Break a leg is a showbiz term entertainers use in English. In French its altogether different and I won’t go into that. I’m focused on the break a leg. Phil should not have taken it literally.
The night before we left for Kitchener to visit Joan and Romaine (Monarch of Manipulators) Phil twisted his ankle, he thought. I begged him to go to check it out at the hospital but he wouldn’t listen. Next day it looked much better. We drove to Toronto first to visit my cousins and then to Kitchener.
Phil had 6 piano gigs here. He always kept a sock on as he had ointment on his ankle as well as an ace bandage. When I finally got to see his foot I put my foot down. “You’re going to the clinic and that it!” He said that when he got back to Montreal he would go. I said,” Don’t complain to me when they chop it off.” That kind of convinced him and the clinic happened to be 5 minutes from his gig that day. So after his gig which was from 1-200pm we drove to the clinic. The clinic closed at 3 because of the holidays. We were there by 2:20pm. By 3:30pm, we filled out the forms, he saw the doctor, had X-rays taken and was told he had a broken ankle, and got a prescription for antibiotics and an air cast which he’ll have to wear for 6 to 8 weeks. He takes it off to go to sleep but that’s it. The pharmacy was attached to the clinic and they fitted him up with the air cast and medication. We were done at 3:30. The clinic stayed open an extra half hour for him but turned others away. He had been walking around on a broken ankle for 10 days. He had to cancel his New Year’s show! I didn’t see why he couldn’t play piano but he said he couldn’t play without using his feet. Go know!
It ‘s his right foot. He can’t drive. I drove back to Joan’s but I won’t drive on the 401. I’m terrified of it. I called my daughter Julie, who immediately volunteered to come down here to drive us home. We really didn’t want her to do that. She put out the word about us and a friend of hers said she was visiting her parents in Toronto and was coming home on Thursday. She said she or her husband would drive us in our car back to Montreal with one of her children, and the other would drive their car back with their other 2 children. It was not the only offer she got.
So I called my cousin and told her and she said she and her husband are coming here tomorrow to pick us up so one of them can drive us back to her place in Toronto and we’ll stay there until Thursday. I am overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone. Phil feels terrible putting so many people out but its good to know that there are such kind people in the world.
So, G_d willing, I’ll be in the shop on Friday. I hope to see you then or in the near future. As the new year approaches Phil and I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2019.