Army life – broken foot & time off?

Its not unusual for Berkay to call me and tell me he’s been at the hospital all day, as he’s usually driving the ambulance back and forth between the base and the hospital when people get injured during training etc, but yesterday when he called me he told me he’d been in hospital all day, as a patient, after breaking his foot!

Apparently he was doing sport, as they do everyday, and when facing one of the obstacles on the course – jumping down in and out of a ditch – he jumped in and landed on something hard which shouldn’t have been in there, and broke his foot…

Since then he’s been on bed rest, only allowed to get up (with crutches) to use the phone, having all his food bought to his bed. He says his foot hurts a lot and is like a ‘balloon’ (swollen) and he has a cast on it… I hope he’s milking it for all it’s worth!

I’m actually quite pleased he broke it. The world works in mysterious ways, 2 weeks ago he was saying how he wanted to volunteer to go to the border towns to fight against the PKK after the recent trouble there, so having a dodgy foot has definitely ruled him out of that, for the time being!

I’m not sure what it means for his holiday – he wasn’t sure if he was going to get his 10 days leave in October and we’d decided that I’d not visit anyway so we was going to cancel it and finish 10 days early at the end of his service instead, but now he might be forced to take sick leave because of his foot, not much use as an ambulance driver with a plaster cast… He may get a few weeks holiday but it’s doubtful I’ll be able to visit since it will be too late notice to get time off work, and the fact that he doesn’t really have anywhere to go – his village is around 10 hours away from his army base by car, and Fethiye is around 12 hours away, not a nice distance to travel at the best of times let alone with a painful foot in a cast.

So it looks like I won’t be seeing him til February as planned, but at least he’s safe for now, even if a little pained, and less than 4 and a half months to go! (:

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4 comments

  1. Babs Prior · · Reply

    Aw feel for you both, 1 because of Berkay’s painful foot and 2 because you won’t see each other for a little while, keep smiling, keep posting and you will both be together again soon.x

  2. Kath Lambert · · Reply

    Sorry to hear about Berkay’s accident, hope he does not get better too quickly and he makes it spin out but the Turks are so patriotic he will be raring to go. Keep your pecker up Danni only 4 1/2 months to go it will soon pass

  3. Julia Bell (Andrews) · · Reply

    Sorry to hear this Danni but as you say he is at least safe. Keep your chin up. Xx

  4. Hey, I love your blog its really interesting and I can relate to it. I hope berkay is on the mend soon. I understand that it must be hard. My boyfriend is in the army at the moment in Cyprus and finishes at the end of October. Since my boyfriend started the army we having been planning all the things we plan to do after he finishes and it has kept us going through this tough time. Take care x

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