There is a reason for my ‘radio silence’… just not a very good reason.
I came back from Jakarta early with a nifty new acquisition and insight into a very different mode of travel.
Re-wind… exactly what happened?
Let’s just say in a contest with Jakarta’s treacherous footpaths, it is obvious who is gonna win! And it ain’t me…
Don’t get me wrong. I have a healthy respect for Jakarta’s walking conditions. Before this trip, I went out and invested in a pair of super comfy, highly practical walking shoes. The kind that have great grip so don’t slip. The kind that are light, compact and durable and can be easily chucked into a bag.
Not only that, my office shoes were also carefully selected for their sturdiness and sensible low heel. No fancy party shoes these – I truly did go for practicality over fashion.
My pattern was to don the office shoes only in office. Even if popping next door for a coffee, the shoe switch happened and voilà! Walking shoes replaced pumps.
Until one time – just one time – I decided stepping over the bridge to the mall across the street for lunch with an ex-colleague SHOULD be safe. Right?
On the walk back I turned the corner coming down the stairs and… went down. As in way down full frontal fall with a fabulously twisted ankle, banged knee and all! Spectacularly splat!
Stunned, I honestly didn’t realize it was serious until I tried to pick myself up… ouuuchhh!! Who knew the steps were riddled with potholes with nasty surprises in store?!
Good news is a cohort was with me – ever so gently, he helped me down the last few stairs, plunked me at a nice seating spot, went next door to grab my things and came back with a cab so I could return to the hotel.
Turns out that was only the beginning… Long and short is:
Diagnosis – Badly torn ligament that apparently has a longer recovery than a broken limb!?
Discovery – Fabulous support from friends, colleagues and strangers… including an introduction to the joys of airplane travel with wheelchair support from Jakarta – Singapore – Mumbai
- Delight – Being thoroughly pampered and indulged at home with my partner – gotta be some silver lining in the disaster!
Anyone else have an accident away from home – especially a foolish one like mine? How did you get back? Any interesting tales to tell?