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Day 3: A visit to Chamonix Hospital for an x-ray, crutches and some drugs!

By on December 31, 2005 in France

After my accident at St Gervais (see Day 2: Skiing St Gervais, France – OUCH!) I woke up he next day and realised that as my leg was so painful (I couldn’t walk) that I would need a visit to Chamonix Hospital.

I didn’t think anything was broken, I just couldn’t put any weight on the leg.  It was clear that I would definitely not be skiing again this trip.

As it turned out the hospital trip was really interesting, as Chamonix hospital must see a lot of ski injuries….

The main hospital in Chamonix is tucked away at one end of the town.  I arrived at 9:30 am, was seen before 10, examined, and x-rayed by 11.  As I am a European Citizen (UK), and I was carrying a valid E1-11, I only had to pay 30% of the costs, which came to €20 (Euros).  All the staff I met could speak English and I was given a prescription for an anti-inflammatory (Brexin – piroxiam), pain-killers (paracetamol) and a pair of crutches.  The cost to fill the prescription was €49 (Euros).

The crutches were very good.  Very light, blue in colour and they seem to have snow tyre type rubber grips on the ends as they are surprisingly good in the snow!

It looks like I have ripped all the muscles in the top of my left leg.  The x-rays showed nothing was broken.  However, I was told to avoid walking on it and skiing for 10 days and to visit my doctor in the UK.  So, that was the end of my skiing on the trip.

I also spoke to my travel insurance company, who offered to fly me back to the UK, but I decided to stay.

I popped up to La Chavanne for lunch (actually, it was less a pop and more a long and slow limp…  my hands were killing me after the walk.  The crutches were great, but really hurt my hands!), which is in the main street of Les Houches, just opposite the tourist office and the Shopi.  I had a very nice lunch of spaghetti bolognaise.  I also tried to get a refund for the unused days on my ski pass from the tourist office, but was told that was for insurance company to pay

Snow covered and icy pavements in Les Houches made getting around on crutches interesting...!

Snow covered and icy pavements in Les Houches made getting around on crutches interesting…!

Les Houches, France – map it

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