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Surviving Accident-Prone Children - My Accident-Prone Children Survived to Adults (Chapter 3, updated 8/9/2015)

Updated on October 15, 2016

Why did I think the accidents would stop if he moved to Texas

I don't know why, I thought the accidents would stop.

When my son asked if he could live with my brother and family in Texas, I was reluctant, but agreed to allow him to visit for the summer. Although at age 16 Wally wanted to at least visit for the summer, but, once he got to Texas he wanted to stay, and my brother said it would be okay if he wanted to stay with him and his family, under the condition he would finish school. So I gave in to my brother’s conditions and gave my permission.

How could I think the accidents would stop?


The dirt bike (motorized) accident

It was not long after Wally’s arrival at my brother’s house before the accidents continued.

One was the crash of a dirt bike in which Wally had his leg cut to the bone.

I was in Illinois a thousand miles away. I told my current husband I wanted to go and see about my son. He told me he did not want to come down here, so I purchased an airline ticket and when I told hubby I had my ticket to visit my son. He knew that I was terrified to fly and realized how determined I was to see about my son, he quickly changed his mind and decided to drive down with me.

After I return the ticket Hubby and I drove down to visit Wally.


Catalytic converter accident

October 27, 2013 I went to visit my son to glean bits and pieces to connect the time lines of accidents,

Walter (he no longer wants to be called Wally) told me about accidents that I had not known about, like the time my brother had him hold a plastic bucket under a hot catalytic converter and as the hot parts fell into the plastic bucket it melted into his hand and he had to be taken to the ER for burns on his hands.

It seems there were accidents I did not hear about till now.

Hubby and I arrived in Texas

Cousin's son Josh. Me (Shyron), My son Walter and My stepson Kevin
Cousin's son Josh. Me (Shyron), My son Walter and My stepson Kevin | Source

Inhaling pesticide

Wally/Walter got a job at a Mobil service station after school and weekends. Bill, the man that he worked for had a routine exterminator to come in and make sure the station did not have any unwanted critters.

When the exterminator could not come in one day of the scheduled days, Walter convinced Bill that he could do the exterminating job.

When Walter sprayed the pesticide, he did not follow the directions. He inhaled some of the pesticide and it knocked him out. Fortunately a customer came into the station and found him passed out and called an ambulance. He almost lost his job over that one.

It was at the station where Wally met and married his first wife and nine months later the couple had a baby daughter.

Again I was thinking that now that he is married maybe the accidents will stop.


Picture of an Angel - Shyron's photos
Picture of an Angel - Shyron's photos | Source

A daughter's artistic talent is showing

I know this is not one of Wally’s regular accidents, but because it could have been and that is why I am including this incident.

Going to school all day and working all night was taking a toll on Wally/Walter and when his wife left him alone with their baby daughter, he went to sleep when he was supposed to be watching her, when he awoke sometime later his daughter was asleep, and he got up and went to the bathroom, when he was washing his hands and he looked up, and he was looking into the face of a black man with his features. He rushed back into the living room to find the half bottle of black shoe polish sitting on the coffee table.

Wally’s little daughter had found the bottle of shoe polish with the cap un-secured, so she painted her dad’s face, her first masterpiece.


Are left handed people smarter

My son Walter, alias Wally never knew if he was right or left handed. I don't know if he does to this day.

Swinging on the monkey bars

Married to his second wife and the father of a little boy, Wally had his visitation with his daughter every other weekend. On one particular weekend he was showing off for his son and daughter, by swinging by his leg on the monkey bar. After swinging by his legs for a while he pulled himself up to sitting on the monkey bar, when suddenly (as he explained to me how it happened) he felt himself falling and grabs onto the chain and came down full force with all his weight pulling on his right arm, He could feel the muscles pulling loose from the bone and explained that it was like rubber bands snaping that balled up under the skin.

Wally went to the hospital and they were able to reattach the muscles to the bone and he was told he would not have total use of his right arm again. Or so he was told.

He said he told the doctor “oh yes I will.” Losing the ability to write with his right hand was not a problem, because to this day I could not tell you if he is right or left handed, from the time he began using spoons and forks he would us first one hand and then the other.


A broken foot and the automobile accident

When Wally was sent to physical therapy for his arm, on the very first day, as he went in the door of the gym he tripped on the door seal and broke his foot.

I took him to the doctor and they put a cast on his foot and he was told not to drive until he got the cast off, but the following day he was determined to drive to work and when he was stopped for a red light his foot with the cast slipped off the brake and he slammed into the car in front of him.


Free Hot Dogs and Balloons for the kids

Walter had worked his way up to manager of the Mobile station and was divorced from his second wife, she got custody of his two sons and he got the house that he bought without her.

I had left work early because I was sick with a really bad cold and, I had just closed my eyes to take a nap when the phone rang. It was a lady from Mobil, who said, “Your son has been hurt – I don’t know how bad – he has been taken to the hospital” then gave me the name, address and directions on how to get there.

I ran outside to get my husband who had been cutting the grass on the lot in back of our house and he had gone into the ditch and got stuck. I ran back to the house got chains and the van and pulled him out before I told him about Wally.

When we arrived at the hospital, I went straight to emergency admitting and while I was providing information, my husband found out there were two other Mobile people there. One was Hope, Wally’s assistant manager and the other was Brenda Dearman, manager of the North Richland Hills Mobile station.

When she saw me Hope said to Brenda, “Here is his mom” and Brenda told me what happened.

Brenda’s station was having a grand opening and her and her husband being good friends with Wally ask him to help out with the free hot dogs and blowing up the balloons for the kids.


Not all bumps and bruises lead to sore endings....

— Walter Rutledge

He almost blew himself away with a balloon

He had been on the hot dog trailer about half an hour, handing out hot dogs and blowing up balloons, (the balloons were the long skinny kind that have to be blown using a helium tank) so they could be twisted into animal shapes. When someone jokingly said: “I’ll bet you a dollar you can’t blow up one of those balloons without the helium tank.”

You have only to meet my son once or twice to know if you tell him he can’t do something, he will do it or die trying – well he did blow it up and almost died doing it.

He took the balloon and proceeded to blow it up, then when he took it away from his lips, gulped in to much air, hyperventilated, passed out and fell from the trailer which was several feet off the ground onto the concrete. Regaining consciousness Brenda asked what my number was, but he could not tell her, so she called his supervisor and she was the one who called me.

While Brenda and Hope went to pick up Walter’s truck, we went into the emergency room and there he was sitting up laughing and joking with the attendants and nurses. He had a slight concussion, but was allowed to go home.

On the way home he told me how Brenda had saved him from being killed or at the very least paralyzed.

As I said before the trailer platform was several feet off the ground and the door was above the tongue and hitch and when Brenda saw that Wally would fall across the tongue/hitch and she knew she could not catch him, she ran and pushed him away so he fell onto the ground but his head hit the sidewalk.

This was the sixth time he was in an emergency room this year. This happened on a Saturday and on Monday he filed an insurance claim, and the following Saturday he called and told me that he had a date with the girl who took his insurance claim, and said “see Mom, not all bumps and bruises lead to sore endings!”


From mud pies

Why do little boys love to play in the dirt? (i.e. make mud pies
Why do little boys love to play in the dirt? (i.e. make mud pies | Source

To Adults

From Shyron' photos  My sons all grown up
From Shyron' photos My sons all grown up | Source

The Dirt Bike and the Baseball.

Brett: He was on a baseball team after work, and was hit by the baseball off the bat, in the leg, and was on disability for a long. He kept most of the details from me.

Walter: He and a group of neighborhood friends were ridding dirt bikes across an open field and Walter hit a deep rut and had a bad accident that not only knocked him out but messed up both knees and he had to have surgery on both. This is a different dirt bike, not the one where he cut his leg to the bone.

Walter no longer wanted to be called Wally. I wish he could outgrow the accidents, and hope that I don't get the chance to write another hub on this subject.

I Love you both my sons.


Updated 3/5/2014

Well Walter had surgery on his left arm today, he had to have the legiments reattached same as the surgery on his right are, years ago.

Now they match, and from his scars he will look like he was nailed to the wall through his arms.

Just Before Surgery 3/5/2014

Walter getting ready for surgery
Walter getting ready for surgery | Source

After Surgery 3/5/2014

After Surgery 3/5/2014
After Surgery 3/5/2014 | Source

For your safety please remain on the raft....

— Walter Rutledge

Walter rafting in Westcliffe Colorado 8/9/2015

Still pretty sore after being dumped out of the raft in a class 4 rapid. Our guide lied to us... he said there were instructions written on the bottom of the raft however, I didn't see any.

Anyone can use a raft to go through a rapid.. Try going through it without one!!!!

Instructions on the bottom, "For your safety stay in the raft!"
Instructions on the bottom, "For your safety stay in the raft!" | Source

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for the comments and for sharing this.

      I hope it cools off a lot soon, we were suppose to get rain today, but does not look like it anymore.

      Blessings and hugs to you.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Stopping by here again. Your visit to the doc a few days ago with Walter came to mind and this article jumped out at me. Sharing of course.

      We are having a couple of murderously hot days again and I hope your chores were caught up enough that you can sit in coolness while these days pass as cooler days are coming along shortly. Blessings and hugs . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for sharing this and for the comment.

      I don't know what time we will be out in the awful heat. I hope you will be where it is cool.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this one too. People with older accident prone children, preteens or teens, may take heart when they see they are not alone.

      Sorry you're going to be out in the awful heat tomorrow. Maybe we'll get lucky and the weather soothes will be wrong as they so often are. Hope you will both get through it without issues. Blessings.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for sharing this again and for the comments.

      Don't be sorry about the tractor, I am just glad we got it out of the rut it was stuck in before the other storms hit. We have been inside but it is not cool, until John gets blood count up, he will be cold and it will be hot in here.

      Blessings and Hugs to also.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      KatyWhoWaited, thank you for the comment.

      My youngest is mostly left handed. when he was a baby just learning to eat with a fork, he would take a bite using the right hand and then the nest bite he would be using the left hand and on and on. Then when he would read he read from the left to the right, and I turned the paper upside down and he could read that way. He is a unique person.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      KatyWhoWaited 2 years ago

      I haven't read through all of this, but I'm just wondering if your children are left-handed? Orienting to a right-handed world, even though people THINK they're ambidexterous seems to be the cause of many accidents. As a left-hander, I'm just curious. Children who appear to be right-handed just through adaptation, can be left-handed by nature.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This looks like an interesting read for a Saturday afternoon. Afterward a person can feel better either because they have easier challenges to contend with on a daily basis, or because they are not alone in the tough challenges they face. Sharing.

      Sorry about the tractor. It may be an ongoing thing since we seem to be done with the drought and into the monsoon season. Hope you're both in where it's cool, but something tells me you aren't . . .

      Blessings and hugs for you (and John) dear one. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait my dear friend, I thank you for your comments, up votes and for sharing this again. After we talked I went to sleep and did not here the storms. I don't even think we had any storms and you are only about 25 miles away, strange.

      I hope you also have a blessed day.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait my dear friend, I thank you for your comments, up votes and for sharing this again. After we talked I went to sleep and did not here the storms. I don't even think we had any storms and you are only about 25 miles away, strange.

      I hope you also have a blessed day.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      People who have had to face things like this will appreciate knowing they aren't alone. Voting this up and UI. Sharing again too. Just now able to get on my compute as the severe thunderstorms have stopped -- I think.

      Have a blessed day!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Torrs13, for stopping by and leaving a comment. I was not here with my son when he had the accident, I was in Chicago and did not know about it till the next day. It made me cringe too.

      I will be stopping by to see what you are up to.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I am glad you were not picked, but it would have been interesting if you were, it would have given you fodder for a hub.

      Thank you as always my friend for everything.

      Sorry I did not get back to you last night, I was wiped out from the work outside.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      My goodness it sounds like you had a lot to keep up with between all those accidents! I have never broken a bone (knock on wood) but hearing about the dirt bike accident was enough to make me cringe. I can only imagine how painful that was.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      It would have been an interesting case, but I wasn't picked. We were a group of 52 and they only needed 12. That's OK, I didn't want to do it anyway. I have plenty to catch up on right here and the time goes too fast. The case was about domestic violence involving the 'impeding of someone's airway.' Finally got excused mid afternoon after being there from 8 AM.

      Sharing this interesting article again. Hope your day is going your way (short poem).

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jaye, we just had dinner together, he and his girlfriend went to Lake Tahoe last week and the things they did, if I had known I would have been on pins and needles. His arm is healing nicely.

      Thank you for the votes up and good luck wishes for Walter. I hope you stay safe also my friend.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your son obviously leads a charmed life, Shyron, to have all those accidents and still be around to talk about them! Since I have been accident-prone all of my life (they call me SuperKlutz), I can certainly empathize with him. At this stage, I've learned to be v-e-r-y cautious, and Wally will probably decide to do the same in order to avoid ambulances, ERs, surgery, etc. I wish him the best (and safest) in life.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the thumb up plus, commenting, pinning and sharing.

      If you get picked today for the jury, I hope it is an interesting case you can write about, I wish I could have gone with you, can you imagine the fun we would have? But I am having lunch with my son Walter and girlfriend and Pat and Sarah my poker buddies.

      Blessings to you my dear friend.

      I hope you have a day filled with wonderful things,

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This article and the rest of the trilogy could be just what someone who's going through similar experiences to yours needs to make their day better. Knowing one isn't alone can be very helpful when going through a difficult time. Voting this up and awesome. Pinning to AH, and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Glenda, I appreciate the offer, but I need to stay here, until he Walter is out of surgery. Maybe I will stop by afterwards.

      Thanks for the prayers and the comment.

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      Glenda 3 years ago

      Hi Shyron you know that I live a few blocks from the hospital. If you want to wait at my house. You have my number?

      I hope he will have use of his arm after surgery. Let me know how he isdoing and tell him hello for me. Prayers.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Rebecca for you compliments and comments. When I started writing all the accidents down in the first chapter, I thought I would only have 1 or 2 and here I am with 3.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These accidents make for some interesting reading! Nice looking family, too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Glenda for reading and commenting. Yes my sons are alive and well, thank you for asking.

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      Glenda Jacks 3 years ago

      Oh my, I hurt just reading this. Are they ok now? your sons.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Nell for reading and commenting. You probably said ouch about as many times as I said, "Oh no."

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Some people are just so darn clumsy! lol! this was great reading, and how many times did I say ouch when I was reading it? yep quite a few times!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Aunt Jimi, I am so happy to see you, thank you for the comment and up votes and the share. Yes I saw the WTF? but that could mean We're Talking Fun, Water Tasted Fine, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. I have not had time to read the hub, but will try to today. And to visit you also. Will call you later.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      My but you've been busy since I was here at HP the last time! What a life you've had, and it's not over yet! That's what I always say about my own life.

      Did you see a recent Hub of the Day that had the title beginning with WTF? Maybe HP is relaxing a little about the language we can use.

      Interesting hub and you have my sympathy! Voted up, and the works. Will share with my followers.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devika, for reading my hub and leaving a comment. It has been interesting. But as I sit here and think about it, all my life has been that way, like when my mom shot a man "Mama and the Prowler." Or when I almost drowned. "If You Go Swim in the Blue Hole." Or "When a Gun For Protection Becomes a Liability!" there are many more that may never be written, HubPages would never approve them.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for reading my hub, voting up, and sharing. Yes, it is hard to imagine all the things that have happened to the two of them.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Surviving Accident-Prone Children - My Accident-Prone Children Survived to Adults (Chapter 3) Wow incredible photos and another one of your great hubs. Life for you sounded adventurous and so challenging. Sounds like Walter had his fair amount of incidents, but life is full of surprises.Thanks for sharing your personal experiences.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      What an interesting life you have had! Or rather Walter has had. Amazing that he has survived all this time . . .

      Voted up, AUI, and will share!