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Old 02-27-2012, 06:42 AM   #1
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Hi all i am new to this site and it has been very helpful to me but i am still looking for some answers. I had my accident 5 weeks ago .I have shattered both my calcaneus bones and had two plates and nine pins fitted to each of them. The surgeons have put me back together well. I am a roofer and have been told i will not return to my job.I would like to know if there is another roofer out there who has returned to work ? They told me i am bed ridden for three months and then physio starts learning me to walk on my tiptoes then onto my feet.they said i will be in pain for the rest of my life and get arthritis .How soon will this happen and will i have a limp and use crutches or sticks.The boredom is starting to set in now as daytime tv is poor ;-] look forward to any replies Thanks

 
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Hey super what a cool name I am was a roofer for 20 years before my wreck had a ladder collapse and was 48 now I am 51 and went through two operations had subtalar fusions first one didnt take and the following year had a revision and it took but life is never the same I feel bad for you brother. I havent really ever responded much to this board but does have great info A man named zerk has a lot of good insight I am not much of a computer guy but your a brother no what I mean roofing is high risk high reward . YOU WILL NEVER RETURN TO ROOFING!!!!! your age and all the mobility needed in movement My best advise is get a electric scooter works great. Try to get some help from voc rehab if possible. All I ever did was roofing and ranch work Should of went to school but cant turn back made lots of money but now its gone oh well I am alive Maybe we could talk in person could give you alot more in sight. There are many posts that will help most of all listen to the docs and stay off your feet HA HA you will very much be humbled before its over Take Care

 
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:23 AM   #3
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Hi Wyocheese thanks for the reply it is good to know there is people out there who care and share there experiences with others.I looked at Zerks posts and found them very helpful thanks.i have been a roofer since i left school at 16 so i am not much better at using a computer than you.It has been very hard to be told that you cant work on roofs again after 30 years in the trade.I have always been in employment as i stay in Glasgow, Scotland it always rains so there is plenty work for roofers .The weather will play a big part in my recovery as temps are cold.It is ok for those who stay in warm climates.My wife has been amazing the last five weeks looking after the three children and me the children have been fantastic at helping me as well ,asking her to clean my camode and empty my pee bottles is not a problem for her but it is for me. How did you cope with recovery?did you have much help around you.Take care hope all is well.super roofer

 
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Re: smashed heels

I am not a roofer but being about 11 years out form one heel with a plate and 7 screws maybe an "outlook" for you.

I had about 8 good years with my heel. Now there are flareups of pain now and then and also arthritis in a couple of joints. I've been lucky that my gait has not been changed much. This can lead to problems in the knee, hip, and back. I have reroofed both my houses with no problems but doing it for a living would have been a different story with this foot.

It will be a long haul with a good chance of never roofing again but then again everyone is different. Even if you did return to roofing, it probably would not be for a long time. I would suggest maybe some retraining, schooling, or possibly maybe something along the lines of your trade such as estimator, sales, anything that you could think of involving your trade.

I've been lucky that my injury has changed my life, probably for the better. Not so sure that happens to most people.

Hope everything works out well for you.

 
Old 02-28-2012, 01:22 PM   #5
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Hi super I had alot of help also thank god for my son and girlfriend she was amazing. A electric scooter would help alot in everyday functions if you have room in your house makes the little things easier like bathroom duties I even used vacuum cleaner was kinda cool . You just have to get good sense of humor. My foot was so shattered surgery was not even a option and I seen two docs for there advice yes everyone is different but roofing again is not a choice i would even try walking on ground is not even the same as a roof as only you know. maybe like dex says something related in sales but estimating roofs you have to get on them cant tell from the ground whats what. One mis step and your in the same boat again and my life and whats more the people you love are important. If you need a fusion you definetly wont be on the roof. This is a life changing event like zerk says. Just make some lemonade out of the lemons you just recieved it will taste good Ha Ha I already have had efects of my knee takeing more stress had to have it operated on this past summer. well take care super and god bless you brother thats helped me alot faith take to to later wyo

 
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Re: smashed heels

I don't think its impossible to still work on a roof. One issue would your foot and the angle. I have been on my roof cleaning gutters and putting a vent in. But the was jsut a few hours.

I do think we can learn to work smarter. You are not going to be carrying shingles up the ladder. If you had a lift, or young guys for that. Also staying up there, and not going up and down would help.

I find extension ladders to be a little worse, due to the small rungs. I can work on a step ladder.

I think it is possible you could, but I also think it would wear you out. Is there detailed work you could do, that would not be as much grunt work? Group leader or foreman? Go in business for yourself with some young guys running up the ladder? You doign etimates, doing the detailed stuff, running things? Maybe bigger type jobs where they have lifts for the shingles.

This a life changing event. I suspect you could do it, but I dunno about full time, maybe for a bit. It is so hard to say.

Besides the pain, my concern would be if you can walk on a roof, safely. Like I said I have been on my roof, and did ok, for small stuff.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:27 AM   #7
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Re: smashed heels

This injury varies alot, with respect to mobility and pain levels. You will be sorta bed ridden for 12 weeks. Non Weigth bearing. I sat in my recliner, with it tipped back, and my feet on pillows. laying on couch with your foot up would work.

Some people start partial weight bearing around 12 weeks. But with both broke, I doubt it. I started PT for range of motion at 6 weeks.

I did a walker for awhile after weight bearing, then a cane, then nothin. With over lap. I would get a wheel chair for arounf the house. Take some of the doors off, makes it easier.

I was walking around at 4 months, with a cane, some without. But still using walker to go places. 5-6 months, was doing a bit, just with pain, the more I did.

At about 18 months I started taking low grade pain meds, Tramadol, 1 a day, sometimes a 2nd. Which isn't alot for that drug. I take 600mg of motrin pretty every morning, which has me taking less tram.

I think you need to wait a bit on the pain meds, to see how you do. But if you have an awful day, take one.

You don't want to take a ton of pain meds, but you got to work too.

Also it is easy for me to say, but maybe this will be a chance to do something new or a business, and not work so hard, or do something you have wanted. Ya, I know that is blowing sunshine up your rump. But it you got to try. You got no choice.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:30 AM   #8
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I would suggest maybe some retraining, schooling, or possibly maybe something along the lines of your trade such as estimator, sales, anything that you could think of involving your trade.

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Agree. Maybe running crews or owner. Money probably isn't as good, but you could think about working the counter at lumber yard or some place that sells roofing supplies.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:53 PM   #9
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Hi all just a update on my progress not been well for the past couple of weeks.The tramadol and sopadol have been playing havoc with my stomach and the nausea has floored me. I got both my casts off last week everything looking good they gave me a pair of air boots which look like a fashion disaster but very comfy still not weight bearing. I have another 4 weeks to go.I have got the nurse coming to my home tomorrow to check my wounds and to give advice on how to treat them i have been putting e45 cream on my feet for the dry skin which is working great but i have not put it over the scar .This is healing well but the skin next to it is a mess does anyone know if i can put the cream over the scar to help heal it .The scar has crusted over and is not weeping in any way and i would love to steep my feet in basin of hot water as i have not had a bath or shower yet only bed baths .

 
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Re: smashed heels

Hi Super.
Sorry to hear about your accident, but I can understand where you are at.
I too was a roofer, for over 20 years.
November 7, 2010 I fell approx. 25' off a roof I was working on, shattering both heels beyond repair. Surgery was not an option for me, so I can't comment on your recovery specifically, but here is how it went for me.
After 3 months in a wheelchair, and another 15 months of physio, the doctors and compensation specialists have determined that I will never safely work on any construction site, and they are setting up retraining for me to enable me to return to the workforce in a desk job (I have no office qualifications).
My current pain levels are not severe on average days, and I seldom need any medication for it. However it takes very little to cause them to flare up. Essentially, if I do nothing, they are fine, but doing even minimal things, like walking for 30 minutes or more, can cause severe pain that lasts for up to 3 days afterwards.
WSIB is currently reviewing my case for a Non-economic Loss reward. I have no reference to what that will entail, and in fact, if anyone reading this has been awarded one, i would love to know what sort of % they consider this as a permanent partial disability.

 
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WSIB is currently reviewing my case for a Non-economic Loss reward. I have no reference to what that will entail, and in fact, if anyone reading this has been awarded one, i would love to know what sort of % they consider this as a permanent partial disability.
It varies alot by state. In WI you get 75k for one foot cut off at work, and then % of that based on disability. From what I have heard, WI gives you more then many states.

Doc rated my PTTD, gave it to the state and came up with a % of the 75k, paid out in payments, until it reaches the total.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:55 PM   #12
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Hi Wyocheese just an update on how things are going it has been along 4 months for me.I have had quite a few bad days due to the pain and medication which i only take twice a day now . I was bedridden for 3 months and i just started the physio on Thursday past.I stood up for the first time which had me crying with the pain and joy i felt silly but this was major achievement.When i stand up i think my ankles are going to explode no pain no gain as they say.They have me concentrating on movement and stretching just now and hopefully taking my first steps this Thursday coming.They hope to get me in zimmer frame next week and out of my air boots in four weeks time then out of wheelchair soon after that.I have not had bath or shower in 4 month looking forward to climbing the stairs for that occasion so thing are looking good .I know there will be setbacks but i am up for the challenge. How are you and your family doing.Hope your all well and not in pain.:-))Take care super roofer

 
Old 12-28-2012, 05:00 AM   #13
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Hi super roofer
I am 4 x years post 2 x very smashed heels haven't been on healthboard for a long time I originally from Scotland but now live in Australia I am interested in how you are progressing with your injuries and hope you and your family are doing well

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:42 PM   #14
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Hi Scotland
As you can see by the time posting this message I am up during nite with pain😕
It has been a long year its coming up for my anniversary in January .
Things are moving along slowly but I am more mobile now the Physio is working her
Magic .They have got me on to one granny stick now and I am on tramadol and pregabalin just now it's taking the edge off the pain but not enough I have been spaced out for most of the year I hope I wake up after the bells and it was just a dream.the nurology Physio assessed me last week and said I have a hard year ahead but is hopeful I can make a good recovery.my wife and kids have been amazing for me they will be looking for a big pay back😃 where are you with your recovery does it get any easier .this site has been good for info but unusual for another Scotsman to be on the other end with the same injuries .how did your accident happen and what part of scotland are you from.
Take care and have a happy new year when it comes 🍺🍺

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Hi Super Roofer
I am from Greengairs but spent a lot of time in Lochgilphead was back there in September/October for a holiday still have a sister living in Greengairs,my accident happened in 2009 when I was managing a hotel where we lived on premise second story and had 2 x guys trying to break in went out to investigate noise and they basically through me off roof 10m where I ended up with 2 x smashed heels and a snapped femur, no lying to you it has been a very long and frustrating recovery and same as you if it were not for my wife and family I don't think I would have made it but on the positive side I am now employed as a training consultant in hospitality could not go back to my previous career owning and managing hotels/taverns as I would have to be on my feet 10hrs a day I did try it but had to resign after 2 x months as the pain and swelling were to much to bear. I now think I cannot get any more improvement and I just have to manage myself best I can which is 80% ,cannot walk without shoes,need to wear rubber sandals in shower,wear special orthopedic shoes for work cannot walk for a great length of time without pain but do not have arthritis yet ?? all doctors say it will come,I try to stay healthy and swim every day etc,you have to stay positive because it does get better and you can lead a semi normal life

Take Care
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We have a cousin over from Scotland touring Oz so there will be a few malt whisky drank over the next few days

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