My View From The Country

My Epiphanies Today Tend To Be More Painful

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As I’ve grown older, the epiphanies have become more infrequent, and a lot of them could be categorized as epiphanies on how life is not always fair.

But my latest epiphany this week started with my wrist. I did something unknown to me at the time, but the result is that I can hardly use my hand this week. With the urgency of artificial insemination season fast approaching, and the fact that my brother is a doctor, I figured I was qualified to fix it myself.

 So, I bought a brace and began taking copious amounts of ibuprofen. That would have sufficed in years past, but days later I’m still gritting my teeth as I try to raise the courage to pick up a sack of mineral. I’m sure it will heal in time, but I know it will be a lot longer than I’d like.

Later in the week, a young horse I was riding decided she saw a monster in the trees. She didn’t buck me off, as I was able to slide off her while she reared and crow-hopped around. The problem was the landing. I’d actually orchestrated it so that I landed on my feet, which was a good thing; the bad thing was the way my body handled it.

So I now not only have a sore wrist, but I have discovered there is some sort of muscle that attaches on the top of my thigh that it is fairly integral to normal, pain-free walking.

I have to admit that I smiled, though, when I thought about my grandmother’s admonition of long ago. I’m older, and I’m learning. I’ve also learned that faith means trusting in advance only that which can be understood in reverse. I’m looking forward to the next 40-50+ years, but I’ll admit I’m a bit nervous about the shape and resilience of the body I hope to be getting around in by then.

Troy Marshall's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.   


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Discuss this Blog Entry 7

Broken cowboy (not verified)
on Apr 25, 2014

Oh Troy! Just wait until you get older! Our family jokes that there is a wing dedicated to us at Orthopedic Center of the Rockies in Ft Collins. We've made our way through all the specialty groups, some more than once. I've joked that it is a bad thing to receive a Christmas gift each year from them also. With each ache and pain is a story associated with it about a sports injury, a horse wreck or cow accident.
All I can say more is that you will only have more of these life experiences.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 25, 2014

Oh how true!

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

I can sympathize with your predicament. And it will just get better as we age further, if we get the chance.
My old doctor passed a few years ago, but I provided him with, probably in addition to a Lexus, countless hours of entertainment. I'll never forget going in after 13 days of suffering with a self-diagnosed sprained wrist, to be told "It's broke, you moron!" Or seeing him grin as I limped into his office and hearing him say, "This looks like an interesting story."

on May 1, 2014

the ravages of time my grandpa used to tell his grand kids. I had no idea what that ment till my 1st grand kids came along. Can you spell epiphanie!

Ken (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

Getting old isn't for sissys

Fritz Groszkruger (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

I blame it on arthritis. It doesn't go away, it just moves from place to place. And the Ibuprofen will rot your esophagus over time.
Jim Gerrish has suggested to me a diet, basically devoid of grain. It doesn't hurt bad enough yet. I'm warming up to it a little at a time. And note there are multitudes in worse shape.
Invincibility wears off. But life is good.

Lindy (not verified)
on May 3, 2014

Get a book called the 'trigger point therapy workbook' and learn how to self treat 'overshoe boot disease' 'feedsack disease' 'spring riding disease' etc...Every rancher should have a copy!

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Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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