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On the 23rd of September I did something extremely stupid. I fly quad coppers (Drone) as one of my many hobbies. I had lost sight of my drone and used a feature called return to home. One of the features of return to home is an altitude setting, this is used to set a safe altitude for returning to home. I had mine set at 60 feet. Well I found out I have a few trees up to 80 feet tall. So upon using the return to home I flew into one of my trees.
In my effort to retrieve the drone I tried several methods but finially selected on going up the tree. This where the Stupid part came in, my wife said don't climb that tree and she went into the house and of course I didn't listen. I will be 64 this month but in my mind I think like an 18 year old. I have felt this what keeps me kept me going is not letting my mind to age to quickly. But the bad side is if I think I'm 18 I can do as an 18 year old.
So up the tree I go and then Mr. Careless comes along. I grabbed a small branch and it broke so on the next grab I grabbed a stronger bigger branch and put my weight into it. Well as Murphy had it, it also broke. The next thing I know is I'm falling from 12 feet in the air and let me tell you that's a long way to fall.
So now after almost a week in the hospitil and bed ridden for another week I walk with a walker and a back brace. I ended up breaking my back in 2 places and did a lot of tail bone and rib brushing. So I will be out of work for at least 6 months.
So what's the purpose of this post, think not twice but trice before doing something dangerous and most of all listen to common Sense (Wife) before doing something dangerous.
Now you may ask why did I even try. The drone I was fling was over $1500.00 and I hate that see that money lost. Well after I get the medical bills $1500.00 will seem like a drop in the bucket.


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Sorry to hear about your accident. I wish you a speedy recovery. I'm sure you don't need to be reminded not to think you're 18 any more. Most of us over about 60 have at one time or another had to come to that realization. Sometimes in very expensive ways. Again I'm hoping for your speedy recovery.
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Sorry to hear this Bruce . I never expected to hear a story involving a tree and a drone .
I'm off work for a week myself but my situation couldn't be changed as my stairs in my garage collapsed and I'm pretty banged up . I never installed the stairs as the garage was just built when I bought the house , but there not going to drop again as I reinforced them underneith .
I certainly feel for you as I hate pain and am sick and tired of it , even got rid of my dirt bike .
Hope you mend quickly , but we're not 16 anymore .

Btw , did you hire an arborist to retrieve the drone ?
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Holy Mackerel. Thankful a hospital stay is all it was... healing thoughts sent your way
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Speedy recovery to you. I'm 66 and would probably done the same thing ------- if the ladders and long poles didn't work.


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Wishing you a speedy recovery. My wife and I are at odds about painting the house next spring. I'm 68 but have no real fear of heights. When my daughter and son-in-law painted their old house, guess who got to do the climbing on the scaffold to paint the 16 ft. ceiling?
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OUCH ! Sorry to hear this, I hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly.

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On the bright side, Bruce, you're not a quadriplegic now! Get well soon, eh.
(Have you figured out how to recover the drone?)
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I'd bet most of us confront our own mortality long before we admit to ourselves that we're not 18 anymore. I was in my early seventies before that realization dawned.

Get well soon.
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@CAD-Man you're in my thoughts and prayers.

I hope you feel better soon!

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