"The hours for the ICU were 9am
to noon and 4pm to 7pm so everyday we went and sat with him. We didn't sleep much at all while he was in
the hospital. We had to rotate due to Covid rules and restrictions. After his
surgery on Wednesday, he was moved to a step-down unit and my sister Alyssa had
to go back to Florence for school and work. I would stay at the hospital with
him all day since the restrictions for that floor were 7am to 7pm. The whole
time our phones never stopped blowing up. He has such a huge community that
loves and supports him and that wanted to know how he was. We tried our best to
keep everyone updated through Facebook," Ashley wrote.
Terry's thoughts on the
surgery were, "The face surgeon told me that I will feel much better after
the surgery. He said I wouldn't be in as much pain. He was wrong. I was in more
pain. They had to increase the pain medication I was taking. I was taking like
5 different kinds of pain medication. From having so many different kinds, I
was able to get something every hour. I had to keep putting an icepack on my
head and face."
Terry continued, "To do the
surgery they also had to put a trach in my throat so I could breathe while in
surgery. They left it in for a few days after the surgery. It was hard to swallow
anything. It felt like I kept getting something stuck in my throat. I was so
happy when they finally took it out. But after getting it out I started
coughing up gobs of blood. The doctor said it was normal because I had broken
my nose so bad. It was my sinuses trying to drain the blood out."
face surgeon had to put 4 plates in my face. He had to connect my face back to
my skull. In my mouth he had to wire braces above my upper teeth. I had 3 more
weeks left before he can take that out of my mouth. I can only eat real soft
food like soup, yogurt, jello, scrambled eggs and small pieces of fruit," said
On Wednesday April 21st, 2021, 11 days after the accident, Terry
was released from the hospital to do the rest of his recovery from home. Terry describes what it's been like after
getting home, "So far my follow up appointments went well. My knee doctor
said that if my knee keeps healing the way that it is I won't need surgery. If
I'm still having pain in my knee he will have to clean up around the MCL. It
would only be a 2 to 3 week recovery."
Terry said, "The worst thing that has happened is that I thought I could
put hot sauce and chopped jalapeño peppers in my soup like I used to. Big
mistake! I really messed up my stomach. It was probably also from all the pain
medication I was taking in the hospital. For 6 days I could barely eat anything
without feeling like I was going to throw up and for my stomach to hurt extremely
bad. In the six days this is all I had to eat: 2 yogurts and 4 scrambled eggs
with nothing on them."
Terry continued, "I kept trying to
drink water and Pedialyte so I wouldn't dehydrate. I really needed to eat so I
could heal and get stronger. I weighed myself a couple of days ago and I lost
15 pounds since the day of the accident. I weighed 95 pounds. I haven't weighed
that since I was in the 9th grade. Thank goodness my stomach finally started
feeling better yesterday (5/3/21). I was able to eat more yesterday than I have
eaten in the last six days combined. If my stomach didn't start getting better
I would have had to go back to the hospital. Hopefully from this day forward I
will continue to heal and get better."
Terry still wonders exactly what happened and how he got the injuries he
did. Terry said. "I still haven't been able to watch the race. I would
like to see it so I can better understand what happened. The craziest thing is
how did my face get so broken up. I was told by one of the people in the ambulance
that I was laying on the track next to the horse I was on and the horse I was
on broke its back from the way it fell. My horse kept trying to get up and was
kicking its legs around. Its legs kept hitting me in the face until the
ambulance driver pulled me away from the horse."
I personally remember getting to
my car after a night out at the movies with the family and reading a Facebook
message from my brother about this incident. I had no idea what I was going to
read so I panicked and opened it real fast to make sure everybody was ok. At that time it didn't' sound too good. I was
constantly checking for updates. Terry has been one of the nicest guys I've
talked to around the sport. That's saying something because there are plenty of
good people around the sport if you get to know them. He's one of those guys
that will take the time and respond to everybody. He was on our podcast, The Player's Edge on
12/17/20, which you can still listen to here.
Thankfully his daughters Ashley and
Alyssa did a great job updating everybody through Facebook. The news would
start to get better and better as time went on. Alyssa said "All of the support,
messages, and prayers we've received during this time have really showed us how
strong the racing community really is. He has such a huge fan base and racing
family that during all of this we truly wanted to keep everyone as updated and
informed as possible. I've never seen so many people reach out and leave
messages for him before. It was really cool to see how many people he has in
his corner. I know he has really appreciated it!"
Ashley echoed her sister's
thoughts, saying "The whole time our phones never stopped going off. He
has such a huge community that loves and supports him and that wanted to know
how he was. We tried our best to keep everyone updated through Facebook."
Terry still has some healing to do but just
like with every other injury he has had, he will overcome it. Terry did say
this was the worst one to date. "This is the most painful accident that I
ever had. When I was in the hospital I was having some doubts. I was in so much
pain I couldn't see getting any better," Terry wrote.
we will see Terry ride again or not, that still is up in the air. Terry says
"More than likely I will ride again but I will make the final decision after
I see how I heal and how I'm feeling then. Right now I'm just trying to
concentrate on getting better."
thoughts on recovery and her dad riding again are "My sister and I take
turns being in Ohio to help care for him during this long road to being fully
healed. I can say he's more than ready to be back in the saddle! He's
determined to make a full recovery so he can be back to riding races. He still
has a long road to being fully recovered but he made his decision to return to
racing. This is his life, it's all he knows and he's one hell of jockey. This
accident is certainly a setback, but he's not ready to be done yet so we will
support him and be there to cheer him on during his first race back! We love
him so much and can't wait for him to finally be back to normal!"
was just as confident that her dad will heal and be riding again soon. Ashley
writes, " My sister and I came up with a way to let me work a couple days.
She comes on Fridays and Saturdays so I can work two days since the bills don't
stop and then I come back on Sundays and I stay throughout the week with him
and do anything he needs. I cook, clean, grocery shop, take him to
appointments, and so on. He is recovering great and I know he is so determined
to get back to riding and if my dad puts his mind to something he accomplishes
it. So there's no doubt in my mind that he will be back riding before we know
It was special to see all the people that came
together to show Terry how many fans are out there and how much he is loved. It proves how much of a nice and likeable guy
Terry is. Terry is one strong guy and it
also showed through in his daughters. They were dealing with everything with
their father and being 4 and half hours away yet they kept it together to update
everybody as much as they could. I would say there was almost a daily Facebook
post on how Terry was doing. Great job Ashley and Alyssa! Also, great job by
Carly Hamel who set up the Gofundme page that night and it ended up raising
$10,571.00 for Terry and Luan.
*Special Thanks to Terry, his daughters Ashley, and Alyssa
for their time and sharing this story with us here at Horse Racing Radar. We
wish them well and Luan and his girlfriend Raissa nothing but the best going