Interview of Benoit Demortier conducted by Benoit Demortier

 

Could you please introduce yourself and put your TFP in a meaningful context?

Are you aware that we are the same person?

Of course! I didn’t know where to start. And as you are always there, I thought you might be willing to express yourself!

How many voices are there in your head?! 

More than a dozen! It sounds a bit like Béni Jones! Have a look at his video’s on YouTube!

Come on! We don’t give a damn about your hidden advertising! Tell us about my flop!

Well, OK.

It dates back to May, 2014. I was in Australia, in Byron Bay. I was staying in a youth hostel. My friend Yann and I were enjoying a beer with other mates. Around midnight, as my glass was empty, I decided to go back to my room in order to fetch bottles of whiskey & Coke. As I had my hands full, I tried to open the door by pressing the door handle with my foot. Unfortunately, I didn’t work! (I am not very flexible, especially when I am drunk). 1st problem: I broke the glass window at the bottom of the door. 2d Problem: I was wearing flip-flop… What a bad Idea! I cut my left foot open (I had a 10 cm open sore) and there was blood everywhere! Yann shouted at me: « What did you do? You just ruined your trip! »

Oh shit! What happened next?

He called the receptionist who brought compresses. He compressed the injury with a stretch bandage and carried me on his back to his car and drove me to Byron Bay hospital. Byron Bay Hospital is a small structure. The doctor was quietly sleeping at home. I waited for him for an about an hour. He sewed my foot up. The 8 stitches came off after ten days. I had to take codeine to relieve pain and to walk with crutches (I couldn’t put neither my shoes on nor put my foot on the ground). I had the bad idea to go through the window the day before I left for New Caledonia (a French island closed to New-Zealand).

Are you kidding? Man, you are a dumb! 

The next day I took a bus to Gold Coast Airport. Not easy to travel with crutches! And it was also very painful because my heavy backpack. When I arrived in Nouméa, I felt like a loser: I had long tangled hair. I was wearing a dirty jogger with traces from the Australian agricultural farms on it and only one shoe! I looked like a homeless. And last but not least, a member from the company was pushing my new wheelchair! My brother welcomed me in hall and asked for explanations. I told him about my duel with the window. He made fun of me: « All that is needed now is an infusion line and you’ll be fine! »

What did you do during all that time in New Caledonia?

I rested for 10 days in the apartment, played board games and visited six museums. The 11th day, I met a local doctor to withdraw the stitches. I was happy to put my shoes on and do some trekking! But my foot still hurt. Each step on the stony path, I had the impression a needle was going through my foot. There were tears in my eyes. I am 100% sure that the doctor left bits of glasses. This crook got out from his bed and kept his eyes half closed! But what could I do? I had to grit my teeth until I was back in France. I visited the north of the island, the duck island, the Isle of Pines. I went camping for several days and discovered the Kanak culture. After three weeks spent on this big pebble, it was time to go back to Brisbane. Despite my injury, I have been able to enjoy a lot of activities. This is the reason why I have very fond memories of that trip to New Caledonia.

What about the pieces of glass?

I stayed in Brisbane for a week and I came back to France (It was planned before I broke the window). Two days after returning, I visited the emergency department. I had my foot X-rayed. I was right. I had a 21mm piece of glass in my left toe.

Ahhhhhhhh! The radio is AMAZING ahahah! SO HUGE!

Three days later, I was operated. Once again, stitches, crutch and codeine. 

Finally, relieved! 

Unfortunately, no. 2 months later, my foot still. Sometimes it started like a sudden sting in the foot. I took another appointment at the hospital. This time, no radio but ultrasounds.  I had more than 10 pieces of glass (from 1 to 7 mm) in the foot. The doctor explained that those pieces of glass were too small and too hidden by the blood for me to be operated: I had to wait until the body expelled the pieces by itself. After some time, a ball would form in my foot and this is when the doctor would intervene to cut the ball, by performing plastic surgery.

How long did you wait?

Two months. I have been struggling for two months to wear shoes because with the friction. It was painful. But now everything is fine!

No sequelae?

I will forever have a horn on the side of my foot. I go to the pedicure every 3 months to remove this horn otherwise it bothers me when I wear shoes.

Any regrets? 

No one. I was stupid. It’s my fault, I bear the consequences. And as I said earlier: Despite my injury, I was able to do a lot of activities during my trip to New Caledonia. In addition, it could have been a thousand times worse: It could have caused a severed tendon for example. 

Congratulation! It’s a beautiful TFP! I am proud of you!

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