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Old 12-16-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: ATL with a side of Chicago
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In weather like this I feel so lucky to work from home. However, I nearly killed myself last night when stepped on an icy patch while walking out to get the mail. Sheesh! I'm tired of winter already and it's not even officially here.
I did the same thing, also trying to get the mail!!! Got a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning. I banged myself up pretty good. My "good" foot is wrapped in an ace bandage. My bad foot... that's what I'm getting checked out. It ain't pretty. And this morning I woke up with bruises on my right arm and thigh, and my right shoulder hurts. Taking a shower today was a *****!

And now it's 60 degrees out.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:52 PM
 
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I did the same thing, also trying to get the mail!!! Got a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning. I banged myself up pretty good. My "good" foot is wrapped in an ace bandage. My bad foot... that's what I'm getting checked out. It ain't pretty. And this morning I woke up with bruises on my right arm and thigh, and my right shoulder hurts. Taking a shower today was a *****!

And now it's 60 degrees out.
Oh, my, I am so sorry! Although I managed to catch myself before I hit the pavement I was scared to death. If you were like me, the icy patch was totally invisible and not where I'd expect to encounter one.

A fall like yours is a really bad thing. Hope you feel better soon.

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Old 12-16-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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I left the 285/75N area at 5:45, made it home to Canton around 10pm finally.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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My deck last night was a clear, smooth, sheet of ice. Funny... let the dog out to pee and she bolted. The second she hit that deck, she hit her butt and slid about 10 feet, to the edge of the steps, and then fell off the edge into the grass. Looked like she was dead for 8 seconds then jumped up and ran out to pee, tip-toeing back to the back porch (bypassing the deck). Now, I have no idea what it must feel like to slide across 10 feet of ice on an exposed boo-hole, but I can guess it 'aint a good feeling.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:17 PM
 
Location: ATL with a side of Chicago
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Oh, my, I am so sorry! Although I managed to catch myself before I hit the pavement I was scared to death. If you were like me, the icy patch was totally invisible and not where I'd expect to encounter one.

A fall like yours is a really bad thing. Hope you feel better soon.

I didn't see ice at all. Wasn't expecting it! It was just before 5, so wasn't dark out, yet, and the last thought I had before landing in a heap was that I was in my socks and there were wet leaves on the step. I tried to avoid those...

I posted pics last night here and now I have a bruised arm and leg to add to the bunch, today. And my shoulder.

I've never felt prettier.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: ATL with a side of Chicago
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My deck last night was a clear, smooth, sheet of ice. Funny... let the dog out to pee and she bolted. The second she hit that deck, she hit her butt and slid about 10 feet, to the edge of the steps, and then fell off the edge into the grass. Looked like she was dead for 8 seconds then jumped up and ran out to pee, tip-toeing back to the back porch (bypassing the deck). Now, I have no idea what it must feel like to slide across 10 feet of ice on an exposed boo-hole, but I can guess it 'aint a good feeling.
Oh, my... I had to cover my mouth to keep from laughing at the visual. I'm REALLY glad your dog is okay. Po thang!!!
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:39 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Oh, my... I had to cover my mouth to keep from laughing at the visual. I'm REALLY glad your dog is okay. Po thang!!!
She's fine - and this is the look I got after she came in, as if to say, "You laughed at me! You really laughed at me when I slid off the deck!".




Tip: I found that "play sand" (bagged, Home Depot) is pretty good for situations like this and seem to work better than construction grade sand that some use. Once the sleet starts, if you literally hand-toss handfuls of the sand onto a walkway/stairs/deck/etc, it creates a pretty fine "grit" on top of the sleet that allows you to walk fairly well without slipping. I didn't have it spread in time to help the dog (oops), but did it after-the-fact and it worked fine later.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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She's fine - and this is the look I got after she came in, as if to say, "You laughed at me! You really laughed at me when I slid off the deck!".
Awww, LOL. That's too cute! I mean, not the fall, itself...




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Tip: I found that "play sand" (bagged, Home Depot) is pretty good for situations like this and seem to work better than construction grade sand that some use. Once the sleet starts, if you literally hand-toss handfuls of the sand onto a walkway/stairs/deck/etc, it creates a pretty fine "grit" on top of the sleet that allows you to walk fairly well without slipping. I didn't have it spread in time to help the dog (oops), but did it after-the-fact and it worked fine later.
Good tip! I may have to get some of that to protect myself from MYSELF!
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:09 AM
 
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She's fine - and this is the look I got after she came in, as if to say, "You laughed at me! You really laughed at me when I slid off the deck!". .
That's a good looking dog you have there.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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That's a good looking dog you have there.
Unfortunately, both of her companions have passed away in the last year since last Christmas. She is close to 13, herself and has a number of health problems, but yes, overall she's a good dog who's still chugging along.

Dogs, especially older dogs, are prone to breaking a bone when slipping on ice (just like older people), so it's best to have stuff handy. The two dogs I had that passed were actually very smart dogs, and when they saw ice, they would literally tip-toe across it, knowing what might happen. I forgot this dog is the "duh" one and she bolted, resulting in the slip. She also runs into trees and fences. Oops.

Regular ice melting salts actually can hurt a dog's pads, so it's best if you have pets to use a biodegradable salt (hard to find but it exists), or use the fine grit play sand. It doesn't hurt to keep some of the stuff in the trunk of your car, too. Sometimes you can get stuck in a relatively minor way when out in iced conditions, and being able to spread some stuff around your tires might be enough to get you going again.
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