It's 12 days since my injuries, and every day is a little bit better. I haven't had to use any of the heavy-duty narcotics for pain for several days now - Advil is pretty much doing the trick. I've started taking some short walks - it's amazing how much strength you lose after lying in bed for days. Today I went to the orthopedic doctor, and he confirmed no surgery will be necessary on my collarbone - unlike the usual horse-related collarbone injury where the rider sticks an arm out to try to break a fall, breaking the collarbone in the middle, my injury is an impact fracture at the end of the collarbone where it joins the shoulder. The x-rays show it's healing well, and it doesn't seem as though I have any serious soft tissue injuries, and at worst I'll have a little bump on the bone to remind me. The doctor also said I no longer have to wear the sling 24/7 and I can start using my arm some now, being careful not to lift anything except light objects and not to raise it too far (can't do that anyway because of the pacemaker until the cardiac doctor sees me next week) nor to push if it hurts. This should help with the muscle cramping I've started having in my neck and the back of my shoulder from having my arm fixed in one position. I'll have to wait at least a couple more weeks before I can do real exercises, but this feels like progress. The ribs don't hurt as badly any more either - except if I sneeze or cough which I'm trying to avoid.
So - big news - I did some grooming today! Just one horse, and not my usual thorough job, and only using one hand, but still - it felt great! Pie was my first victim - he was very dirty and I can't say he looks a lot better but it was a step in the right direction. And Dawn and Drift got visited and I checked Dawn's tail for ticks and removed (yet another) one, for which she was grateful. I can't pick feet yet - that takes two hands and I'd have to be able to fully use my left hand to hold the foot - but our wonderful p.m. barn lady is taking care of that for the moment. Next week I see the cardiac and trauma doctors, but so far so good!