Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Ups and the Downs

Right now, I think I'm in that little section with the small sea and boat. Except I might be buried under it somewhere.

Life has a way of giving you peaks and valleys. I think it's pretty fair to say I'm in a nasty valley right about now - and I'm not seeing a very practical way of hoisting up my big girl pants and climbing my way out.

My life right now. Minus the ice picks and toe clamps.

A lot has happened since I last blogged. I'll try to go in chronological order.

For starters, Trainer is no longer Trainer. This has been a Big Deal for me and something that I'm having a lot of trouble wrapping my mind around.  It makes sense -- he's no longer Trainer because he's off gallivanting around Europe, and chasing his dreams with a really nice string of horses. I'm happy for him. I really am. And he'll still be around... some.  But not much.  There are several working theories on whether or not this will be permanent, or if he'll open a different barn or something.  I don't know. But it's damn depressing. I've never ridden so well with anyone or felt like so much was possible. Previous Assistant who is now head trainer is not nearly so positive and that really bothers me.



Secondly, my grandfather, whom I mentioned in my last post, became very ill *very* quickly and this necessitated a gallop back to my homeland where I was able to help care for him in his final days. He passed away around 1 PM on the 21st of April. He was in a lot of pain. I'm grateful the end came relatively quickly for him, because nobody should have to bear that kind of pain.  But it hurts, and I miss him a lot.  I'm glad I was able to be there, in his final days, and in his last moments, too.

#tbt

Most recently, I came back after a couple of weeks of bedside care and a really difficult funeral, and went back to trying horses. Last Friday we tried several, none of which I liked very much.  I hopped on a youngish mare who went around well, but kept tripping. At one point, she tripped after what might have been a 3' oxer, got mad about it, bucked, and turned in the air. I could have sat the buck, or the turn, but combined I just had no chance. So I flew off, then proceeded to land with my full weight on my right leg, which then proceeded to basically get smashed into smithereens.  



This led to me screaming in pain, the ambulance coming out, and after what seemed like a year some relief with pain medication.  The result of all this fun? A very, very broken leg, dislocated ankle, bones sticking out, and little bits of bone floating around where they shouldn't be floating.  The hospital where I was originally transported was not a big one, so they knocked me out cold, splinted the leg, then sent me on my miserable way to a much bigger hospital where I proceeded to have emergency surgery.  The foot was losing pulse. It freaks me out to think that if it had happened 100 years earlier, or even in a place without good medical care, I would probably be dead from infection or have lost my foot totally.  Gah.



So my leg now has a few plates and screws in it and is in a cast up to my knee and hurts like a bitch. I am seriously sick of being in pain.  The first couple of days were the worst. I was in the hospital for five days, and post-op I had horrifying pain to the point that they finally gave me a nerve block.  Day two it wore off, and led to yet more pain, and a re-appearance of my anesthesiologist (who dubbed himself the Candy Man...) who literally knocked me back out for several hours and also led to getting my own personal morphine drip.  Of course, I had to react to all of this, and got massively sick to my stomach and had the opiate itches, and now have tears in my skin from scratching like crazy.



It's now been about a week since that occurred and I am not a happy camper. My leg hurts all the time, I'm too tired to exist, and I've been getting really bad nightmares about the accident over and over again.  In my past horsey accidents, my head has always been involved to the point that I have only the vaguest of recollections about what happened. Not this time. It's all there in crystal clarity. 



After Trainer sailed off on his merry way, I was horribly depressed and considered taking a break from riding, or possibly just quitting altogether.  I don't think I ever could - not for real - and the fact that I haven't been able to  see a horse for an entire week now proves that.  After fighting that internal battle, I don't think I'm going to quit. But I think I'm going to be pretty careful about which horses I decide to swing a leg over from now on.  

obviously this cutie pie makes that list.

In extremely weird news, as a side note, there's the smallest potential that the x-rays we did on Uno, the horse I tried and fell in love with in Florida, were read improperly. I don't know, and it's a long shot. But I guess we'll see how that turns out.  Pretty unlikely anything will work out, particularly given my luck lately, but all I can do is hope.




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  1. I'm really, really sorry :( I hope you get a well deserved dose of good luck soon!

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    1. Thank you! Me too. At this point I'm terrified of what happens next!

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  2. I am so, incredibly sorry that your going through such a ridiculously tough time right now. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time and I hope things start to turn around for the better ASAP!

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    1. Thank you! You're very kind. I too hope it turns around ASAP!

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  3. Wow.... When it rains, it pours huh? I'm so sorry about everything. Sending you good thoughts and prayers that your leg heals quickly!

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    1. No kidding, I think I'm in a hurricane right now! Definitely the worst year I've ever had by far. Thank you, good thoughts are appreciated!!

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  4. You poor girl! I'm so sorry about all that you've had to go through. I hope that you get better soon and that things start going better for you too.

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  5. I'm so sorry! What an awful turn of events :(
    Reading the X-rays wrong is very possible. My vet likes to consult with a nearby vet hospital just to be sure. From what I hear it happens!

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    1. Yeah it's been pretty crappy!
      That gives me hope... hmmm. I did send the x-rays on to my regular vet for a second reading and I'm waiting on tenterhooks to see what he says. There's also a possibility the current owner is just making things up, but... I hope not.

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  6. Lord it sure does dump on you when the sh!t hits the fan. I truly hope the worst is behind you and that sunshine and good fortune is on the menu from here on out. You are overdue some really good fortune *hugs*

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    1. It definitely does! Thank you, I hope fortune changes too!

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  7. Ugh, what an awful collection of events! :( I'm so sorry to hear about all of it. I hope you heal quickly- and with as little pain and itching as possible!

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    1. Haha I still can't believe the itching! It was nuts. But I guess I kinda had to have it. I'd much rather be itchy than in dire pain! Thank you for the kind words :)

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  8. Well that's a puddle of suck and no mistake. Surely with ALL of that going on, you're due for a change of luck any day now. Fingers crossed it might be uno.

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    1. Major puddle of suck. I keep thinking my luck will change... and it doesn't. I'm hopeful it will be Uno but gosh at this point I'm sure not expecting it!

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  9. Oh no!! I'm so sorry about all of this!! Sending you all the best during recovery!

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  10. You've really been dealt a bad hand lately. I hope things turn around and your docs can get you on some decent meds.

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    1. Thank you! I've got some decent ones now, they just don't do enough haha.

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  11. i'm so sorry - you really just can't catch a break! i'm sending you all the virtual hugs and cookies and glasses of wine that you can possible imagine. hope the legs heals up quickly (or at least that the pain starts to subside soon) and fingers crossed on the horse search!

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    1. Thank you!! I will snarf the cookies and save the wine for when I'm allowed to drink again :P I hope it heals quickly too!

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  12. well they say bad things happen in threes, right? So I think you're due for a turn around in luck. Here's hoping that the turnaround comes in a chestnut colored package... ;-)

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    1. So they say... I feel like I'm up to about ten! But three very bad things, anyway. I sure hope the turnaround comes in a cute chestnut colored package too! Thank you!

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  13. Oh wow, so sorry about your Grandpa and your broken leg..and trainer too! Here's hoping this means you are due for some really excellent things to come your way. Fingers crossed for Uno :)

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  14. Wow, that is a very serious series of unfortunate events and I hope things change for you very soon. I also hope you can get yourself out to a barn sometime soon and appreciate ponies from afar even without sitting on them.

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  15. I'm so sorry - what a rough turn of events! Hope the leg starts to feeling better; not being in pain is one of the most important things right now!

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  16. Lurker coming out here....I'm so sorry for your luck lately :( If it's any consolation, I love your blog. It reminds me of all the feelings I had when showing (it's been a while for this college student!) and inspires me to become a better trainer for my (future) students. Thank you!

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  17. Hang in there! Things are bound to turn around. I hope that the pain is getting better. Fingers crossed that Uno's x-rays check out.

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  18. Sending you positive vibes and virtual hugs!! Having an ER trip from a horse fall in January, I can empathize with some of your experience.

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