She was just coming back from a field trip to the park and she was in her wheelchair, a heavy coat and wrapped in a blanket. I knelt down beside her and asked her if she remembered me. She looked at me for a minute and said "Of course I remember you, but it's fricking freezing out here!" I laughed at her unexpected outburst and wheeled her inside. We looked at pictures of the two beautiful buckskin horses that she bred, that my husband and I are the proud owners of. When I showed her a picture of my husband's horse and told her that he is huge and weighs 1,400 pounds, she laughed and blurted out "Holy sh*t!" She doesn't say too much because she is still trying to get the words out, but every now and then she gets it out! I asked her if it was OK if I brought 3 of her mares home with me to lighten her load and we went over which 3 she wanted me to take (I had already prearranged this with Sharon of course). She told me that she is going to come help me load them up as soon as she was done with lunch, and I told her that my husband and I can handle it, but that she can come visit them when she gets better. She mumbled a few things and told me to give them carrots to get them in the trailer.
It is amazing how the brain works. She can't remember things very well, but when it comes to her passion, which is horses, she remembers everything. Sharon got her into the Dreampower Horsemanship Therapy Program and Michelle has gotten one visit in so far. When Sharon asked her if she remembered going to Dreampower, she said "No, she never went," but she continued to tell Sharon all about brushing a Haflinger and what the horse's name was. So she remembers parts of it, but hasn't quite put it all together yet. They are hoping that as soon as she can get her skull cap put back on that her short term memory and her speech will improve dramatically. That won't be an option for at least a year, due to the last time they put it back on she developed an infection in her brain. They want her body to build up enough immunity to be able to fight any infection off if one starts.
The tremendous amount of work that Sharon has put into getting Michelle better is simply amazing. The doctors had pretty much written Michelle off as never being more than a vegetable and refused to get her any more help via specialists or extra services. It was Sharon that proved them wrong and had to literally video tape Michelle moving her foot when asked to do so, to prove that there was hope. By Sharon doing this, and fighting like hell to get a different doctor or specialist every time the one they had didn't believe in getting Michelle the help she needed, Michelle has progressed farther than any doctor had ever expected. Sharon is my hero!!!
Now for the hard part . . . due to 2 of the 3 horses that we were going to take being just over a year, and not being handled since Michelle's accident, we were able to get a halter on them, but nothing more. They are very sweet horses and were standing still letting us feed them carrots and brush them, but that was about it. I gave them a light sedative, but they didn't know how to lead and they certainly weren't having any part of loading into the trailer, so we had to leave them. I will go back in March to give them their Spring vaccines and worm them.
What is desperately needed is to restock Michelle's hay supply to get her 6 horses though the Winter months. Alfalfa is $16.00 a bale in her area and I have posted Michelle's GoFundMe Page on my Facebook Page to try to raise enough money. But she needs more help than I can share on my page. So if any of you can afford even $10.00 to post on her GoFundMe Account, it would help her immensely!
Here is the link if you can help:
Michelle is such a wonderful woman and is trying so hard to get better. She would do the same to help any one of us if we were in her shoes. If you can't afford to donate, please say a prayer for her for continued healing and progress. She is a fighter and if anyone can pull through this, it is Michelle!
I would love to get a few people, who live close by, to maybe contact Sharon to arrange a couple of days a week to go work with the horses to get them used to being haltered and handled so that they can eventually come to our place as previously planned. Feel free to text me at 530 852-7834 and I can get you in contact with Sharon.