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.