So I spent Tuesday sleeping it off and nibbling dry toast. I had to rebook my transport to Paris, and miss my first night's accommodation, so now I get the fun part of doing the travel insurance admin. My first thought was "thank goodness for travel insurance", but now that I consider it a bit more closely - the cost of the insurance is far more than the cost of this mishap. Granted, my insurance covers me till next March and there could be another incident before then, but the chances seem unlikely. I've been living away from home over two years now and it's the first time this has happened. I didn't have to pay anything for the medical treatment I received because the UK has a sterling public healthcare system (more on that later). Of course, travel insurance is *just in case*, and it could have been a whole lot worse. I suppose you never know what might happen and you do have peace of mind knowing it's there.
I made it to Paris only a day and a half late in the end, still in time for the first night of the three weeks' accommodation I booked over Airbnb (I have a whole flat to myself for the same price as I would a dorm bed in a hostel in central Paris, it's AMAZING). Now I just have to wrestle with my insurance company.
Update: I have written about this experience for my boyfriend's gaming blog,