Sunday, June 26, 2011

Walking and Grooming

Not much to report.  More walking, more leg and good arm exercises.  The walking was better today - I did a few short outings and didn't have to stop as often and didn't have to use the walking stick for reassurance.  The proprioception isn't 100% yet but it's getting better - maybe it's at 90% now.  I did nap a bit - probably a mix of fatigue and still recovering from the head injury. Tomorrow another doctor's appointment - the trauma doctor, who will have opinions about my ribs and breathing and the status of my recovery from the concussion.  Then Tuesday the cardiologist to check out the pacemaker.

Today it was Drift's turn to be groomed.  He was very well-behaved for haltering - I did it myself and used both hands and he nicely dropped his head.  He seemed to enjoy the grooming.  Dawn and he both had a tail tick, which they were grateful to have removed, and Pie enjoyed his tail scratching session.

Not very exciting, but it feels pretty good to me.

18 comments:

  1. Sounds good - for you and Drift too. What is a tail tick? My boys have ticks all over their legs and chests and bellies - I've never checked their tails specifically. Is this a known tick zone that I am missing?

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  2. juliette - my horses - especially Dawn - seem to get a lot of tail ticks - they climb up the tail hairs and then bite along the tail bone. I check for them by spreading the tail hairs along the tail bone - straight down the back and then a pass to either side - and often find a tick attached to the tail. Drift has an unusually long tail, but doesn't get many ticks, and Dawn's tail is fairly short and she gets many - who knows why?

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  3. I've always been a little freaked out about how ticks know *exactly* where to bite where they can't be dislodged. We have ticks in our area, but they might as well all be "dog ticks"...they seem to leave horses and cats alone. I do find them ON my cats occasionally (like walking around in fur) but I have yet to find a biting tick on one of my cats or horses.

    Glad you're feeling better, Kate. Hope you get good news from your round of doctor's appointments.

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  4. porkbellyacres - the ticks that get on the horses are in fact dog ticks - the fairly large brown/black ones. We also have deer ticks in our part of the world - the ones that carry Lyme disease - but fortunately we have few woods and few deer.

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  5. You make your posts about your own progress as interesting as those you write about your horses. It will be interesting to get a medical evaluation of your progress. My bet is that you will exceed their expectations. Good thoughts to you.

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  6. Progress is progress. Keep it up Kate.

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  7. Kate, so glad you are able to get out and do some things with the horses. Ticks, I do not like ticks! Gilly will get one or two on his forehead, haven't found any anywhere else. Pokey had one on his nose last year....so far so good.
    Hope your dr appointment goes well! Hope you are back to riding before long!
    hugs.....
    Jane

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  8. Sounds lovely! Glad to hear you're still improving.

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  9. Sounds exciting to me. Fortunately, we don't have ticks where we are and I don't miss them. Mosquitoes either.

    Dan

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  10. It will be interesting to see where Drift is at when you get back to riding him. Nice to hear that you are making progress.

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  11. sounds like a good day for you in recovery

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  12. Hey there Kate ...glad you seem to be mending slowly. Take it easy wont you!

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  13. It is nice how your horses are just taking the new routine in stride. I am sure the doctor will have a shining report for you!

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  14. A little more each day is fine, as long as you don't overdue it. Good to get a nap in too, that will help the healing process. Have a good report from the doctors this week.

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  15. Sorry I have`nt been around for a while, but I am glad to see you are on the mend.
    We have loads of ticks! A real pain.

    In `89, I suffered a severe head injury, not through riding, but as a result of a serious assault. That said, I found it very hard to avoid sleeps through the day, felt so tired sometimes, fatigued. It will go, its just the brain recovering, it needs to fix itself.
    You sound like you`re doing well, keep going, and Drift will be there for you.

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  16. Thinking of you Kate! Glad you are still able to groom and be with your horses. :-) Take care of yourself.

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  17. I think the quiet moments with our horses do more in our overall training than the actual "training". It sounds like you're turning something negative into something very good for you and them. I hope your appointment goes well today.

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  18. You seem to be well immersed in the medical world, that's for sure. Lots of doctor visits but full of positive news. It is always hard when you are used to being able bodied and pretty fit, to cope with a body that just doesn't want to do your bidding.

    But you seem to be taking things in stride and being careful to stay within your limits.

    Sending more positive vibes to help you along.

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