Archive | January, 2012

Taking a step forward

19 Jan

In 2006 I was in a riding accident.  The horse that I was working with had been drugged without my knowledge.  I was thrown and landed flat on my back suffering a fractured spine, rotated spine and pelvis, major muscle damage, and a severe concussion.  I did not know what day it was.  What is worse is that the lady that I was working for let me drive the 2 hours home. Thats right ladies and gentleman, she let someone with unknown injuries and an obvious concussion get behind the wheel of a car and drive off.

The second I got consistent cell service I called my mom, she offered to come get me but I was in a skeevy part of town and would rather keep driving at this point.  She stayed on the phone with me until I got home and then explained to my boyfriend the proper way to handle a concussion.  I refused to go to the hospital, I think I was also in shock at this point. I finally admitted that I needed to go to the hospital 7 days later, which was 6 days too late.  Too much healing had occurred and there was nothing that could really be done to “fix” me. I was put on a chiropractic, physical therapy, sit on your ass and do nothing prescription for the next 12 months.  I continued chiropractic for 3 years.  Over that time period I went from 98 pounds to a max of 180 pounds.

Since 2006 I have used my back injury as a crutch. Until two weeks ago I had never said that outloud. I would never admit to myself that I was cheating myself because I used my injury as a crutch to get out of things. That has changed.

I joined a local gym, check them out they are awesome!!! They have an awesome program with rewards throughout your first year of membership to really keep you motivated and make sure that you make the most out of you. They gave me a wonderful personalized workout plan that will help strengthen all of my muscle groups and especially my back and ensured that everything was as low impact as possible. The gym is absolutely immaculate, the staff is always smiling and ready to help you out even if you don’t know that you need help.  Oh and the showers. The showers are amazing. I want to transport one of the showers into my own house.  In college I always dreaded showering at the gym, it was a group shower, very sterile looking, and….. well it was filled with smelly girls.  Not these showers! So if you are in the area and looking for a place to workout, I highly suggest checking them out.

Hopefully this helps to kick my butt into gear and get back to a person that I’m 100% happy with.