Going against medical advice
I have a spleen that enlarges sometimes, and sticks right past my ribcage. The biggest no-no when this happens is to participate in a contact sport, because it's so tense and unprotected, trauma can cause it to rupture.
However I still went horse riding yesterday.
I got diagnosed a few days after I had my first riding lesson with a new coach, and it's unbelievably good. I'm riding a 16.3hh warmblood who does medium dressage, which is kinda like learning to play the cello on a Stradivarius. Or learning to drive racecars in a McLaren F1. Novices like me never get to ride horses like that. My coach is also brilliant, and I love going out there to ride.
So to be told a few days later that horse riding is bad for me was a double blow. I spoke to my doc and my coach, and I've decided that I will keep riding. I'm going to take it cautiously, only do dressage and no jumping, and if my spleen is really big I'll postpone until it's smaller.
I probably should be wearing a body protector (like body armour) when I ride but I HATE them, big and stiff and bulky and hot. I'd rather learn to ride properly and safely than be lulled into a false sense of security wearing one.
My coach is ok with this and we are going to take my lessons a bit slower, take less risks and if I look wobbly we will work on the basics more. If I do fall off, she knows I'll have to go to ED to be assessed. But Toby (the horse) is lovely, not spooky and doesn't run sideways (best way to make me fall off).
Besides, I need to take care of my mental health. Right?
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a-holes.