The feeling in the hospital room was eerie. It was weird and horrible to be sitting there, waiting. I could not believe that I was the one sitting in the emergency room. I was only fourteen years old. I was not supposed to be in this type of pain. A typical day of relaxing, and riding horses ended up to be a life changing day for me.
Earlier that day I had been riding my horse, Shane. Everything was going as usual; we had warmed up and were now running through the pasture. We had done this dozens of times before, so it took me by surprise when my horse started to buck. Just as we rounded the corner in the pasture, something rustled in the small shrub that hugged the wooden fence, causing Shane to become spooked. At this point, he was bucking out of control and I could not calm him down. So I held on as long as I could but eventually lost my grip. I was thrown across the pasture, landing on my back. I immediately jumped up, gathered my horse, and we rode back to the house as quickly as possible.
My adrenaline must have really been going because it was not until I had unsaddled Shane and put him back into the pasture that I realized I was in excruciating pain. I went into the house and found my parents as quickly as I could. As I explained to them what happened, I could see the panic in their faces. Just as they asked me if I was okay I had a sudden surge of pain shoot through my lower back. At that point we rushed to the car and got me to the emergency room.
We had to sit in the emergency room for about three hours before they even took me back. I was in tears by this point because of the pain I was in. I was angry with the doctors because of how long they took. After they took my vitals, the doctor came right in. My parents explained to him what had happened and he immediately rushed me to an x-ray room. He put me on morphine to help calm the pain until my results came back. It seemed as if it took years before the doctor came back in. I can remember just...
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