I got a call from my father this afternoon, the rescue squad was just in the process of taking my mother to the hospital after a fall. She has a broken left radius (arm) and a compression fracture of the lower back. She's "resting comfortably" in the hospital overnight if not for a couple of days. For the moment, I'm not packing my bags and making the 8 hour bee-line for Virginia. She's in good hands and there's nothing I can do to help. All thoughts and prayers for both of them gratefully accepted.
This is the second fall in the past 6 months for her, early summer she slipped on the back porch and fell on her back. She only 'just' recovered from that... and now this happens.