When I got home, I put the ladder up in the hall under the smoke alarm and I stood there to psych myself up enough to climb it. I climbed up it as far as I dared – there was one more step before the one you aren’t supposed to step on, but I really forced myself up as high as I went — I was beginning to panic — so I just stretched a little with one hand and hung on for dear life with the other!!! I got the smoke detector unscrewed and found that I had to unplug it from the wiring in order to get to the battery out — if I could have gone up another step and used both hands, I wouldn’t have had to do that, but there was no way I was going to get any higher or let go of the ladder!!! I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it back (not without going up another step and using both hands to connect the wiring again), so I just got down with it and was happy to settle for stopping the chirping!! I got down and it was STILL chirping — I took the battery out, it was unplugged, and it was STILL chirping!!!! That almost put me over the edge!!! ha-ha-ha So, I put an new battery in it and now it is fine (and it’ll actually let me know if there is a fire until I can get someone to put it back where it belongs)……………..so, all is good!!!!
I’m so proud of myself!!!! Of course, I had to go sit down and get my heart to stop pounding out of my chest and my hand to stop cramping from gripping the ladder so hard — but, I’m still proud of myself!!!