Saturday, July 2, 2011

Three Weeks

It's been three weeks since my accident, and although progress is very slow, it's there.  I've been having some post-concussion symptoms - primarily headache and fatigue - but those are starting to do better - apparently sometimes these things go on for months although I'm hoping for things to improve more quickly that that.  It was very hot today - up into the 90sF with the heat index, and my three spent some time in their stalls under the fans.  Before it got hot, I had another nice session sitting with Pie in his paddock.  Tonight is the closest town's fireworks, and I'll be spending some time at the barn in case the horses need some reassurance - Pie and Drift both come from rural areas and may not have ever experienced large fireworks and Dawn doesn't like them - I actually dislike the 4th of July holiday because of the official and unofficial fireworks that scare so many of the horses and also many dogs as well.

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  1. I agree about the fireworks. Hopefully, because of our wildfires, there won't be any private fireworks around our neighborhood.

    Dan

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  2. The post-concussion headaches and fatigue are not unusual, unfortunately. Hope yours clear up soon. I am sitting in my family room right now, with a shaking dog in my lap, listening to fireworks being fired off. :-(

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  3. Good that you are having progress after the accident, the headaches don't sound like much fun.

    It was hot here today too and our fans are on. There have been some neighbors with fireworks already. I don't see the need before the 4th but I guess that takes advantage of the whole weekend. Our horses don't much like them and neither do I for the same reasons as you.

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  4. Sitting out with Pie sounds like as lovely a way to spend a few of your hours recuperating as you could possibly ask for :)

    Hope all is well with your critters following the 4th - on the positive side, being from rural areas may mean that Pie and Drift have heard guns from target shooting or hunters. It's always a worry, though.

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  5. We had fireworks here last night, as July 1st is Canada day.They were a couple of miles away, but still fairly noisy. The collies get nervous, but the horses don't mind.
    Good to hear that mending is happening, those collar bones take a while, as my husband found out a couple years ago.

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  6. No fireworks here, drought has cancelled everything. I will miss the sky lighting up, but don't miss the firecrackers!

    Healing from a concussion is maddeningly slow. But it does end in time.

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  7. Take your time, healing slowly so it lasts . Hope the fireworks don't cause too many issues

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  8. I hope the ehd aches get fewer and farther between soon, that doesn't sound like much fun at all.

    I get a little antsy around here when the neighbors start blowing off their fireworks, I always wonder if there's beer involved and that bothers me. Fred (my dog) hates them, as long as I keep my own nerves at bay he does ok.

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  9. Kate, I know what you mean about disliking the holiday due to what happens to animals. We had a dog one time who was such a nursemaid that she would attack and try to "kill" fireworks the neighbors were setting off--she knew they were dangerous!

    Our horses are exposed to propane "bird cannons" that orchardists use this time of year to try to drive birds out of the cherries, so fireworks fortunately don't bother them that much.

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  10. Here's hoping you feel better soon. I'll be hanging out in the pasture for kaboom time too, reassuring everyone they are NOT going to die. *sigh* Not a big fan of the Fourth.

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  11. I'm glad to hear you are making some progress, but I know it can be all too slow. I got a mild concussion (nothing like yours) from hitting my head a few months ago and I had headaches for six weeks and then suddenly one day they were all gone! I hope your recovery comes quickly as well!

    I agree about the fireworks. Thankfully there aren't any around here, so I don't have to worry too much, but if I lived near town I know my poor Aussie would have a heart attack. Hope tonight is as calm and quiet as possible for you.

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  12. I also agree about the fireworks. We used to have a thunder phobic dog. He taught our other dog to be afraid of thunder. So, 4th of July, with 3 area fireworks and local 'kids' was not fun.

    Glad to see that you see progress. I'm thinking sometimes, with head injuries, it may feel like two steps forward and one back. But... you will get there!

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  13. So sorry about the headaches. Here's hoping they go away sooner than later.

    Fireworks here last night, but that's only the beginning. There are at least three more nearby towns that have yet to celebrate. And, to top it all off, we had a huge, noisy thunderstorm come through very early this morning. I have a feeling my Boys will be immune by the time the last celebration is over.

    Sending healing wishes.....

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  14. I'm with you on that. They've already started them around here. We lock up half of the herd (or more) during this time of year for insurance. The ones who are out stay near the barn and run back to it if they're scared. Hope it goes well for you there--and that your headaches cease.

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  15. I have come to dislike the fireworks. I worry so badly about the horses. They will run around when the neighbors set off the loud booms. The faraway ones don't bother them.
    Hope you are feeling better soon!

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  16. I grew up in a rural area and even there we experienced a lot of fireworks around this time of year. I hated it more because of the remnants that somehow ended up in our pastures. We would spend the 5th combing the pasture collecting debris.

    I hope your condition continues to improve!

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  17. Hang in there, Kate. You'll get better day by day.

    I hate fireworks too. Now we live in the boonies, so it's not a problem here.

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  18. Ugh, three weeks is a long time to suffer from headaches and fatigue, I hope those symptoms taper off for you soon.

    My ex-BO told me a story once about a pony of hers that jumped the 4ft fence and ran five miles up the road on the 4th of July. That was the one night all the horses stayed in no matter what. For a state where it's illegal to sell fireworks it's amazing how many people get their hands on them.

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  19. Hope you continue to heal quickly and completely.

    Fireworks are banned throughout the state because of our extreme drought conditions although they continue to sell them. Crazy, huh?

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