Hi there. I have just joined this sight, so thought I would tell you a little about what happened to me.
In January 2014, I was having an eventing lesson at a clinic in South Africa, when my young horse fell over a tiny jump. In the process, he broke my orbit with his hoof, and also my C7, but the main thing was the impact to my brain. I had six hemorrhages across my brain, with the temporal lobe, my frontal lobe and my cerebellum worst affected.
At the time, I didn’t breathe for four minutes, and I stayed in a coma for only four days, some of which was induced, and when I woke up, I couldn’t move my right leg and arm. I was also battling to speak, and I can’t remember anything for two months after my fall. I have photos of my attempts to write, which was just some kind of scribble.
To cut a long story short, I am now living in England, and have a flat on my own. I moved into this flat at the beginning of April, and just have my two dogs with me, who are great company.
I still suffer from lack of coordination, bad balance, poor speech and double vision and vertigo. I have been told I may be five to ten years recovering, but at least they think I will recover! I get very down with my feelings from time to time. So much in my life has changed. I don’t like horses any more, and that is strange for people to accept, as I have been involved with horses since I was very young. My business at the time of my fall was teaching, and I am well qualified for that, and I showjumped at 1.45m, as well as dressage and cross country. I don’t know anything except horses as a hobby and profession. Ok, I am also a bookkeeper and admin manager, but that was thirteen years ago.
I walk my dogs, try to go to gym, and most of all, I am involved with Headway Dorset, who have helped me tremendously. They made me accept I was a person again, and did so much to build my confidence with that. I still do gardening at the Headway Allotment, and also swim, and meet for coffee at Headway, and at arranged places.
If anyone wants to chat with me, please do so, and I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks