Olympus Ranch Stables

Friday, September 9, 2016

First Day of PT

PT has a whole new meaning for me now. For the last 20 plus years of my life PT meant "Physical Training" now it means "Physical Therapy." I had my first PT session today and it was quite interesting. The majority of the session was testing what my range of motion was, where my muscle weaknesses are, etc. I have a lot of work to do to regain my strength, flexibility and stamina. For the next week, I can walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes and do a set of stretches following my walk. I am to do those stretches "several" times a day for 30-60 seconds on each leg.

The VA authorized 12 PT visits so we must make the most of them. For the first 3 weeks, I am seeing the therapist 2ce per week then we will move to once weekly and I will take on more responsibility at home. I have another follow up appointment with Dr. Halpin next week. He will take more X-rays to make sure I am still healing on schedule.

I am getting stronger each day. I did feed the horses tonight but that was it. Tomorrow we have a farrier appointment so I will try to take some pictures of Sephy then.

My awesome husband has been working tirelessly on the barn and today he finished the electrical work. It looks wonderful! Each stall has an electrical outlet above it so we can install a fan above it during the summer! I am so pleased with how much is getting done and how nice everything is looking. He is really putting a lot of time and effort into my dream! I think it is safe to say that within the next month or so, it will be finished and my ponies will have a dry place to spend the winter! Life is good!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Finallly staring physical therapy!

It has been almost 3 months since my surgery and I am doing quite well. I am able to go out and help feed the horses and chickens. I still cannot lift the feed buckets as they are too heavy, but I am able to toss flakes of hay out to the ponies and fill the waters.

Sephy has grown so much (I will get some updated pictures soon) and is quite the spoiled brat! I can't wait to be able to start doing some ground work with her. She still does not tie or lead, but that will change soon! We (and by "we" I mean my awesome hubby) have been working on the barn the past few weeks, getting it ready for the horses before the winter rains hit. If you recall from my earlier post, the barn was in horrible shape. The rafters were very low, about 7 feet. The entire barn floor is concrete, and some of it is in rough shape. The entire back wall of the barn was open and a cattle feeder was installed. We have removed the feeder and have framed in that open space. The rafters have been raised to over 8.5 feet tall and the half-wall/railing thing has been removed! We are really moving along! We are almost ready to cut the concrete! Here are a few pictures of the progress we have made so far: