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Back to 1950s and forward to 2050 in one day

Double fracture of the elbow, aouch! Experienced Geneva's Health care first hand for the first time. Seen by specialist straight away, got x-rays, CT scans and I've got an amazing HD DVD of my fractured bones, it all looked very impressive, all done with amazing, top of the range machines.

I was then sent to a "prothesis and cast" shop (I did not know they even existed!) where a man in a white coat, surrounded by fake legs, arms and feet (well, I assumed they were fake!!) in a shop where the lino, shelves and assistants all looked like in a film set of the 1950s, busied himself carving moulds for a claw foot, with utter concentration, precision and tools from another age...it was like being in an old clock maker's workshop from bygone days.

I love these total contrasts that Switzerland can offer, a bit like England, really.
I end with a "Robocop" armoured arm, even my children say I look "cool" with it. In England, it would have been a second hand sling, in pink with "arse" graffitied on it!!
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Old 27.02.2013, 16:42
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Ouch you poor thing. How on earth did you do that? Get better soon - my fractured elbow only dates back to 1956!
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Old 27.02.2013, 16:47
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Yowza. Hope you heal quickly. Unfortunately I bet your bill for today's services will be a tad higher than Odile's from 1956...
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Oh come on now. You have a DVD of pictures and you don't post any?!

Thanks for the laugh - loved the last sentence!
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Version my children TOLD me to tell: "I was going at 120 km/h down a black slope, when I saw a barrier of rocks, did a triple somersault down 15 metres, crashed into a tree and got lucky with just a double fracture".

The actual version: In my ski boots, after 2 hours of glorious skiing, I slipped on the wet tiles of the ski resort restaurant and fell of all my mighty weight on my elbow! 6 weeks to reflect on that one!

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I was really nervous, being on just a basic health insurance. I did not realise that the accident insurance is completely separate and that I was covered for first class treatment...not that I am tempted to try if further in a hurry!!
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Version my children TOLD me to tell: "I was going at 120 km/h down a black slope, when I saw a barrier of rocks, did a triple somersault down 15 metres, crashed into a tree and got lucky with just a double fracture".

The actual version: In my ski boots, after 2 hours of glorious skiing, I slipped on the wet tiles of the ski resort restaurant and fell of all my mighty weight on my elbow! 6 weeks to reflect on that one!
Go with the kids' version. WAY cooler.
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Version my children TOLD me to tell: "I was going at 120 km/h down a black slope, when I saw a barrier of rocks, did a triple somersault down 15 metres, crashed into a tree and got lucky with just a double fracture".

The actual version: In my ski boots, after 2 hours of glorious skiing, I slipped on the wet tiles of the ski resort restaurant and fell of all my mighty weight on my elbow! 6 weeks to reflect on that one!
I would have believed the children's version if you hadn't spoilt it!
Hope you heal quickly.
Ouch!
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Re: Back to 1950s and forward to 2050 in one day

You poor thing - hope that you do not feel too uncomfortable especially at night in bed.
My OH did a similar thing and was very impressed with the Cantonal Hospital in Geneva especially the physio down the line.
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