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Last night my daughter in Pueblo fell down the stairs at her house and severely broke her ankle and needs surgery. She had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance and they really doped her up.

The weird thing to me is that, at around the same time she fell, I walked out onto the patio of my house and tripped over something (See, I’m not always trippin’ over nothin’) and spilled on the ground. I landed pretty hard on my elbow and hip and somewhat on my knee. Thankfully, my son-in-law and my wife were able to help me get back up. I was roughed up real good but thankfully nothing was broken. Well, nothing but this:

A terra cotta planter in the shape of a hippopotamus. I landed full force on it.







41 responses to “Ouchies”

  1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

    Ouch! Hope you are fine now sir!

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks. I’m feeling better.

      1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

        You’re welcome! That’s great!

  2. Lydia Avatar

    Ouch for real! That sounds painful.
    I always wondered what it was like to turn 18 and become old and I’ve been experiencing it too much lately. Always getting hurt in stupid ways and the soreness and pain lasts forever. I feel super old.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I’m going to start calling you Granny.

      1. Lydia Avatar

        Now I’m gonna cry. I thought I was your daughter.

        1. Herb Avatar

          Yeah, my daughter, Granny.

          1. Lydia Avatar


            1. Herb Avatar

              馃槀馃槀馃槀er, I meant aww, poor baby.

              1. Lydia Avatar

                I don’t know what’s worse… granny or baby. sniff

                1. Herb Avatar

                  How about Wimpy?

                  1. Lydia Avatar

                    馃槻馃槻馃槻I can’t believe a nice guy like you would say such a thing!

                    1. Herb Avatar

                      Okay, okay. Daughter Granny it is, then.

                    2. Lydia Avatar

                      I give up.

                    3. Herb Avatar

                      About time.

                    4. Lydia Avatar


                    5. Herb Avatar

                      Did you roll your eyes at me鈥解解

                    6. Lydia Avatar

                      Yeah, what’s wrong with that?

                    7. Herb Avatar

                      Didn’t your parents ever get after you for rolling your eyes鈥解解

                    8. Lydia Avatar

                      Naw. I only did it when I needed to and I didn’t let them see it. I know – I’m bad. You don’t have to tell me.

                    9. Herb Avatar

                      But telling you is half the fun. You’re bad.

                    10. Lydia Avatar

                      You are so tough! Be glad you became my father once I was old!

                    11. Herb Avatar

                      Oh, I would have known how to deal with your kind. That’s why men are supposed to wear belts.

                    12. Lydia Avatar

                      Now THAT sounds scary!馃槯馃槰馃槺 I’ve never had to deal with that before. Guess that means I’m good… or wait, I’m bad. Actually rotten. Not anymore though… just a year ago.

                    13. Herb Avatar

                      Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
                      (Pro 23:13-14)
                      Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
                      (Pro 22:15)
                      Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
                      (Pro 19:18)

                    14. Lydia Avatar

                      So you’re a dad and a preacher.

                    15. Herb Avatar

                      No, I’m a Sunday School teacher and I have read the whole Bible through many times. Corporal punishment is only one part of a well-rounded discipline.

                    16. Lydia Avatar

                      Wow. You’re very knowledgeable. Amazing.

                    17. Herb Avatar

                      Thanks. I think.

  3. Amber Avatar

    Wow poor hippo…. Or poor you. That had to hurt to land on.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Yeah. It did.

  4. Beverly Avatar

    Wow! Glad you are better. What a week…it will end soon. 馃檹馃徑

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, I sure hope so. Oh, well.

      1. Beverly Avatar

        Yep…this too shall pass.

  5. Tony Laplume Avatar

    My boss tripped a month or so back and broke her nose. That was pretty dramatic, and probably the only time during the pandemic I was glad there were plenty of people around to help. I tend to be extremely lucky when I fall. Even that time earlier this year, the car incident, I was like an unlucky/lucky cat! That was the best part of THAT experience! Bounced right back up. Still wish it hadn鈥檛 happened, but what can you do?

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, sometimes you can’t do much. I felt helpless as I was going down and then frustrated.

  6. Mr. Ohh! Avatar

    So sorry about your daughter but you can now say proudly. Yup the other day I broke a hippo in half

    Look on the bright side and stay well

    1. Herb Avatar

      You know, that’s true. Not everyone can say that.

  7. Shell-Shell's馃悮tipsandtricks Avatar

    Poor thing! Praying for a speedy recovery. Surgery is scary to me. I鈥檝e had about five surgeries and they still terrify me

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks so much. Yeah, hospitals are no fun and surgery just makes them worse.

  8. cheriewhite Avatar

    Owwie! I hope you and your daughter have speedy recovery!

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