Back on the Saddle! Yipee!!

I was excited when I woke up this morning because I knew I would be able to do something I love. After my breakfast (cereal w/ vanilla milk & coffee) someone decided to crawl into my bed and didn’t budge until I kicked him out. Yes, it was almost noon and we soon had to get ready for the days activities. He cannot sleep without his baby blanket which I actually bought before he was born.

It’s been exactly 4 months since my ankle surgery. 3 months of recuperating from a full leg cast (50 days), below the knee (2.5 weeks), strengthening my knee and muscles to be able to walk again and 12 sessions of Physical Therapy. My last session was yesterday. Not being able to wait any longer, I rode today. It’s been a while that even my yaya had forgotten our routine, what to prepare, etc.

Because I am half paralyzed or hemiplegic, I do not have full use of my right hand. I cannot drum my fingers but I can close and open them. Meaning I can grip. Therefore, when I ride, I need to bandage my fingers with Mueller tape as not to get blisters from the friction of the reins and my fingers even if I have gloves. I need my yaya Helen to put them for me and put my right hand gloves as well. Boots have been easier to put on since my brace is slimmer and thinner.

I try to schedule my riding days at the same time as Xavier’s football or tennis (then) trainings. For one, they are all in one place and more or less at the same time. We save on gasoline too. Someone’s feet haven’t stopped growing and I doubt they will in the near future.

My groom (the man who takes care of my horse) has been ill (so sad) and has been recuperating in the province until he is well enough to come back to work. In the meantime, it is his son who tends for Jive. To my surprise, it was another groom who helped me get on Jive today. For obvious reasons, he was not used to my “gear”. I use Devonshire Boots which a lot of RDA groups use to stop riders feet slipping through the stirrup, which is very dangerous, couldn’t be found. My dressage whip as well, and having to make a knot on my reins that help keep the contact on the horse’s mouth. Minor setbacks which were immediately rectified. This is how I get on a horse. (the pic taken from my other blog)

After all the preparations, off I went. Jive seemed happy. She knows she has to be a good girl for me to give her her treats of carrots and apples. She was and lo and behold. NOT once was I in pain during my ride. I guess this time I can say that the “goods” (ankle surgery) has been tested. Good job!!

You guessed it right, I was famished when I got home. This is what was waiting at the dinner table. Good ole Putanesca and Fried Chicken.


Inching My Way Back To “Normalcy”

With two more PT sessions to go, I have eased my way back to “normalcy”. I have spent two afternoons at the stables this week hanging out with Tita Marivic, watching her students. Inhaling the bullring dust and aroma of the horses, that’s heaven to me. I must admit, my ass is itching to get back into the saddle. I pity my horse though having to have me on her in this sweltering fever heat. I was surprised to see that most of the students were boys. There was this 9 year old boy who rode very well. He looked like a pro. What a cutie. I must get the go signal from my surgeon to ride again. I guess on my next visit in a few weeks or I can just ride. I mean, I know my body more than anyone right? Right Chris? Hmm… I just have to BE EXTRA careful. It was so nice to bump into Mikee and her boys, our kids have all grown. Why why? While my son is at football which is just in plain eyesight from the bullring, I chit chat with T. Marivic or whoever else is there. Usually parents of the riders. In fact, I was even able to sell Indigo Baby’s Sun Is Shining Sunblock to one of them. I had a tub in my bag to make sure that my son applies before going out in the field. As I type this, it’s being delivered to my client. Yay! 

Many on TWITTER have asked about this Mushroom Chocolate/Coffee that I have been raving about. I posted about the Mushroom Coffee a few posts back. This time it’s the chocolate version. Each box has 20 sashets of 30g. If you are interested, I can ask the midwife I get it from to get in touch with you. It’s P350 per box. (P17.50 per). This is where I indulge. I use 1 sachet of Mushroom Coffee and 1 sachet of Mushroom Chocolate. DELISH I tell you. =)

Here are the benefits of Ganaderma (Mushroom) Chocolate Drink:


POLYSACCHARIDE: Strengthens immune system. Balances sugar level in the blood system. Controls destruction of cells. Eliminates toxins.

ORGANIC GERMANIUM: Increases oxygen level in the blood stream. Reduces fatigue. Strengthens the immune system. Increases body’s metabolism.

VITAMINS: Plays an essential role in the physiological process and body’s metabolism.

MINERAL: Helps maintain good health. Plays an important role in the physiological process and reconstruction of body tissues.

PROTEIN: Builds new cells and restores damaged tissues needed in the production of enzyme, antibodies, hemoglobin and hormones.

TRITERPENES: Lower blood cholesterol, anti-oxidant, normalizes hormones, anti-hypertensive.

ADENOSINE: Strengthen the nerves and brain functions, improves blood flow and circulation.

A nutritious and energizing drink formulated from Ganoderma Lucidum extract, high quality cocoa, non dairy creamer and skimmed milk. It is an excellent drink for all ages!

CHEERS to that!