Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Mile!, Doctor Visit and Some More Goals

This morning I walked a whole mile, including some smallish hills - had to stop and rest from time to time but it felt pretty good.  I went to the shoulder doctor.  They took some more x-rays and everything looks like it's staying put pretty well and healing up - I'm always going to have one piece of my collarbone sticking up but it doesn't seem to be causing a problem so we're leaving it alone.  The doctor evaluated my mobility and said I'm doing really well for less than four weeks out, and now I'm supposed to work on extending my range of motion, using pain as a guide to when I'm doing a bit too much.  I asked the million dollar question - "when can I ride?"  He said that I know better than he does what my riding calls for in terms of shoulder and arm mobility and forces applied, and said I was the best judge of that (!!), but there's no reason I can't ride pretty soon (!!!), although the ribs are likely to continue to be some trouble pain-wise as I move more.

So I'm edging closer to being able to ride, which is very exciting!  I've managed to achieve one of my goals that I've set myself before riding - grooming all three horses.  I still need to be able to tack up, including tightening the girth, and need to be able to walk 2.5 miles comfortably and do some in-hand and lungeing work, using both hands, with Dawn (who's gotten amazingly fat in the short time she's been on vacation) and Drift.  I've also added the goal of picking all 12 horse feet, which requires using my left hand and arm - particularly for Pie, who's a "leaner" with his backs.  Getting closer every day . . .

13 comments:

  1. I really think horse people heal faster because we have such an incentive to get back in acceptable physical shape! I"m so happy to hear your good progress, Kate.

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  2. Can you bottle some of your energy up and send it to me?!?

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  3. I think there is something to the theory that riding (besides being good exercise, which a lot of non-riders don't realize) can be physically (not to mention emotionally) therapeutic.

    When I've had bad lower back pain, it's amazing how jumping around on a trampoline or being on a horse helps. It's not just developing core strength--the bouncing motion really seems to help get things back into place.

    It's exciting that your doc said that you get to be the judge, but if I were you, I'd take his words with a grain of salt--don't think many non-riders have a clue about how you have to use the whole body to ride a horse. Most people think you just have to sit up there...they don't know how much work it takes before you even get on!

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  4. I like your doctor. He speaks some good common sense and doesn't make judgments about your choice of activity. I agree with him that you will know when it's time.

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  5. Glad you're doing better every day. At the rate your going you should be able to ride comfortably and safely soon.

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  6. I agree with Jean, I like your doctor. And I am loving the fact that you are holding yourself to the goals you want to meet before you ride.

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  7. Glad you are feeling better and the doctor soounds reasonable.

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  8. Great news! You are making serious strides (pun intended) and will be riding in no time

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  9. Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery! It's good to hear you have set goals that must be met prior to riding. Better to be certain you are in shape for it, all the better to avoid any setbacks.

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  10. Sounds like you are keeping yourself pretty busy in the mean time while healing up!!

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  11. Wow Kate you're doing well. It must be nice to finally groom all three horses and know that the riding is getting closer. I hope you get to it before summers end.Take care

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  12. I'm very glad to hear that you are healing and growing stronger.

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