My own A&E story


Julia's daughter, Sophie I was just reading Pipa’s blog about her A&E visits last week, and it brought back a memory of my own from 13 years ago.

It was a Saturday night and I was on air at QVC until midnight. When I got back to my dressing room, I noticed the light was flashing on my answerphone. It was my partner Chris, and the message started, "No need to panic…”, so of course you instantly do, “but we’re at A&E”.

It transpired that our daughter Sophie, while trying to jump a drainage pipe on her bike, had gone over the handlebars and broken her arm.

I arrived at the hospital an hour and a half later, just as she was going to have her cast put on. They'd been there since 8.30pm, which was funny really as they'd spent their Saturday night in casualty rather than watching Casualty on TV.

Sophie’s arm was fine, but the experience left its mark on her. A few months later she was in her bedroom with the door shut and some very sombre music playing. I peeped in, and saw she had several soft toys lined up on the floor, some with bandages and plasters on, and one in the process of being ‘stitched up’ along its tummy after an operation!!

I thought this may have led to a career in medicine, but no, she’s in a girl band now – more of that later!

Julia x


  1. Rebecca Vines November 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Ah bless her! Julia, have you ever had the misfortune of breaking a bone or been in a cast?

  2. Sandra Willis January 20, 2009 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Oh my word! I remember when Daniel was a beautiful blonde baby & then toddler when I used to come along to your ‘Sundance centre’ sessions in Croydon all those years ago!!! How time flies. Suddenly I feel old!
    Kind regards, Sandra Willis nee Masterman

  3. julia roberts February 13, 2009 at 1:02 am -  Reply

    OMG Sandra – I only just found your comment – I’m a bit of a novice at this ‘blogging’ thing! I hope you’re keeping well AND fit?!? Do you remember Daniel toddling round the class and occassionally hitting the girls with ‘TRUCK’ – and do you remember how enormous I was when I was pregnant with Sophie?
    Heh Rebecca – no I’ve never broken any bones ( touch wood ) – but I had my heart broken a few times in my teens!
    Julia xx

  4. michelle grange February 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    hiya Julia , after reading your story about the bike it brings back memories about my youngest ( who is 21 in few days time ) when he was 14 he was trying to do stunts on a bike but while doing this the chain froze he went over the handles bars taking the bike with him and impailed himself to bike in his groin , the handle bar went 2in`s into him just scraping between his main artery and vien , when they took him into operate they found 2 circles of fabfic embeded Black was his boxers and beige his trousers , dont think he would be as lucky again , but never mind he recons now he has great scar to show the girls lolol , hope you are well

  5. julia roberts March 11, 2009 at 12:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Michelle just getting round to a few replies. Sounds like your son had a very lucky escape …….. ouch!! Hope he had a really happy 21st
    love Julia xx

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