Lovely article about Lovely Finish
and Joe Herrick
in the Washington Post. I can't believe it's been almost a year since that horror at SLR...and the fires keep coming.
Through the flames
One year ago, fire tore through an equine center near San Diego, killing 46 horses. This filly, and her trainer, are helping each other heal.
Story by Joe Tone Photos by Sandy Huffaker
The days were bad enough. He woke around dawn, a hazard of both his job and the pain. On the “good” days, the nurses just changed his bandages, an annoying half-hour ordeal; on the bad ones, the doctors scrubbed his wounds, a process so painful it required a steady IV of painkillers. Otherwise he spent the days waiting for visitors to bring food, anything but hospital food, and to bring updates about Lovely’s condition. Through it all, he did his least favorite thing, the thing he’d spent his life trying to avoid. He sat.
The days were bad enough, but it was nighttime that Joe Herrick thought might kill him. The visitors went home. The hospital went quiet. Joe ran out of things to keep him from falling asleep. So he fell, and there he was again, night after night, trapped in some jumbled, hazy replay of the worst day of his life, a vivid hellscape of broken horse bones, smoking flesh and falling fireballs.
Which is why, after 12 nights in the hospital, Joe decided he’d had enough. When he first arrived, doctors told him he’d be there for months. Later, when they determined that he somehow didn’t need skin grafts, they told him he’d be there for weeks. Now, after just 12 days, he was telling them: I’m done.
His kids came that morning, as they did every morning. But instead of feeding and comforting him, they packed his things and got a tutorial on how to treat his wounds. They figured they would drive him home, where his dog and his horses might help fend off the nightmares. But Joe had another idea.
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