So T & I and ALL the dogs went to Dru Barner Park for the Gold Country 30/50 Miler this weekend. Lana had her birthday there and we got to leisurely hang out at the ride for 2 nights in Winnie. Not my ideal camping experience because really having every canine we own go is kinda an ordeal. But since I've found 2 rattlers under my PVC dog bed in less than a week, I'd rather have everyone with me. T is a trooper. He, I'm sure wonders on a regular basis what HELL he ended up in.
Soooo funna, funna on seeing all of our club members who I love and lots of gorgeous horses. It was nice not having to get up at zero-dark-thirty to ride, I mean...sorta but to watch all these horses come into vet checks etc. Like the dogs, performance people want pretty animals to train & ride also, instead of leaving all the pretty ones for conformation. I saw one black, or VERY dark bay arab that made me drool. It's going to be a blast to someday have Khaliq out of the trail. 2-3 more years.......
Gold Country puts on the absolutely BEST ride EVER and when you get to "out" vet checks there are a boatload of volunteers (of which I should have been one had I thought I could get around easier) and they help hold your horsey while you go find a tree, or bring you food & drinks. There also is plenty of hay, sloppy mash & carrots for the horses. In the evening one of the ride managers cooks a kick-ass 12 course meal, that includes salmon as one of the meat choices. Also, freshly made strawberry crepes from our resident French guy Michel. Y U M M M M M ! Class act!!
Now, I'm sure you're all wondering what the doctor said.........but before I blab on about my visit with him, I tossed the crutches on Tuesday sometime and have been without since. They were gettin' in the way and last week I slipped and fell with the pieces of shits trying to get out of the door and landed on my wrist. That hurt. And besides, how am I going to ride a horse with them????
So, at the Gold Country ride I suspect I walked over 1 1/2 miles to and from the RV to the place of action. Sage went first, then Cardiff, then Tirzah. That was about 6 hours worth. Then it was time for Merlot (of which I have very little appetite for....or alcohol in general) and then the 12 course meal. Eating that much without riding 50 miles is not my idea of fun, as I actually LEFT food. I am sorry for all of my relatives in Estonia. I tried to eat it all but just couldn't.
Now what you really want to know is what the doctor said right????? Like "You ain't ridin' no Tevis Cup in 3 weeks!"
I got a new doctor, and not because I asked for one, but I gotta say the last one I had was a little, um, not wild enough. He didn't know anything about horses, and nothing about Tevis and was the type to get a mammagram too "Because, you know, men can get breast cancer also". Go for it buddy!! How the heck do they get your boobies in that smasher thing????
The new guy is an old guy. Not ancient, but I bet he was in his middle 60's. He examined me without latex gloves (OMG!!) and when I mentioned how cool he was because of that, he laughed and said in 40 years he's never been sick and all his doctors & nurses who wear the gloves and face masks are always sick. There is a story here you know.....
Well, he grabbed and pushed on my leg & ankle but didn't like the scabby bruised spot. We got a set of x-rays, then I went back for more (he wanted to compare both my legs side by side), and then came back and said my fracture looks fantastic though it needs 2 more weeks. Since it broke in a zig-zag and I never had a cast on it, it has healed beautifully.... He was concerned about the bruising though so me being the journalist that I am, showed him all of my leg photos from the night in the ER to current. Enough photos to give him a history of the bruise. He was concerned that this could have gone internally, which at that point I would have needed surgery, as the leg would of had an internal infection. Since I had the blister burst, then get infected a smidge, but treated it with my horse wound spray and it got better within an hour, he seemed please. He asked what I used ~ Vetricyn. Just a good thing to have around. Even the old guy didn't crinkle his nose. He did say he is going to give it a few more weeks to decide if he wants to "debride" it. I think I need to google that. It sounds gross.
Now, I gotta say I like the old doc. He's had horses his whole life and when I told him my horse is signed up for Tevis on Aug. 4th he said "The only thing I think anyone wanting to ride Tevis should do is get a phychological examination". So at least he knows what I'm talking about. But, then he told T & I about all of his years showing horses and that his wife is learning dressage now. He was smiling a lot at me. I don't know if he was smiling 'cause he liked me or he thought I was Truly Insane. T was there and had the flabber lips and I had to shut him up several times. I told him if he wanted to chat with the doctor, get his own!! He said he wanted to make sure I wasn't going to fib about anything, which I seriously wouldn't do. I'm not totally stupid. I really want to know what I can do.
I asked what what my instructions were for exercise til I come back for more x-rays. He said I can exercise as I see fit, meaning (and which is what I've been doing), if it hurts just a little bit, not a problem. If it really hurts, stop it. I think a "Lily" again would really hurt.
And, his final piece of instructions was "And you can do 'light' riding".
Wait, let me write that again.
"And you can do 'light' riding".
I ' M S O F R I C K I N ' E X C I T E D ! ! ! ! ! !