Preparing To Shut Things Down For A While

It’s going to get quiet here for some time.

Surgery on the miserable hand early tomorrow, panels drawn, and an EKG done.  (Seems like overkill but OK then.)  All this for a finger?

hand model with skeleton
It’s the area I circled in blue there. It needs to get fixed if I’m going to hold on to the reins like earlier.

Thank you friends and family for asking so much about it!  Today’s post – a One-Time quick update for all.

There’ll be several screws in the finger and a queasy procedure where the finger bone will be “untwisted” to be less like a Twizzler stick.

surgery for broken finger
Doc’s hand model. I drew a little squiggly arrow there to show the bone that will be fixed up.

Full-hand splinting with complete hand immobilization to start and then two-finger Straight Splinting for 6 weeks.

Physical therapy to follow-up to be able to move, then bend, the fingers again, and make a fist hopefully a few weeks later?..


I”m beyond worried –

about my horse.

I don’t think she’ll be “just fine” alone in her paddock at all.

riding horse straight on the longside
Back soon! I like everything about her here. VERY straight, which has been/is a major difficulty for us.
With not much riding to report on, there IS something else I’m putting together as a Pay-It-Forward to you!

A Special coming up!   I think you’ll like it 🙂

And some won’t.  Look for an announcement before the weekend!

28 thoughts on “Preparing To Shut Things Down For A While

  1. Never broke a finger, but did go through an MRI, a surgery session, cast on hand and beyond wrist, and physical therapy just to remove a tiny cyst in my wrist! So yeah, I can “sort of” feel what you’ll be going through. The hardest part was the PT. It’s really a chore to get a part of you that hasn’t been moving for weeks and is still sore as heck to move again in any kind of useful fashion. All I can say is, taking it slowly is the ticket. You will get there! (Answer to the obvious curiosity question of why remove a tiny cyst: it was on a ganglion nerve and hurt so much I couldn’t even comb my hair or brush my teeth.)

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    1. I’m with you Alli! The PT…. I’m not looking forward to this.
      And yes, I understand about the ganglion! I had mine treated several times when young, then finally surgery. I was a teen, they didn’t really do much after care at all. Planting it flat for pushups etc. didn’t happen for many years until I was far into being an adult. Never knew why there was no PT…
      I’m glad you got yours out!!

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  2. V will be ok. Horses are very resilient. When you are back to riding, she will remember everything. You don’t have to halter to brush her. Some horses like brushing so well, they will stand for you in their field. It will give you time to just be with her. And provide company and therapy for you.

    My experience with my surgery, I lost the joint closes to the tip of my finger. It doesn’t bend. I hold the reins fine. Just a little tighter so I don’t lose my grip. But each person is different. And you will adapt, and be fine, …eventually.

    PS After my back surgery, I couldn’t pick out my horses feet for a year. The only time they were picked is when my farrier came out. I rode. I figured anything in there would be tossed out, it worked out ok. Not the best situation, but…it was what it was. My horse learned to be very patient as I literally crawled up her side, leaned on her back, and pulled my right leg over her. What a sight! Just repeat the mantra…It will be ok…eventually.

    Best wishes…Safe Healing.

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    1. Thank you Carol for bringing a voice of sanity in this.
      Yes, I’ll need brushing therapy from her! I think we’ll both miss that a lot at first. If you can do this with no 3rd finger joint, then I should be able to as well! 🙂
      Laying on her back to mount, like you had to, not sure we’re quite there…Kudos to you for never giving up, I love it!!! And really appreciate you sharing it with me.


  3. This is bad luck and disappointing but it WILL mend and you WILL come back. If I lived in CA I’d come over and ride Valiosa and you could give me a lesson from the sidelines! My thoughts are with you! I’ve been sidelined ( hip replacements) and I know it is possible to come back even after two or more months off. Courage! Valiosa will be fine.

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    1. Yes to all!!! And thank you.
      I’m laughing at me giving you a lesson – I think it’d be the other way around 😉
      Can’t remember if I already told you, but at the Mary Wanless clinic one of the riders had both a new hip plus a bionic knee, and was waiting for her second knee replacement. She still rode really well, and I thought of you!


    1. Miss Valiosa will be okay being a horse for a few weeks. You’ll be visiting her. And, you’ll be visiting all of your horsey friends on the web. 🙂

      Like Deborah says, heal well.

      PS – Since you’re talking surprises, we got a few of our own. We’re a few months away from revealing them.

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          1. As miss independent over here, it’s very hard to do. but got a cooked dinner today, and my boy helped get my shoes on – they can be really sweet. then a walk with thr right hand on the dog leash – getting stuck on couch is never good…


  4. Just back from 3 weeks away, off in New Zealand and Australia. Lovely trip, but I’m so sorry to read about your hand surgery!!! Best wishes for successful surgery and a quick recovery; and I know you will miss Ms. Valiosa (the riding), but I also know she actually will be just fine. Sometimes a bit of time off is not a bad thing, other than losing a bit of condition. One handed typing from you so that we still hear from you?

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    1. Awesome, welcome home!!! It’s been awful while you’ve been away. I don’t complain much about silly cali winters, but THIS one takes the price in my 17 years here. Hailing as I write this.
      Snail pace typing 😦
      Posts comping up, that I wrote earlier. then probably more quiet.


      1. Yes, we did time this trip well, for once! usually when we go in January, it turns out to be rainy where we go and the most beautiful January ever (dry, warm) in California! But this time we missed horrid rainy weather and had lovely summer weather “down under.” Lucky us. But today there was mud at the barn and hail at home…welcome home, eh? However, it was LOVELY to see and ride Star again. How I missed her! And she felt wonderful. Now I have to try not to mess up the nice tune up the trainer gave her.

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        1. I’m pretty sure she was thrilled to have you back, too! That special bond with her owner is not going to be trumped by trainer bootcamp 🙂
          You won’t mess up! Maybe a couple of lessons right away, to get feedback is the route to go, then just enjoy 🙂
          Hope to see a picture from the trip!


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