Sunday, August 8, 2010
I was told I had to begin this blog by stating that Mark is doing OK. But this is what Mark looked like yesterday.
He wins. He always wins. When we first got married I blasted him with a little squirt gun. I laughed, until he came into the kitchen with a bucket of water and dumped it on my head. He has always been like that and yesterday was no exception. I had a little fall a few months ago and went to the urgent care clinic and came home with only a neck brace.
Mark took a bigger tumble off a horse and ended up with an overnight stay in the hospital and 4 fractured ribs, a fractured iliac crest (top of the pelvis), and 5 stitches in the bottom of his head wound and 8 staples on the top to close it. Think Frankenstein. (Just a little extra gore for our friend Michelle).
This photo was taken after I ran my horse to the top of the hill to mark our trail for the kids with the truck. (Thankfully we had cell phone reception.) Mark was supposed to stay down below in the trees by the creek he crashed into. He didn't. He wasn't right in the head. Nothing new there. First thing I heard was a whistle and when I looked below there was Mark riding his horse up the hill. Crazy. We later discovered the poor horse had an injury of her own, a stick puncturing her posterior.
Here he was shortly after he became conscious and began yelling at me to get off of him. I wasn't on him. The poor man would not lay still. I had to scream at him like a drill sergeant. Nothing new there. Why in the world I snapped this photo I will never really know though. At least his dog was showing him some love while I was wandering around praying and trying to block out the image of his head smashing on the rocks.
Our ride was lovely up until that point. He looked quite dashing with his cowboy hat on. In retrospect it should have been a helmet.
We were riding on the neighbor's place looking for some stray cattle. And FYI, when you hear someone tell you that their cinch is a little loose and they should probably tighten it, make sure they do. It will make the rest of the day a whole lot nicer.