And I was not wearing these thigh high lace up boots that Heather Stimmler Hall, author of "Naughty Paris: A Girl's Guide to the Sexy City" covets. Before my fall in Toulouse, Heather gave me a private tour of some of Paris' best beauty spots, including a visit to her personal French Esthetician. I learned so much about waxing! Later, after a chocolat chaud at Cafe Deux Magots, we came upon these boots in a store window. Heather's birthday was coming up and so she was hoping her friends would pitch in and buy her these naughty boots. I hope she got her wish!
Oh, and I was not wearing these! (Thanks for the photo, David!)
However, I was wearing the cute flats--FLATS! Not heels!--when I took my little misstep in Toulouse that landed me in l'hôpital. Yes, the very same cute shoes that I went spelunking in with the group from Auvillar. And so I ended up in the Urgence (ER) and they announced that my ankle was broken in not one, but two places and they would have to operate! I am smiling, because I am in shock and I always smile when I'm in shock.
Before, surgery, I was prepped. It was very complicated and I won't give you all the intricate medical details, but I did thought you'd find this drawing/explanation in my hospital bathroom very charming. And very French!
Here is my hero, Docteur Bernard Delannes. He is a top orthopedic surgeon in France.
I love Dr. Delannes! I am the starting the Dr. Delannes fan club!
And here's my leg in its brand new cast.
And here's my X-ray after surgery. You can see I have six screws and a metal plate! Wow!
I have so much to tell you all about--I spent nine glorious (yes, NINE!) days in Clinique Ambroise Pare and everyone was so good to me, so sweet, so gentle. And without internet or phone, I came to enjoy simple things--the view from my window, the shifting clouds, the sun coming and go. Oh, and the food was delicious! Yes, French hospital food is yummy.
Most, of all, I was so moved by all your emails and posts and comments. Merci beaucoup! I will write more about my hôpital adventures in the coming days, but in the meantime, I wanted to say,
MERCI MES AMIS!!!!