I will be going in for surgery tomorrow. The procedure will take about 2 hours and recovery will be approximately 6 weeks.
Chronic pain in neck and back will be greatly reduced.
Six weeks of nothing work-related.
May be able to do light gardening while off.
Can watch all my box sets (House, CSI, Lonesome Dove, Thorn Birds, Mad Men, Saving Grace) without interruption.
I will be able to read my Book Club book well in advance instead of a few days before the meeting.
Chronic pain will be reduced.
I am planning on trying out some hot BBQ recipes that I never seem to have time to do.
I will be able to sort out my winter and summer closets.
I will be able to sit on my deck for morning coffee without having to rush.
I can have my vodka sodas out on the deck at 5:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m.
Did I mention, chronic pain will be reduced?
I will not be able to ride for 6 weeks.
I will not be able to drive for a couple of weeks.
I will not be able to dig up those dead shrubs that are driving me mad or replace them.
I will be bored.
I can't ride for 6 weeks.
I will not be able to have my vodka soda for the first week of my recovery because of my stupid pain killers.
Did I mention that I will not be able to ride for 6 weeks?
Shannon at It's Quarters for Me and I share the same approximate date for getting back in the saddle. In the meantime, we will be living vicariously through other bloggers to ease our withdrawal. Even when I do start riding again, I will have to arrange for someone to put the saddle on Gem's back because I won't be able to lift 75 lbs. (OK, it's only 35 lbs.!!) up that high. In addition to being behind in my lessons, my body will have to acclimatize to riding again. My goal is to work up to cantering/loping again by the end of the summer.
This surgery was booked last November. It will put a bit of a damper on this summer as far as riding goes, but I will benefit long-term and I am looking forward to being able to enjoy riding pain-free. I should be in great shape for Fall and Winter riding, which are my two favourite seasons for trail riding. Jean will be riding Gem during our regularly scheduled lessons and I have arranged for LA to ride Gem once a week. Just because I can't ride, doesn't mean that he has time off, too! I will keep you posted on how Jean and LA do. :-)
What was I thinking...?