How to Carry Heavy Objects Correctly – The AddendumMarch 1st, 2011Streams of Consciousness
With apologies to learned doctors and physical therapists, sometimes the correct way to carry heavy objects is not the correct way at all.
The other day I purchased something at Costco. Now, we all know that the bulky items at Costco are generally not intended to be lifted by those of us with prior back problems. But I felt strong, confident. And I had been taught the correct way to carry things!
I’m sure you can visualize it: I was very careful to bend my knees as I picked it up. And carefully, I pulled it close to my chest, supporting it underneath with both hands, rather than carry it at my side. And I was having no problems at all.
I felt really proud of myself. And I was obviously giving off an air of athletic accomplishment, because I noticed several people smile at me on the way to my car. Hey, a couple of guys even gave me a thumbs up!
“Wow,” I thought. “They must really be able to sense that I am strong, athletic, and able to easily carry items like this in the correct way. I rock, and people are showing their appreciation.”
I was wrong. Big time. And I didn’t even realize it until I got all the way home, and set my purchase down on the dining room table.
So to help you avoid a similar mistake, I’m issuing an addendum to the advice my doctors and physical therapists gave me: Certain items are just not intended to be carried at chest level. Certain items are much better carried at your side. Even if it tweaks your back. Trust me…I can never show my face in that Costco again.
7 comments on “How to Carry Heavy Objects Correctly – The Addendum”
That is a riot, Tracey. Can just imagine the “hoots” you gave to those who watched you.
The subject of warehouse shopping brought something to mind . . . I would think that purchasing a big 25 pound bag of dog food would probably guarantee that no one is going to follow you to your car or home at night (fearing the big dog that could be waiting)!!!
Kitty would be very proud of you! You Rock!!
Parton me for saying this, but you must have looked like a Dolly.
Yay! on remembering your training…but, um, are there no carts at your Costco
How did I miss this one? I am going to share this story with Wayne. Keep the stories coming.
You are such a mess !
I love this, it is hilarious…!!
Dare I say, you have a pair of melons Tracey…