Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I haven't mentioned this because I'm dreading the inevitable but I've been dealing with a medical condition. Its not serious...I have uterian fibroids. Lots of women get them and usually they don't cause too many side effects. For some women including myself they cause extra bleeding and god-awful cramps that make me feel like I might go insane from the pain. If you've gone through labor without an epidural you have a pretty good idea of what I'm talking about. It's like the crest of a contraction except it doesn't end for like a week. They also cause low back pain, and frequent urination. I can't tell you how many times I'd gone to my doctor's thinking I had some kind of raging infection, kidney stones or apendicitis only to be told there was nothing wrong. See, I'd had a procedure to treat the fibroids and because I was no longer having a period I thought it was successful because that's what they told me. The doctors put me on antibotics, gave me pain meds and sent me home again and again. I've even been to the ER three times this year when the pain got too bad to handle. Finally one emergency doctor suggested that the fibroids I'd already been treated for were causing these painful cramp attacks. When I went back to my gynecologist she was like, "Oh, yeah...that's probably it. We need to schedule a hysterectomy." I really do love her, she's been a great doctor I've had since I was 16 and delivered all three of my kids, but I was a little shocked this hadn't come up before.

Now I'm preparing for surgery in late January that's going to have me laid up enough I can't ride for two months at least. Two months...in Feb and March when I should be preparing for show season which was the whole point of moving to the expensive barn with an indoor arena. I kind of want to cry everytime I think about it. I know doing it is the right thing to do but I wish we could have done it in November when we first figured out what was going on. Especially because it feels like something really clicked with Tax in the last week. Wow...enough, bitching already, huh?

On a happier note let me explain about Tax. I had take a week off mid-December when my cramps had me doing not a lot but writhing in pain. Coming back he hadn't been turned out much because the rain turned all of the outdoor arenas into big mudpits. Our first ride didn't go well. He bucked and I flopped around and got two huges bruises on my stomach from my saddle horn. Really ugly and of course all in front of the new girl at the barn who rides so well. Bleh. I got smart the next day and lunged the heck out of him. I even used side reins which I typically don't like doing. Whatever, maybe I should lunge him in side reins more. By the time I got a nice slowish rythmic canter from him from the ground he was pretty tuckered out. I hopped on to ride and I swear it was a different horse. He was so light in my hands it was amazing. He moved off my leg like...well, not like a 6 yo green ex-racehorse. I could feel him stepping through with his hind. Another small change I made was carrying a dressage whip. I never even really used it but it changed his whole frame. I could feel how lifted his ribs and back were. I decided it was a good time to try some leg yeilds at the trot. We've been working on some lateral work at a walk.

I got him trotting evenly down the center of the arena. Toward the end I shifted my weight slightly to slightly drop my weight to my right seat bone. I pushed my left leg against him just behind the girth and held him steady with the reins: outide holding and inside softly massaging. He in return bent all wonky and broke to the walk. I tapped him on the left with the whip lightly behing my leg and clucked. He picked back up the trot and I felt him thinking about what I was asking. I straighten for a minute then asked again. He tossed his head once against the reins, figured out I wanted them there and then trotted a decent yeild. Yay!

We've been working on it a couple of times a night since. God, it feels good. Maybe someday he'll be a decent riding horse if we can just get the canter under control. I do have more hope than I used to though.


buckpony said...

Oh goodness, I am so sorry to hear about the surgery...your symptoms describe something I have put up with for a long time (but I don't have the excruciating cramps like you do. I just have the lower back pain and frequent trips to the bathroom....but I have a prolapsed uterus from my 3 kids and will have to have a hysterectomy, too. I'm just too chicken to schedule it.) My advice...get through the surgery and get on with your riding. Just think - NO MORE PAIN!!! Two months off will be so worth not having to deal with it at all in the future!! If you and Tax are having a break-through (and it certainly sounds like you are), you can continue it after you heal. So go get 'er done and get back to your life. :) Just think how far you and Tax are going to go together when you don't have to take time off from riding because your pain gets so bad. I'm pulling for you!!!
I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and that you have a wonderful New Year.

Deered said...

I had a massive fibroid out a few years back - I'll be getting "speyed" when I'm 40 I think - they're growing back! For some silly reason teh doc's don't like doing hysterectomies on single 28 yo's with no kids!!!
The recovery was kinda slow - they cut my abdomen open, I don't know how they're doing your's. The best bit of advice I had was to have my abs in as good shape as possible before the op - I think it helped.
I'm sure you'll feel like a new woman afterwards!

buckpony said...

How are you doing, girl? Have you had the surgery yet? Just checking in to let you know you are in my prayers for a fast recovery. Let us know how you are when you get a chance.