Sometimes I wonder if I’m meant to have horses. Given my tendency to clumsiness, maybe not. Here’s the latest: On March 26, just as the days were getting warmer and the fields were getting greener, and Bill and I were looking forward to washing all the winter mud off our horses and saddling them up again, I broke my foot. I wish I had a cool story – maybe something involving a rodeo and finally giving Moonshine her day in the sun – but the sad truth is, I slipped on a used puppy pad. Yep, that’s it. We have an old dog in kidney and liver failure who is a bit incontinent, so we keep puppy pads by the back door. I hadn’t picked one up out of sheer laziness; I stepped outside, over it, to let the littlest dog out, and when I stepped back in, I forgot all about the darn thing and stepped right on it. Turns out they’re pretty slippery. We went to the emergency clinic (it was Saturday, of course – all emergencies happen at night or on weekends) and the PA on duty said it was just a sprain. On Monday the radiologist called and said it was definitely more than a sprain. By Wednesday my foot was in a pretty pink cast and I was on crutches. (After about a week on crutches I switched to a knee walker – a wheeled walker you put your knee on like a scooter. Much better than crutches!) I wasn’t allowed to put any weight on that foot until the orthopedic doc gave me the okay on April 27 – now I can stand on it (on both feet, not just that one) but still can’t walk on it. The doctor says at my next appointment I may get the okay to walk on it. Two months off the foot all together. Two months of SPRING. What bad luck!
And you’ll note it was my right foot…no driving. I also cannot go anywhere with uneven ground: for instance, to the barn. I certainly can’t go into the barn with a horse, since I wouldn’t be able to maneuver out of his way if necessary. Can’t feed them or water them or even pet them! Poor Bill has had complete responsibility for all the farm chores all this time. Except when he traveled on business, then my poor dad had to take over. I never thought I’d miss feeding horses in pouring down rain, or shoveling stalls, or scrubbing buckets…but I sure do now. I can’t wait to be on two feet again. Even after I’m allowed to walk again, I suspect I’ll baby my foot for a while and probably won’t be riding for another month to be sure.
If any of you have broken a foot or leg, I’d love to hear your recovery story/advice.