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!
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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