I’m back in the UK, sitting on my mum’s (very comfy) sofa in my (not quite so comfy) cast, splint and corset, eating cheese and yoghurt and ice-cream (not all at once) and trying my best to heal my little ol’ self back to healthy.
In spite of having my return flight pushed back by 24hrs not once but twice, I still feel as though my exit from Botswana was somewhat rushed. I suppose that’s only to be expected really. I did manage to have a wonderful Leaving Lunch at Sanitas (one of my favourite places to eat in Gabs) the day before I left. So many people were able to come – good friends, good food, and real sunshine! It was so good to be able to say goodbye properly, even if it was only semi-properly.
After a very smooth journey home (in Virgin Upper Class no less*, courtesy of my fabulous insurance company – Insure and Go – don’t ever ever ever think of going abroad without proper repatriation insurance – y’hear me?) I arrived at the Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic half an hour after they all disappeared off upstairs to theatre. Which was a shame, but not a disaster. After a weekend of drastically reduced medication and elevating my leg, we went back the following Monday and 5 hours later I had a new cast** on my now much less swollen leg, (unutterably more comfy than the old one!), a whole bunch more x-rays and another fracture found on my right wrist, which brings my tally to four (ankle, spine, wrist and nose). Fortunately, because it was 3 weeks old by then, the Dr decided a splint will suffice and I don’t need a cast on that too! (I got the distinct impression it would have had one otherwise.) And I didn’t have to pay a bean. God bless the NHS.
So I’m doing ok. Eating broccoli^ in the sunshine^^ whenever I can (which, unsurprisingly, isn’t all that often), and slowly trying to build my concentration levels again. Who knew building bones took so much brain power? I miss my friends in Botswana, I miss the sunshine, and the work, but it’s good to be home too.
I have a lot of pieces to pick up, but I had a plan of posts I was going to do about things in Botswana, so I’ll try to get some of those up here over the next few weeks, and I *really* want to get some photos up! I have about 90 squillion to go through but I also haz fast internets now 😉 I’m also going to try to start working out how to get around and start seeing people again – but that’s going to have to wait until I’m a bit more mobile.
Take care of yourselves. And remember – please – don’t take chances with your insurance!
*”Would Madam like a glass of champagne?” Why yes, I think Madam would.
**That’s number 3 if anyone’s counting.
^High in calcium.
^^High in Vitamin D – needed to absorb calcium.