Sunday, June 02, 2013
Yesterday I went on a day bus trip with my mother and several other folks in my area, to New Orleans. We were going to see the play Wicked. There aren't many people in the world that I would get up at the crack of dawn to spend the day with....in a bus....full of strangers - but for my mom I sometimes make an exception!!
We got to Nawlins about 10:15 and the bus dropped us off in the French Quarter for some shopping/site seeing and lunch and the plan was to re-board the bus at 1:15 to go to the theater.
Every thing was great - had a nice lunch, did a little shopping and enjoyed the "unique" people that make New Orleans what it is!!
At 1:05 we were about 10 feet away from the bus when my mother - who at the age of 72 was perhaps wearing shoes with a little too much heal for her age and for the uneven streets of the Big Easy - stepped in a low spot----and down she went!!!
And it was ALL DOWNHILL FROM THERE!!
People on the street wanted to call the EMT's, she had twisted BOTH ankles and was in the street and feeling like she was going to pass out. But the lady in charge of the bus trip - had our AWESOME bus driver get her back on the bus instead. Well - after putting some ice on both feet and her head - she sort of rallied back and didn't want to go the hospital -- old hard headed people can be their own worst enemy. So - the bus took us to the theater with the hope that they would have a wheelchair and she could see the show and we'd hit the ER in our town when we got back.
The theater did have a wheelchair - but it couldn't get us to our seats and at this point there is no room in the handicapped section!!
We found ourselves watching the first half of Wicked on a fuzzy tv screen with little sound in the lobby of the theater!!
BOTH of her feet are beginning to really swell---SO--
Long story short - we call a cab and he takes her to Tulane Medical Center for XRays. The good news is that neither are actually broken - but both are badly sprained. One sprained ankle when you are older and live alone is a disaster...two is almost unmanageable and the pain was bad too.
AND - our bus has headed back to Daphne!!! Now we are homeless and carless in the BIG CITY!!
Anyway - the hospital staff called the closest nice hotel where they could meet our cab with a wheel chair and let us eat and wait while my husband made the 2.5 hour trip to retrieve us....we considered staying the night and having him get us on Sunday morning - but we were hot, smelly exhausted and of course didn't have a change of clothes. Strolling Canal Street shopping for them with a 72 year old who cannot bear her own weight pretty much ruled that out.
We got home about midnight last night.....and I'm pretty sure that my dear husband is going to start speaking to me again at any moment!!
And mom is going to spend the next few days rolling through her house in her desk chair and I will be playing nursemaid!!
Heaven help me this week - because I think my eating schedule, exercise schedule and even work schedule are all going to be complicated this week.
But I'm sure that someday we'll look back on this and laugh - but right now, I'm just going to wait and hope that maybe someday Wicked will be on DVD!!