Have you ever fallen down on your butt?

falling down on ice - what I looked like falling down on the ice
@CanadaGal (4307)
Canada
February 17, 2008 10:45am CST
An odd question perhaps? But one I think we can all relate to. Have you ever fallen down on your butt? What were the circumstances? Did you get hurt badly? Did anyone see you? Did they laugh? Did you laugh at yourself? The reason I decided to ask this question, is because, yes, just a short while ago I fell flat on my butt. And boy does it hurt! I was putting some garbage into the bins out back, and although it is raining here today, it did not look icy on the back steps. I admit, I wasn't paying full attention to the steps themselves, because I was a bit concerned at the water pooling up at the bottom of the steps and the side of the house. One step down, and the next thing I knew, "KABOOM!!". I was down on my butt, in that very same puddle of concern. Yes, the steps are coated in a fine sheet of ice. The really really slippery crystal clear kind of ice. Yes, my butt was soaked. My left slip on shoe landed about 4 feet away, in a snow bank in front of the shed. I have to admit, I find that the funniest part. I am also a bit in awe at the fact the right shoe stayed on my right foot. Yay me! I am almost certain I'm going to end up with some major bruising, mostly on my right butt cheek and upper leg. I do not bruise easily, but that was a pretty big fall, and I'm on blood thinners now too. And yes, I did laugh at myself. As far as I know, no one saw me make my fall, but I'm sure they would have laughed hysterically if they did.
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@nangel78 (1459)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I did this when I was younger. Problem was I was always in a hurry everywhere I went and boom one day I fell. I have had to slow down a lot in the past couple of months and that has helped with being clumsy.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
It's true, once you fall in a certain situation, you tend to be more cautious when in a similar situation in the future.
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@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
18 Feb 08
Yeah, I did. Just like you, it was raining and I just got out from 7 eleven and I did not choose the stairs instead I chose the inclined plane and that happened right before the two guys who were not that gentlemanly to help me. A few feet away, one of them just asked with a poker face, "Are you okay?" Of course, there's nothing to say but "I'm good", although I was hurt.
@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
I think we say we're alright out of habit, and just wanting the people to go away because we're embarrassed.
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@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I was ten years old, but I remember it like yesterday. My earliest memory was growing up in Salinas California. There was one single day that we had some snow, less than a foot thick on the ground. I don't think I was six yet. Then my mother married an Army sergeant, and off to Germany we went. Guess what Germany has that California doesn't? That's right, snow and ice, all over the country during the winter. I remember it usually came up to my hips as I plowed through the stuff. One such winter I went on the monkey bars, and from the near the top, I slipped. I landed square, and I felt a sensation, not pain, but it felt like something, a definite touch sensation, starting from my tail bone and extending up my spinal vertebrae up into the chest area. I was afraid to attempt to move. I stayed there for about a minute. I was in the boy scouts (Webelos, actually) and I slowly moved my toes, one foot at a time. It must have took me five minutes to slowly test myself to see nothing major happened to me. I saw a chiropractor for minor back problems a few years ago, and it included xrays. One of my lumbar vertebrae was visibly compacted, and he said that it must have been one hell of an accident to have that happen. I don't laugh at people falling anymore, I don't find it funny. What changed my perspective is that I broke the ball of my humerus two or three years ago running to catch a bus. Obviously my body cannot turn around, accelerate, and go up a curb at the same time. I fell hard on my shoulder (thank God, not my face - I managed to keep the head up a bit when I went down) As with all broken bone cases, I had the nastiest looking bruise for several weeks that I thought would never go away -- OK, if they laugh at themselves at the time, I can laugh then, but not until I know they are not seriously hurt.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
I have laughed when someone has been hurt and couldn't laugh at themselves. For me, it's a nervous reaction I think.
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@mestr12 (227)
• Philippines
18 Feb 08
Yes, I have fallen down on my butt while I was on a date. My date was from another town so I brought him to a nice place with a bar on the rooftop. As we were going home, the stairs was a bit slippery that I fell down with my butt literally bouncing on the rest of the steps. As I reached the last step, I immediately stood up and told my date if he can do the thing that I did just to break off the uncomfortable silence. After which, my date could not help himself but really laughed so hard that he had tears on his eyes. Oh, well.... that was one embarrassing moment that I could not forget. At least, I gave my date a good laugh. :)
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
good for you for laughing at yourself, and bringing your date into the joke too! :D
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@jason1287 (151)
• United States
18 Feb 08
honestly i cant remember a time other than one. once in front of blockbuster my father slipped and pulled me down with him. other than that i have always considered each fall to be karma for something i have done.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
lmao! I love that your dad took you down with him!
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@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
Well the only time i really remember falling down so badly that i hurt myself, was when i was a kid still, I was ice skating on the pond at the end of my street and i fell down while skating and hit my tailbone REALLY hard and figured i must have broken it! i dont think i could sit down proper for weeks! Oh that brings back painful memories lol. I hope your butts okay! It's raining and icy here too, i almost always have a stroller to hang on to while i'm walking though lol. good thing i did today cause i slipped a few times, that's what i get for living in canada and not owning a pair of boots huh ? Silly me.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
I had many years of having the security of a stroller to hold onto as well. lol. But my twins are now 7yrs old, so they outgrew them years ago. No boots?? Silly Sissygrl! ;) I "splurged" and got a pair of men's boots at walmart for a whopping $20, regular price. I love them! Granted, I have really big feet, so that helps. lol.
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@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
lol. yea i dont know.. i really should get boots, and every year as soon as the snow hits i always say.. THIS IS THE YEAR, i'm going to get boots!! and something else always happens whenever i have spare money and i dont get them. I got my daughter some spankin new boots at zellers for 10$ the other day, I've been putting her in size 4 boots, and these ones are a size 6! lots of room to grow! it was the only size they had in those boots, and plus, they will last her to the end of winter. its funny to see her walk in them though lol.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I feel your pain! 19 years later that broken tail bone still aches me - there is absolutely nothing they can do to mend a broken cocyx either, just time and stayin goff of it as much as you can...
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• United States
17 Feb 08
ohh mann i HATE winter, for that reason. every time i go out side i complain about how i hate winter, and i need to move south lol yesterday makes my 2nd fall this winter.. our drive way is HORRIBLE. and my landlord is supposed to take care of it, but he doesnt. so its always a sheet of ice. i was walking to get to the car, and my feet just came out from under me.. it happened soo fast i didnt even know i feel till i was down LOL it hurt sooooo bad i fell on my hip/butt. and i have bad hips to begin with. i never got a bruise, but my chest hurt for a good 2 days because of the impact. last night we had parked on the edge of a snow bank, and i was trying to get to the car. i was stepping on ice along the car, and BOM fell right into the snowbank. i fell on my but, so it wasnt a big fall but because it was raining and snowing the other day the snow is covered in ice, so when i put my hands down to brace myself i ended up cutting my hand, and it hurts pretty badly
@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
I can picture myself doing the same kind of a fall into a snowbank... and I'm literally laughing out loud right now thanks to that vision. OUCH on the hand cut. :( I didn't cut myself from my fall, but as I said to the previous poster, I'm worried about what kind of pain I'll be in tomorrow morning.
• United States
17 Feb 08
Sorry to barge in here, but that's what I do! :) Hey, with a name like Potatobutt, you've just got to have a great sense of humor. I love your name! And I'm wondering where it came from - your kids, hubby, or yourself? Very curious. and I'm gonna be looking for your posts - I have a feeling they might be worth it.
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• United States
17 Feb 08
yeah everything always is worse the next day, i bet you will be sore for a while! and my name.. haha ive had it since i first got online at like the age of 15. i was signing up for a screen name, and i saw Mr. potatohead.. lol so potatobutt!! its just kept ever since.
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• United States
17 Feb 08
We had a really bad ice storm here last Monday. I did not fall on Monday or Tuesday though. It was Wednesday morning when I was going out to start my car before work at 6:30am. It was still pretty dark out, but I knew it was really sick. I made it to my car okay. It was on the way back. I was almost to my parent's sidewalk when I slid. I landed on my knee first then slid down the little hill on my butt. I have a nasty bruise on my knee and a scrape. And no, I did not laugh.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
I wouldn't laugh with the knee landing either. Ouch! There isn't much padding there like a butt would have to cushion a fall.
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• United States
18 Feb 08
yeah. Thanks. It still hurts and I work at a mental hospital. My favorite patient hit me in the knee today. Not really hard, but hard enough to hurt.
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@novataylor (6572)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Poor baby! So, hey, did you limp through the snow and get your shoe? Yikes, wet snow feet! I had a similar experience recently, ok, last summer, but I was going down our stairs (they're wooden deck stairs) and they were coated in that sort of mildewy, mossy, thin, green sort of stuff that grows on those types of steps after hot rains. Well, I was wearing crocs, and that wasn't the best kind of shoe to be wearing on those steps. My feet went flying out from under me and I whomped down on my butt, hard! I was so sore and bruised. After that, I got some tape especially made for that sort of thing, the kind that feels like course sandpaper, and put strips of it down on the outer edges of each step. It helps tremendously, and I haven't fallen on those steps again. But I've fallen so many times, on my butt, knees, face, it's ridiculous! Think I'm clumsy? Yeah, I'd say so. I think that my mind's always somewhere other than where it's supposed to be , and I don't pay enough attention to where I'm going. Or I don't pick my feet up enough, and catch my toe on an edge, and go flying forward. I hate that! I got my bike almost five years ago, and when I first got it, I took a few falls off of it, and that was no fun at all, either. Now, however, I'm a pro! (ha!) And it's the right size for me, so it's easy to get on and off of. Unlike the bike I had before, for a very brief time, which was way to big andheavy for me. It was a boys bike, and I had to get on and off it like a horse, you know, swinging my leg over the seat? Well, one fateful day, I did that, lost my balance, fell straight over, and broke my elbow. It was right after that that I got my current bike. It's a girls bike, a retro-style cruiser, and very easy to get on and off. I've also fallen off a curb and broken my ankle twice, but that's another story.......
@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
Poor baby me?? Poor baby YOU! Broken bones from falls?? OUCH!! I can honestly say I haven't done that. Bruised my tailbone a few times from some falls I've had, and had a few cuts and scrapes, but that's about it. I have a dear friend who is constantly falling and getting cut and hurt. Some friends got her a kids bike helmet to wear.. it's pink.. her favourite colour. She's 24. lol. However, she refuses to wear it every time she goes out, and continues to get banged up. Last week, a fall gave her a 2 inch long vertical scrape down the middle of her forehead! lmao! I have a pic of her and I taken yesterday at the twins' party... her scar... my eyes all red from the flash.. I called it "Star Trek Jodi meets Karen the Devil". What's your favourite colour? Maybe some mylotters will pool our earnings together, and get you a helmet of your own? ;)
• United States
17 Feb 08
OMG, that's too funny! And, um, my favorite color is green, but I wouldn't wear it either. Vanity sucks, but exists! I happen to be saving for an electric bike, and boy, when I get that one, look out! It will be able to go between 11 and 15 mph, I think, if I remember correctly. I'm gonna be in so much trouble....But I'm so excited about it, and can't wait till I can actually get it. It's called an IZip, is a step-through, so I won't fall over, and I can use the motor with or separately from the pedals. Hooboy, gonna be fun! I'm just getting to old and tired to keep pedalling my legs off on the one I've got, but it's how I get around town, so I won't be parking it anytime soon. Truly, I'm such a character, CG. A middle-aged woman, tooling around town on a big red bike, with a headlight, taillight and motorcycle rear-view mirror. Oh, and a bell too. Let's just say, I'm easy to spot!
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@YoungInLove (1255)
• Canada
8 Mar 08
oh ive done it plenty of times. And with my luck I'm never alone, it ALWAYS has to be infront of a group of people. One of the worst times was at a volleyball tournament when i was in grade 11. The ball had gotten away from me and i ran after it. I accidentally over ran it and stepped on it and flewww across the room. Fell on my butt, twisted my ankle. And then i look up and i see a big group of like 10 guys staring at me and laughing at me. Possibly the worst whipe out ever.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
8 Mar 08
OUCH! If it weren't for the fact you ended up twisting your ankle, I bet you would have been able to laugh at the wipe out. Rather embarrassing to do in grade 11 though.
@williamjisir (22912)
• China
19 Feb 08
Hello dear canadagal. I once had a bad fall in my bathroom when I was having a shower. I sat all the way down on the tile and got so badly hurt from the fall that I could still feel the pain after four days. Just a few more days ago, my son had a fall in the kitchen tile after I had wet-mopped the floor. He could not stand up immediately and I helped support him to stand up and he did not get well until three days later. So it is always better to pay more attention to the wet floor when we are stepping or walking on it.
@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
Oh dear.. those are not funny falls at all! I'm still sore from mine too, this is the third day now.
@gantwick (850)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I know I have on more than one occasion. And I usually end up laughing, because I've always found slapstick comedy to be hilarious, and I find myself being in real-life slapstick situations. One of my funniest moments (technically, it was falling on my back) came when my dad and I were putting up the outdoor lights before Christmas one year. I was up on the ladder, working my way along the roof line, when my dad said, "Hold on to the roof while I move the ladder over." I had one hand on the roof, which had a thin sheen of ice, and I turned my head to say, "What? Are you cra..." At that point he'd moved the ladder, my hand slipped, the hammer in the other hand flew up, and I fell flat on my back in the bushes. Fortunately, the hammer missed me by a few inches. I was on my back in the bushes laughing, and my dad leaned over me and said, "Didn't you hear me? I said to hold on."
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
ROFLMAO!!! Thank goodness for those bushes being there!
• United States
18 Feb 08
Yes, I have. It was a couple of years ago though. I was walking down the sidewalk and slipped on some ice in front of the store. We had had a snow storm and I was out and about before they had a chance to take care of the ice. Anyway the first thing I did when I landed on my butt was look around to see if anyone had seen me. Boy did I feel silly. I got up and was sore so I knew that I would end up being bruised which I was but nothing else got hurt just my ego. But I have not had that happen since than, thank goodness.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
isn't it funny how we worry about what others saw? lol
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@jodazaca (36)
• United States
18 Feb 08
Yes. I was a freshman in high school and fell on my butt coming down some stairs at school. I slid down a few steps on my butt and landed in front of a group of seniors. They mostly laughed but a couple asked if I was OK.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
How embarrassing! I would have been absolutely devastated if that happened to me in high school.
@winterose (39919)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
I was also putting out my garbage and slipped on the stair. Thank god it was 4 o'clock in the morning and nobody was around because I fell flat down on my face. I had only a nightgown on, I mean that only a nightgown on and my bare butt was sticking up in the air. I scraped myself but didn't get hurt very badly.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
I am very happy that I was fully dressed... that is too funny... mooning the neighbourhood! ;)
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Indeed I have, who has not? the worst incident was 19 years ago and i still reap the consequences today. I was several months pregnant and it was winter - I lost my footing going down the cement stoop and landed myself on the edge of the bottom step before going to the ground. I ended up with a broken cocyx... this is something they can not cast, you know! yes, I imagine I was the BUTT of many a joke whilst carrying about my inflatable donut to sit on. it still gives me grief from time to time - when sitting for a while it will crunch..yowie.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
Ouch! Obviously you're in good humour about it, with your comment on being the 'butt' of many a joke. :)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Ouch :)) rotflmao I do so hope you have someone that will kiss your poor behind and make it better? Good grief? I am the klutz Queen, which story would you like to hear? LMAO The newest one was last spring when my husband and I were (fooling around) in a hay loft. yes even at our age we still take advantage of opportunity when it presents itself! Any way I slipped and fell a distance and broke my tailbone. Of course Pops could not wait to let the boys know of mothers demise and they laughed for weeks the 4 of them.... Meanwhile I could not hardly sit at my desk (even with a donut to sit on) or sit to eat meals with them. My married boys still give me chit about it.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
As a matter of fact, I DID ask a friend to kiss it better for me. I am unsure when I can see him for that to happen though. ;) That's a GREAT story about the loft! GO YOU!!! :D
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
I've fallen on my lower back too. While in a hurry, I climbed a folded stepladder that was leaning against a wall. The ladder slipped, and I came down hard on a cement floor, on my lower back. I was in pain but was able to walk.I seemed to recover but my bowels had stopped working. After 3 days I saw a Dr. who checked me out and explained that my bowels had been torn from their anchors, and had nothing to push against, but would repair themselves in a few days. His advise was to go home and wait. I ate nothing but Grapefruit for 7 days. Finally, the long awaited movement occurred, and all was well again. Nothing about this mishap struck me as Funny!
@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
That most definitely was NOT a funny fall! OUCH!!! I'm glad that you ended up alright, and that everything started working again on its own. :)
@shymurl (2769)
• United States
17 Feb 08
I remember one Halloween in CO, I was probably 11 or 12. It was sleeting and there was ice on the ground. My friend went trick or treating with me that year. We were crossing the street and I slipped on some ice and landed right on my butt. It was embarrassing, and yes, my brother was laughing at me. It hurt but I tried not to let it show. I've fallen a couple times since than but I remember that one the most.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
That is a hard age to be laughed at, so it's no wonder you remember it well. You were so young, and for it to hurt, that must have been one really hard fall. I'm still hurting now as well, it's been about 2 hours since I fell I think. I am worried about how stiff I'll feel tomorrow morning. Eek!
@palonghorn (5492)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Oh my gosh, yep I've been there, had moved from the south to the northeast, my first winter here! and ok, yep I had been drinking at a Christmas party, lol. We were leaving, and it was all going fine, the next thing he walked around the car to open my door for me, looked back and I wasn't there! I was sitting on the ground behind the car....fancy, thank goodness, long dress, laughing! He helped me up and the rest went fine. I slipped on ice behind the car. and all I could do was laugh. Was just a bit hung over the next morning. LOL Not one of my more graceful moments LOL
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
17 Feb 08
LMAO! You have me laughing at you too... I love how "he looked back, and I wasn't there!". HAHAHA!! And I don't think there's such a thing as a graceful fall. If anything, the more we might try, the more funny it will be.