So, I'm going to the doctors...

@ElicBxn (60134)
United States
January 2, 2013 9:11pm CST
Let me start at the beginning... I got an appointment to see a pain specialist. I left my client's place on the Thursday after Christmas and went directly to the doctor's office, got me there half an hour early, but what else could I do with 30 minutes? I'm standing there with my craft bag on my arm. My craft bag was given to me by my sister, and it has horses on it. The lady behind me said she had one like that too, even had a whole luggage ensemble with the horse style. I said that my sister gave it to me because I love horses. She said she did too. And then I said... "Of course, horses are probably part of why I'm here now." She gave me a funny look. "I took some pretty hard falls off of them," I added. "Including one on on my head." She, as almost everyone does when talking about falls off of horses, mentioned Christopher Reeve. I replied that I was really lucky that it didn't happen to me. Fact is, I was really lucky with all my falls. My worst fall, the one that actually left damage I still have problems with today, was my first one, because I landed on my knees. And, I will assure you, that I would not have stopped riding because of that fall. My least serious fall was off the same horse, and my second fall, because I kind of bounced off the saddle and to the ground. Kind of hard to explain, but it was the related to a jump. The only fall I did not get back on the horse was because I had friction burns on my right fingers from the reins and major scrapes on the left hand from the ground. I actually dove off the horse that time, because I could see she was planning to plant me in a knocked down jump. Turned out she had planted a rider the day before in said jump which was WHY it was knocked down. I actually fell off the first horse 3 times, but the 3rd time was equipment failure - a girth strap broke. I also had a horse fall with me, that wasn't much fun, however, my fall, with the horse lead to another rider going off because her horse spooked when mine went down, I was actually on my feet before the horse was and the horse was up before the other rider finally caught her breath. So, I've had a few falls off of horses, and, while not the ONLY reason I'm having to go to a pain doctor, it certainly didn't help any!
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
3 Jan 13
THat is way to many falls dont think I owuld have jumped any more after the 2nd one I love hoorses too but dont jump them! I got floor mats for my SUV withhorses on them for CHristmas
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
4 Jan 13
Cool new floor mats! No, when I got a jump right, and I didn't manage it too often, it was AWESOME, like flying! I only had 2 falls related to actually jumping and once the horse ran out from the jump and that's why I fell off. All but my first fall were near jumps, but except for the two, not related to actually jumping.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
4 Jan 13
Thanks love the mats. I mostly raced when I rode had a little Mustang hat out ran eevery thing in town small town he he . He even thought he was to race cars if we were riding along the street lololl He got into some loco weed sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh no more riding him boy I cried
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@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
4 Jan 13
I more or less grew up on horseback. We always had a pony to ride whenever we chose. I'm sure that I must have had some falls, but I remember only 2. The first one was when I was trying to get my shetland pony, Dicky, to take me to school. He would wait until we were out of sight of the house. Then, he would try to throw me off. I don't remember that working, although it may have. That smart, lazy little critter learned that he co old blow himself up so that the cinch would appear to be tight. Then, when he deflated himself, the saddle would slide down under his belly. I did fall off that time. M¥ father sold that stuborn animal and bought a little larger pony for me. We got along fine, but I soon outgrew him, or thought I had. Daddy then bought a full size riding horse. He and I were palls until I graduated from high school and left the farm. I only remember falling off him once.At the time, I was too small to saddle him myself, so I'd usually ride bareback. Once while going after the cows, something spooked him, and he reared u p. I wasn't expecting it and slid right off his rump into the largest patch of sandburs on the farm. I wasn't allowed to wear shorts and had probably decided that it was too hot for jeans (if I had any). Those burrs stuck right through my thin panties. I had to walk back to the house in bare feet and ask my mother to get the stickers out of my behind. I"m sorry to say but the horse got sold as soon as I left the farm. My brothers were more interested in cars than horses.
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@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
5 Jan 13
I have no isea how many hands high The ponies and horses were that we owned. The principal reason for getting most of them was to provide transportation to school, almost 3 miles away. I know that Dicky was a f ull size shetland, but he was worthless at getting me to school. I'd rather walk than fight with him, which was what he wanted. Dicky was sold and Daddy bought Trigger, a small pinto who stood about halfway between the height of Dicky  and Bud, Daddy 's full size riding horse that he used to rodeo with. I don't know if I outgrew Trigger, or Daddy thought I 'd rodeo with him if he got me a larger pony. Exit Trigger and hello Bill. I never did enter any rodeo competition, but Bill and I became best palls. At Mothers insistence, Daddy quit rodeoing. After he found that he couldn't make Bud pull the garden plow, he sold him and the rest of his rodeo paraphernalia but kept Bill for us kids. That was the idea. Bill was for us 3 kids, but if either of my brothera ever rode him, except on behind me, I never knew of it.
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@KrauseHome (33746)
• United States
3 Jan 13
Sometimes there are people out there who never want to relate with something and make a mountain out of a mole hill, and you wish you would have just been quiet to begin with. No matter what is causing your pain to have someone go on like this, is a little odd when from a stranger. Probably brings up memories for you wishing you could do some of the things that you used to do as well.
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
4 Jan 13
actually, I love to talk about horses, I would still ride if I could afford to, BUT, I'd probably be more careful about doing it...
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• China
3 Jan 13
Oh, my God, it is so serious, are you feeling better now?
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
4 Jan 13
I don't feel any worse, and I'm not taking as much medicine so that has to be better for my body. I do seem to be sleeping some better.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Jan 13
Wow, I think you have more than the allotted 9 lives my friend. We know a lady who fell off a pony many years ago and her back is giving her pain now as she's getting older. She can't sit rigid for any length of time i.e. on a bus or at the football match (she doesn't go there as often from what I've been told) but at least she's still with us..and so are you of course..and I'm grateful for that. I hope you receive some decent pain management!
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
3 Jan 13
lessee, 7 falls and 2 totaled cars, I may be on life nine now... Like I said, actually some of the falls were quite minor, the first one that I got my knees hurt on, was actually a pretty minor one and the horse falling, while I did avoid being hurt more than a few scrapes, the worst that might've happened would've been a broken leg. Some of the others were worse, in fact, one I actually walked away from uninjured, the equipment failure one, could've been very serious, but because of the miracle of the human brain, I managed to dodge that danger. And the second totaled car wreck wasn't serious for me, just the car!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Jan 13
What an amazing specimen you are lol.
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@Hatley (161745)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Jan 13
Hi ElicBxn wow so thats why I never have back problems ,cause I have never ridden a horse. But I did a splendid rendition of a prat fall two years ago when my feet slipped out from under me and I hit the f loor face down. I broke my nose, several cheek bones and twisted my right knee, my good knee. That cost me 20 days in the rehab hospital Care HOuse.Comics do those falls and never 'get hurt , I did that and o h the pain. I hope the pain doctor really helps you to get relief as' having pain is no fun at all.Sometimes getting to the right doctor is half no three fourths of t he battle. I had a year of a bad skin irritation on my right leg. My doctor tried four different creams no change, sent me to a dermatologist who used several others, and the rash turned to cellulitis so was sent to a wound specialist as I am a diabetic. he prescribed one cream twice a day and the cellutitis stopped, two tubes of the stuff and my leg was again clear and smooth, no more sores no more itching. that doctor knew what it was and what would cure it.Getting the right doctor is the best cure yet.
@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
4 Jan 13
I remember your fall, and I actually had back problems even as a child, horse falls and car wrecks long in the future. You do know that comedians are trained to take those falls and even then they get hurt.
@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
3 Jan 13
I have always loved riding, although I haven't been able to do so a lot, so I understand why you persisted in getting back on the horse. The horse that "planted a rider" then did it to you, did they take that horse out of the field and retrain her? Obviously, she was not happy to to doing what the humans were making her do and was a danger to herself and the riders. I'm just curious how people treat an animal like that--with kindness and understanding, I hope. Anyway, I've never been thrown but my Grandpa used to have a Shetland pony named Tally that would walk us around the pasture--if she felt like it, that is--but would head to the barn when she'd had enough. If we persisted in trying to get her to stay in the pasture she would rub us off against the barn--smart pony! Grandpa told us not to get angry but to dismount as soon as she got near the barn and take her in for a treat and a good brushing.
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
3 Jan 13
Ponies are smart, too smart by half! Sundown was a big pony, but still a pony and if she did anything once it was a habit! She was also renowned for opening gates and being nearly impossible to catch if she got loose!
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
3 Jan 13
wow that really is something. I have never ridden a horse before.
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
3 Jan 13
I was totally horse crazy and wouldn't have been happy if horses weren't in my life.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
3 Jan 13
I had my share of falls off horses over the years. None were serious. I am sure I fell off every horse I ever rode at least once! Most of my falls were from the horses spooking. I even had some of those happen to me when I had my horse Major. The last fall I had on him I was ridng bareback in the indoor arena. He stumbled when we were trotting. I lost my balance and fell onto my back and right shoulder. I didn't see the doctor for any of my falls but I remember I hurt for quite awhile after that fall! Now I have achy knees. Mostly from being morbidly obese and I go and up stairs alot. I have edema in my lower legs and am not sure why I develped that in the first place! I still am dealing with adult diaper rash. It has been almost two years and I am so sick of it! No matter what I do it won't go away! So you aren't the only one going to visting the doctor!
@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
3 Jan 13
Oh, I know I'm not the only one. Heck, my client, Maggiepie just got of of the hospital for the second time in 2 weeks! I went after the fall on my face, but it was because I had jammed my thumb and got a bone bruise in my thumb joint. He looked at my face and told me I was lucky I didn't kill myself - tell me something I DIDN'T know!
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Jan 13
Hm, didn't that cause Liz Taylor's back problems too? Anyway, I hope the pain guy can help....
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
3 Jan 13
well, the first med didn't do much, but the new one is doing as much with one pill as 6 Aleve, so that's an improvement! AND I have hydrocod...