Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Athleticism, Or Something

Jack often reminds me of Stuart from MadTV. Remember Stuart?

I'm dating myself, here.

Stuart was a character who was supposed to be a little boy, and was constantly looking for attention and getting into trouble. His catchphrase was "Look what I can do", then he'd do something completely bizarre. That's Jack to a "T".

"Look what I can do."

What Jack lacks in grace and control, he more than makes up for in sheer enthusiasm.

What do you even call this?

If only his pasture mates wanted to play as much as he does.

"Hey, Guys! Look at me!!!" Guys! Guys! YOU'RE NOT LOOKING!!"

Someday I'm sure we'll be able to channel all this energy into some lovely dressage work.

Straightness: 0
In other news, I do not need new hips. YAY!

I saw an Ortho who looked at my films and said, direct quote, "I wouldn't send my dog to that idiot."  I do have arthritis in my hips, but it's not inappropriate for my age and activity level. This Ortho is familiar with horse people and how we abuse use our bodies, so I trust his judgement. I gotta say, he impressed the hell out of me when he told me that his only goal is to keep me riding for as long as I want. That is not something any other doc has ever said to me, most say "You need to stop riding", others just sort of ignore it. This guy actually wants to enable my addiction!

His diagnosis for my hips, after reading through my (extensive) chart, looking at all my films and examining me, is that I probably have trochanteric bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa on the outside point of the hip.

Treatment, for me, is stretching exercises and corticosteroid injections. If I could take NSAIDS, that would be the better treatment, but I can't. He believes it was caused by a dastardly combination of my use and abuse, my lumbar scoliosis, and having an inflammatory disease (IBD). He also believes that the problem with my sacroiliac joint is that it's "rebelling" against the stress being placed on it by everything else that's screwed up in my lower back.

So, there we have it. It took a team of specialists, enough diagnostic imaging to make me glow in the dark, and one visit to a raging quack, but I think I finally have a pretty good handle on what's going on with my back and how to treat it. 


  1. Glad you have a diagnosis and a doc committed to keeping you in the saddle! The Jack photos are amazing -- particularly that last one! 😂

  2. Love those photos of Jack! --and glad you have a diagnosis and a way to stay in the saddle. Yoga, maybe?

  3. I ❤️ Jack! That third pic is looking hi-fiveish to me. Glad you found a better doc. :D

  4. Such great news! I had an bout of bursitis in my hip and it was agonizing! I went to physio and I could have kissed her - she made me feel so much better.

    And I think I love Jack- he reminds me of me. :)

  5. Omg Jack! Lol! Great news about the second opinion tho. That first doc sounds like a jackass

  6. I've been so happy to see you back to blogging. ❤ Stuart was one of my fave characters from MadTV, so I had a goodlaugh over the Jack photos!

    It is *awesome* that you not only have a diagnosis now, you also found a doctor that is *wants* to keep you riding!!

  7. Hey, look what that doctor did! Sounds like an excellent second opinion. I can't wait to see what Jack can do when he hears about your new-found soundness!

  8. Glad to hear you've got a good plan for your health.
    That first picture of Jack in the air is poster quality!


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