11.02.2009

erin versus the milling tread

I fell off my treadmill on Saturday morning. No, actually, I fell on my treadmill and the treadmill kept going. I was stuck between the moving part (the milling tread I guess you'd call it) and the bookshelf behind it and couldn't throw myself off for a good 10 seconds as it moved along at 6 miles per hour, rubbing the skin off of my knees, arm, and back.

We have laughed a lot over how ridiculous this incident was and I feel completely stupid. The whole thing seemed like a scene from a movie, complete with the bookshelf breaking and me screaming and tumbling around. It really is a certain kind of funny. You know what certain kind I mean. The not-actually-funny-at-all-live-action-Disney-movie-guy-gets-hit-in-his-testicles-by-a-large-branch kind of funny. In fact, it turns out that treadmill humor is kind of a thing on the internet.* If you google "treadmill fall" you will be presented with many pages of "fat girl falls on treadmill OMGLOLZ" videos that were presumably created to entertain someone. (Not that I googled "treadmill fall" after falling on the treadmill like an idiot or I have an obsession with googling stuff or anything like that.)

On the other hand, it is actually not all that funny because I am in a lot of pain and it was quite frightening and it could have been much much worse. On page 8 of the "treadmill fall" google search results (so after the fat girl videos) I found a story about a teenager passing out on a treadmill and having so much skin rubbed off that she needed skin grafts and was disfigured.

Treadmills are dangerous.

I am so grateful that I made this realization after an accident involving myself and not one of my children. I am so grateful that I have been reminded to always take the safety precautions I don't always think I need to take. I am grateful for my newly heightened awareness. I am also going to have some seriously hardcore scars which is kind of cool, right?

Be careful friends. Accidents happen. Buckle up. Look both ways. Use the treadmill key.

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This is my back. This really gross wound runs from the bottom of my bra to the top of my pants. (Yes this is an intentionally small and blurry image. You're welcome.) Both knees and one of my arms have them too.


*I realize this is true of almost everything.

19 comments:

  1. ouch. i am sorry that you fell but already had the thought that it was better you than clark or alice. but still sad that it was you.

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  2. Oh Erin, I am so sorry I am laughing first because that is serious. It's one of the (many) reasons I never get on the tread- we have ours put up out of the way of the kids and so I forget to use it.

    I am so glad you are ok. ARE you ok?

    Steph

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  3. Oh Erin, you poor thing, that's aweful. How frightening! I pray you feel better & heal up fast.
    Blessings,
    Molly

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  4. ouch!! I just keep thinking about how awful it must be to shower. :(

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  5. omg - that's so sad and scary!

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  6. Ouch. Ouch. OUCH! That sounds and looks awful. It was all kind of funny until you got to the part about how much damage it did. I hope you heal quickly. Now I'm glad I've always been a little scared of treadmills.

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  7. Ouch. Elliptical's are a little safer in that respect. However, your feet tend to go numb if you're on it too long... But I'll take the numb feet since I have a long history of falling down in the best of circumstances, let alone when there's a heightened chance of falling.

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  8. That sounds really terrible and scary. I am so sorry you were hurt. It sounds painful.

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  9. Thank God you were wearing your helmet.

    Really though, that sounds terrible. I hope you are sitting in a vat of Neosporin and Advil. (I am and I didn't fall off of anything. Trade secret.)

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  10. Oh my goodness. That pictures is bad, I can't imagine in person what it is like. Yikes! I like how you found humor in it though. I guess you don't really have a choice but to laugh, when something so painful comes like that. I hope it doesn't take long to heal!

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  11. oh my gosh - that is a serious wound! when I saw your tweet I thought you had just scraped yourself up a little, but that is major! Get well soon.

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  12. OUCH. I have absolutely fallen off a treadmill before. I've also fallen after getting off a treadmill because my feet want to keep moving faster than my body. I've never fallen while eating ice cream, nor have I injured myself on ice cream. In short, treadmills are evil and should be banned. Clearly eating ice cream is the safer choice.

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  13. awful, awful, awful. i sure hope this heals fast. months ago, i fell down the last step of our front porch, while holding neve's hand, and collapsed so hard and fast that my enormous ass crushed my foot. it too was ugly and painful, but i can laugh about it's ugliness now. have faith that one day you'll be reenacting it at a dinner party, and getting loads of laughs. this is how i think.

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  14. So sorry! Those wounds look - ouch! - super painful. I hope they heal up in no time.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  15. Oh Erin, that looks so painful. I hope you are feeling better.

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  16. Just discovered your blog and I think the treadmill post has me hooked. It is always a comfort to hear that I am not the only one who experiences these clutzy and rather ungraceful moments in life though I think I generally get more than my fair share. One of my husband's favorite jokes is that he will win the lottery for us the day I stop running into things!
    Have you tried toothpaste on the wound? Seriously, it works wonders on burns ... one of the pearls of wisdom from my Thai hubby!

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  17. Oh Erin, I am so glad you are ok. Tread mills are dangerous! All the more reason to leave mine be as the clothes hanger it has become! Just kidding! My DH always uses the key, and is off limits to the DD. :-)

    Feel better soon! so gald you are back to posting. I missed ya!

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  18. Eek! this happened to me once, too. Freak accident- I was walking along happily at about 5.0 and suddenly the treadmill ramped up to about 9.0. I was at the gym, and I'm pretty sure every employee there helped me to my feet. I had a really pretty skinned chin.
    I will NEVER Google treadmill fall- I'd be mortified if they caught my flying limbs on video.

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