Horsin around but not in a good way …

Posted: November 20, 2012 in Breast Cancer
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Most of you know I got a new equine partner in September.  His name is Gunner and he is, like most horses, a natural skeptic.  He is just not quite sure that people are a good deal for him.  I am guessing he was never respected as a being and was forced to do things without giving him time to adapt.  So he is just not convinced. At first, I just would hang out in his stall, grain him, and make it all about pleasure for him.  Then we started working on the longe line and riding in circles.  We were doing so well and had even had a couple of lovely trail rides.

Then one day, I had purchased a water bottle holder to put on my saddle, so I put it on and out we went.  We always start on the ground, but that water bottle gave him a scare, for some reason.  He jumped and got away from me and off he bolted into the woods. He came tearing back into the barn, up the breezeway, and tried to make a 90-degree turn galloping.  Needless to say, with shoes on and concrete footing, down he went onto his right hip.  His back right leg was scraped up, but we never did detect any swelling or heat.

We had some work to do to get him past that fright, and he was coming around just fine.  But then I went to Breck and threw these PEs, so he had a few weeks off work.  When we resumed, day before yesterday, he kept kicking out as hard as he could with his back right leg.  Since that is not normal behavior for him, and there was nothing flapping around his back legs, it had to be pain.  There was just no other explanation.  He was not upset or emotional, like he had been when he took his fall.  But there was something definitely bothering him.

So yesterday, a local lameness specialist came to see him.  She went straight to the point of injury: the upper trocanter which is right near where the femur joins the hip.  She ultrasounded both sides, found the fluid and chips in the joint, then applied a new therapy called Shockwave.  What an amazing technology!  You can check it out here:

According to Dr Ed Kane, PhD, of DVM Magazine, “the machine generates high-intensity shock or pressure waves, which pulse to a specific site within the injured tissue. Though its actual mode of action is still in dispute, it stimulates and accelerates the healing process, essentially combining an immediate analgesic effect with a reduction in inflammation, neovascularization in soft tissue and osteogenesis in bone. According to Dr. Scott McClure, DVM, Iowa State University, a leading researcher in the field, it can be used to treat various conditions, such as suspensory ligament desmitis, navicular disease, saucer fractures, bucked shins, bowed tendon, sesamoid fractures, stress fractures and vertebral spinal pain (kissing spine lesions).”

They shaved his hips and proceeded the Shockwave. He did receive some sedation because it is quite painful for the first couple of hours, but then it allegedly makes them feel incredible. His time of recovery was going to be 6-12 weeks but, with this technology, it helps break down the chips and decrease healing time by half, so he may well be good to go in 3 weeks. If not, he will have another Shockwave, but if he is OK, we’re done. So no riding, which is really kind of OK because I am feeling really weak these days. Not sure what is going on, but my arms and legs just quiver. When I feel shaky like that, I can’t walk around and God forbid I should want so do something active! Not sure if this weakness is part of a downward spiral or if the systemic infection/antibiotics have something to do with it. But only another week or so of antibiotics, so we will see then.

After having a chat with Dr Vincent Gammill of the Center for the Study of Natural Oncology, whom I have worked with for a period of time before, I have a new plan of attack … one that my oncologist will not approve of, most likely, because it involves none of his bag of tricks and some off-label use drugs like Metformin. Yup, the old handy diabetes drug is one helluva cancer killer. So we have a plan lined up for me that will both affect my possible multiple drug resistance, block estrogen, kill cancer stem cells, and interrupt the glucose pathway. That plan has multiple mechanisms of action, and the trick is to keep tweaking it so cancer doesn’t resist.

So, I’m sure my oncologist will roll his eyes at me yet again and shake his head. But he is always really good about letting me run off and do my thing as long as I promise to come running back if things go awry, which I always do. So I feel a little more peace now that I at least have a plan of attack.

And my energy healer, Kris Kraft, just called to tell me that he was checking in with me the other day and says my future is still just as bright and clear as a bell. He is a seer and sees these things. I have a healthy, happy future according to him. From his lips to God’s ears! And if he’s wrong, I want all y’all to descend on him like a dark cloud! LOL


  1. Sandy Upton says:

    Not only do you continue to do incredible therapy for your self, you do many wonderful things for your horse. I am so inspired by you. Thank you so much. Much Love, Sandy

    • Awwww Sandy you’re so sweet! Heck I wouldn’t have known about any of that if we didn’t have the amazing lameness specialist we now have up here. Unfortunately, she would make a lot more money if she was in Parker or Aurora, but we are VERY glad to have her right where she is! 🙂

  2. slythy says:

    Mel, how lucky to have such a specialist nearby. Let’s hope your boy is back to feelin better soon.

    About the Metformin, many people on Breast Cancer Think Tank are taking Metformin. The studies are getting better and better. The docs should put people on it immediately upon diagnosis IMHO.

    Glad to hear Chris checked in 🙂

  3. Meg says:

    Melissa, I would like to know more about the Metformin. I have a prescription already, but haven’t started it yet. What have you learned? What side effects? Do you need to worry about blood sugar going too low?


    • Meg, I can’t tell you as I don’t have it yet. Just Google Metformin side effects … looks like you already have since you have heard it can cause weight loss. But I’ll be happy to share when I start using it. 🙂

      • slythy says:

        There has been a lot of interest in Metformin and a significant number of clinical trials on its value for breast and other cancers. That’s the good news. LeAnn and I started to create a breastcancerchoices.org webpage on it. We’re both overworked and it has languished at the research stage. We want to put together the rationale that’s easy to understand with the many references.

        Metformin is being used in the mainstream world experimentally. Many breast cancer patients are participating in these trials. They can always tell if they’re in the placebo group or not because Metformin effects the tummy and bowels until you get used to it.

        What’s confusing about Metformin and anything else that’s effective is that it seems to have multiple mechanisms of action. It isn’t just the insulin regulation that makes Metformin work. They’ve identified at least two other mechanisms.

        Metformin is available by prescription. Your primary care will probably give you a script for it because it’s an old and safe drug unless you are at death’s door with organ failure. But, it’s also available offshore.This place is very reliable. http://interationalantiagingsystems.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/metformin-the-wonder-drug/

      • Lynne is that thread on Metformin on BCTHinkTank? I went to breastcancerchoices.com and it sent me there. Could you post the link to the webpage on Metformin? I will be starting it tomorrow or the next day.


  4. Meg says:

    Oh – and one thing I heard about Metformin: It can cause weight loss. Which is good for me, but not for you, right?

  5. Brigitte the Swiss Miss says:

    Did I ever say you that I adore you? You are one of the most inspiring humans I know…. Melissa My dear friend you are in My thougths every time and I hope the Diabetes medi Works!!! This is My Christmas Wish!

  6. Clint Matthews says:

    We bought mother her own horse. A beautiful roan quarter horse from Wyoming. We put her (the horse) in the pasture for a few weeks and she got a nice fat grass belly and was fit for riding. The first few rides went really well and mother was feeling tall in the saddle when sitting on her ‘My Gravy Girl’! Then one day mother showed up in her new red cowgirl hat. My Gravy Girl kept one eye on that hat all day till we got to the creek crossing. Instead if the usual light step through the water, My Gravy Girl decided it was time to sit like a dog spilling mother and her red hat into the muddy creek. Both were ok so we laughed and laughed saying it was that red hat. Clint

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