Friday, May 11, 2012
Just when I thought that my mother's condition was improving, she got up in the middle of the night, without calling her caregiver for help, and she fell face forward into something. I'm not sure what she hit first - whether it was the bureau or the floor - but she had to go to the ER in the wee hours of the morning. I answered my phone with, "What's wrong?" not "Hello."
As you might imagine, it's not very busy at the ER at 3:30 am, so she was seen and treated quickly. It was very clear that her nose was broken. As we sat there, her face swelled pretty badly, even with ice on it. Long story short, a CT scan showed no bones broken except in her nose, and there was no subdural bleeding. Home she went.
My mother looks absolutely scary, and it won't be much better on Mother's Day. She has two black eyes to go with that broken nose, which is very swollen and crooked, and a badly swollen face. She is in pain, but the Vicodin is helping (making her loopy though). She has said some really weird things, which makes me think it's the drugs.
There are now bed rails up to ensure she stays in bed until the caregiver can help her in the middle of the night/early morning. That's when her worst falls have always occurred. I really hope she can start to feel better soon.
Fortunately, in the midst of all this chaos, we found a good caregiver. She is very sweet and capable with Mom. Although she had told me during our interview that she could cook, she can't do much more than reheat already prepared food. Bummed about that, but Mom loves her, so all is currently well on that front.
Now that you know how Mom's week went, you can guess mine. I'm wiped out. Between working (my real job) and Mom care, there has been little time left. I've tried to keep up my blog schedule, but I should have posted a La Prairie lipstick feature last night. I just didn't have the energy to move as single body part. I'll try to get it published at lunchtime or shortly before.
No time this week for department store hopping. In fact, I'll miss Tim Quinn at Saks Chevy Chase today, which depresses me enormously. I wish they would schedule his visits so that at least one of the days is on a Saturday. I did order fragrance and makeup online, and I received one thing from Sephora I adore. Sunshine is predicted for tomorrow, so I'll have wonderful photo ops - and features to come.
I've got to get busy with fall color, but I can't find the motivation. It's May - a cold May so far. I remember the days when fall colors were launched in August. Now it's late May/early June, just as summer starts. I think brands ought to create multi-shift seasons. There would be Summer I, and Summer II would follow. Fall 1 could come out in July, ensuring sales in a slow month, then Fall II could continue the sales bonanza in August, the traditional start of the fall fashion season. I'm just not ready for deep plum and burgundy lips right now, as I start to enjoy all my pretty pinks and peaches for summer. I wore one of the new summer Chanel Rouge Coco Shines yesterday, and it looked perfect for the day.
I'm looking forward to reading what you did this week. That's how I'll get my beauty fix - in the Friday Forum, our open chat. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.
I'm thrilled about this week's giveaway contest. Though Mindy Yang's (MiN New York) generosity, I have 10 sample sets of By Kilian's Asian Tales duo to give away. Make sure to enter by tomorrow, May 12, at midnight. Water Calligraphy and Bamboo Harmony are gorgeous fragrances. Wouldn't you love to try them?
Photo by Best Things in Beauty