Curious more for the former injury rather than the latter - I searched past topics but didn’t see a ton on that particular subject. My horse kicked me two weeks ago (I don’t blame him at all, he’s been on stall rest for over a month aside from tack walking and I should’ve upped the sedatives sooner) and I wound up in the ER trauma unit after being diagnosed with a grade 3 liver laceration and a displaced fracture of my tenth rib in the back on the right side.
For some added info, I drove myself (oops) to Urgent Care for x-rays (which don’t show the rib fracture) before they sent me to the ER across the street, and I was transferred from that ER to the main hospital after the CT scan they did revealed all of this (no one thought anything was seriously wrong until then as I was walking around and my vitals remained stable). They thought they may have to do surgery but decided against it due to the aforementioned vitals stability. I was admitted for observation for two nights and requested no pain meds the entire time. It (unsurprisingly) hurt a lot when it happened, but aside from sneezing and the fact that I’m tiring out a lot quicker than usual, it’s been pretty much fine otherwise. I’ve taken some ibuprofen here and there since I’ve been home but that’s been more for headaches than physical discomfort (I don’t have a TBI - just stay up too late sometimes).
I was initially advised a recovery time of 4-6 weeks for both, but I’m curious as to how long one or both of those injuries have actually taken in terms of back in the saddle recovery for fellow equestrians. My trainer has offered me the quietest of her horses when I’m able to get back in the saddle so that I can get my body used to everything again before I get back on my own horse (who is usually a saint, but. stall rest). I don’t want to rush myself but I’m itching to get back to the barn and back to riding and I want to have a more realistic timeline for getting back to normal in the saddle than what the trauma unit recommends for the average person getting back to day-to-day life. My horse has his own recheck this weekend and will hopefully be allowed to start trotting then so I also want to have a better idea of how long I’ll be out of commission before I can get back to doing his rehab myself.
(I do have follow-up appointments with my PCP and the trauma clinic this week and will be asking them all of these questions, but I’d greatly appreciate the horse person perspective too.)