I have a form sitting in front of me. It's a Medical Consent Form for our GP to complete, so Finn can begin a Horse Riding program, its called "Rideability". It's not as big as others, no where as extensive as I have seen before but it has slapped me into reality.......
The following WILL preclude and applicant from riding..............
 Extremely poor head control
 Excessive, chronic and/or recurring pain, especially as a result of physical activity
 Pathological Fractures - i.e. Osteogenesis inperfecta, severe osteoporosis
 Uncontrolled seizures - categorized by tonic/clonic type occurring more than once a week
 Acute stage rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
 Open pressure sores, or wounds
 Unstable spine - including recent spinal injury and/or surgery, atlanto-axial discloation, spondylolysthesis, acute disc herniation
 Spinal fusion with rod type internal fixation, i.e. harrington or CD rods.
 Severe behavioral disorders e.g. aggressive episodes resulting in safety concerns
 Severe fatigue related conditions i.e. multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ABI
 Severe clotting related blood disorders i.e. hemophilia and/or Medication/treatments which cause clotting related disorders such as heart conditions/chemotherapy
 Degeneration/dislocation of the hip joint
The following MAY preclude an aplicant from riding........
 Poor endurance/fatigue related conditions i.e. MS MD ABI
 Muscle tone abnormalities - high tone (spasticity) or low tone
 Osteoporosis (permission required by orthopedic specialist)
 Scoliosis - especially severe and /or fixed (permission required by orthopedic specialist)
 Spinal fusion (permission required by orthopedic specialist)
 Allergies - especially severe anaphylactic reactions
 Recent Surgery (permission required by surgeon)
 Acquired Brain Injury in past 2 years (permission required by neurologist)
 Heart Conditions i.e. postural hypotension, hypertension, coronary artery disease
 Dysplasia of the hip (permission required by surgeon)
 High level spinal cord paralysis
 Medication - drug dosage negatively affecting physical/cognitive function
 Thermoregulatory problems e.g. ABI
 Hydrocephalus/cranial shunt
 Respiratory conditions - e.g. Asthma, Chronic Airways Disease
 Seizures - Type/frequency
 Gastric feeding tube
 Skin Disorders - especially circulatory and/or impaired sensation
There is more.....but..... you get the picture
Here's the SLAP...every word that I cannot pronounce, spell or understand has a meaning. It's connected to a child or adult who has a immediate and extended family, health care workers, medical professionals, alternative health practitioners, respite carers, home carers...on...and...on...it goes.
I have the right as we all do, to be BLUE from time to time BUT if you see me "dragging my feet" for more than 24 HOUR'S ...Just say "REMEMBER THE FORM LEONIE" and then I'll regain some perspective!!!
Finn is "all clear" to go horse riding, now we just have to get him on the HORSE!!
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