Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Missing In Action and a (Not Fun) Visit to the Hospital

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.

74 comments:

  1. Oww!! I hope you recover soon and can get back to riding. You were doing very well, I really enjoyed hearing about your work with Drift.

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  2. Oh my gracious! I have a friend who had the same thing happen, except he was in his apartment. Pacemaker implanted and all is well. So, I have the same expectations for you. It should make you feel much better all around.

    Poor Pie. I do hope you reassure him that it was not his fault. Considering what a sweet boy he his, I'm sure he's worried about you.

    Take it easy with those injuries and heal well. Try to be a good girl and don't overdo until you are properly mended.

    And three cheers for the helmet!! One more incident of proof as to why we should all wear one. Doesn't even require an unruly horse to cause an accident......'nough said.

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  3. Oh my goodness! So glad to hear you are on the mend. Very scary.

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  4. Oh my! Im so glad to hear that you are doing well, how scary! Poor Pie mustve wondered what the heck was going on. Good thoughts being sent your way.

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  5. Oh, Kate, how scary! I'm glad too that you weren't behind the wheel. I hope the rest heals up quickly, and doesn't keep you away from your horses for too long. Strange to think of you not out there (and blogging about it) every day!

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  6. Glad to hear from you. Hope everything heals up quickly!

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  7. Glad to hear you're doing well. And glad that it was not because of a misbehaving horse. Hope you heal up soon!

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  8. So glad you're back and not all that much worse for wear. Poor Pie, he must have been scared to lose his rider. Best wishes for a speedy recovery so you can get back to work with your three.

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  9. Boy, ever since Kate from Buckskin and Bay passed on the news about your fall (thanks again Kate), I've been sending good thoughts your way and hoping everything was OK. I am so happy that you sent a note on here. May I say Wow! I guess that's some sort of good news bad news in a way. Like another reader said, thank good ness you weren't driving. And I guess good news is that you're going to be ok. I'm sorry it had to happen that way. Get better soon!

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  10. What must Pie have thought? Poor you. Ribs and collar bone; OUCH! Don't go near anyone with a cough.
    I wish you a speedy recovery.

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  11. How frightening this whole experience must have been! But you have a wonderful attitude and your horses will be so glad to see you today!
    Take care!

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  12. Goodness! Get well soon. Funny how horses seemed to have helped riders find other health issues.

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  13. Kate, so glad to hear you're OK. Please be patient with yourself as you heal...sounds like it will be a while before you're feeling like yourself again.

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  14. How scary! I will second the comment that it just goes to show that it doesn't take an unruly horse for an accident to happen. I hope you recover quickly. Sending you good wishes.

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  15. OMG! I guess that compared to what could have happened, that was a relatively easy way to find out what happened and get it fixed. I am so glad that you weren't seriously injured and that you found out the real cause of the fall. Very scary.

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  16. Wow Kate, that is so scary. Really glad to hear from you and find out that you will be okay!

    As has already been said - stay away from coughers, and don't let anyone crack a joke for a while either ;)

    Healing thoughts coming your way...

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  17. That's a heck of a way to find out you need a pacemaker and some fall to do that kind of damage. Do you have bone density issues too? Or did anyone think of that? Hope you heal up quickly and that Pie didn't take on something from this.

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  18. Kate, I'm relieved to know you are recovering. We've all been terribly worried. My husband has a pacemaker too, his nick name around here is Sparky.

    I appreciate your comment and support. I still have a great deal to think about, I'm not sure where my line is. It may be that Smokey is on the other side of it.

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  19. Yikes !! I'm glad you're home and glad you are on the mend. Everything else will heal in good time but heart issues are scary and I'm glad they a) got it figured out and b) implanted you with a pacemaker to prevent further issues.

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  20. I sure was wondering why you hadn't posted for a while, but never thought a fall would be the reason. I guess it's a good thing you were close to the barn and help when it happened. That's a hard way to find out about a major health problem, but so much better than if you were driving. Prayers going up for a speedy recovery. And hugs to Pie.

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  21. I admit I was starting to worry with the lack of posts. I cleared my cache and everything! I imagine it must be a scary experience. You're right though, it could have been much worse. At least you had Pie to take care of you during those moments. Take care of yourself.

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  22. Oh my gosh Kate I am so glad you are ok! Jason asked if I had seen your blog today and I said I hadn't had any computer time yet. That is scary and you are right, as bad as it is/was it could have been worse. We are thinking of you here in Tennessee.

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  23. Oh, Kate!!! So glad you weren't hurt worse and glad to hear that the pacemaker will correct the problem so it doesn't happen again!
    How scary, glad you are on the mend!
    Take care!!!
    Jane

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  24. Kate...that was a shocker of a post. I wondered where you were! Hope you heal quickly so you can get on with all the work you have started with the three horses.

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  25. I was wondering where you were too, and very sorry to hear that your absence was due to such a serious injury. You're right, it could have been worse but it's scary nonetheless. Hoping you are out with your horses and feeling better soon.

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  26. WHAAAAT? I am so glad you are OK! Good grief, that sounds really scary. At least things are squared away now. You gave me a fright.

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  27. I wondered where you were, too. I feel horrible that happened, but so glad they figured it out about your heart and like you said, that you weren't driving. Hope you mend up quick.

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  28. You are truly amazing! What an ordeal, yet you think of the positive aspects of it all!
    I'm glad that they figured it out that quickly. I've had family members that suffered a number of falls before deciding what was going on.
    Rest. Follow the Dr's orders. I will miss your daily details of riding, but I know you'll be back in the saddle as soon as you can.

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  29. Oh my gosh! I am so glad that you are okay. Thank heavens you were able to get to help and are on the mend.

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  30. That's scary! Thank goodness they found what caused it so quickly.

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  31. Oh my how scary! I am so glad, like you said it happened like it did because that could have ended so much worse. Slow down a little and take care of yourself. Sorry that this happened.

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  32. Glad to hear that you are okay.

    I hope you heal quickly!

    Mary

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  33. Saw Jill's post - I'm so glad to hear you're ok, and that it wasn't anybody's fault! What a scary situation regardless. Jingles!

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  34. I've been so worried about you after reading about your injury on Buckskin and a Bay blog over the weekend. Thank you for checking in and letting us know what happened and that you're ok. What a whirlwind of surprises and scary situations you've been going through. You're right though, falling off a horse, especially sweet Pie, was probably much better than passing out while driving a car.

    I'm so glad that the problem was discovered, though, and I'm relieved to read that you're going to be alright.

    Please listen to the doctors and take it easy for a while so your body can heal. I know you'll miss riding and working with your horses, and even though they'll miss you, too, they'll enjoy their little summer vacation while you recuperate.

    ((((hugs)))))
    ~Lisa

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  35. Wow, that was unexpected! I'm really glad it wasn't worse than it was. That's scary. I hope you heal up well and as quickly as possible, but take it easy and don't rush anything. I really feel for you, you don't seem like the type to enjoy forced down-time.

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  36. Whoa Kate! I had to double check twice that I was reading YOUR blog. I mean, you are the last person I would expect to take a face plant. Thank goodness you were wearing a helmet and thank goodness they discovered the problem and inserted a pacemaker.
    Best wishes for a speedy, complete recovery!

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  37. Goodness! Your injuries sound extremely painful!! And what a shocking experience for you! Good to hear you are in good spirits and on your way back to good health again. Did you have any previous signs of your heart rhythm abnormality?

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  38. Kate, I am so glad you are ok, but sorry to hear about your fall and scary hospital visit.

    I don't know a thing about pacemakers, but it is good to know they found the problem accidently and fixed it right up while you were there.

    There is something comforting to know that Pie was with you when this happened. I know that sounds crazy, but he seems so wonderful that it makes me feel good he was with you.

    Heal fast! Prayers and good thoughts from all of us here.

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  39. Kate, I'm so sorry to hear this, but glad you know what's going on and that it is already being managed. Take good care and heal well and quickly!

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  40. I'm glad to hear they got you all sorted out quickly and you're on the mend. It is truly amazing what they can do with pacemakers these days. The technology has come a long way!

    Take it easy and heal quickly!

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  41. Take care out there Kate! Here's hoping you heal quick and clean, and get back in the saddle!

    Will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers from this little corner of the world.

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  42. Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry to hear about your injuries and heart troubles! I hope the collarbone heals quickly and that the pacemaker helps everything else!

    The good news is that it sounds like the problem was very quickly diagnosed and a solution found.

    Sending good thoughts your way for a fast recovery...

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  43. Cracked ribs are extremely painful - and you didn't even complain. You set the bar high Kate. I'm so glad to hear that everything can heal and the heart rhythm problem is so manageable. Please get lots of rest. Sending positive thoughts your way...

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  44. Totally unexpectedly, I happened to read Jill's post at Buckskin and Bay, and hoped you were okay. Also wondered which horse had been naughty...How little faith I had in them! Good Pie, for not reacting in a way that might have made things worse--my guess is that he was standing over his "mama" asking why you were taking a "nap" in the middle of a perfectly good trail ride!
    Hope you mend quickly--it sounds like a very uncomfortable set of injuries. Glad they found the heart problem without any more dire consequences.

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  45. Let me add my get well wishes and (gentle) cyber hugs to both you and Pie. Poor Pie--he must have wondered what he was supposed to do NOW?

    You did dodge a bullet, though, but sorry it happened at all. We just don't bounce like we did just a few years ago (;o), do we?? Take it easy, entrust your horse chores to those who do such a good job for you, and follow your doctor's orders.

    I agree about the bone density thing. I have "slight osteopenia," the initial stages of bone issues, but I'm doubling up on servings of ice cream to counteract the age thing ;oD

    Use this recuperation time to review your videos, read up on riding, etc. Have you thought about compiling your blog entries into a book??

    I had shoulder surgery a year ago last November and spent my recovery time watching videos and reading about horse conformation. Am always in awe of people who can look at a photo of a horse and tell what disciplines it would excel in.

    Again, get well soon, but do follow that doctor's orders.

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  46. Yikes!! I wondered where you went. I'm glad you're (somewhat) ok and that things are worse. That's scary.

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  47. Good grief! You actually are one lucky woman - it could have been much worse! I hope your recovery is swift and uneventful and any pain you are experiencing (cracked ribs hurt!!) is manageable. Sending positive thoughts your way!!!

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  48. Kate,
    So glad to hear things will be getting better, and as you said, not worse outcomes!
    Poor Pie...he must have wondered about the sudden dismount.

    Sending air "hugs"-cause broken ribs are terribly painful. Very thankful you're okay, and this in underlying problem was discovered!
    KK

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  49. Guess my other comment didn't go through. What a terrible thing to have happened to you. Hope you heal quickly and can get back to having fun with your horses.

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  50. OMG! Kate-

    I am glad you will be ok. What a scary thing to have happen.

    Thankfully, there is a solution to the problem (the pacemaker). :)

    I had a friend when I was in high school that was prone to bad
    seizures. Doctors had such trouble regulating them, that there were a lot of things she simply could not do....simple stuff we take for granted...like riding a ride at an amusement park, swimming, or driving a car. I often felt sad for her :-(

    Hopefully you can at least go out and still visit the horses. Get better soon! :-)

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  51. Sorry, only just seen this. Hope you feel better soon!!

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  52. Wow, I come back from vacation and find this. Rest well and don't try to do too much too quick.

    Dan

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  53. Oh I'm so sorry to hear this! It sounds like Pie didn't add to the problem - good Pie! Please feel better soon.

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  54. Sending healing thoughts your way Kate! How scary!! Glad you are on the mend. Take your time. Your sweet horses no doubt will help you through this.

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  55. I'm so glad to hear you're okay! As you mentioned, it could have been so much worse. Well wishes coming your way... I hope you're 100% soon!

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  56. omg dear Kate! I'm so sorry...how scary but yes there was SOMEONE looking out for you when that happened. Like you said, thank god it happened the way it did and with a helmet on. How scary!
    Thoughts of easy healing are on your way!!!! xo

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  57. Oh wow Kate! That's scary! Sending good, healing thoughts your way!

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  58. Scary!! I'm glad it wasn't the horse misbehaving and I guess it could have been a LOT worse, especially if you were driving.

    Take care of yourself and get well.
    Sending warm thoughts your way.

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  59. Sorry to hear about your fall, but glad it wasn't worse! Take your time, and follow dr.'s orders! And get well, soon!

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  60. Holy cow! Glad to hear you are on the mend; what a frightening thought. Sounds like it might be time for some trick training fun while you are "grounded".
    I did a lot of things on the ground with the girls after my mastectomy, and again after my reconstruction, and yet again *rolling eyes* after a muscle biopsy and the muscle disease it diagnosed. It can really deepen your horse to human relationships in amazing ways :o)

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  61. Goodness Kate what a way to end up ....take care of yourself ....let things mend properly before you get back to the horse riding ....I hope you have some nice friends to help you out with the three horses so that you dont have to worry - thinking of you and speedy recovery

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  62. So sorry to read about your accident! How horrifying and scary that must have been.. and now painful.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery for healing.

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  63. Holy moly! Hope you get plenty of rest and heal quickly!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

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  64. Hope you are feeling better. I've had broken collar bones and there is not escaping the pain from them without serious meds. I hope you mend rapidly. Thank God you weren't riding Dawn when this happened. She may have been a lot more reactive than Pie.

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  65. Oh no! I'm so very sorry...but SO, so glad they know what happened and it can be corrected. We all heal with enough time. Take care of yourself...

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  66. Oh!!! Goodness I am so glad you are OK! I have been away and am just now getting caught up.Hope you heal quickly and are back in the saddle

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  67. This is so very, very scary! I'm glad you weren't more seriously hurt. I hope you get to the bottom of everything quickly and get back to normal ASAP. *hugs*

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  68. Goodness, I have been reading this all backwards as you do in blogs, starting with the helmet post. You are lucky this happened close to help, and you found the cause! I hope your injuries heal quickly and your heart is all on the mend!

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  69. Oh my gosh, Kate! I'm glad you're doing okay, but how scary!

    Good helmet lesson, and good life lesson too.

    Please take care and take time to heal. Good thoughts to you from the Spotty Horse News crew in California.

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  70. Take care, a fortunate accident in a way, but nasty and do not underestimate how shaken you may feel. Let your horses help your healing.

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  71. Oh my goodness!! You sound so calm. I'd be freaking out. I'm so sorry that happened and I'm so glad you are okay. I'm thankful you weren't driving too! You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  72. OMG! I am so sorry to hear about your fall! I too had a fall recently from a terrible spin/spook and broke two ribs. I feel very fortunate to have that as my only injury.

    I hope this doesn't come out wrong but thank God you weren't behind the wheel of a car when you had your blackout. Nevertheless, I know you must be in great pain and we all wish you a speedy recovery.

    We all get so much from your blog posts. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for all you do to share your learnings and thoughts.

    Best wishes for getting back in the tack soon.

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