Well what at first seemed promising has turned a little worse. An MRI showed that I relocated my knee when I stood up in the hayloft, walked around, moved a bale, got down a ladder and drove myself home (my boss took care of my horse for me because my leg was 10X it's normal size and I was going to turn her back out into a back pasture). I shattered the bone and cartilage that fits into the socket and allows movement (it's on the underside of a tendon that runs over the front of the knee). There are shards all around my knee and a ligament inside of the joint that's a little torn. I go into surgery tomorrow and they said they'll try and fix what they can and then play the waiting game but until then I'm stuck. IF everything goes 100% according to plan I'll have three months to let things settle, a test to bend my knee without dislocation, then 6 months of therapy then a test to put a tiny amount of pressure on it then about a year to get at least 50% use back. I have to put my college on hold and wont be going this year because of said set back and inability to do basic self care. :P
Oddly enough what he said about me riding upset me most. He said I wouldn't be riding until about two years from now IF everything goes according to plan, and even then there is no guarentee that I will be able to ride because of arthritis, further dislocation, and the spine injury that has to be refixed because I also managed to throw out all the chiropractic work they did on my back to fix it while I was gimping around and laying around.
But he never said anything about driving! Where we board the trainer I work with drives horses and I learned from her to drive years ago. I mainly harness for people now seeing as I don't own a horse that can drive but I drive off and on whenever I can. I drove the minis that were in training a year ago and it renewed my passion for it!
My mom took me out to the barn to see my mare whos turning 19 or 20 soon and I was stuck in a wheel chair. I hate to admit this I bawled like a baby and just held her head to me. Then something hit me. She's bomb proof, knows her basics, I have acess to all equipment, carts, harness and knowledge (plus hands and legs) I need to train her so I asked my boss and my mom to help train her to drive. They both agreed and said after my surgery they'll teach her to pull one of the small training carts because she's getting on in years.
Anybody ever drive quarter horses? Lol how about ones that like a loose rein? I don't think this will be a problem because she knows vocal cues (hates leg so I've always done everything vocal, rein and seat) and is an honest worker. So that's become me, my mom, and my trainers project (aside from me getting better) lol
Just had to get that off my chest! :)