Update on my health
I continue to work extra hard while walking a fine line of not over doing it and causing back, hip and rib spasms as I do not want to go backwards again. While working in physical therapy in the gym I always wore my Ariate horse riding gloves to lift weights as my goal has always been to try to ride again. Every lap I took swimming was a determination to get strong enough to ride again. Over the past three years I have attended physical therapy two and three days a week, very difficult but necessary.
I still shiver and pray when a semi-truck or any kind of big commercial farm truck passes me but I trust GOD to take care of me and refuse to live my life locked away afraid to step out into the world again. Wondering what my story is select GOD created a miracle for me to read.
I am finally able to ride our mammoth donkey Rio and my horse Miss Lily again. Starting out slowly only 15 minute rides to give my hips, back and pelvis a chance to use the core muscles deeply again. My doctor continues to give me prescription medication to help stop the nerve damage pain caused by the three large screws in my pelvis, these screws will never come out and as I age it will get harder and harder for me as the arthritis accelerates in my hips.
Every time I drive to a doctor appointment, grocery store or anywhere I see a woman about my age taking her horse in her horse trailer for a ride in an arena or trail ride. My horse trailer has been sitting in the yard for over three years now my next big milestone is to drive it again. Car accidents such as the one I survived are really difficult to beat as well I almost died several times and I still suffer from pain not to mention I have some wicked scars on my ribs and back. I believe in Jesus Christ and I refuse to live in fear, I want my life back and I am grateful GOD is giving me this opportunity even if it is just a few minutes in my arena.
“These large stainless steel screws (hip bone to hip bone) and one down my right hip cause my feet and ankles to go numb, rib spasms, hip spasms and lower back pain”. I am happy to report the new medication is helping me get back to doing more and for this I am grateful. My doctor is one smart woman, she has never given up on the balancing act of helping me fight this pain and suffering and not over medicate me. I am forever grateful to her and all the people who saved my life and helped to get me rehabilitated enough to get on my equine again. I am stiff and it is very difficult to swing the leg up and over but oh my how wonderful it feels to get to sit on their backs and take a walk around the arena.
Photo of the surgically installed stainless steel screws in my pelvis
Here are a few photos of my first ride on Miss Lily and second on Mr. Rio, never forget no matter how long it takes to never give up, remember GOD is amazing he is working on our problems even when it feels like he has forgotten us. I am so happy and grateful to GOD in Jesus Christ name!
“Before the semi-truck accident I was preparing to start my own business under the Donkey Whisperer Farm, we continue to pray GOD will heal me enough to do this. To date I help people for free consulting, training, coaching how to keep their equine in optimum health. My dream is to have my own business and perhaps GOD will give me this dream one day.”
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody