I’m Moving Up! From Sub to Great!

This has nothing to do with my riding.I am not moving up to a new dressage level. This refers to the fact that about 18 years ago I had a ‘sub’ trochanteric hip fracture and now, as of this past week, I have a Greater trochanteric hip fracture . Yup! You never know what fate has in store for you. This past week my husband was away looking after our Grandson as our daughter and son in law were away. So one seven year old, two dogs, two cats and two hamsters were in his charge. This had me doing some of his tasks here at home. One of these was to take the recycling out to the road for collection on Thursday morning. I put the bins into a cart and wheeled them down the driveway.Then I reached over and picked up the two bins and swung them to my right and put them down at the edge of the road. As I did this I got a sharp twinge in my right hip. I hoped it would be nothing but as the day wore on he pain got worse and worse. That night I could not sleep at all. I decided I had better go to the ER at the hospital and get it checked out. I arrived at the hospital at 6am. My history and reason for my visit was recorded and then I was seen by a doctor. Then X Rays. I was in a wheelchair as the hip was too painful to walk. After the x rays it was not long before a nurse came and moved me into a curtained cubicle and small bed. Then a different nurse came in and said:”You have broken your hip. So nothing to eat or drink as they may do surgery. You will be admitted to the hospital.” I was shocked . “Broken?” I squawked. “That’s what they told me ,” She said . “You are not to move so I will be putting in a catheter as you cannot get up or go to the bathroom.” I was stunned!

Some time passed, and I was sent for a CT Scan. Then my husband arrived. Our son in law and daughter were back and so he had come home. I was very happy to see him I can tell you.

The next thing was the surgeon came in to see me. He was the same surgeon who had repaired my “sub” hip fracture all those years ago. He told me that this time there would not be a need for surgery. The fracture would heal in about 6 weeks. And he had arranged to have the physio therapist come and make sure I could get around with a walker and go up and down stairs. If I managed this then I could go home!

By now they had given me some pain medication by IV and I felt little pain. I got up and with the physio walked along the hallway. But pain meds always make me nauseous. So I asked for a bowl which she quickly handed me and I threw up into it. So it was suggested that I get some anti- nausea medication before we tried to go up and down the stairs . Once it took effect we did the stairs up and down and I got ready to go home.

So how did I get this “great ” fracture? Well that swing round with the weight of the two recycling bins and all my weight on my right leg did it. Oddly enough I have done some research and some young male athletes get the same injury when they do this kind of move. Older people, like me, usually get it from a fall. It was suggested that I had osteoporosis . But I have had bone density checks done six months ago and my spine was good, forearms good, and only my left wrist was slightly weaker. They cannot check my hips because I have had both hips replaced.

My GP said to me once :”We know diddly squat about bone density.People who have good results from the tests have breaks and people whose density looks very poor on the tests break nothing. You’re at risk because you’re a skinny woman.”

Ah! I remembered that and just as I did my GP walked in. He does two days in the week at the ER. He asked me how I had done it and I told him. Then I reminded him about what he had said about bone density and “skinny women.” He laughed and said that he wished I had remembered something really intelligent that he had said. I told him it was really intelligent and I was now the living proof of that.

So there you have it. I will have my friend Willie Walker with me for a week or two until the physio , who will be coming to our house to get me stronger, lets me know that I don’t need Willie Walker anymore.

The other thing I have from the hospital is a marvellous pair of yellow socks. They have sticky circles on them just like the socks for small children . So no slipping with these socks,

So no riding for me for the next six weeks. Luckily my coach Belinda and assistant Lynsey will be able to ride Biasini. So he will be fine and be fit for me when I get back. I will see the surgeon again in two weeks, and get xrays to see how the healing is going. Please send me positive thoughts, or prayers, to help with the healing,

That was my week. I could have done without this but, let’s face it, it could have been a lot worse.

65 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this, Anne. I hope you feel better soon! I’ll be praying for a safe and full recovery 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you I appreciate your prayers🙏

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  2. Oh dear! What a drag. 😦

    But with your positive energy, such a beautiful thing, wishing you a speedy recovery. ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for the support. It is a downer but it could be so much worse and I am optimistic that the healing process will continue to go well.

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  3. Ouch 🤕 I hope your recovery is a quick as they say. In the mean time Willie looks like a friendly guy; me, I would recommend Willie’s friend, Johnnie Walker (preferably blue label 😋)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Hahaha Spoken like a true Scotsman! Only problem would be I might not be to steady on my feet even with Willie to assist me if I imbibed that other Walker.

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  4. Diana says:

    I also love your snazzy yellow socks! Those are the best so you don’t slip or slide! 😉

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Diana. They are a Happy color and also useful.

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  5. Diana says:

    Oh my goodness! I’m staring at hip fractures on my computer screen here at work as I was curious the location of this type of fracture. I’m so sorry this has happened, but I know you will heal up fast. You have such positivity which will speed up your recovery! 🥰 I’m so thankful you didn’t need surgery. Sending warm hugs and lots of healing prayers!! ❤️🙏❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is a bummer to have had this happen but I will recover and I am also grateful not to need surgery!

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  6. Priti says:

    Sorry to hear about your fracture my mother-in-law had the same problem and suffered a lot but now she is okay. May God keep you well. Don’t worry you will be okay.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Pritti. I will be okay. I just need to be patient.🙂

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      1. Priti says:

        Yes absolutely 😊

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  7. Tanooki says:

    Aw sorry to hear that kind of news😭 Get well soon, dear Anne, Biasini, and of course us, are waiting for you👍💕✨

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  8. Rupali says:

    Sending good wishes Anne.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Rupali.

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  9. That can’t have been good. Lucky you didn’t need surgery. As a veteran of many accidents, I know that six weeks passes slow, but it passes. Great socks. All the best.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment.🙂

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  10. nesfelicio says:

    Hoping for a quick and full recovery for you, Anne. I admire your positive outlook. I’m sure it’s one reason why you are able to dodge the worst. Biasini must be proud.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this comment. I appreciate it 🙂

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  11. Avery says:

    Oh no! What a bummer!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is but it could be much worse!

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  12. Maria says:

    Ooo no! I am so sorry to hear this! In all the chaos it is good that you have trusted people to care for Biasini. I hope you are back to yourself in no time.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Maria!

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  13. Ouch, that isn’t good. Shows how suddenly and quickly something like that happens. I’m glad it doesn’t need to be operated. Fingers crossed that all is going to be okay after 6 weeks. Prayers of healing are coming your way from New Zealand.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I appreciate those prayers!

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  14. David says:

    Heal fast.

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  15. sandyjwhite says:

    I’m so glad surgery was not required. Hope you heal well and quickly, Anne.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Sandy!

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  16. J.W.S. says:

    Ah lord…it does not seem fair. You are such an active person with so much flexibility and strength…this injury is frustrating. Please take care.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is frustrating but this too shall pass. It could be much worse.

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      1. J.W.S. says:

        You have a marvelous spirit.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Thank you. I find it helps me to remain positive!

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  17. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Oh Anne, so sorry to hear this! My brother-in-law once broke his knee swinging a suitcase into the boot of his car. Sending lots of healing thoughts and wishing you a speedy recovery 💞💛💞

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well I will never be swinging recycling bins out of the cart again! Thanks for your healing thoughts.

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  18. Oh dear, very sorry, I hope the mending goes by quickly for you. And those socks are a major fashion acquisition! Best wishes for speedy recovery.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Robert.

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    2. anne leueen says:

      The socks are pretty cool aren’t they. Thanks for your comment.

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  19. Judy says:

    God bless you. May you heal swiftly and fully. Fun socks. 😉

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Judy!

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  20. Paula Light says:

    Yikes! Glad it will heal on its own ❤️

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  21. Oh, rats! I am really sorry to hear this. I know it’s a bummer to not be able to be in the saddle. Definitely offering up prayers for a swift and uncomplicated recovery.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you I very much appreciate yu prayers and support .

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  22. Donna Zabukovec says:

    So sorry to hear this, get well soon

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  23. Roadtirement says:

    Sending positive healing energy your way…

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

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  24. Vicky Earle says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear this. It’s a good job you’re a tough woman, and fit, and determined. I trust your recovery will go well. Sending Good Vibes!!!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Vicki.

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  25. Neal Saye says:

    Oh Anne! I’m so sorry about your bin-swinging catastrophe. But I’m so glad surgery was not required. I’m sending thoughts and prayers for perfect healing your way from Savannah. And this wonderful, truthful affirmation: “My body knows how to be well and is always moving towards wellness.” And what stylishly beautiful and happily yellow … footwear you now have.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Neal. I love the affirmation. I will repeat it to myself often !

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      1. Neal Saye says:

        I DID NOT mean to send two nearly identical comments. I thought the first one didn’t post. Now you know how foolish I am. (Perhaps you knew that from prior blog posts.)

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I dd not think anything of thr kind .I have done the same thing myself…often !

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          1. Sherry Musgrove says:

            Anne

            Sorry to hear of your “great” adventure. I’m sending you healing thoughts for a speedy recovery. I firmly believe that how you think about yourself affects how you progress, so given your amazing attitude you will be back on Biasini in no time!

            You continue to be such an inspiration. I am of a similar age (turning 75 tomorrow) and became a rerider a couple years ago on my home bred Hanoverian, Bernd WS. He was trained by a professional to PSG/I1 and I plan to continue learning and improving so that someday I am able to ride him to his full potential. I have a good coach, and you make me believe it’s possible.

            Thank you for sharing both the ups and downs with us, and may life continue to bring you wisdom and joy.

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          2. anne leueen says:

            Thank you for this comment Sherry. I also think a positive attitude helps. It helps me to feel better anyway.

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          3. anne leueen says:

            And….have a Happy Day tomorrow
            We are lucky to be still here ans celebrating Birthdays 💐🎂⚘️

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  26. Neal Saye says:

    Oh Anne!! I’m so sorry about your bin-swinging catastrophe. But I’m so glad that surgery was not necessary. Sending thoughts and prayers of healing your way. And this wonderful and truthful affirmation: “My body knows how to be well and is always moving towards wellness.” And your socks are stylishly beautiful!

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    1. Andrea Jones says:

      Well, that sure doesn’t seem fair. Sending all best wishes from this part of the world.

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      1. anne leueen says:

        In my 73 years I have learned life is often not fair. So I no longer expect fairness but carry on anyway. Thanks for your good wishes. Much appreciated!

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