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Emergency! I’ve done it again.

I’ve done it again.
Splat!
Another fall,

A broken arm.

I’ve managed to break my left arm for the second time. The first resulted from an ill-fated “dive” off my kitchen countertop in South Carolina.

For the record, I don’t do this for attention.

The day of the fall started out perfectly. I looked forward to a wine tasting with Nick Martin from A Wine Affair and some friends. We’d just finished a lovely lunch at Le Garage des Cévennes in Anduze, a funky place that feels more like Atlanta than the Cévennes. As we were leaving the restaurant, I quickly stopped at the restroom. That’s when it happened—I stumbled and fell on my left side, not noticing the small step up.

Ker-plat!

Odd timing

This week, I was interviewed for an article in the French news on an English online site, Connexion. I recounted the incident five years ago in France when I broke the right side of my body—shoulder, arm, and hip. Perhaps I made it all sound too easy—how new friends stepped in to help me. Maybe during that time, I made the experience seem like something I’d like to do again. Perhaps I should slow down when walking.

Bad timing

Timing, as they say, is everything, and mine couldn’t have been worse. It was a holiday week in France. With VE Day and Assumption Day back-to-back, everything shuts down. A visit to the hospital emergency room isn’t ideal at the best of times, let alone during a holiday.

Wouldn’t you know it? My friend captured the entire ordeal on camera.

Back home

Now I’m back home, sporting an arm brace and trying to stay positive. Fanny, my loyal companion, seems to sense my discomfort and has been extra attentive. Healing will take time, but I’m in good hands. As frustrating as it is to be injured again, I’m grateful for the support of friends and a good story to tell—one that I’ll hopefully not have to repeat.

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26 Responses

  1. OMGD Deb!!! That’s awful but I’m glad to hear that you have a lot of good help over there! I might need to come and stay with you while you recuperate! Fanny and I would be the best company for you! Thinking about you and sending hugs and wishing you a speedy recovery from Collingwood, Ontario Canada!

  2. Girlfriend!!!! What are we gonna do with you 🙂 Hope it’s an easy break to heal and that you are up and back at things soon. I do have to ask, are the paramedics as hot in France as they are here in the states??? If you answer yes, I will have figured out the reason for the falls 🙂 Just kidding…heal quickly Deb. Love you!!!

  3. Oh no!!!!!! Not again? Are you just such a fan of the fabulous French healthcare and those handsome attendants that you had to have another go at an accident? In all seriousness, take good care, follow advice, and let others lend a hand. I’ll be back in France in October, probably too late to be of any real assistance. Thinking of you! ❤️

  4. Oh Deb! So sorry this happened to you. Yes, maybe slow down when walking! But of course one does wonder if maybe it is the cute French EMTs that tempt you to keep doing this 😊! Seriously though, I wish you a very speedy recovery.
    It is no fun to be laid up with something like this. So glad you have help. Sending hugs and good wishes,
    Margaret Hamilton

    1. I really appreciate your message and well wishes. It’s a blessing to have such caring friends while I’m on the mend. Thank you for thinking of me!”

  5. Oh, Deb! So sorry to hear this news! 5 years since your last hospitalization! I remember you fell the first time just as I was moving to France…I wish you a speedy recovery, lots of solace from Fanny – and you know you have a host of people that are ready to help you!!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to check in on me. I truly value your friendship and support. Watch your step!

  6. Crickey Deborah! What a calamity! I hope you are having all the help you need. Laura and I send you our love and wish you a speedy recovery. Less wine may be the order of the day!

    1. You know, I’ve thought about giving up the wine, but it’s just not working! I need constant support with friends like you nearby. Hope you’ll be back soon?

  7. OMG Deb we are going to have to wrap you in bubble wrap! I am sorry to hear this but I know your healthcare in France is wonderful. Sending healing thoughts to you.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts and for wishing me a speedy recovery. It’s friends like you that make the ordeal seem easier.”

  8. Never. Good thing. How is your bone density? Calcium and Vit D . Sunshine is a good source of the Vit. D.
    No to countertop cirque de Soleil for you!

    1. Seems to run in the family— at least Mother and me. She could break a bone standing. Hopefully I’ll be more careful walking and slow down. Love to you and Jack

  9. Oh no! I’m so sorry. Hope you’re not in pain. At least it didn’t happen in the heat of full-on summer.

    1. Thank you for thinking of me and sending such positive energy my way. Hopefully it’ll keep me standing. Looking forward to seeing you soon?

  10. You are not fooling me Deb. You just want those adorable firemen back in your life ❤️
    Heal well my friend and start taking life just a little bit s l o w e r …………..Xo

    1. You know I’ve been scheming how to get the attention of the handsome pompiers. So far, this works! Take care and don’t copycat!

  11. I thought we agreed to stay up on our feet this year! Young lady if you don’t behave, you are going to have to come home! I’m sorry about this. I’m glad you’ve got your fur baby. See if you can stay out of trouble!
    Love, Sherry

    1. Thank you for the encouraging words and for checking up on me. Your support is appreciated!

  12. Debbieeeee, what the hell. Do you have any more bones to break? Do you need me to fly over ASAP to be your caretaker?
    Happy healing. Hope it is uneventful.

    1. Looks like I need help walking, for sure. You can come over for a lot of reasons! Keep in touch.

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