From the Back of My Horse

Temple, my 1st very own horse, an American Paint mare, registered from her ancestors dating back to the 1600's, to the time of my Edinburgh, Scotland ancestors, was my pride and joy, if only for a short time.

After a great fall from a bareback stand-still to a sudden trot from atop my sweet Temple, I found myself in excruciating pain and strapped to a hospital bed in the Muskogee, Oklahoma, Regional Medical Center ICU. I had been medicated to a drug-induced coma with a breathing tube, ventilator, feeding tube and even a chest tube to my collapsed right lung to keep me alive! My reality had entered a whole new realm...

"Mild linear bibasilar opacities representing atelectasis are identified and there is a small, approximate 10-20% right apical pneumothorax. Mildly displaced fractures of lateral right rib 3 as well as posterior anterior right ribs 6 and 7 and posterior right rib 8 are identified."

Now, I am awaiting the arrival of this beautiful, LeRoy-Neiman painted horse to help fill the gap left from my fall from and sale of my awesome Temple.