It’s been about six weeks since my arm surgery (open reduction internal fixation surgery, to be exact), and I am happy to report I’m doing really well. I returned to work about 4 weeks ago and have been teaching lessons and doing as much horse stuff as I can. While I’m not totally comfortable leading horses (because if any of them are jerks and yank the lead rope out of my hand, I feel it pull on my gross metal stuff), I’m fine grooming, adjusting stirrups, tightening girths, etc. The horses are work are so quiet and so elderly that I don’t think they’ll do anything wacky.
I had a doctor’s appointment today; unfortunately, I don’t have the x-ray. My arm is currently healing correctly, but slowly. The space between the two parts of the bone has widened, and the bone is modeling. Basically, the bones are growing a new batch of bone between them. My doctor upped my weight restriction to 10 pounds, which means I can go back to feeding the horses without concern. However, I’ve again been given strict orders not to ride until the bone is fully healed, which will be in about four months. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. (Although this time I managed not to cry in the Tulsa Bone & Joint parking lot.)
I visited the ponies on Wednesday. They are all very fuzzy and came running right up to me. I’d like to think they were glad to see me; Moe probably was, but I’m sure Colt and Gina just thought it was dinner time.
Colt might be returning to his owner; since I am unable to ride him, he isn’t really doing much out here except eating grass. I don’t think his owner will do a whole lot with him, but that’s none of my business. I’ll be sad to see him go.
I’ll be glad to get back to feeding and seeing my ponies regularly! It’s depressing to think of not riding for a while, but it IS nice to see their fuzzy faces.