Calm, Forward, Straight

Calm, Forward, Straight

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It ain't over til it's over...

This evening is the first time in over five weeks that I haven't felt super anxious, so that is a relief.

My surgery went well, but took twice as long as expected, due to bone shards next to an artery. (!) The x rays are impressive - a large stainless plate and six titanium screws. Haven't gotten hold of them yet to share. Apparently I have to sign a form to release them to myself. (what?!)

The nurses were lovely and kind, making the experience much more tolerable. Two of them ended up being equestrians, so we had lots to talk about, sharing injury stories and such. The warm blankets are a nice touch.

I tolerated the anesthesia well, but did wake up in lots of pain, (after a sweet nap filled with happy horse dreams), much worse than breaking the arm. A bonus was some pointers on stethoscope use from the anesthesiologist.

Will have a big splint - no elbow or wrist + continued annoying inability to do simple crap for myself - for at least two more weeks. :( No firm info about when I'll be back to normal, but theoretically it will be 8 - 12 weeks. We'll see. Not counting on any predictions from here on out. I've learned a hard lesson about disappointment lately. I can't even think about how this impacts my horse yet...

I am very thankful for pain meds, and hoping I won't need them long.

Happy holidays my blogging friends.

23 comments:

achieve1dream said...

That picture is gorgeous!!

I'm so sorry you are in pain. I hope it eases very soon and that you heal quickly.

Karley said...

Oh man :( sorry you are dealing with this :( hugs and prayers that you heal quickly!!

billie hinton said...

So glad the surgery is behind you and that you are on the recovery path... take good care and have the best Thanksgiving you can have. All the best thoughts for quick and total healing!

Allison B said...

Equestrian nurses have got to make a hospital stay easier! Glad that the surgery went well. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you.

Lauren @ She Moved To Texas said...

Glad you're set now! Hoping the healing process goes smoothly :)

tailsfromprovence.com said...

8 - 12 weeks! Merde!
Enjoy Thanksgiving as best you can.

Kalin said...

I just started following, so I'll need to read some old posts to know what's going on, but I wish you a speedy recovery!

Funder said...

Glad you've made it this far! You're in my thoughts - hang in there :)

Val said...

I wish you a speedy recovery!
Happy Thanksgiving!

The Dancing Donkey said...

About 12 years ago, I had a bad riding accident and nearly lost my right arm at the shoulder. It took a long time to heal and I worried about my horses, how their training would all fall apart, etc. In the end, the only thing that really happened is that they got a year off. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, being friends and when we finally picked up where we had left off, they were better, not worse.

Take the time you need to heal yourself. Relax and share it with your horse and you'll come back stronger than ever.

in2paints said...

Glad to hear your surgery went well... the hard part is over now, right, and it's all downhill from here? I hope so!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Dancing Donkey -
What a comforting comment. Thanks so much. :D

L.Williams said...

Hope you heal quickly and completely.

Kate said...

Glad the surgery went well, and make use of pain meds when necessary. Although it'll seem like a long time, in hindsight it won't matter so much, and horses don't mind taking a little extra vacation time. Best wishes for healing and regaining strength and mobility - you'll get there one step at a time.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Glad the surgery is over and went well. I've been thinking about you and I'm glad you're on the road to recovery. Try and have a good Thanksgiving. Don't stress about Val and other stuff. Things have a way of working themselves out.

Bakersfield Dressage said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well. Just think … you'll be ready to really get back to work just as the weather is improving and daylight is ample. Happy Thanksgiving and quick healing!

Carol said...

You've had such a hard year :(. I just know 2014 will be better. Hope you feel better soon and that healing is fast.
I really liked Dancing Donkey's comment. Go with that!

Carol said...

Also, Happy Thanksgiving!

Victoria Cummings said...

Okay - So, a year and a half down the road from the surgery you just had, I can tell you that it will get better and better - even if at the moment it hurts like hell. If you take pain meds, please also take Colace or you will be in even more pain. The doctor gave me this brace after my surgery - it looked like an exoskeleton - I was Robo Mom for about 6 weeks, but it gave me a lot of security - and allowed me to do barn chores. Start physical therapy as soon as possible, but don't overdo it. And yes, your horse will have a lot of time off, but you can go out and sit with him like Carolyn Resnick suggests and when you are better, he will love you even more. I never thought I'd touch the top of my head with my right hand but here I am, feeding myself normally, shampooing my hair with both hands and marveling at how the human body can heal - every month, I feel better and better. Just believe in yourself and this too shall pass. Sending you a big hug!

juliette said...

So sorry I missed this post!

Happy and glad it is over for you now. Thankful for the medication to smooth it all over. Sorry for the initial pain. Happy for the nurses - making a terrible situation bearable and able to talk horses - hooray!

Thinking good thoughts for your speedy recovery and for help with the daily chores. Might not be human help but maybe good thoughts can send good energy so tasks just "lift" up easily. Of course, many hugs and kisses and carrot thoughts to your right hand man - sweet Val!

Story said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well! My Husband had very similar surgery on his arm (6 pins in a plate, plus 2 pins) and he wasn't nearly as lucky (I didn't want to say anything until you had yours done lol). He ended up with the pins plus a hard cast to his shoulder and little success with pain killers. Will you someday have to get the hardware removed or is it meant to be permanent? Glad to hear they were able to preserve your mobility and I hope it doesn't interfere too much in your day to day life! Get well soon!

eventer79 said...

It does get better quickly, painwise! I hope you are back on your feet soon - you can still hug a pony with one arm. :)

allhorsestuff said...

*** The Healing has begun C!
Truly happy that the biggest part is over and you can really heal now. And you are NOT missing any summery nice times. I am very Sorry you have to miss any times ( cold winter bliss) you would have had but, not wallowing in regret is best. You are such a fighter( i know it's tiring sometimes) but you have it in spades. You are determined and have made it through much more than this. Praying that you can set your mind on higher things and know that God is for you always!

What DD said was special. Truly Only those that have come close to what you are bearing right now, can understand.

MY Love, Prayers,
Kac


PS
Oh, I am glad that those nurses were equestrians too, bearing warm toasty blankets!

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