Now I know it for sure.

Canada
July 25, 2012 8:12pm CST
I knew for a long time that I hated ladders and heights, but today confirmed it for me. Today I had to work on a rooftop garden on a pool house, and I couldn't figure out how to get up on that roof, even though it was 2' away from me. I couldn't figure out where to put the ladder in order to get on it, and I was afraid because the space between where I was and the pool house was just empty space. The ground was about 12' down. If I were to have fallen, no one would have known, they wouldn't have heard me, and there was no way I could have called out for anyone at that time. On the other side of the fence, the ground was about 4' down, and it would have been easier to get up on the roof with the ladder, but I couldn't get the ladder over there as it was far too heavy to move it over the fence. So I told my boss that I couldn't figure it out, and she showed me how to get up, and then down when I was ready to get off. I worked up there in the sweltering heat, and when I was ready to get off the roof, I got down on my knees to get across, but I slipped due to the fact that my knees were sweaty. Suddenly, I was scared and couldn't get off the roof. Thankfully there was a guy working there who helped me off, told me that sometimes he gets the same feeling when on a ladder. I don't want to have to do that again, but I have a feeling that I wont have a choice the next time we go back there.
4 responses
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
26 Jul 12
a fear of heights is one of the few instinctual things humans seem to have - its not a weakness, but it can be learned to not be so afraid...
• Canada
26 Jul 12
The funny thing is that I can ride tall roller coasters and not have a problem with the height of them. I can go up the tower in our city and not have any trouble. It's exposed heights that really bother me. Maybe if I was tied off, I would have felt safer. Who knows.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
26 Jul 12
I had one height related event and while I can't say I LOVE heights, I'm not afraid if I know where I "stand" with them... Having said that, I once worked my way to look over the edge of a 300 foot cliff and actually alarmed my MOTHER! (I told her "Don't worry - I'd bounce")
@GardenGerty (105513)
• United States
26 Jul 12
I sometimes have that problem, but I have not tried to get up on a ladder on a roof. I hope with a little practice you will be able to do it more confidently. It sounds kind of risky, though.
• Canada
26 Jul 12
It can be, but if done right, it's safe since I'm not climbing a ladder to the top, only a few steps in order to get to the roof, it's below eye level from where I get on it. But that doesn't mean that I'll be comfortable doing it again.
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
27 Jul 12
Oh God I don't blame you, I would not be able to go on the ladder let alone the roof, I would be just too scared.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
26 Jul 12
I hate ladders. I hate to get my feet off the ground. I will pay someone else to do it for me. My legs tremble and the whole ladder shakes, there is no way.