Life Lately...


Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn that momentarily throws your world into chaos and makes you rethink your priorities and follow a different path to the one you were originally on. Not too long ago I was preparing to start a new full time teaching job that would have taken me away from family life (at least during term time) but that would have helped us stabilize our monthly income and embed us more into the French system. But then I received one of those dreaded phone calls from the school where I was told Jacob had had an accident and they thought he had hurt his knee. If only he had.


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
Linking up with Seychelles Mama and her monthly 'My Expat Family' linkup!

10 comments

  1. Oh the poor thing. I remember when my daughter broke her arm at school and didn't tell anyone. She went through the whole day until she was picked up by the babysitter who went wild at the school. Her plaster cast was from her elbow to her fingers and bent in the middle!

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    1. That's crazy! She must have been in pain and awful that the school didn't pick up on it. Jacob's teachers didn't realise how bad it was as they thought he had just hurt his knee. But one look at his leg and they should have known something else was wrong.

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  2. Poor little Jacob you must be so happy to have him home again. Awful for anyone to have an accident like that but for such a little guy it's so sad :(
    It's amazing how things turn out like that, like a sign you're not supposed to take that job!!!
    Hope Jacob heals up soon and that little Reuben is doing ok too, must be difficult for him as well!
    Thank you so much for sharing with #myexpatfamily

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    1. I've definitely taken it as a sign to not take the job and I'm enjoying thinking about what to concentrate on next. Jacob's doing great (though he's a little scared at the thought of his cast coming off) and Reuben has been such a great big brother playing with him over the school holidays. Looking forward to next months linkup!

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  3. Poor Jacob. I hope he is feeling better soon :-)

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  4. Oh my goodness Becky... What an awful experience for all of you. I live in fear of something like this happening here in Italy, not just because it'd be a dreadful thing in and of itself but because of the language barrier and administrative nightmare we'd be sure to encounter too. I really feel for you guys. Hope he heals well and you can leave this all behind you soon x

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    1. Thanks Eline only another 2 weeks to go with the cast on! My file is growing by the day with the amount of paperwork we're dealing with at the moment. We really did take the NHS for granted in the UK you just don't have to think about it there. It does seem like a crazy system in France but it just highlights how each country operates differently and we can't complain about it too much as we have chosen to live here!

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  5. Follow up comment...I'm sorry to read about this. Wishing Jacob a speedy recovery. You will have learned a lot from this experience.

    Just realized you had commented on my blog, about the airport, but when I first went to your profile, I clicked on the first "Rue du Belvédère" link, and it was marked "No Posts." You might want to check that out. I see the second link leads to the real blog.

    Enjoy the great wweather this weekend!

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    1. Thanks Betty, he's doing well. The cast is off and he'll be taking it slow over the next couple of weeks. I'll get round to deleting the duplicate blog soon! Weather does look set to be good this weekend so we'll be out in the garden! Hope you have a good weekend too.

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