We woke to yet another unpleasant surprise. Ratty has been replaced by a mouse….who’s now lifeless body is lying on the bedroom floor. Felix, with a firm understanding of his inexperience in such matters, must be moving up the food chain…..first moths, then birds (yes, a heretofore unreported conquest), and now mice. Leaving the house vacant for a month might yield some unwelcome visitors on our return. Eeek!
We were occupied morning and afternoon with cleaning and packing….in hopes of an early departure tomorrow morning. It’s heartwarming to hear from so many friends back home hoping to see us during our stay.
Late this afternoon, driving to my last rendezvous with Dr Afriat, was the unmistakable and very pleasant scent of fermenting grapes. Although we’ll miss this aromatic part of the harvest, we’re hoping that by the time we return, all of the various harvesting vehicles will no longer be on the road. We very much appreciate the fruits of their labor but sharing the roads with them can be nerve-wracking.
We arrived at Polyclinique to a full parking lot….the strike is over. After getting new Xray’s, we proceeded to the doctor’s office. Did I mention that I love Dr Afriat? After he warmly welcomed us into his office, he said that it looked like I had lost 6 kilos…..now there’s a man who understands women! After checking my x-rays and my leg, he announced that he was pleased with my progress but said it would be another 3 months before I’m 80% back to normal and 12 months before I’ll be at 100%. This is a very long process.
With a clean bill of health and a letter explaining why I’ll set off metal detectors at the airport, we headed to the administration office to see if the insurance company had paid my bill…..they hadn’t, so a few credit cards later (evidently, each card has a maximum amount allowed for foreign purchases), we finally had a zero balance. The total cost for three days in the hospital, X-rays, MRI, surgery, surgeon and anesthesiologist? 2514.77 euros (about $3195). If we had a French green card (which we could qualify for when our Visa is renewed), the cost would be $0.00. There’s something to be said for socialized medicine.
Home for another light dinner and off to bed.
Bonne nuit, mes amis…….