Pain in the butt By Lorraine Penn

Having been awarded a plaque from Safety Institute of Australia for ‘Excellence & Commitment’ in the reduction of Injury and fatality, in recognition of TAFE NSW OHS training strategies, you would think that I take my own ‘safety’ seriously, wrong!

On a recent return trip to home after traveling to Grafton with my husband and youngest daughter, whom was on a week’s holiday. I had what is known as a ‘trip and fall’ flat onto my bottom whilst alighting up one stair from the garage.

At the time of the incident, I was carrying on a conversation with my daughter whilst walking from the car to the ‘one step’ up into my house, when I misjudged the stair due to not paying attention to where I was walking. Like walking without looking!

Misjudging the location of the stair and my head turned towards my daughter, I fell with one holly thud from a standing position to flat on my bottom position and it hurt like crazy. The scurry from everyone wanting to find out if I was really hurt was amazing. “Yes of course I am hurt and I am sitting on it”

A common saying is ‘you are a pain in the neck’; well now I am my own pain in the bottom, to the point of not being able to sit for an extended period of time.

Telling this incident to friends and family without them laughing has been a huge challenge.

in Boambee East, New South Wales, Australia


Born in Kogarah, NSW semi-retired on the North Coast where I am giving back to the community as a mentor, board director, former president of Coffs Harbour Writers Group & turning my life into a book.

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