Part 139 – Accidents – The Physical and Mental Toll

I was frequently crying.  I guess it was part of the trauma.  I tried not to let Emma see it – but some days she did.  One day she asked her boss if she could go home early to spend time with me.  I felt terrible for putting her through that but what I was experiencing was beyond my control.

I was missing Doug terribly.  Over our married life we have spent a lot of time apart.  He has always worked away from home and we often have our own holiday adventures.  Normally it’s no problem – we both manage fine on our own.  But this time I was struggling.  The five weeks were a very long time.

One day I got really excited because Emma was taking me for a drive.  Oh how pathetic!  But reality is that when you are so dependent, something like that means the world!!

I also had a visit from the girls from the natural horsemanship club. They so kindly came to see me and decided to try Ducati’s saddle on him.  Here is a photo.  I really appreciated their visit and the time they spent helping me out.  And Ducati loved the attention!

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The weeks since the fall turned into months.  The pain slowly started to subside.  My arm was out of the sling  but not fully mended –  I still couldn’t drive – and I still needed to be careful around the horses.

Mentally, my mind was still in poor condition.  I had a visit from my good friends Sheryl and Sue.  They helped lift me out of the depths.  Good friends are something to always treasure – we have been there for each other over the years.

Doug finally came home from his trip.  I was so happy to see him!  He  once again took over horse feeding duties in the morning.

I was still very sore with the torn muscles and bad back – I didn’t realise how long it would take for them to heal.  Before the accident, I had been trimming all four horses.  I was worried about how long their hooves were.  I needed to get a trimmer.  It was obvious I wouldn’t be able to do it for some time.

Just as I was thinking about that, my old farrier, Marcus, sent me a message to see if I wanted him to do the horses.  He was starting to travel back to the area two days a fortnight as there was a ‘farrier shortage’ in our area.  I was delighted!  It was the answer to my prayers!  Marcus has been trimming th horses for such a long time – they always look forward to his visit.  He has seen the whole Magnum journey play out.  It was wonderful news!

So that was sorted – except for Magnum of course.  He would have to wait until I was well enough.

COMING UP – THE VOICE IN MY HEAD

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