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post #21 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 03:36 PM
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HagonNag, I am just now seeing the posts of your accident and injuries! So relieved to hear that you are on the mend, albeit not as quickly as you would like.

I agree with the others who have said to do 'your time' in the hospital now rather than risk being readmitted. Your best shot at being astride a horse in 90 days are to think of yourself as being in training. You have to be able to breathe before you can walk, walk before you mount, and post before you can lope. (wasn't that clever, sort of?)

Also, I'll share with you that cottage cheese is your friend. K2 is a substance that is found in foods, also available in a supplement, and is required for calcium to do its job in rebuilding bone. K2 helps the body lay down a lacy network of tissue upon which calcium is deposited to make bone (layman's terms). New research shows that K2 is abundant in fermented foods (cottage cheese, curd cheese, sauerkraut, and natto - fermented soy). When taken with D3 (note the 3) available in pills, the remodeling of bone is even faster.

I broke my arm 6 weeks before my son's wedding, and everyone was sure I'd be in a cast for the pictures. I ate cottage cheese every day and the doc was amazed at how fast it healed. Apparently it was broken even worse than they originally thought but it healed enough that I was out of the cast in 5 weeks. ETA - got this good advice from my ER doc, who raced greyhounds and this is their trick to heal their delicate bones.

Also, I'd like to say that the idea of feeding chocolate to the nurses who bring your meds reminded me of clicker training! I'd glad you're having such good results!

Good luck with the decision on Mr. Big. I fully support you in being cautious and careful, and it's not anyone else's business what you decide to do. There will be folks who strongly agree or strongly disagree, regardless of what you decide to do - you know your horse and you know that you can't live with yourself worrying about him in someone else's hands, or worrying about him hurting someone else. The worst almost happened to you; if he leaves your control and people know that he is an experienced, well-trained horse, they could take chances with putting someone up on him despite his history - a less experienced rider than you might end up on their final ride. I wish you peace with whatever you decide.

Finally, I'll try to keep watching for your updates. I'm sending healing prayers your way, and I hope you continue to mend, and mend quickly.
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post #22 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 03:38 PM
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Just saying here, I think Dr Finch may not have medical qualifications, take their advice with a pinch of salt

Glad you have a goal, and hell even if you sit on a horse and get led around the arena you will be riding, so I think that may be totally doable, but I knwo you will listen to your docs and your body and will go forward at the right pace for you, but it makes it so much easier if you have that goal in sight.

As to Mr Big, as you say no hurry, you have made the first decision, you wont ride him, the rest can wait. You know whatever you decide to do we will all support you in it, it is a difficult call, and you want to be sure in your heart that it is the right one.

I admire you resisting the chocolate, I'm darn sure that I would not be able to resist, in fact I'm thinking of asking DS to hide the stash he brought back from the UK upstairs, because if I am stuck down here with it after my knee surgery, on;y one of us will survive LOL.

Oh and yes, I give another vote for getting ahead on the pain pills for the drive home, don't try and be a hero with that one.
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post #23 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'm way too old now for horsie excitement. I've had my fill. I'll be looking for a deadbroke confidence builder that wouldn't think of challenging me. I'm going to be incredibly picky. Old bones don't heal fast.
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post #24 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 03:49 PM
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HagonNag, are they planning on sending you home with your own personal morphine drip? They are so wonderful in times like these. When you start to feel pain, you press a button and it goes away.

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post #25 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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WOW! You guys are fast! I type, there's replies.

Dreamcatcher: Yeah, my bruising is spectacular. I'd post pictures but no one goes on the web to get sick. LOL I guess Jim has decided to re-up my contract. This Nov. it will be 42 years we've been married. He DID point out to me that he could have pulled a Tony Soprano move there in the woods and no one would have known! Hah...he's always looking for bonus points! LOL

Ladytrails: Thanks for the information about cottage cheese. I've always loved it and I've asked for it here in the hospital. It's going on my daily menu...along with B3. I'll take all the help I can get. Thanks for the compliment about the riding. I'm really not all that experienced. I'm experienced on Mr. Big Stuff.
I know how to deal with horses who have a napolean complex and like to bluff you. If I came face to face with a serious, determined horse?... I'd back off REAL fast. Big just wanted to have his way all the time...once he learned he couldn't, he gave in. But he was non-discriminatory. He tried everyone.

ETA: OMG I'm talking about him in the past tense.....

Golden, the only way I can resist the chocolate is to keep it on the window ledge..I can't reach it!!! It's no great moral feat to avoid it, when you can't reach it! LOLOL

The ride home from the hospital is less than 2 miles. I'm asking for one last morphine shot before I leave. My daughter is coming up from Orlando (10 hrs.away) to stay with me for a week and help Jim take care of me..the cats, the dog, the horses. My dog, Duck the trail dog extraordinary, may have a melt down when I get home. He laid down by my head and wasn't real happy when the ems guys hauled me away. He's been missing me.

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post #26 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by HagonNag View Post

ETA: OMG I'm talking about him in the past tense.....

That's only because your riding relationship has come to an end, so that is past, now it is time to plan the future, whatever that looks like.
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post #27 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 09:48 PM
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I bet your puppy will be exstatic to see you. Im a great believer in animals helping the healing process.
Andi think its great that youve set a goal for getting back in the saddle. Even if you dont quite meet it itll be a great motivator for those times where the recovery is partcularly difficult. Whiskey (my new lease) and i are pulling for you!
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post #28 of 50 Old 07-23-2012, 09:57 PM
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I've been away from the forum for a couple of days so I missed this (students and fair shows). Glad to hear you're doing better. Keep the good updates coming! :)

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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post #29 of 50 Old 07-24-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'm home!

Dr. Finch's remedy worked! My right lung saw that bicycle pump she was planning to use and decided to get with the program. Early morning x-rays showed it was fully inflated so the Dr. kicked me out. 9 days in the hospital is enough for anyone!

So now I'm home: achy and hurting but home! I have an appt. with the dr. in two weeks. Till then I can do whatever I want to do and he looked at me and said he didn't think I'd want to do much. <grin> The man is a genius! I'm not real fond of moving unless I'm full of pain meds and I keep falling asleep unexpectedly...but I'm home! No second chest tube, and I owe it all to Allison. She scared my right lung into completely filling the available space. Good Job, Girl.

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post #30 of 50 Old 07-24-2012, 09:17 PM
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take it easy and make sure you doggy doesnt jump on you from all the excitement of having you home finally :)

feel better and get some rest
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