Last Friday I had a job tearing down a chain-linked fence that was right up against and along an aqueduct drop off. It was a crappy old fence and so I started pulling at it and making some easy headway at bringing it down.
After a little break, I started at it again and hit a spot where the fence wouldn’t give. I got frustrated and yanked on it really hard until it pulled out of my hands. When I let it go, it had enough force to pop back right into my face (I’ve got the bloody lip to prove it).
I got pissed that it smacked me in the face, so I shoved it forward really hard. And it gave. Remember how the fence was right up along an aqueduct drop off? Yeah, well I found myself falling face first into that empty aqueduct on top of the fence.
I guess I passed out when I hit the bottom of the aqueduct because when I came to, the fence was down and I had a little headache, laying there in the aqueduct. I was a little dizzy, but I finished the rest of the job pretty quick (it was easy now that most the fence was taken down into the aqueduct). Earlier than usual that day, I had to call it quits because my headache and dizziness turned into nausea too. With crappy state health insurance, I waited a long time in the ER before finally seeing a doctor.
I had a concussion and was told to take it easy for a couple days until I felt better. Concussions can be really serious (Preston Plevretes anyone?), and while I could take a few hours off the next day, I couldn’t take off any more time than that because I’ve got bills to pay!