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My Mother Had a Car Accident
Thank God, again, no other cars or people were involved.
[Strange man's voice answers my mother's cell-phone.] "Hello? Yes, well, I'm the paramedic, who brought your mother in [to the Emergency Room]."
"Thank you. Is she able to speak?"
"Yes, she's upset, but here she is:"
"My hand's deformed."
"What do you mean by deformed, Mom?"
"My hand's deformed."
"Twisted, like you broke it?"
"What else hurts?"
"My stomach. It must have been from the air-bag. I hit a brick wall."
"They said it was a stone-wall, Mom."
"Right, a stone-wall. I was turning out of Don's driveway and was on my way to Carolyn's for dinner."
"How fast were you going?"
"Must not have been that fast or I'd be dead."
"Well, luckily, a stonewall gives. A brick wall, less so. I'm glad you're able to talk."
"Yeah, well, my brain is fine, I think. They're going to do a blood test and CAT Scans and they're not sure they'll keep me overnight, but it's already so late and the tests will take hours."
"Well, Deb's [my oldest sister] almost there, so don't worry. She'll take you home if need be and stay with you."
I told Pat that when I told my mom Pat's theory, about her stomach hurting from the seat-belt and air-bag, my mother said, "I'm glad Pat has a theory, but she's not a doctor."
"Actually," Pat said, smiling in response, "I am," ["...just not a medical one."]
How comforting to have a cat to swaddle. She's lying on one of my sweaters and I just tucked one of my sweatshirts around her, which she seems to be relishing (a cat's version of relishing is that she doesn't bolt away from me and the covers).
God willing, my mom will be 84 on the 20th. All of us are feeling guilty. My mother had invited my sister Kayla and her husband to the concert after which the accident happened, but my sister had declined, saying she was too tired.
"Oh, Kayla, don't be silly," I said and then related how I had thought nothing of asking my mom to drive to Greenwich and home by herself in the dark the other night, to meet me for dinner prior to my therapy session.