It turned out he had broken his left femur/thighbone. After a fire engine ride to Montauban hospital (exciting but disorientating as no windows mean you have no idea where you are going) and an x-ray, he was whisked off to Purpan Hospital in Toulouse where for 10 days he had both legs in traction (bandaged up and in the air with weights on the other end.) It's been exhausting for all, frustrating for Jacob, and has tested our French to the max as we deal with doctors, nurses, and a mountain of insurance paperwork to ensure that the expensive hospital bill doesn't all come out of our pocket.
Jacob is finally back at home with his leg in plaster. He's more comfortable but still has a month flat on his back as the cast goes right up to his waist. This episode means that I have (for now at least) decided not to take the job I was preparing for. If I had I would never have forgiven myself for not being around to help him recover, support Andrew, and keep life going as normal for Reuben. It's left me a little lost the past couple of weeks as I adjust my immediate life plans and decide what comes next.
Thank you to all of you who have sent messages that have kept us going since the accident. We've had so many offers of support from our family and friends, it's lovely to know that we have such supportive people around us who all wish Jacob well.
Seychelles Mama and her monthly 'My Expat Family' linkup!