Fractured leg in plaster

Fractured leg in plaster

Accidents happen, and for those of you who haven’t seen the updates on Facebook or Instagram I fell down a hole in the road. It happened just over 2 weeks ago and has resulted in a fracture and a whole leg plaster.

Being on a Greek Island, there is of course no recourse to the council for compensation. It’s simply an accident and I should have been more careful in the dark and probably had a little less ouzo that evening. There will be no blame, we will simply get on with it. Bones and bruises mend and I will be a little more careful, for a while at least.

The process of getting medical attention has been relatively simple and all very efficient, but the hole appeared the night before we were due to head off for a long romantic Valentine weekend to Crete. So early the next morning with slightly sore heads we already had a busy day that just got a little more complicated! The dog needed walking, there was a log delivery coming half to us and half to my parents in the next village and now I couldn’t walk. Our house guest was given the job of walking the dog and hanging out the washing, D had the task of coordinating the wood and dad to take me to the local cottage hospital.

With no idea how busy the place would be, it was quiet and friendly, everyone smiling and whincing as I hobbled to a chair. A friendly nurse with some English spotted us and called us in to an examination room. One look at my swollen knee brought a panicked look to her face and she quickly brought the doctor in. Abandoning his other patients he prodded and questioned, as soon as he realised I’d fallen down whilst walking he visibly relaxed. I think they see too many injuries caused by mopeds and initially thought the worse!

He examined the limb and everything was moving, so we were heading off to Crete with some painkillers, a bandage, a letter for the airline and a promise to return in 5 days if it didn’t improve.

Minoan Air flight to Crete

Minoan Air flight to Crete

Crete was fabulous, sunshine, snow, rain. The snow on the White mountains was unbelievable, we never expected there to be so much. This is a video we took on our drive up for lunch.

Beautiful and relaxing Crete was just what we needed. A stick and knee support were purchased in Iraklion to help me move quicker, in fact it seemed to be getting much better and by the end of the trip I was getting very quick on the stick!

Being a tourist in Rethymno

Being a tourist in Rethymno

After a couple of days back and putting my feet up things went down hill, the painkillers were all gone and now it was hurting.

health insurance in hand we headed up to the hospital in Rhodes, this time to get it X-rayed. They were very thorough the X-ray was clear but they wanted an MRI. With a clear X-ray we went back for the results expecting tendon damage but came away with a full leg plaster and a fracture! So now I’m going to have lots of time to sit and catch up with the blog, read, watch movies and drive the family nuts. We’re going back for a check up after 2 weeks but the prognosis is 45 days in the cast, now there’s only 40 left!

 

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