Since I last posted, I’ve pretty much been on the sidelines with a bunch more health ailments. Whether they were caused by body’s reaction to the asthma flare or a deeper issue or both, I don’t know. But, I’ve been on the sidelines with a bunch of weird issues ranging from an eye issue that landed me in the ER to full body weakness to some other infection. I’m off antibiotics, the eyes are healing (a specialist diagnosed me with nodular epscleritis in both eyes but it’s self contained and healing), and all bloodwork is normal so the weakness is still a mystery. We’re seeing if it resolves in another week before we run more tests (I’ve been tested for just about every autoimmune disease).
Anyway, due to how weak I’ve been, much of my time has been spent on the couch under a heated blanket. I’ve helped out with stalls when I can, but there are days when I can barely hold onto the full pitchforks (my arm is shaking holding my coffee this morning). My husband is doing it all without complaint. I think he’s discovered the solitude of stall mucking.
Still, I’ve missed my horse time. I feed and turn out every morning and before turnout is treat time (right now, ginger snaps seem to be everyone’s favorite, but no one will turn down peppermints or an oatmeal cream pie — Subi’s eating them again). And I bring in at night while Erik makes up dinner buckets. I have to say, the ponies have been really good lately. After all his issues the last couple of years, he’s Mr. Relaxed. My husband turns him out in the mornings and they’re best buddies now—he used to be terrified of this horse and now he’ll lead him day or night. But they’re all so good. I mean, Jiminy is Jiminy so he’s a brat, but…
I did finally get on Nay Nay on Sunday. He definitely knows something is up with me and is being extremely careful and gentle. When we walk at night, he stays close so I can use him for balance (my entire property is on a hill). Getting on? He’s never stood that still or not moved off until I basically begged him to and even then he looked back as if to make sure I was really ready.
We more or less just walked, working on a nice forward pace and carriage, but it felt like coming home. It’s amazing how much you can miss something so much. I did try and trot, but only managed 1.5 times each way before I was jello. Still, it was a place to start and Saint Nay Nay took care of me every step of the way.
My goal is to ride again tomorrow and do more of the same. At this point, I don’t care how little we do, I’m just happy to get back on.
Ugh, so sorry you’re feeling so badly! I imagine they’ve tested it, but sounds a lot like low thyroid to me. My body will turn into a weak bowl of jello if I get a hypothyroid flare up. It’s incredibly frustrating, I feel for you!
What a good boy Nay Nay is! I swear they know when we really need their help. Hope you’re feeling better soon!
Yep, they’ve tested my thyroid for years (and again). Completely normal and I actually lean closer to hyperthyroid side of things though I’m still in the normal range. There also is this random 10lbs that I lost this year without trying… but yeah, extensive blood work is normal. I was on steroids so we want to give my body a little time to recover before the next batch. But, don’t start googling normal blood work and symptoms because it’s a scary world…
Nay is a saint. He was so grumpy this morning (omg feeding him was… full of angry faces) and even ginger snaps didn’t improve his mood, but perfect gentleman to lead out, even in cold drizzle/mix (reason for his bad mood).
I am sorry that you are still not yourself. It’s hard to miss the horse time. I hope you a) feel better soon and b) find out what’s going on.
❤️❤️❤️ thanks! It might all just be slow recovery which would be the best and simplest solution! I’d like to be myself again!
Hi I just found your blog as I am a horse lover as well they make life right even when nothing is going right in life. I hope you feel better soon it’s not fun to not know what is going on with your health. Praying for you!