Sunday, November 1, 2015

myyyyyyy precioussssss!!!!!

So this post isn't particularly horsey - but it has implications for helping me stay active with the ponykins while I heal from this stupid broken leg.

This week brought some very positive developments for my mobility. My grandfather has been struggling with soft tissue problems in his feet and just recently received clearance to start walking again. Given the chronic nature of his issues, he actually purchased one of these knee scooter things, and very generously 'passed the torch' to me now that he's back on his feet again.

scoooooooooterrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!
This is.... man, how to describe? This is soooo amazing to me. The difference it makes in the general quality of my work day (bc it lives in the office) is unreal. UNREAL.

the joy this picture brings me.... immeasurable!
The beauty is not just that it replaces the evil crutches (my wrists/triceps/entire body are hugely grateful!) - but it also allows me to distribute weight through my injured leg down to the knee, rather than carrying my entire weight on one single supporting limb. Which had begun to feel the burden.

finally gave up on cute footwear for the unaffected limb
The scooter also has a basket - immensely useful for carrying things (I have lidded vessels for water and coffee - yay for fetching my own caffeine fix!) - tho it lacks a bell (for now muahaha).

dear NSAIDS - let me count the ways i love thee! 
Oooh, and it's FAST. I seriously just zip right on along on this thing. I know some people say that crutches can be pretty fast bc of how much they can lengthen your stride... but seriously, fuck those crutches. This scooter wins everything, and as such is a very fitting shade of blue.

hm, yep i think i see the problem!
For now the scooter is living just at the office. I'm using my truck as my daily driver since obviously my clutch foot is incapacitated, rendering my nice little city-friendly sedan unusable at present. And the idea of getting this scooter thingy in and out of the truck's cab (bc there's no way I'd leave it in the bed to get stolen, cap or no cap) seems challenging even tho it folds up. Tho I reserve the right to change my mind about that later.

this is me sitting in the doorway to my apt. i may or may not have laid down and cried a little bit after taking this picture
It's definitely not getting into my home tho. No way. As previously mentioned I live on the 3rd floor, with a fairly narrow stair case (that spirals at the top, natch). The stairs are actually surprisingly navigable, thank god - but I can't really carry anything up or down them. At least once I'm up there, getting around isn't too bad.

ahhh but cats. cats make everything better! (also nfl, which is on the laptop screen but didn't come through in the pic)
I've been very home-bound since this injury (aside from work) for a variety of factors (including the availability of good parking spots for my truck in early vs. late evening). But the pain from the crutches (and knowing that if I overdo it on just one day, I'll pay the price for the following week... ugh) has been maybe the biggest issue.

So getting me off those crutches for hours at a time will hopefully allow for the soreness and inflammation elsewhere to dissipate more quickly - thus making the time I *do* spend on the crutches (like when I'm at the barn) more bearable. Thank god for miracles on wheels!!! 

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  1. Oooof that is just so difficult! But you seem to be cheery about it so my hat is off to you for that. I just get downright evil when injured.

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    1. haha it's easier to put forth a nice attitude in an edited blog post.... see me in person and you might find me a little less, erm, *even-keeled* than these posts suggest. it's honestly been a bit of a struggle. i'm trying tho!

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  2. Yay for little blue scooters!!! And good job on being a compliment patient. Most horse people suck at that me included.

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    1. i'm really to pumped for that scooter! :D and yea i know what you mean about horse people not always being great patients... i'm usually pretty good (provided the treatment makes sense to me) - and am a big believer in giving oneself the best shot at a full and speedy recovery. in this case in particular tho, i really have no choice. i couldn't put weight on the leg even if i wanted!

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  3. I broke my butt once and had to carry around a donut cushion as I went to various offices. It was great. There was absolutely one moment when I was driving from one office to another office 45 minutes and pulled over to cry because it just hurt so much. I hope you get a bell for your scooter and I'm glad your grandfather is well enough now to be more mobile!

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    1. Ugh that sounds pretty miserable too - at least I can find relief by sitting down! :( but thanks - I'm def happy to have more options for moving around now!

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  4. I can't imagine the pain in the ass (and leg) it must be to break such an essential limb. But yay for scooters and the ability to get your own caffeine! Those stairs look like such a pain, I live up just one steep/narrow (not twisted though) flight of stairs and I can't imagine having to crawl up them every day. Hope you heal quickly!

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    1. The stairs honestly only took about a day to figure out. With a sturdy railing I can stay upright for all 38 (yes I counted) except for the spiral at the very top that I come down on my butt or go up on my knee. Going down is actually pretty easy - so long as I don't rush and fall down lol. Going up requires more effort (and is probably why my wrist is in such rough shape now) but it still relatively straight forward.

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  5. A Barn friend broke her foot and is scooting around on one of these- luxury compared to crutches!!

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    1. oh man, SUCH luxury!! hope your barn friend heals up quick too!

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  6. I think the horse head mask is needing to get attached to the scooter at some point here...

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    1. hmmmm yesss, perhaps you have a point there lol

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  7. Yay for scooters! I'm pretty impressed that you make it up and down all those stairs. I would have cried way more than a little bit!

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    1. ugh those stairs have certainly caused their fair share of grief... but so far so good, thank god

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  8. That would have been so nice the two times I had to get around my huge high school campus on crutches. The worst part was the bruising at the top of my rib cage. So glad you found something to make dealing easier.

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    1. yea seriously - that bruising is really the worst, and i can't even imagine trying to navigate SCHOOL while on crutches. ugh how horrible :(

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    1. yep pretty much. one week down of no weight bearing, 3-5 left to go!

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  10. My sister had to be 100% non weight bearing for about two months after a big knee surgery, I don't know how she did it! I'm glad you have the scooter as an option, I can imagine that thing is a huge life saver. Hang in there otherwise!

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    1. ugh 2 months sounds terrible. i'm only a week in and am already counting down the days til i can start using the leg again!

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  11. Willow's owner had a scooter when she was not weight bearing after ankle surgery. She didn't use it at the barn but it went everywhere else and she said it was a life saver. Plus she said it was fun sneaking up on people with it, lol. I hope the time goes fast for you. I'm a horrible patient and pretty much break the rules. I need my riding fix or I get really cranky!

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    1. yea i'm definitely contemplating how to get on the horse lol... but at least while the leg is mostly pain-free while i leave it alone, it protests very loudly if i even *think* about doing anything that could compromise the break... so for now i follow the rules!

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  12. So sorry you are having to deal with this, but happy you got the scooter. One of our auditors had one a few years back, and everyone was taking turns after hours racing it down the hallway (with her permission, of course). And yes, kitties make everything better.

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    1. haha thanks - the scooter is pretty fun! and FAST!!! ;)

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