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post #1 of 28 Old 09-26-2010, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Sassy and I were involved in a freak accident early this week which sent her spooked off the trail into the trees, which swept me off and 17.2 hands down hard onto rocky ground. I sustained two broken ribs and a punctured lung and spent several days in the hospital during which time I developed a strep infection in the partially collapsed lung. Anyway, they got the infection resolved and the pneumothorax as well (though I still have the draining tube hanging out of my chest). What I did as soon as I got out of the hospital, only horse people could understand. I limped to the barn and told the barn manager I was going to ride. She understood the thing had been traumatic for Sassy and me both and that we needed to reconnect and gave me a few minutes in the roundpen and stayed to help me on and off-which was hell--the riding actually felt good. So now I am out for 6-8 weeks, but I have something good to think about in the meantime, and I will still be out to the barn with carrots everyday. Here is a little video of my madness on Friday:


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post #2 of 28 Old 09-26-2010, 12:43 AM
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kudos for you getting back on when i was in 3rd grade i had broke my arm but i still insisted on riding cast and all :]
glad to hear you both are alright though!

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
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thanks barrel...I just knew it would eat at me the whole time if I didn't do it, and now I can rest and get better with this good experience to think on...got some great new pain meds today which have stopped the indescribably horrible back spasms I was having...sometimes it's good to have something like this just to know how freakin' good just taking a nice deep breath without agony is
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By the way folks--the helmet saved my life! If you don't have one, get one!
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post #5 of 28 Old 09-26-2010, 01:02 AM
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yeah i understand
I almost always wear my helmet unless on the rare occasion i had forgotten to put it on but i almost always have it so its very rare that i dont have it on

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
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I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt more seriously! I wish you a fast recovery! Do you know what spooked Sassy?
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So sorry to hear about your accident, and glad that you are doing well, and great job for getting right back on again.

I have had broken ribs and a collapsed lung, the lung was ok after I got through the reinflating part, I hope you didn't have to go through that and it reinflated without the needle.
My ribs were broken for me in surgery, but the recovery was a PITA, everything hurts, moving, laughing, coughing, sneezing - there is not a **** thing that you can do without it hurting! Didn't even realize I bent a little to wipe my rear until I had broken ribs! Talk about sucking!
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Didn't even realize I bent a little to wipe my rear until I had broken ribs!

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^^^ those are the moments when you find out your pain tolerance.... do you call for help from a loved one, or deal with it and find new ways of stretching your arm and bending your knees! :)
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Wow that sounds like quite the wreck!!! Good on you for getting back up...sometimes the longer you have to wait, the harder it can be!!! Hope you heal quickly!!!

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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