Ten years ago when I had my left knee replaced, it was a relatively easy surgery. I'm not sure if it's because I'm older now (which I'll never admit to) or my bones are just getting tougher, but this right knee surgery didn't go as smooth. I've spent more time in the hospital and am STILL hobbling around on 4 'legs': my own legs which are a matched set again and a walker.
Most folks can master the use of a walker with little problems. I like to think that those folks don't have to drag a walker up 5 steps before getting to the door and THEN figure out how to hold the walker, open the door, keep the door open and get through it.
I would like to personally thank EVERYONE who sent cards, e-mails, notes,? and letters. A special shout out goes to the gals from Georgia who sent me flowers; they were beautiful!? I will post pictures soon.
Pain control kept me in the hospital for a week; just couldn't get a good grip on it.? After finally making some headway on my comfort level, I developed a sudden blood clot in my calf. I now know how Nic felt when he had a blood clot a few years back -- like a pin cushion. A few days of blood thinners helped to dissolve the clot and I was able to return home.
Now, I love my grandson. He's a good kid: my go-to-guy when I can't figure out my computer. While I was in the hospital, he decided a new computer would be a great PRESENT for his grandma. He just forgot I'm still trying to figure out the one I got 9 years ago. So, I came home to a bright, new, HP desktop with printer and all the lastest computer 'knowledge' in it.? Only problem is that I'm not very computer savvy.? For example, I can't even copy an e-mail yet, still struggling along trying to figure things out.
All in all though, I'm on the trail to recovery. Thanksgiving Day I went to the barn and saw Nic for the first time in 9 weeks. That's a long time not to hug your horse! I stood in the corner by the gate and just talked to him. We discussed where we're riding this year and I promised him that I'd keep up on my rehab (exercises) along with doing MORE camping and trail riding.? I'm not getting any younger and neither is Nic. I don't think there is anything more sad in life than to say "I wish I would have..........".
So, keep telling me about your favorite camping spots and I'll do my first "Horsecamping" clinic in February at the Horse Expo in Pomona. I'm really looking forward to it -- minus the walker! And to Gladys in Texas, yes, I even used my walker as a 'training aid' when I was walking with Nic in the arena. Just make sure your horse isn't spooky or better yet, have someone walk with you the first couple times (my daughter, Becky, went with me and we just walked around the arena).? Nic sniffed the walker, rubbed his nose on it and then followed me around.? I never became worried about his pushing or shoving because Nic knows his "space" and he stays in it.
My advice: stay healthy and if you get sick, take care of yourself.? Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the barn corner.? Again, thanks for the messages and most of all for being a friend in my time of need.
Bonnie (and Nic)