me there address and phone no.and both sets of grandparents.I remember them still.So if I were lost I had a lot of addresses and phone nos.to give the police. emoticon

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7/26/13 2:29 P

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Val, hope your son continues to do well.

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7/22/13 1:05 P

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I do see your point ladies. And I do think we can always use more security measures, although it bothers me that this is always an argument to cover up negligence.

I do know how kids can be devilish, after all I have had mine and mi middle one was terrible (still is, but at 18, now she is impossible with her sharp tongue and fast thinking, just like daddy).

On the other hand, a father that tells a 4 year old “sit and stay here” and goes mowing the lawn really expecting that the 4 year will stay is not only stupid, he is negligent. Definitely, more security devices on the equipment would help, but he still should be made responsible.

Val, I am really sorry for what your son is going thru, I hope he recovers well and fast.


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7/20/13 11:25 P

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Thanks you guys. Greg's strength amazes me every day. He has natural lows but recovers quickly. He not only has the support of a large family but his group of friends have been unbelievable.

They are so incredibly loyal to him and from what I can tell he is as loyal.

Greg was always my "accident waiting for a place to happen." At five he was seen in the emergency room 5 times. I cried to his pediatrician that I was afraid CPS was going to haul me to jail. Dr Truitt promised me that he would testify on my behalf because he knew how active and precocious that boy was.

Lawn mower accidents happen every day. Again it's only because we live in this age of mass communication that we hear about it.

Val

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7/20/13 9:30 P

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Oh Val, I am sorry for your son's trauma and so glad it...bad as it is, it was not worse. Horsing around or not, accidents happen....to children and adults.

My son, was one of those children who, in an instant, would disappear. He found danger where ever it was and had a semi-permanent egg on his forehead for most of his toddlerhood from running into things. He could not play in the unfenced front yard until he was six years old because he was always darting away and too near the street. He just didn't understand danger and was oh so curious and impulsive. I was a hawk and he was disciplined regularly (in fact when needed, he use to have to get the spanking spoon himself and hand it to us), but he still found ways to get hurt and came so close to a tragic lawn tractor accident that my heart hurts to think about it more than 20 years later.

We were all out in the yard. My husband was mowing the lawn with our large John Deere. Our son then about 3 or 4, went running after the tractor with me running after him. He fell so close to the blades that the end of the string from his hoody got sucked in. I screamed and grabbed for him and in those freakish few moments, I prayed....pleaded really. My husband heard my screams and stopped the motor. I don't know how our son didn't get pulled in, I don't how my husband heard me and I don't know how those blades stopped that fast. It's all a blur. All I could think about was....WHAT IF? It took me a long time to get that picture out of my mind. I do remember that little cotton jacket with the frayed string and I do believe in miracles.

I worked with children from 3 years on up for many, many years and I can honestly tell you that every child does not take to directions and/or discipline no matter how they are presented. Some, like my son, took forever to learn what came easily to others. Diligence is a must with all children and sometimes parents are distracted. But even with the best supervision, tragic accidents do happen. I do hope and pray that those families find strength for what lies ahead.

And prayers also to you and your family, Val.



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7/20/13 11:53 A

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Val,

I'm glad your son is recovering. Best wishes to him and your family as you help him recover from his accident.

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7/20/13 11:52 A

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I agree with Val.

It's easy to sit back and read a news report and say "Well those people were just stupid or careless." It's a way of insulating ourselves from fear. We don't have to be afraid because we're not like *those people*.

That works just fine until the unthinkable happens to one of our loved ones. The reason an accident isn't called an "on purpose" is because it's not something anyone intended to happen. It probably took an confluence of unlikely events to bring those children and fathers into a situation where the simple act of mowing the lawn became a tragedy. Maybe the father was careless for a moment. Maybe the child made a stupid move. Maybe she opened a gate the parents were sure was childproof, or climbed out of a supposedly secure play area. Maybe the person who was supposed to be watching the child fell asleep, or had to pee. Maybe the phone rang and everyone assumed the child would just watch cartoons like she always does. Who knows what's going to happen?

It's true that 100% vigilance would probably prevent most of these kind of tragic accidents, but no one, and I mean NO ONE is 100% vigilant. Most of us are just lucky enough that when we slip up, the worst doesn't happen.

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7/20/13 10:56 A

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Let me be the devil's advocate here.

Riding mowers are typically used by homeowners with large yards.
They are so loud that when I use mine I can't hear my MP3 player with ear buds.
Some riders use noise cancelling headphones or earplugs to protect their ears.
It is hard to hear a small child either way.
Any parent knows a toddler who is determined can get out of sight in a heartbeat.
Large SUV's have been updated to warn a driver when an object is behind the vehicle.

It's a horrible accident not necessarily or solely irresponsibility of the parents. If auto makers can improve the safety of SUV's why can't mower manufacturers?

There have been tragic mower accidents since their invention. My husband started mowing yards when he was 7. A very small 7. I had a friend who lost the toes on one foot using a push mower , because he was so small he pushed from the lower brace. This was before mowers were made automatic(go when grasping switch, stop moving when released.)

This auto-release mechanism was a result of accidents. Mechanical engineering can come up with an invention that can warn the user when their is an object behind the mower as they did with SUV's. Still not a guarantee of total safety, just another weapon in our arsenal against tragedy.

Yes' the parents are ultimately responsible for their small children's where-abouts(and I'm sure they are punishing themselves every minute of every day,) but only raised voices and govt intervention can make industry change and improve safety standards.

I've recently been reminded that human's tend to forget and take for granted how dangerous the tools they use daily can be.

*Now this get's personal.

On June 14(a day that I will never forget) my 28 year old son was horsing around on the job, while working for our company. He climbed up the back of a large "all-terrain" forklift to jack with the operator. He was up and down in a matter of seconds. When he jumped off he didn't take into account the size of the tires and the distance that when turned , they extend out from the sides of the cab.

Before the driver could react the large tire tread grabbed Greg's right, steel-toed boot and very slowly ran over his lower leg and foot. The "accident" not only mangled the leg but it
"de-gloved his leg from his ankle to his hip.

As a result Greg had his right leg amputated just above the knee. He endured 8 surgeries in 18 days. Amputation, wash-outs and skin grafts.

Greg will be fine. He's lucky to be alive. He's lucky he wasn't paralyzed. He ha the best medical care available. He has health insurance(thank you ObamaCare) because the circumstances surrounding the "accident" would not be covered by Workmen's Comp.

Within 72 hrs of the accident we know of at least a half dozen businesses that conducted safety seminars to remind their employees how to conduct themselves safely in their work settings.

I firmly believe everything happens for a reason. Perhaps the re-occurring theme of children being hurt by lawn mowers is to generate conversation about lawn mower safety and improving safety standards.

I believe that my son's experience will save someone else's life.

ETA Geez! I looked at my post and thought "I'm turning into Pops!"

Edited by: 4EVRYOUNG at: 7/20/2013 (10:57)
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7/20/13 9:50 A

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Me? I'm just an elderly mother of five and grandmother of 7..none of whom ever was run over by a lawnmower . So what do I know? Ours knew not to go near, and we made sure they didn't in case they forgot. Bluntly, parents are too permissive. I saw that at the outdoor concerts this summer..parents allowing their children to run off in the crowd while they sat on their arses. Hello? Washington DC? Politicians and perverts, busy streets, a drownable pond, and your 4 yo is out of your sight? WTF?

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Terrible tragic carelessness and because of it two young lives changed.The 4 year old will even remember the trauma.The 2 year old probably in nightmares.Since they are so young they'll probably learn to cope well and probably live pretty normal lives.Parenting is most important period.I'm with William on this one.If anything overly protective.The parents WERE responsible.

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IN April, In Tampa, Fl, a girl named Ireland was run over by her father in a lawn mower. It's a quite famous case around here and there is a huge campaign to help the parents to pay for the (several) prosthetics legs she will need during her life (she lost both feet). I though the case very bizarre, but it seems it is becoming very common, since two days ago, another one happened.

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I wonder, what are those parents doing? How can you let a 2 year old (4 in the second case) be running around machinery? Are people growing even more stupid than they already are?

And then, on TV, Ireland's mother was saying that companies should make the equipment safer, and the government should enforce this and that. Really? I think parents should be legally responsible for this kind of stupidity.


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