Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Duchess Was Stressed

The Dowager Duchess had her stress test (and other tests) from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. today (Tuesday). It's not all as perfect as we'd like (in terms of her blood pressure, the urinary tract infection that's not completely gone, and advanced osteoporosis — which was news to her).

Neurology has already discussed treatment options with us (surgical and non-surgical). I'm getting some professional input so my mother and I can discuss it all again tomorrow. If she opts for surgery, it won't be scheduled until next week.

THE VIEW OF HER HOSPITAL ROOM WINDOW FROM HER BALCONY.
AT LEAST WE'RE NEARBY. (CLICK AND MAYBE YOU CAN SEE THE DUCHESS.)

The care she receives at Coney Island Hospital continues to be incredible. Attentive, professional, thorough, gentle, kind, caring. I've run out of adjectives. Less than 10 years ago, I would have told you to avoid this hospital at all costs. Now, I'd highly recommend it... and sincerely hope no one ever has to take my recommendation!

I've managed to enjoy a few wonderful long walks on the Boardwalk after my lunch breaks. And San Geraldo has managed to enjoy a few visits to the local casino. He's taken the Kid Brother with him — and bankrolled him — twice, for which we both will be eternally grateful. San Geraldo won a huge (it's all relative) jackpot one afternoon while there on his own.

I WISH THE DUCHESS COULD BE TAKING THESE WALKS WITH ME THIS WEEK.

In my world, the jackpot would have paid for our plane tickets and car rental (a hefty little sum).

In San Geraldo's world, we each have a brand new iPad Air 2, San Geraldo has a slush fund to continue gambling with, and we'll end up covering perhaps half our plane tickets and car rental. But, sometimes, San Geraldo's world can be so much more fun.

14 comments:

  1. Ooh, I like San Geraldo's world, too, Mitchell -- pretty darn good :)

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  2. San Geraldo is my best buddy, hey Jerry!!

    Winks!

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  3. Good to see the professionals are getting what they need to come up with a few options for your mother, Mitchell.

    The hospital sounds like a great place to be if that is what you need. What happened in 10 years that caused such a positive change? Would it be the 'Obama effect'?

    You guys have a good balance between the two of you.....keeps things interesting eh?

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  4. I like SG's world too! Half for fun and half for expenses. Cool that you can see her hospital room from her balcony. Please convey my best regards to DD. Hang in there, all of you.

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  5. I never win at casinos. I need a few San Geraldo gambling tips.

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  6. I think this whole 'illness' thing is just a cover story so you could compete in the Nathan's 4th of July hot dog eating contest.

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  7. Why is it that I lose every dime I come in with when I go to a casino? I think it's that smile of his.....

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  8. San Gerlado is a winner fantastic

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  9. I always enjoy your photos of Brooklyn, even though the circumstances for this trip are not ideal.

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  10. I want San G to teach me his methods! I'm glad they've gotten the tests done, not so happy the news isn't as good as we'd like. Keeping all of you in our thoughts. Please give the DD gentle hugs, smiles, and warm thoughts from us.

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  11. I want some of San Geraldo's luck!

    Thinking good thoughts for the DD's progress.

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  12. Yeah... SG's philosophy about his winnings is alright! Hope your Mother is out of the hospital soon.

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  13. Glad you are so close to where the hospital is or it would be a huge issue. It is too bad your brother refuses to enter hospitals, but at least he has you to count on with your Mom. San Geraldo is such a good brother-in-law to your brother :)

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  14. If you need anything at all at that hospital... My Good friend works in Administration...
    Keep it Handy... if you need anything... Roberta Gartner...,,,,

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