The Urban Dictionary defines "joss" as good luck or good fortune. Good joss can also mean to have good kharma or fate. See those knuckles? Well, I'd like to jab them into someone's face right about now!
I left to go on a holiday with my friend Cathy in mid-August and was having a lovely time until we reached Liverpool two weeks into our trip. My dear Lorne (hereafter known as DL) had been working in London since mid-May and called to say he was very sick. I told him to get to the hospital, where he was told he had a broken toe that had become infected. The infection had spread throughout his entire body. DL told me to continue with my plans; however, a few days later when we were in North Yorkshire, he called to say he was having surgery in 2 days. So after consulting with Cathy, we decided it was prudent for us to curtail our time in Yorkshire and head to London to check things out.
Long story short, DL ended up with an amputation! Yes, half of his big toe is missing now! I know it does sound minor, but losing a toe, especially your big toe, means it will take ages to heal properly and even then one's balance is off until you learn to adapt.
Cathy left on schedule, but DL and I have had to cancel our pre-booked return flights, fill in a bunch of paperwork for our insurance and get DL's doctor to fill in his part. Then we have to pay for our return flights up front, with DL's seat costing us an arm and a leg (over and above the toe!) because he will have to keep his foot raised. Medical personnel have said he cannot fly 9.5 hours with his foot down.
On top of that, the people DL was working for are trying to cut his contract short, which means less money with more expenditures! And, we miss out on our long-awaited holiday to Wales that we were going to have when his contract was finished at the end of October.
So, whom do I jab?
We both just want to get home and put this whole experience down to bad joss! Then we will jump for joy that it wasn't worse than it was! And when these two sad puppies get home, we're going to decide what kind of real puppy we're going to get!
- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.