Pay Maggie's medical expenses

$4,185 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 67 months
Six days ago I was thrown from Rocket, a rescue horse of mine. I spent four days in ER and a hospital stay. The injury included a broken neck vertebra, huge bruises down my left side, and a dislocated right shoulder and elbow. I was found at the bottom of a 30 foot ravine wrapped around some deadfall. My horse was found 30 foot away scraped up and in pain, covered with wounds. The nearest we can figure out is Rocket bolted and I hung on.

Surprisingly, I haven't shown paralysis or other symptoms that are equated withe this kind of injury. I've been somewhat lucky. But I'm now injured with no health insurance and Rocket got injured from the fall. Right now, I can only guess on the cost. Might be more or less. Help me out
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I've been procrastinating about writing up what really happened on July 16. Part of it is I really don't recall the events of that day, at least not very clearly. I'm still dealing with the aftermath of that day and trying to make some sense of it.

My husband and I decided to go riding that day. I rode my horse, Rocket, whom I had been having trouble with. Rocket had been balking on me lately, insisting on turning around in spots we had turned around on before when we were training short distances. The veterinarian had checked out Rocket' s legs when we were treating her for in inflamed tendon. Her legs were fine; her problem was her feet and we had her shod. We were working toward increasing distance and had gone maybe two miles.

According to my husband, Rocket balked and pitched a fit. I turned her around and rode her down the hill a little ways with the intent of turning back up in a place that I thought was safe. When I did not return, my husband rode down to find me. As he put it, neither I nor my horse was in sight. He looked down the hill and saw me straddling some deadfall some 30 feet down the hill. Rocket was a ways from me entangled with her reins.

I suspect Rocket tried to back up on me and then bolted. She had bolted once before when I had first started riding her. She had gone uphill then, and I ended up getting thrown then too, this time only 10 feet or so down an embankment. I ended up in the road then. I was bruised up, but otherwise okay.

After that incident, I trained her consistently and we managed to get her to the point that she could go for miles on unfamiliar trails.So, while I had some problems with her, I thought I had worked the bolting out of her.

My husband got hold of some neighbors who were first responders and called 911. After all was said and done I ended up in the hospital. I had a dislocated elbow, a fractured neck vertebra, a severely bruised up left side, and a serious concussion. Supposedly, somebody mentioned a dislocated shoulder, but my husband claims that wasn't in the charts.

I remember nothing of the ride, or of the accident, or anything that followed, even though I was conscious throughout. My memories seem more like a jumbled-up dream. The fact that the hospital kept me five days even though they knew I didn't have insurance suggests just how serious injuries were. Even now, I'm fighting with pain, exhaustion, and short-term memory loss.

We've gotten some relief on the hospital bills, but we still have to pay individual doctors and medical services.
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More I read about it, the more I suspect I've suffered brain injury from the concussion. I tire easily, for a while my vision was crap, and when I'm really tired, everything is foggy. Yesterday, I tired just after walking the horse for about 10 minutes and holding her for a while, even while sitting down.

Today, I went to see the bone specialist about my dislocated elbow. I pretty much learned that it's okay in terms of healing, but it will never be back to where it was ever. This is because the dislocation damaged all the tissue around it. I may never be able to straighten my arm again, nor may I ever be able to bend it properly. That really sucks. Somehow, I'm going to have to adjust.
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For some reason, I lost both my transfers from Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Yesterday, I spent pretty much asleep. Today was a much better after I helped my husband with his horse and also change Rocket's bandages I ended up spending most of the afternoon asleep again. Yesterday, I also made cherry jam, but I don't know how good it turned out.

I've come to the conclusion that I do have problems with my memory, but I am improving slowly. I remembered something that my husband wanted me to do today that he asked me to do yesterday. My reach in my left arm has improved considerably. Not so much with my right arm. My eyesight is starting to improve again. Before I could not read anything on my computer without glasses. So I think I am improving, but I think it's just going to take time.
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Today, I discovered the sugar canister was filled. This alone wouldn't be a big deal, but I remember asking my husband to bring the sugar package down from the top of the cupboard so that I could fill the canister. I don't remember him bringing the package down. I don't remember filling the canister.

I asked him if he had brought the sugar package down from the top cupboard. He said he had. I asked him if he filled the canister. He said he hadn't. This is left me with one of three choices. One, the most unlikely scenario, he lied and filled it; two, I've lost it in my memory. But there is a third option, and that is we have a house elf. Dammit, I need a house elf to do a lot more things around here. I'm just saying.

I suspect though, it is choice number two. My memory is crap. Oh I can remember certain things I need to do. I just can't remember doing certain things. At this point, I'm wondering if I have a visiting house elf right now. That indeed would be handy.
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Raised by 65 people in 67 months
Created July 21, 2013
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Anonymous
28 months ago
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Anonymous
65 months ago
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Pat MacEwen
66 months ago

Been there, done that (but managed NOT to break my neck!). It's a major pain to have no insurance. I hope you're feeling better soon.

JL
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James Leonard
67 months ago

Have a speedy and full recovery, Maggie

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Anonymous
67 months ago
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Kathryn Whitlock
67 months ago

Good luck with your recovery, Maggie!

RC
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Rachel Caine
67 months ago

Maggie - love and all my wishes for a speedy recovery.

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67 months ago
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