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Old 08-16-2007, 09:05 AM   #1
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Hi everyone...well, we finally picked up our motor home Damon Astoria, took 4 days to leisurely drive it up from Georgia, and really enjoyed it except for being a little "overwhelmed" with all the systems, etc.
We are newbies so knew nothing, except all the great tips, and advice I have reading on this board.

Three days later my husband decides to wash it....did fine except when it came to the roof, then he used VERY POOR judgement.

I was not out in the yard with him at the time, so could not even help him, so he lost balance and fell off the ladder down to the ground hitting his face on belgium blocks.

He fractured 11 facial bones, including his jaw and nose.
He Had to have surgery and has 8 titanium plates in his face now.
Had a tracheostomy but that was removed.

He is 10 days post-op now and home, and feeling better each day.
His jaw will be wired for 6 to 8 weeks.

He doesn't know why he didn't think to use the ladder on the back of the rv.

We already had 3 trips planned and have now cancelled them all, but before you know it I'm sure we will be able to enjoy it.

This topic doesn't belong on the board I'm sure because it doesn't deal with the RV,
but thought I'd send the reminder to be careful anyway!!
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:05 AM   #2
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Hi everyone...well, we finally picked up our motor home Damon Astoria, took 4 days to leisurely drive it up from Georgia, and really enjoyed it except for being a little "overwhelmed" with all the systems, etc.
We are newbies so knew nothing, except all the great tips, and advice I have reading on this board.

Three days later my husband decides to wash it....did fine except when it came to the roof, then he used VERY POOR judgement.

I was not out in the yard with him at the time, so could not even help him, so he lost balance and fell off the ladder down to the ground hitting his face on belgium blocks.

He fractured 11 facial bones, including his jaw and nose.
He Had to have surgery and has 8 titanium plates in his face now.
Had a tracheostomy but that was removed.

He is 10 days post-op now and home, and feeling better each day.
His jaw will be wired for 6 to 8 weeks.

He doesn't know why he didn't think to use the ladder on the back of the rv.

We already had 3 trips planned and have now cancelled them all, but before you know it I'm sure we will be able to enjoy it.

This topic doesn't belong on the board I'm sure because it doesn't deal with the RV,
but thought I'd send the reminder to be careful anyway!!
Sue
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:22 AM   #3
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Sue,
The post is correct for this forum. We are all a big family and from time to time need each others support. We also listen really good.

You have my sympathy and tell hubby to follow doctor's orders so ya'll can be back on the road very soon.

I get on my roof only when it is dry. I do wash it, but I am on my hands and knees. The roofs are slipery when dry and very slipery when wet. It was a mistake anyone could make. Fortunately when I have slipped, I did not fall or fell on to the roof.

You are in my prayers.
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Sumar, so truly sorry to hear of your husband's misfortune. I do hope his recovery will be rapid with no lasting ill effects.

To me, your post is very appropriate to serve as a safety caution to all of us who may undertake such tasks as your husband did.

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Sue, we are glad he's on the mend, and wish you both the best, after this serious accident.

I sincerely hope you both are able to get on the road soon.

I feel this does indeed belong on the forum as it deals with a fellow member, RV care, and a reminder on being careful.

I'm going to move this topic to General Discussion.
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I am sure glad he isOK and doing better. I think we could all learn from his mishap because I bet there are a lot of us out here who climb a ladder and do the slippery roof with no one around. I don't think the ladder on the unit is any betterfor that job. I use that long pole brush and some one to hold the ladder.

Tell him to get better so you can both have fun with your new MH.
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:57 AM   #7
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Sue,

I am glad to hear that your husband will be ok. This is the type of accident that can happpen to any one of us. Thanks for reminding us to always use extra caution on and around our MH's. Please wish your husband a speedy recovery from all of us.

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Old 08-16-2007, 07:56 PM   #8
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Sumar,
I am so sorry to hear about your DH's accident...I am sure he will heal much quicker now that he is home! My thoughts & prayers are with the two of you. I am glad you shared with us. It is a great reminder to everyone out there what can happen. Please keep us updated on his progress...

...also ...I would like to officially welcome you to IRV2..since I don't remember seeing a post under the "New Members" area... I want to take the time to let you know that you will find everyone here caring, friendly & helpful.
Take care- and again...keep us updated to DH's progress...



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Sumar, first let me also welcome you to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading of the good times you will post in your new motorhome. So sorry to hear of your husbands accident. We will keep you and he in our prayers. Thank you for posting of this to remind us to be careful. Tell your DH to take care and get well very soon.
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Ouch.. I know that had to be 'rough'. I would suggest NEXT time, 'tie-ladder' off and use a long handled rag-brush. I do this and its a lot safer to deal with. Also go slow, its not like you need to be in a hurry. Hope he heals well and scars don't show.
Broke a jaw once, and had mouth wired shut!! Was extremely hard to maintain weight eating from a 'straw'. Did that for about six weeks.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Hi everyone...well, we finally picked up our motor home Damon Astoria, </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Sorry for the musical forums, I've shortcutted this back to Damon based on the "picked up our new Damon" comment...

Here's wishing you a speedy recovery!
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Welcome from us too, and so sorry to hear of your husband's fall. That must have been so very scary, glad to hear he is on the mend. I (Brenda) am the only one who has ever gone on the roof, and I know I have done it when it was a bit wet with dew... as everyone else has said, a good reminder to us to be very careful up there. Remind your hubby that no one can see if the roof is clean unless they're in a helicopter... and tell him we wish him a very speedy recovery!

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Old 08-18-2007, 12:26 PM   #13
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He doesn't know why he didn't think to use the ladder on the back of the rv.

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Sorry to hear of his fall Sue... Climbing is always risky business. I should know, I did it professionally for a while. use of proper safety gear and procedures is very helpful

What is not helpful is those dang vertical ladders like the ones on the back of an RV. I would much rather get on/off a proper extension ladder than one of those.

What's worse is I think the load rating on those is around 100 pounds or less... I'm 300 pounds or more so you know the RV ladder don't work for me.

His mistake was washing himself into the wrong corner.. Even when using the RV's ladder (Which I have done) you wash that last area while STANDING on the ladder.. Else you slip and fall.

A safety harness would have helped. So would hte proper shoes but keeping dry roof under foot That is #1 on the safety list.
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Oh my God, Sue! I feel so bad for him! PLease know that he is in our thoughts. I just can't imagine how scared you (and of course him) must have been.
As was said before, we're all family here and we're here for advice as well as support.

Hoping for a speedy recovery!

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