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post #871 of 2093 Old 09-07-2018, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hullo @Rod !

How's your eye going? Sending good vibes from the Southern Hemisphere. I hope you have a great outcome, like @Knave 's little girl with her toe.

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post #872 of 2093 Old 09-07-2018, 07:57 PM
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Sue I just wanted to say you and your hubby are very cute! And thanks for the birthday wishes. I had no internet at my house but we finally got new technology, Internet, yay so I will be posting more! I was really killing it with the mobile data, lol

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
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post #873 of 2093 Old 09-07-2018, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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...and hello @waresbear !

Long time no see! How's riding? How's DH?

I was inviting people to post favourite love songs in my last set of music posts. You introduced me to some interesting stuff - like Disturbed's cover of Sound of Silence. So I'd be curious about your choice(s) for this category!

PS: And awww, thank you. I guess we're both fuzzy-headed people with smiles that reach our eyes. I think he's pretty cute! And vice versa. Sort of mutual admiration society.

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post #874 of 2093 Old 09-07-2018, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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The Christmas of Simple Things

After yesterday's post, I had a wonderful 2km walk with the dog around our west forest / sand track loop. It was a bipedal walk with one astronaut boot and a pair of crutches, used rather in the manner of cross-country skiing. I was putting both crutches down each time my injured foot was down, to take some of the weight off it during the rolling phase of the step sequence, and this allowed me to walk at normal speed again - 6-7km/h for our normal hiking walking on flat ground - we like to go at a fair clip and to really swing our legs.

And oh what an amazing feeling to be finally doing that again - taking extended steps, stretching out all the muscles in the legs and lower back in the process, and really really moving, not just hobbling along. With the support of crutches during the rolling phase, there is no limp and no pain, and the general discomfort of the foot was very much backgrounded by the lovely sensations of stretching muscles and freedom to move and to breathe, and the working up a sweat that was actually connected to speed, rather than pain or having to move awkwardly. I can't express just how great that felt.

The dog was giving me this look on the walk, "So are we back in business?" Right now she's lying on her side within cooee as I write this, waiting for the promised morning walk - and she gave her usual melodramatic sigh as she went "on hold". I told her that her middle name is now Florence, because she has been a faithful nurse at my bedside whenever I've been horizontal since my injury; and that represents a complete break in her previous routine, which was to be the livestock guard and supervisor every minute there was daylight, and to only come in voluntarily if the weather was cataclysmic or night had fallen.

It's Day 41 post-fracture, and this morning I have reached another milestone: I have both feet back in a pair of matching footwear - my new hiking boots from last page! I've left the lacing loose over the left midfoot, but have it firm on the ankle, which is perfect for the moment. And they are soooooo comfortable - something Keen hiking shoes are well known for, and why this is my third pair already - having worn out the previous two (well, the last one is still good for around the farm, but the soles aren't grippy enough for rock faces and boulders anymore).

I've had a good walk around in them indoors and think they are just superb for this stage. The support and sideways stability (ankle roll protection) is nearly as good as the astronaut boot, but these boots are super-light and comfortable, and it's so good to have equal weight, sole thickness and general configuration on both sides, and I have made the executive decision this morning that I will be taking crutchless walks on our public road in them starting now - it's a level surface. Also I will do my physio in them.

On our farm tracks I will revert to the cross-country astronaut skiing again until I become completely limp-free and comfortable indoors and on the road in hiking boots. And from a biomechanical point of view, I'm far better set up to use both legs correctly and evenly if I am also in symmetrical footwear, instead of lugging a heavy weight on my injured foot and having my hip at an angle because of its heel height - to me, that's a recipe for back problems and for cultivating uneven walking, not for using your muscles correctly. That's also why my specialist actually wanted me to ban the astronaut boot from indoors immediately. He's just mostly concerned that my foot is properly supported - and these Keens are not ordinary sneakers, nothing like it - they're fully supportive, grip-soled, base-wide, ultra stable things made to prevent injuries on slippery rocks and uneven ground.

The indoors road test this morning was excellent - in bare feet I can barely hobble on the injured foot, in the hiking boots I can walk comfortably and dare to take weight back through the first metatarsal, which is our main weightbearer for striding walking. The other metatarsals are mostly there for stability. The reasons I can't walk barefooted are a) that I need cushioning between it and the ground, and b) that my foot needs to be supported and prevented from accidentally rolling. The main reason I instinctively take weight on the side of the injured foot barefoot rather than use it evenly I think is to prevent rollover. Well, the hiking boots really tick those boxes, which is great.

The limp when walking at present is caused in part by (probably correct) anticipation of midfoot pain through the rolling stage of the step, and also definitely in part by reduction in ankle mobility through lack of use for nearly six weeks, plus contraction and atrophy of the left calf, same reason. I've been doing calf stretches and general leg muscle stretches, and this immediately improves the limp. I can also at this point walk backwards or sideways limp-free.

And I'm dying to take this on the road, so I'll excuse myself now! Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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post #875 of 2093 Old 09-08-2018, 05:24 AM
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I know what you mean about the Christmas of simple things. Today going on a trail ride I felt like the luckiest girl alive. I have a new blue riding helmet, ate spaghetti and pizza, and it seemed like anyone with a day like this would have to be extremely happy like me. If all that wasn't enough, when I went to give the horses treats after riding, a huge rainbow was stretching all across the sky.
Some days you break your leg, and other days you have a walk and it feels like Christmas.
Listening to music tonight, I felt like telling you that I like this song a lot by The Cure:
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post #876 of 2093 Old 09-09-2018, 12:15 AM
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Hullo @Rod !

How's your eye going? Sending good vibes from the Southern Hemisphere. I hope you have a great outcome, like @Knave 's little girl with her toe.
thank you. had surgery yesterday. things went well. eye is pretty sore. I expect to do well. i'll bring you up to date in a few days when I get to feeling better. thanks again
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Oh, @Rod , so glad to hear that the outlook is good!

Sorry you're sore. When you've got sore eyes, it can be good to lie down in the dark and listen to music on headphones. Are you going to have a temporary eyepatch? Then you can be a pirate like I was with my peg-leg!

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post #878 of 2093 Old 09-09-2018, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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I know what you mean about the Christmas of simple things. Today going on a trail ride I felt like the luckiest girl alive. I have a new blue riding helmet, ate spaghetti and pizza, and it seemed like anyone with a day like this would have to be extremely happy like me. If all that wasn't enough, when I went to give the horses treats after riding, a huge rainbow was stretching all across the sky.
Some days you break your leg, and other days you have a walk and it feels like Christmas.
Yeah, it's like that, isn't it. Now we can all go read Khalil Gibran's On Joy And Sorrow again.

Your day sounds like a perfect day there. Not many people these days seem to have the gift of finding real joy in things in life that are connected to nature and hygge and relationships with people and animals. Yet to me those are also the things that really count, and I yawn at the catalogues of advertised junk that arrive on our doorstep on a regular basis. Sometimes we go through these and just laugh at the kind of crazy stuff that a lot of people actually buy... It's really great to not take cues from the advertising world!


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Listening to music tonight, I felt like telling you that I like this song a lot by The Cure: (Lovesong)
That one was famously written by the singer as a wedding present for his wife 30 years ago! I think that's a nice story, and their relationship has lasted, which is also a plus.

I was reading some essays in actual publications on the music of this band recently, and you wouldn't believe the BS that people write and get paid for. Someone in a paid article (!!!) was complaining about the lack of sexually explicit lyrics from this band, and making this ridiculous leap that this somehow reflected on the repressed sexuality of the writer, or lack of maturity in that department. So now explicit language is a marker of psychosexual maturity? I don't think so. As someone in a long-term relationship myself, who also writes about all sorts of things including the personal, but also never inflicts sexually explicit material on the public, might I suggest that this might be because some spheres of life are private and should be respected as such...

By the way, here's another song of the same name, which I rather like. This was before this particular band went all commercial - something U2 also did around the same time, and therefore lost their authenticity. The Cure laudably never did lose their authenticity, because they didn't buy into this idea that popularity is equivalent to quality. And probably because they had senses of who they were as humans in the first place, that were not for sale.


I deliberately didn't play the official music clip for this one because it is totally inane...
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Oh yeah, mileage record for my convalescing foot:

Friday, 2km walk plus lots of incidental walking around the house and grounds.

Saturday, total 5km of walking outings plus lots of incidental walking around the house and grounds. It is super to be clocking in excess of 5km on Day 41 following triple metatarsal fractures... and it pulled up perfectly fine.

Today, 2km in the morning and will do 3km later. It was standing on it that was the killer when I was making sushi mid-morning, because it makes the foot balloon. Did you know - I did not - that not walking on your feet can cause fluid build-up? We know that in horses, the frog is so important for returning blood and lymph to the heart. But even in our soft-padded human feet, pressure on the soles encourages fluid to go back up the leg, so it you've got inflammatory swelling, walking can actually reduce that swelling. Just standing around has the completely opposite effect!

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Big, big congratulations to Bethanie Mattek-Sands for picking up the Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray at the US Open. She's such a lovely zany person, and I saw her horrific on-court injury at last year's Wimbledon, where she totally dislocated her knee. It wasn't clear if she'd play professionally again, and I followed the progress of her recovery quite closely, and cheered when she reappeared on the WTA tour. Now this; wonderful, and great speech too!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ury/111294166/

A big congratulations also to our young Aussie Ash Barty for getting to the Women's Doubles semis with Coco Vandeweghe, good luck in the final! Also well done to Jack Sock for winning the Men's Doubles final with one of the Bryan brothers. The doubles results really couldn't have gone any better in this one!

Big cheers to young Naomi Osaka for being the first Japanese winner at the US open.

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