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Hello fellow TPF survivors!
My story….41 yr old…dismounted from a horse on uneven ground and my femur broke my tibia. Left leg, left side on August 20, 2014. A week later on August 28, 2014, I had reconstructive surgery, which included a plate and 7 screws. I was a very active horse rider/trainer, so this was a huge blow for me…not that it wouldn’t be for anyone for that matter. But, I found this site/forum very helpful and wanted to give back with my story.
I was stuck upstairs in my room for about 3 weeks after the surgery as I only used pain meds for 4 days after surgery and IB helped with pain, but it was excruciating. I pushed myself to do my stretches everyday, twice a day. Got out to see my horses at 3 weeks, it was tough to stand even with crutches. Over time, I built up a tolerance and kept at it…my horses where a huge motivator for me to get out and push myself.
So, I just saw my OS a couple days ago and he gave me the go ahead to walk full weight bearing on Monday, November 18, 2014. I was also given the go ahead to start riding my horses again in the next two weeks. This recovery has taken just about 3 months for me. I can’t say that I don’t need 800mg of IB on a fairly regular basis with the activity, but the activity has helped me recover much more quickly. It is so easy to lay in bed and feel sorry for yourself, and I did plenty of that, crying wondering why, why did this happen to me. So, I would wipe my tears and do something productive, which helped immensely.
I will check back and let you know how it is to get back on my horses. As much fun as riding is, I have a feeling it will be a bit painful for a while, but at least I will be doing something I love.
Good luck everyone. Stay positive and try to keep pushing forward….even though it hurts. It will pay off for you. :}