Midsummer night’s eve and I’m in a cosy seaside flat in the town of North Berwick, about an hour of Edinburgh, watching the clouds scudding against the sky and the seagulls wheeling around outside the window. There’s some late afternoon sun setting the kitchen taps agleam. Andi is snoozing in the next room, resting up after the drive here from Edinburgh.
Tomorrow morning it’s a week since she fell and broke her wrist, but we are still quite shell shocked and subdued. As most of you know, she stumbled off the gutter and fell on the road as we were leaving Melrose for our 12th day of walking. It’s ironic considering how careful we’ve been on the challenging trails, and how much first aid gear we were carrying in case of accidents in remote areas. She was about 7 minutes from the main hospital for the region. Thankfully.
Scottish kindness has kicked in – from the council worker who loaded us into his truck and drove us to hospital, to our hike organiser who found me places to stay nearby for four nights in the midst of Borders festival season, to the B&B owner who personally drove me to the next place when she didn’t have room for another night. I can now see why UK residents love the NHS and why it had a starring role in the Olympics opening ceremony – the health care was fantastic, kind, personal, and free. The only slight gripe was the long wait between admittance and surgery (a day and half). Everything else has been great.
So – Andi had surgery to put a permanent plate plus a temporary pin in her wrist and came out of hospital on Thursday (having gone in on Monday). In more local kindness, friends of friends who saw our predicament on Facebook offered for us to stay with them in Edinburgh and made us welcome for the weekend while we took stock and figured out what to do next (and showed us the best coffee in town – they write a fantastic blog about coffee in Edinburgh). Our hike would have finished on Friday and we had planned to head right up north to Findhorn on Sunday, but had to cancel that. Have opted instead for a quiet few days here in North Berwick (more kindness – the owner gave us a free day in the booking), before taking Andi back to Melrose for her follow up appointment on Thursday. I’ve cancelled the final week of my trip and will fly home with her next Sunday.
Mostly doing OK and very grateful that Andi didn’t have worse injuries. But both of us do have some down moments about missing the rest of our walk and our other holiday plans. And of course some fears about the future.
Thank you everyone for your messages of love and support – they have been so appreciated by both of us.
Over and out for now – love from Jesse – off to protect Andi from the North Berwick lobster. xxxx
Awwwwwwwwwwwww … so sorry. It sounds like its been a difficult break as well with permanent plate. The NHS is a wonderful institution for all its faults. Sending you both lots and lots of love, and wishing Andi the very best of healing, Jxxx
Oh no! Hope she’s feeling OK very soon. Sorry to hear that your walk was cut short in such circumstances, but love that you experience all the kindness around you. Take care.
Handling it with grace and humour as ever. Go gals. You are inspiring, even off road. xxx
Beautifully written , luv and hugs safe travels home xxx
Ah, lovely Jesse… Please give Andi big hugs… Sad that your alk came to a premature end, but I trust Andi that will heal well, fully and fast… and that you will head off on another adventures as soon as Life allows. Hugs hugs hugs from over here to you both over there. Travel home safely. xxx
Hello dearest lovelies, glad to hear that you are tucked up and having some quiet, gentle time – so important after such a big shock. Thinking of you both and sending loads of love, Judy