Most of you probably remember that I was/am(?) dealing with chronic migraines. So chronic in fact that for nearly two months I had a migraine every single day. I've had more drugs pumped into me in more ways than I can keep track of (nose, neck, butt cheeks, arm, mouth, hand ...). I was admitted to the ER for treatment where I wondered how many more veins they could tap into (two at a time seemed to be the answer).
For the second show, I was feeling really crappy. I couldn't concentrate and lived in a bubble of slow motion. I wasn't sleeping which added to my list of problems. I asked everyone who would listen to forgive my current state of stupidity. I actually felt like my IQ had dropped substantially. And hey, it's not like I am a rocket scientist to begin with. I need all the brain cells I can get my hands on.
The test started off well. Mixed in with a a couple of 6.0s and a lone 5.0, Speedy and I racked up eight 7.0s. And then the wheels fell off our little bus. I picked up the wrong left lead canter - you're OTHER left my trainer wanted to yell. And not only did I not fix it, I then proceeded to ride a medium canter into - you won't believe this, a 10-meter half circle AND HE HELD THE LEAD! We counter cantered a 10-meter half circle. That takes serious skill.
What makes this so funny is that I never even noticed! I was so lost in my own LA LA Land that I finished the test thinking that wasn't too bad. I about fell off Speedy when my trainer pointed out my mistake. I didn't believe it until I read the judge's comments.
The good news is that I have been migraine free for two weeks. I am sleeping again, and while I still feel a bit loopy at times, I am feeling more and more like my old self. Our next show is at the end of May, and I am feeling pretty confident about it.
Now if I can just remember my left from my right!