Coping with a few weeks away, and then faced with a decision....
Monday, October 26, 2009
The trip to Grand Canyon on the train was great. We got a lot of walking around the canyon, and enjoyed the time together. We spent 4 hours shopping the stores in Sedona. A lot of fun, and a lot of walking, including hills. Managed to avoid the fudge and ice cream, but did succumb to some ribs. mmmmm.
The Championship show was fun, and an eye opener. It taught me what I still need to work on, but we accomplished most of the goals we set. I won 3rd place in the Freestyle Championships. I gathered him up a bit too much, and it wasn't as free as the judges wanted it. One judge gave me a good score of 63, and the other a 56. The final score was an average of the two. But I am happy with what we did. Several people told me that they thought I should have had reserve.
Tuesday after we got back, I dragged myself to the gym and did 40 vigorous minutes on the bike. I didn't think I wanted to, but the weekend at the championships showed me how much more fit I need to be.
Wednesday we had a great lesson going. 45 minutes without stirrups, and working well when all of a sudden Falcao exploded, and jumped out from under me. I landed on my right hip and side. Head's fine, but by 8:00 that night, I couldn't move my right leg with weight on it, and was stuck standing up. I called an ambulance, and endured the ride to the hospital. The Xrays and CAT scan showed no broken bones (Thank goodness), but they couldn't explain why I couldn't put any weight on the leg. So I was admitted.
The Orthopedic surgeon looked at the films, and told me he thought that I had a hematoma in the joint, and with rest and slow, careful stretching, I would recover. I was finally released on Saturday night after a session with the Physical THerapist. She checked my gait with the walker, and then we talked about strategies for showers, bathroom, etc. Arriving home I started by resting.
Today was a breakthrough. I walked to the bathroom then kitchen then back to the living room without any aid. I need to take it slowly, but I will do what I can.
Last night, Heather, my coach, called me and told me that she thought I needed a new horse. She was concerned that the falls I have had are serious, and that at my age (oh, that phrase!) I couldn't afford many of those. She knew of a horse that was quiet, trained, and bombproof that was also sweet. The price is more than I can get for Falcao, so there are some decisions to make. But nothing until I can ride again. I want to ride the new horse, and send Falcao to the next show with Heather on his back.
On the up side, my new jacket looks good, and I need to replace a couple of my show breeches. They are TOO BIG! My remaining pair are very comfy, which may also be a sign they are getting too big, too. But I can't do a show with just one pair of white pants.
So I am once again where I don't like to be. Limited in movement, looking at a change that I am not sure I want to make.
But it all starts again today. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one MINUTE at a time if need be. I WILL succeed!