As I have mentioned, mom’s job in the field during harvest (aside from supplying everyone with lunch) is to drive the grain wagon around with this tractor. She’s either helping my brother “unload on the go” or dumping the wagon’s contents into the semi-truck. She also follows our large equipment on the road, helps the guys switch fields, and serves as a traffic cop.
Unfortunately, last weekend mom took a bit of a tumble while attempting to exit her tractor at night in the dark.
As she was climbing down the steps of the tractor, and holding some items destined for the trash can, she missed the last two steps on the tractor’s ladder and fell. We aren’t exactly sure how she was hurt, but she managed to smack the back of her head on the tractor tire and injure her knee.
A trip to the Emergency Room that night revealed no broken bones in her knee, but she’s still unable to put any weight on it. If it isn’t better by this weekend, she’ll likely have to see an orthopedic specialist and may (hopefully won’t) require surgery on her knee. Thankfully, she didn’t lose consciousness upon hitting her head and there was no sign of a concussion. However, she’ll have you know the back of her head is still tender.
Mom has also been informed that the proper way to take trash out of the cab is to throw it on the ground, climb down the ladder, and pick it up off the ground. I don’t think she’ll make that mistake again!
In other news, we officially put a wrap on Harvest 2014 this week! Considering all of the injuries this season, I think we’ll all be a little relieved to leave 2014 behind.