On September 12, a horse fell on me. It landed on my left leg and crushed it. As a result, I now have complex regional nerve syndrome. This is a painful condition, in which high levels of nerve impulses are sent to my leg. It causes my leg to swell at random, change colors—sometimes it is white, red or gray with white spots. The temperature of my leg also changes from freezing cold to burning hot. Often, my knee fills with fluid. Random bruises appear all over from my lower thigh to the tips of my toes. It’s really painful.
Some days I can somewhat walk, other days I can’t put any weight on my leg. My knee usually feels as though there is sand in the joint, and as though I’m wearing tight pants that are cutting into the back of my knee.
I’m grateful that I have wonderful horses I can ride. They take great care of me. We have a deal if they will be my legs, I will be their thumbs