Adventures with French and Physio

It's been a full past few months, and I will be sharing some great highlights coming up. I traveled for almost the whole month of September, and jumped right back into the full activity of the base after that. Not exactly conducive for foot healing by walking on it so much for a month...but the good news is that I am walking again! It's been over 3 months now, and I'm slowly making progress.

Beyond foot healing, dealing with doctor and physical therapy (or physio as most people call it here) appointments has helped in another area - French learning. When I'm forced to use it I learn quickly, and also am so focused on being understood or getting a task done that I forget about being embarassed. Like for example, when my regular physical therapist was on vacation for a week, the other one I met with only speaks French. Those are times I could either be immensely frustrated, or just view it as a bonus French class for the week! I decided at the beginning I would only find people who speak French to help with appointment phone calls when absolutely necessary. Now if I want to make, change or cancel an appointment I first rehearse the French in my head, sit at a computer with a translate app open, and hope they don't speak too fast or use big words over the phone. So far so good. It's been a fun and challenging adventure. 

And P.S. I have to say, I do appreciate the interior design of doctors offices here...

 The salle d'attente (waiting room) at the physic office. I'm loving the achromatic colors and clean lines. 

The salle d'attente (waiting room) at the physic office. I'm loving the achromatic colors and clean lines.