I truly want to express my gratitude for all of your prayers, jingles and well wishes. I have seen so many of us pull through rough times, because someone took the time to post for help. Y'all are the best!
I believe that I learned many things from this horrific experience. The first and most important is that husbands are often more right, than we are. Mine had been after me all day to hydrate. In my mind, I did and told him so quite often. When he told me to go sit in the truck with the AC on and wait for him to take care of Tess, I did not listen. I will try to never make that mistake again.
The second thing that I learned was that we are not that different from our horses. I got to experience everything that was done to Tess, when she was so sick for two weeks at Rood and Riddle last year. My veins were collapsing, so the Docs had to put in a port (Deltawave will know the correct term) in the side of my neck. It was done so that I could get medicine, blood transfusions, heart monitoring, check blood gas, etc. When the Doc had to insert a nasal/gastric tube, so that they could get dye into me for xrays, then wait until the xrays could be read, I understood how our horses feel when being tube wormed/mineral oiled. God Bless them. They take so much from us, usually without protest. If you have never had that done to you, then count your blessings. It hurts.
TLE, thank you so much for being a support person for my DH. Needless to say, he was very rattled. I especially appreciated the flowers from Laura, Gemwood Events and you. They are lovely.
Thanks to Maddie and Karl, who helped with Tess at the show. Maddie, who had never been on Tess before that Saturday morning, rode her to a win in the BN open division. Mad, you are amazing! Tess is not too bad herself, either.
With all of the gallons of fluids that were pumped into me, I am a beached whale. If I had not brought some extremely baggy shorts with me to the event, I have no clue what I would have worn home. As it was, underware was out of question. How long does this stuff take to get out of your system? Yikes!
BTW, there truly is a Dr. McDreamy. He resides at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH. He was the kindest of the Docs, too. After I was moved out of ICU, he would come down to the lower floor every morning to see how I was improving. When he left, my roomate asked me how she could get a Doc like him? Maybe the good folks of COTH sent him to brighten my day?
So happy that you're home...you'll come thru this fine and then really marvel at yourself (like we are doing right now ).
In the meantime, give yourself the task of resting so that you can really heal. One of the benefits of having to deal with that damn halo for so many monts and weeks was that I had no choice but to do nothing really active outside of my work as a teacher...
again, this is SUCH a nice moment to hear from you!!! Take care!!!
~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan