When I hit the ground, I knew something was up as I was unable to stand for a few minutes. Thankfully, I was still able to move all of my limbs and did not hit my head when I fell. Some of the girls were nice enough to drive me to the ER where some X-Rays were taken, and I was sent home with some pain medication. The first few days after that were pretty rough; I could barely walk, sit, or do anything comfortably. Because of this, I had to scratch both Chloe and Rio from the event, which was disappointing as both of them were making huge strides.
However, the pain persisted for a few weeks so I was sent in to an orthopedist, who took a closer look at my X-Rays and determined that I had fractured my L1 vertebrae in my back. As soon as those words were out of his mouth, my mouth dried up and my face went sheet white. I could not believe it. I thought that was it; I would never jump or event again.
After some discussion, I learned that it was something called a compression fracture, which means that the vertebrae is still intact, yet there is a fracture within it. Due to this, I was ordered to do no work or exercise for 4-6 weeks. This was crushing to hear, as in 6 weeks was the time I was scheduled to return to Massachusetts.
The decision was made for me to come home to have access to better doctors and to get an MRI to confirm that there was no further injury to my back than the fracture. I flew back home on Sunday night and saw the doctor today, who said that indeed I need 6 weeks of healing (only 3 more weeks from today!). The good news is that because I am young and otherwise healthy, he expects that I will make a full recovery. In terms of riding, it is slightly more complicated because another bad fall could further hinder the healing of my back. Because of this, I may have to wait slightly longer to ride again just to ensure that my back is strong.
Right now, I am unsure of what I will do to move forward. I hope to return to Florida eventually, even if just for a few weeks this summer to run around some great events and to be exposed to more of the horse world down there. As for the horses, Jeanie is going to take over the reins on Rio, and hopefully take him to his first training at Heart Of The Carolinas at the end of the month. Chloe is just going to do some trotting and flat work to keep fit, so that when I am able to ride again, I don't have to start from square one. Until we decide what I am going to do, both of the horses are going to stay down in Florida enjoying the sunshine, green grass and huge fields.
I will keep you all updated with what the final verdict is once it is decided, and thank you for all of the well wishes I have recieved. You guys are the best :).
Until next time,
P.S. Azalea finally had her foal!! Little Buzz was born at 2:30 in the morning on April 5. She is the cutest thing I have ever seen, and has a HUGE personality already!
|She is the cutest!|
|Rio is growing some muscle!|