"Don't PLOP!"

@ElicBxn (61143)
United States
April 9, 2008 7:19am CST
Have you ever heard this phrase? I'm sure it makes lots of sense, when you see a teenager throw him or herself down on a couch or into a chair. I first heard it when I started helping my mom get to and from therapy a couple of years ago. Mom would back up to a chair and then kind of fall into it. This isn't good, a chair, if not sat in correctly can fall over, I know I came over one day and she was on the floor with the chair half on her - and this was NO small chair either! If my roommate hadn't been along I'd've had trouble moving the chair. As it was I called for help while she moved the chair off mom. She was lucky, she had only been on the floor for about half an hour, if I hadn't dropped by unexpectedly she'd've spent the night there! So, they tried to train her to not plop into the chairs. That got me to thinking about it. I don't really plop into them most of the time. So, do you plop? Do you think may be now you will at least think about it before you do so again? Remember, we may be younger than my mom, but a fall can break things and make it hard to get up even if your young.
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@queenofarms (1659)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I'm glad that you dropped by your mothers unexpectly. She could have been really hurt and no way to get help. I don't plop when when i sit. Its not only not good for us but it breaks down the furniture. I have to tell my kids this all the time. I also heard this when I was growing up.
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@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
16 Apr 08
Your poor Mum, hope she is ok. My knees don't work and I have a bad back so I have to use my arms to ease into a chair and out of it again. It's uncomfortable and painful. I do have a tendency to just drop sometimes. i'll be sure not to make it a habit now. thanks for this.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
16 Apr 08
She was alright after that fall, but later falls - not involving sitting are what have hurt her. She's also had strokes so that's affected her too.
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@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
16 Apr 08
Oh dear. what a worrying time for all. Is she incapacitated by the strokes much?
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Well, she can't really walk any more, has difficulty standing and sleeps a lot. All things considered, she really hasn't lost much beyond a good bit of memory, when she speaks up, and is speaking clearly, she knows what's going on, but sometimes has trouble expressing what she wants to convey.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Yes. I have heard this phrase many time and have used the phrase myself. I have told my daughter and other people also not to plop down on my furniture. I never plop down on my furniture. I sit down easily on it because furniture costs alot to replace. The springs will break after being plopped down on so many times too and the boards will break.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Well, now Steph, you can tell you daughter that its been medically recommended not to plop, so its not just you talking. That its good for her leg muscles and her health. And what if she missed and took a fall like my mom?
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
29 Jul 08
That is very true. she doesn't plop down on my furniture anymore, now that she has gotten older. I have to take my daughter to see the doctor today because she has a cyst on her ovary. They are supposed to schedule her for surgery but I am hoping that after the OB/GYN sees her today, he may be able to just give her something to desolve it. My daughter knows how much it costs to replace furniture. She knows if she breaks them now, she will be the one to replace it. She takes better care now, thank God.
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@Darkwing (21586)
10 Apr 08
No, I don't plop into chairs any more. I did when I was a kid, but now, I'm quite careful how I sit into a chair. I'll turn my head and make sure I'm in a good position first, then lower myself gently into it. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
10 Apr 08
espeically with that bad knee, huh? I prefer arms on the chair so I can reach back and lower myself, as they taught mom to do Not to say that there aren't times I plop - but I really try not too. With my foot hurting so much I have a few times lately.
@Darkwing (21586)
10 Apr 08
I don't just prefer arms, I need them at the moment! If there is an absence of arms though, I can ease the pressure on my knee with my stick.
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@AmbiePam (56903)
• United States
10 Apr 08
This is a good one! My mom used to tell that to my sister and I all the time. She'd ask us to sit in the chair, not plop! I outgrew the habit, but still today when my sister goes to sit down, she'll plop! I hope a day doesn't come when the chair fails to stay upright.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
10 Apr 08
me too, Ambie, falling is a bad way to land!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
9 Apr 08
No i do not plop dowm ,i sit dowm but i am sure aware of what you are talking about and i have had a few chairs break at my house by people plopping down...Teenagers and old people are the worst ploppers...My brother plops down and has broken some chairs,and he cannot keep a recliner long...He will either break them or they get so loose and shakey they need repair....My Mom used to do it too but i did not say anything but she was 88 and a real big plopper....I do not like it when people plop down and if they come to my house often i will tell them....
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
9 Apr 08
My client is a plopper. She once hit the floor by plopping into a chair that just fell apart. I had to call the fire dept to pick her up.
• Australia
23 Apr 08
I reckon it was invented in the days of bean bags and over stuffed leather lounges, when you made a plopping noise by sitting down. Glad your mum was ok though. Could have been funny if not so serious. yeah, I did get a chuckle out of it!
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
10 Apr 08
I can't plop onto a chair I am too heavy and I know that the chair will break. You are right also that it really is bad for posture as well.
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@chiyosan (30213)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
yes! i sure did hear about this phrase. :) hehe actually i am a plopper.. luckily being one has not gotten me into trouble yet.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I'm stubborn so no, I won't learn from this and still plop into my chairs. lol The recliner is slowing going out so I know one of these day, one of us is going to sit in it and fall clear thru it. lol
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@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
10 Apr 08
No I am not a plopper, I know people who do. I get after the grandkids when they "Plop" it is hard on the furniture.
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@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Thats so funny because when I read this I immediately thought of my husbands mother.LOL She is the only person I know that would plop in a chair. It looked so funny when she sat down.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Well Doll I do know that things break as I try to type with this broken wrist.. I don't ploop.... It is good to use the muscles becuase we loose them if we don't use them. xoxoxoxoxoxoxox
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@ctrymuziklvr (11057)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I have to laugh at this discussion because it brought back memories from when my kids were younger. All three of them were "ploppers" and I was constantly telling them not to do it. Now they are telling THEIR kids not to do it!