Sometimes things like my accident, and the discovery (and straightening out) of the underlying medical problem, present opportunities as well as challenges. And sometimes they way they unfold is fortunate as well.
The accident itself was fortunate. I was riding Pie, who is the calmest and least easily disturbed of my three horses. I expect he'll have no problem picking up work again when I'm ready - he's not likely to have any residual fear/worry issues, I think, as he's a pretty confident horse. That might not have been the case with either Dawn or Drift. I fell very close to the barn, where people were around and help could easily get to me. Apparently I also called my husband on my cell phone, although I have no memory of this - I always carry it when I ride and always will. I was wearing a helmet - I always wear a helmet and this certainly reinforces that practice. My old helmet (a Troxel) has been saved - with gravel embedded in it - and I'll be exchanging it soon for a new one. The trauma surgeon happened to be in my hospital room when my heart displayed its abnormality, and although my heart managed to straighten itself out on its own, there would have been help right there if needed. I received excellent medical care at the hospital. Although I've still got injuries to recover from and that'll take some time, as far as I'm concerned things worked out pretty well. About 15 years ago a man I worked for who was the same age I am now, and quite athletic, went to his doctor complaining of some fatigue and just not feeling right. His doctor sent him home wearing a heart recording monitor and told him to come back in 24 hours. He died in his sleep that night of the same sort of arrhythmia that I have. I feel very fortunate.
My accident has also proved what a wonderful community I live in - I've had numerous phone calls, e-mails and visits from friends and acquaintances. We're getting a home-cooked meal delivered this evening and the offer of several more over the next several weeks, which will reduce the burden on my husband. Every one at the barn has pitched in to help out. And a large number of you out there in the blog community have been wonderful with your comments of support and caring - a big thanks to all of you.
I won't be able to ride for quite a while, which will challenge me to come up with some new and different things to do with my horses on the ground. Once I'm sufficiently healed to be able to do some more physical activity, Dawn and I can continue some of the in-hand and obstacle/scary object work we've already worked on. Pie and I can go on walks together - he seems to enjoy this. Drift seems like the sort of horse that might enjoy learning some games, like rolling the ball, picking up and delivering objects like cones and anything else I can think of. I have a book around here somewhere, or did, on teaching your horse tricks - any suggestions are also welcome.
And for quite a while, the two activities I'd been spending a large part of my days and weeks on - my horse work and playing my recorders - won't be possible (can't play a wind instrument without both arms and with broken ribs), I'll have the chance to look at some of my back burner projects and take up some of those again or for the first time. Although I'll miss the riding, this period of time could be interesting and fun in a different way.