Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sitting With Pie

This morning, I took a plastic chair up to Pie's paddock and put it in the shade of his shed.  I sat there for a long while, reading a book, while he ate his hay - he did stop for a moment and come over to investigate what I was doing but went right back to the important business of eating.  It was very pleasant just to sit there with him, and later in the afternoon, he got his grooming which he seemed to enjoy.

Today was a day of ups and downs.  I overdid the exercise a bit yesterday, so today I took it easy and mostly rested - when I overdo I get a bit of a headache and also get very tired - I'm sure these are aftereffects of the concussion.  By the end of the day I felt much better. But I was able to go without my arm sling for almost the whole day with very little problem - the arm won't move without pain in certain directions but is otherwise pretty usable, and the ribs are giving me little trouble at this point, so I was able to drive the car and do some errands.

So daily ups and downs, but every day is a bit better.


  1. Good for you. I love it when Sugar and Morgunn are laying down in the back. I'll go out and just sit down close to them. I don't touch them or even pay attention to them. We just hang out together.

    It's nice.


  2. I had a concussion, and I remember a week and a half later having the whole world tilt to the left out ifni where.

    This was after I'd been feeling fine for many days. So take your time!

    (and give Pie a skritch for me...)

  3. That sounds like a very nice way to relax and enjoy being with Pie. I've often thought of doing the same thing. Glad you took it easy today. Sounds like you are healing and a day to rest is a good thing.

  4. Pie sounds like a real sweetie. I'm glad you are doing better every day.

  5. I used to hang out with my mare all the time before she kicked me. It was a lot of fun. Mostly I just sat on a stump in the shade of a tree and she'd eat her hay, but when she finished she always came over to nuzzle and lick me, or try to steal my hat off my head. lol!

    It's taken me many months of dealing with fear and panic attacks, especially when she turns around or walks by me, but I've been sitting near Apache again and just a few days ago, I sat on one of those old stumps, and just like old times, Apache came over and started nuzzling my back, neck, face and legs, and then began licking me. Then she nibbled my straw hat and tried to take it off my head.

    I almost made me so happy.

    I'm glad you're on the mend.


  6. Nice to hear you are feeling better and better!

  7. That sounds really nice to just sit in the shade and silently enjoy each others company like that.
    I am happy that you are getting a bit more mobile. I'm sure you don't need me to say it, but really, don't over-do, let yourself heal good and strong.

  8. You are a fast healer.

    I love watching my horse graze. It is very soothing.

  9. What a perfect day. If I ever can't ride for any reason I'd be happy with a sitting relationship, too. Have a great 4th with your herd!

  10. Glad you can drive again. When you live out in the country around here, not being able to drive is really worrisome....

    I wonder if Pie would have preferred a picture book, or at least a horse related novel...or one of those adventure tales. Next time, you should read aloud to him and see what he says. *G*

    Sometimes, just spending some quiet time with your horse is the best medicine in the world. Sounds as if it did you some good.

    May the next day be even better and the next better yet!

  11. One of my favorite things to do is to take a chair out to the pasture to eat as the horses graze. Very very relaxing.

  12. It must feel liberating to be able to drive again. I'm glad you are steadily improving, and more glad that you are trying to be a good patient. I know we all like to brag sometimes about how fast we got back to doing "xyz" after an injury and against Dr.'s orders but in the long run it never works out well.

    Maybe you could have read aloud to Pie? He probably would have enjoyed that!

  13. I just caught up on your blog. I'm so glad the accident wasn't worse Kate! My prayers are with you. Take it easy!

  14. The best way to relax and take it easy is to be with a horse. Sounds like you are getting better day by day but as you say don't overdo.

  15. Sometimes that road to recovery is awfully long; sounds like you are spending your time wisely though ;o)

  16. Glad to hear you're being patient with yourself as you recover...sometimes that is the most difficult part after an injury. I think I remember reading that Carolyn Resnick recommends sitting and reading books around horses as a good way of sharing space with them.

  17. you still have healing to do! I feel for you. It's very hard to take the time to recover. Healing can seem endless. but later, when you are back to doing everything as before, this will seem like a tiny blip of time. Don't you love the way horses sound when they chew? I so love that noise.

  18. Hey Kate,

    I'm thinking about interviewing fellow horse bloggers on my blog to try get names out there and I was wondering if you would like to be my first one? I really love your blog and I'd love to have you on it.

    If you're interested, could you email me via my contact me page on my blog?



  19. Oh yes, please take it easy - and I can't think of a nicer way than to be with a horse and a book!
    My MIL had several concussions and they took a looonnnggg time for her to get over the aftereffects.


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