I've been gone for a few days, as some of you may have noticed. On Saturday morning, while riding Pie on the trail close by the barn, I did a face plant off of him and ended up in the hospital. In addition to my various injuries from the fall - a bad concussion (thank you, riding helmet, for sparing me from worse), a collarbone with a crushed outer end, several cracked ribs and numerous ugly abrasions, in the EKG monitoring process it was discovered that I have a significant heart rhythm abnormality that comes and goes. This explains the fall - Pie didn't do anything and I had no reason to fall off - I just passed out from the momentary heart rhythm abnormality and fell off.
So to the ICU I went and the next morning got a pacemaker implanted. I just got home this afternoon, and all is well. The pacemaker will prevent any future black outs, and the other injuries are healing. No riding for me for a while, and it'll be several weeks before I can do much in the way of horse care because of the collarbone injury. I'm just thankful it happened the way it did - I could have been driving when it happened or my heart might not have restarted after momentarily stopping. Now that the rhythm problem is under control, everything else can heal up in normal course.
I'm hoping to stop by the barn this afternoon to pat my horses on the nose so they don't think I've disappeared permanently from their lives.