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November 09, 2017


I have been really bad at updating!

There isn't a whole lot happening on the IIH front. Headaches are still happening on a daily basis, not much improvement there. I did get approval for Botox, but I'm not too optimistic to be honest. Botox apparently is great for Migraine treatment. IIH headaches result from the spinal fluid creating internal pressure changes, so I'm not positive injections on the exterior surface of the skull will have an effect on the headaches overall, but, I'll give it a try. My next round of injections are scheduled for after the new year, so we'll see how things go :)

In other news, Rachel had an amazing summer! I'm sorry this post is more horses and Rachel than it is IIH but that is just more interesting at the present time, especially when there isn't much new happening with my head lately, and honestly, this is what keeps me going. Spending time with the horses is relaxing and just seems to take my mind off the headache and pain.

She placed 7th over all in her first show season!

7th Place Ribbon
We learned a lot this summer while functioning on minimal sleep and lots of coffee. Rachel accomplished a lot in her riding, she's even started jumping!

Overly dramatic pony!

I even learned how to create a quarter sheet! I made a pony sized sheet for Patch for Canada Day. From the concept drawing to final product. I think it turned out pretty good for a first time! 

First Concept Drawing

2nd Concept

Closeup of Concept

Dress maker Dummy for a pony :)

Work in progress

Completed quarter sheet

Trial run

Canada Day Pony! 

Rachel and Patch in action

4th x2 7th 8th

Individual Canter

August Show
4th 5th x2 6th

Rachel on 5 O'clock Somewhere (aka Sadie)
Patch was not available for the October show

Rachel and Patch have started pulling off the matching faces!



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