Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Tipsy Duchess

My Mother the Dowager Duchess 'tipped over' Wednesday night, her birthday eve. I'd like to to tell you she did too much partying. But, my mother doesn't take more than a sip. She's a lightweight.

Although, come to think of it, she did down a number of mojitos when she visited us in Vegas.

"These are delicious!" 

I'm sure it was the muddled mint. Fresh herbs, you know.

So The Duchess hadn't been tippling when she tipped over. She was on her way to bed, feeling great and having had a wonderful day with friends. Not far from the bed, she fell. She's not really sure how or why. But she hit her arm and leg, and wrenched her back. The arm and leg are bruised but the back is giving her unbearable pain.

She went to the hospital emergency room Sunday and had an MRI. Nothing is broken, but they did find a compression fracture on her spine that was probably already there before the "birthday fall." She was given a shot for the pain and sent home to see her own doctor for follow-up. The shot, unfortunately, did nothing for the pain.

My cousin had planned on driving in (about 2 hours) to take my mother to lunch for her birthday. She instead drove in Friday and spent the day and night with her.

Two of The DD's amazing friends took her to her doctor Tuesday — Rosalie as driver and Sheila as personal escort. She's now got some meds that we hope will ease the pain and help her to recover. San Geraldo and I will be there in a couple of days to wait on her hand and foot.

Jeez! That woman will do anything for attention.


  1. Hard to be far away when things like that happen, but it sounds like she's getting just by with a little help from her friends. Hope this clears up soon.

  2. What a funny shot of your Mom... or is that her giving us a shot? Or ... no, you said she hadn't had a shot of anything. Anyway... hope she recovers quickly and that you have a good visit "home".

  3. She takes a tipping and keeps on ticking!
    Hope the DD feels better soon!

  4. Glad it was not more serious. I know how hard it is to be far away when things like this happen, and my mother is only 1,000 miles from me in Texas. My brother lives in Texas, too, but he is 500 miles away.

    I know she will recuperate in suitable comfort with you and San Geraldo in attendance. Lucky lady!

  5. I'm sure she feels better just knowing yo are are your way to her. Take good care of her (no worries there!) and give her a (gentle) hug from me. Travel safely.

  6. Mitchell i believe she recovers soon,Say hello your mum from Poland

  7. Hang in there, Mitchell!
    Hope your mom heals quickly. Nothing worse than back pain that won't go away.
    Give us a 'wave' as you fly over our coast.
    tale care.

  8. So sorry to hear this Mitch. Nothing worse than having back pain. I know this all too well. Hope DD can mange that daily. Always have a pain killer to nip it in the bud.

    Have an uneventful flight across to NYC and be a good boy, OK!?!

  9. Oh, my :(
    Hang in there, D.D.!
    Safe travels to you and San Geraldo, Mitchell. Looking forward to positive updates.

  10. Hope DD will be well soon. Give her a hug from your friends, but do it gently.

  11. So glad she has such good friends and knows the two of you will be there soon. Safe travels friend.

  12. I'm so sorry that the Dowager Duchess is in pain; but I know you and San G (as well as her friends) will soon have her set to rights. Give her a gentle hug from me, if you would.

  13. I hope she recovers quickly. My mother is terrified of falling, so much so that she seldom goes anywhere. Give her my best.

  14. Hope she recuperates soon. Best Wishes.

  15. Oh I'm so sorry to hear she had a fall and I hope she will be healed up soon! My mother-in-law (85) did a face plant on a sidewalk three weeks back and didn't even tell us!!! Gordon went to see her one day and half her face was all bruised and she was wearing sunglasses. refused to see the doctor but she's being dragged there next week. Glad your mother is not so reluctant to get medical attention. She's an amazing lady.

  16. perhaps she suffers from CDD - Center of attention deficit disorder ??


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