Olympus Ranch Stables

Friday, September 16, 2016

One Step Closer to Normal

I had a great follow-up appointment with my spine surgeon today. My X-Rays look great the bone has formed around the “cage” and is healing right on track. I got a chance to chat with the Dr. about the dos and don’ts of activity. Here are some of the things I am able to do now:

• Lead the horses from point A to point B
• Feed the horses
• “Light” ground work, but not with the baby yet as she is still a bit too rambunctious
• Gradually lift up to 40-50 pounds
• Walking on a treadmill as long as I like (no time restrictions) but I am to only walk at this point: NO running or jogging
• Last but not least, I can start taking Alieve/Motrin instead of only Tylenol.

Tonight was business as usual, but I plan to feed by myself in the morning! I am so excited to be able to get to do chores again! I am also looking forward to putting up the round pen and working Varro! He is so bored and will love to get out and stretch his legs! My next appointment is in December and we will address jogging/running and riding. In the meantime, I will be round penning Varro and Aspen. I might be working with Sephy a little, but Hubby will be doing most of the work with her.

Work on the barn is really progressing. Hubby has been working feverishly and we are almost ready to cut some concrete out. He has made several dump runs and at least 1 or 2 more to go. It is really looking gorgeous. The first time I saw this barn, it was difficult to imagine how wonderful it could look, but now, I can really see the vision. Pictures to follow tomorrow!  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Real PT

Today was my first "real" day of PT. I used this sitting elliptical thing for 10 minutes and then the stretching and exercises began. I am quite sore and very weak. There are a set of 3 exercises I can do and 2 stretches. I am really going to feel it in the morning. I was surprised at how mobile my lower back actually is. I was arching my back and rounding my back as part of the stretches. It was uncomfortable, but did not HURT. I have tomorrow "off" and have another session on Thursday. I am allowed to walk on the treadmill up to 10 minutes and then do my exercises and stretches on my off days. Here we go!

I have a follow up appointment with Dr. Halpin (the surgeon) on Friday. I am hoping he will let me start working some with the horses. I would like to at least be able to lift the buckets of feed, lead them to and from the barn and perhaps even do some groundwork. We shall see. My Hubby will want a written note from the Dr. if I am allowed to do anything!!! Someone has to rein me in!

In other news, Sephy is still a spoiled brat! She loves to be pet and scratched but has no concept of manners. She is in for a rude awakening once I am cleared to do some ground work! HAHA She is growing like a weed. I will be sure to get some pictures tomorrow. She is getting thick AND tall! I love her so much! Varro is super bored and really wants to work. I am "playing" with the idea of doing some endurance riding with him next year, depending on how well I heal. We shall see!