Here we go, another episode of La Famille Trump, the Etiquette Show From Hell. In this latest episode, Donald has decided he should act like a human being. None other than Letitia James gave him the signal for appropriate behavior by canceling today’s depositions in New York, but he decided to ignore her lead and go to Arizona on Saturday anyhow.
Trump was scheduled for a rally in North Carolina tonight, but James’ deposition notice forced him to cancel. Early reports said that the money would be refunded but subsequent reports say it wasn’t and people lost a lot of money. Ouch. In any event, on to Arizona Trump planned to go, but the fact that social media has been going bonkers since yesterday after Ivana’s sudden death was reported must have finally persuaded him that the optics of abandoning his three children, who just lost their mother and his grandchildren who lost their grandmother, were horrific. Oh, and the fundraising email accompanying the death announcement didn’t exactly go over well, either.
What an amazing dad. Willing to postpone his rally just to comfort and console his grieving children. What a guy. pic.twitter.com/5fSB9K3ITk
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 15, 2022
I just read interview from good friend of hers. Apparently she needed a hip replacement and could barely walk but didn’t want the surgery.
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 15, 2022
If you’re new to reading this blog, I had a full hip replacement back in 2019. The difference between Ivana Trump and myself is that nobody told me that I needed a hip replacement. My doctor was a quack and malpracticed me. He literally watched me shuffle into his office with a cane, once in a wheelchair and never suggested I get any tests. And I was too stupid to seek the opinion of another doctor. It’s incredible to me in retrospect that I was that dumb but I was. I had been raised to trust doctors as gods and if this one couldn’t figure out how to fix me, I just thought I couldn’t be fixed.
But the time came when he got in trouble with the medical board (due to the fact that I was far from the only person he malpracticed. He killed one of his patients) and they restricted his license and he was no longer able to prescribe even the small amount of pain pills (three per day) which made my life tolerable. I got to another doctor and she wanted me to get tests and I told her I couldn’t physically get around well enough to get the tests and could she just check me into the hospital? Which she did. The doctors there informed me I needed a hip replacement. I was thrilled with the diagnosis because now I was going to be well. Point being, if Ivana Trump didn’t want to have hip surgery, there was something else going on.
I’m going to tell you what I really think here. I think she had a doctor giving her pain meds and so she wasn’t all that bothered by needing an operation and not getting it. She was able to stay stoned. I was not. I needed the operation to get rid of my pain. And if I had had the option to stay heavily medicated I still would have gotten the operation because believe me, it’s better to get rid of chronic, debilitating pain. That’s a no brainer.
If I’m right and Ivana decided to forego what is really a life saving operation, she absolutely was not thinking straight. Why stay housebound and not be able to move when you can get a surgery and be out walking again, doing what you want to do? I can’t ride a horse anymore, but I can still swim, do other things.
Ivana was a competitive skiier at one point. She was no slouch athletically. So why she would decide to take this path is beyond me. She could have had the best surgeons. I had a good surgeon and I was on Medicare. I got great care. I have nothing but praise for the surgeon, staff and hospital that did all this for me.
I normally don’t interject myself into an editorial like this, but in this case, because I had the exact same medical issue as this woman and it was so freaking easy to fix, I can’t help but wonder if Ivana had a death wish. I’m serious. Because I was up walking on the new hip the next day, out of the hospital and walking with a physical therapist for a few weeks and then I walked on my own with a walker and then a cane and then nothing at all.
That Ivana chose to stay crippled when she didn’t have to, not for one minute, means there’s more here than meets the eye. At least to me. All she needed was a hip surgery. There is no way I would have made the choice to stay in that pain and forego the surgery, even if my doctors said they would give me pain meds, and I assure you they would not have.
There is something wrong with an otherwise able-bodied person who doesn’t want to have a surgery. I remember being housebound and that was not much of a life. Ivana was a woman who had the means, financially at least, to go anywhere she wanted to. Why stay housebound? I have to assume that it’s because she didn’t want to go anyplace or do anything with people — a sort of Howard Hughes scenario. There’s plenty of money there, but everything else is screwed up.
As much as I despise the Trump children, I do sympathize on a human level with anybody who loses a parent and especially if that loss is sudden, and a blunt trauma.
And as for Ivana, according to conventional wisdom she had a lot more to live for than me. She had a 45-room mansion in Connecticut, an apartment in New York, children, grandchildren. She was a millionaire. She got $14 million from the divorce settlement, (which was granted on the basis of “cruel and inhuman treatment.” Trump treated America the same way, too, we relate.) Anyhow, Ivana was a high roller, I only have this blog. But I’m the one who decided, glory be, give me that operation. I was thrilled to finally be diagnosed and have a solution given to me. And Ivana decided to stay crippled. What’s wrong with this picture?
We’ll see what the medical examiner says. There’s more here than meets the eye. And again, whatever really happened, on a human level I feel bad that Ivana didn’t value her life more to take care of herself better and I do feel bad for her kids experiencing the blunt trauma of her loss.