Anyone have a broken pelvis?
Looking for feedback from anyone who's had a broken pelvis and how long it took to get back to riding.
My story: On 6/30, I was starting to work my mare in my pasture and stopped to talk to a new neighbor. Got involved in a conversation and my mare put her face on the strand of hot wire (which packs a BIG jolt!) that runs around the top of all my fences. In a micro second she had whirled around and started bucking. I had no seat and only the buckle of the reins in my hand. The first buck instantly threw me backward and on the third buck I went WAY up in the air and came down hard on my left side. Since we'd had no rain in forever, the ground was like concrete.
Ambulance took me to the local hospital and they sent me to the Houston MedCenter as they felt I needed a surgical facility that had neuro-surgery capabilities just in case my concussion was worse than they thought (it wasn't). Had two factures in the left iliac wing on my pelvis. Unfortunately, they sent me to a trauma hospital (they did NOT think I was a "trauma") and I had to wait for 9 days to have my surgery. I now sport three plates and assorted screws to hold me together. Total stay in the hospital was 2 weeks. Needless to say, I lost a LOT of strength during the two weeks I spent flat on my back.
Have been home since this past Monday and have started doing some mild exercises to strengthen the muscles and stimulate the nerves to get back feeling on my left side from hip to thigh. I am able to get around quite well with a walker and haven't had any pain meds since two days before leaving the hospital.
My primary concern is how long it will be til I can get back to riding. Would love to hear from anyone who's had a similar injury.
Queen of the Flying Dismounts
Still hoping to hear from some factured pelvises
Would love to hear some positive stories! I'm missing my horses so very much right now and I need some encouragement that it won't be forever before I'm back in the saddle.
Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences.....
In addition to concern about doing the right rehab so that I can get back to riding without an extended delay, I am also thinking about the impact on my confidence. Even tho the mare who threw me is not a packer, per se, I have owned her for 3.5 years since she started under saddle at 6, and I think she's quite safe. She is a bit reactionary, but I really don't blame her as I know from accidently leaning my forehead on the hot wire when I was repairing a gate latch, that wire packs a really big jolt.
Although I hate to admit to my age (which I also think is in great part a mental attitude), my birth certificate says I am now 61. I do NOT want to bounce like this again. My mare and I event, which I've done for about the last 10 years. Did not start xc jumping until after I was 50, but at the time I had the most dependable, wonderful horse who was a great confidence builder. I recognize that I'm going to have to take the jumping a bit slow to begin with. I am fortunate that I have an absolutely amazing trainer who knows just exactly how much to push me. And she has offered to take my mare plus my young project horse to her place and work them for the 30 days just prior to my starting to ride again.
I'm trying to just concentrate on my rehab and getting stronger and not dwell on the mental aspects of all this.
And thanks for the swimming suggestion. I did ask the doc about that and he said as soon as my incision has completely healed I can start to swim. I have 30 staples from my hip to just above my pubic bone that are going to be removed this Wednesday. Hopefull, I can get in the pool later this week. Just have to figure out how to get in and out as we don't have any above ground rails to ease myself in with.
Thanks! It's so helpful to hear how others have overcome injuries to their bodies and their confidence.
Thanks to everyone who has shared experiences
My injury was on 6/30 and my surgery to repair the two pelvic wing fractures was on 7/9, so I'm only about 2 weeks past surgery. Went today to have the staples removed and the x-rays looked good, although there is still a big old break that is quite evident. The PA said everything was right where it was supposed to be. She also said no weight bearing until I come back to see the doc on 9/11! That seems like a long time. But she said it was a very bad fracture and I needed to give it time. (She did allude to the fact that younger folks heal quicker!!) She said 3 months for the bones to heal and I could ride at that time as well. Hubby didn't seem too thrilled at that!
I'm religiously doing my exercises, but the PT said the REAL work won't begin until I can put weight on the leg. By that time the PT who now comes to the house will be finished and I'll go to a local facility for some serious work. Then we'll have to see what kind of work I'll need on my head and confidence to get back to eventing.
I really appreciate all the encouragement!!