Well, we flew home from England to California on Tuesday. We were up for 24 hours and were very happy to see our home and our bed, which was the only piece of furniture in the house.
The plan was to go to Europe for a year while the house sold. We refurbished it and turned it over to our realtor and we thought that was the end of our home owning responsibilities. It was emotionally bruising to empty the house of all of our furniture, clothes and things before we left, but I got through it.
Now that it did not sell, we are back in our empty house.
The plan is to stay here until next spring and fix a few things, then relist the house. I have to admit it is a very strange feeling to go to Walmart to purchase cleaning supplies, food and paper items. We currently have 2 camp chairs and 2 plates, 2 bowls, and 2 sets of silverware. Of course, we have been living out of a suitcase for 6 months so we do not need much. It’s kind of like being newlyweds in a first house, only it’s enormous and thankfully we’re not so poor.
The good news is that tomorrow we will be getting some of our furniture from my office to set up the family room . My dear sister Sandi kept my dining room table and chairs so we will have that to eat our meals. And our sweet dog , Mac is back at home with us. It is a continuing adventure. We will keep writing the blog as this is part of trying to do a Senior gap year. Not everything goes as planned. But it is kind of like starting over in our new home .
We are taking care of 2 lovely dogs in Truro, Cornwall. Here is a picture of them having fun.
We have been walking these babies 2 times a day in a lovely field nearby.
But we have not done any sight seeing because….I love the Olympics. All my favorite sports come in the first week. Swimming, volleyball and gymnastics are the big three for me. The problem with being in England is that the swimming finals are live here at 1-4 am because the the time difference with Rio. Oh no…..my normal schedule runs until 1 am everyday but this is really making my clock crazy. Luckily, next week we can see some of lovely Cornwall and I will put up some lovely photos for you.
Here is the view from our pet sitting home, so lovely.
Oh and go USA!
Well, we have been lucky so far with our travels and except for a terrible cold and some allergies have not had any health issues. That was until Tuesday. David had hurt his big toe when he accidentally dropped a suitcase on it a week before. It had been healing until Sunday night when it started to bleed and to hurt. By Tuesday , we knew we would have to see a doctor. What do you do when you are in a foreign country?
Well, here in the UK they have the National Health Service (NHS, free coverage for all of their citizens and indeed anyone from the EU). After a little Googling, we followed what they ask you to do when you need help. David called the NHS hotline (111) and spoke to a nurse who advised him to go to the ER near where we are staying. (A little surprisingly, there are Walk-in Centres (kind of like US Urgent Care) only in more rural areas.) So we took the #2 bus, which conveniently stops 100 feet from our door, to the hospital and waited for about 1.5 hours to see a doctor. The doctor was very nice and after we all talked about it , we decided that the toe nail had to come off. Here is a photo of nursing assistant Lauren, who did all the hard work and helped the doctor take the nail off .
We got the toe bandaged up and went home on the bus with a round of antibiotics to take. We changed the dressing Saturday and the toe looked good. Today it looks normal and a regular bandage is enough. We were thankful for the NHS assistance and the good work done in the Cambridge Addenbrooke’s A&E.
By the way, we immediately confessed to being visitors from the US, and the word “insurance” was not heard, nor was there any request for payment. They even waived the co-pay for the medicine, which is normally £8.40. They did take our address, so perhaps the final outcome will be different. but right now we think this care was free. The NHS website seems to say this is the case for emergency care when you’re not admitted to the hospital.
Also by the way, there is a full complement of reality TV in the UK just like in the US. It includes police (highway and city), border control (from the UK, Canada, Ireland, US, and Australia), lifeboat rescue, and yes, medicine (both emergency and GP (general practice, you local family doctor).