Ex-President George HW Bush tweets about fall, neck injury

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush is showing he has a sense of humor about falling at his Maine summer home and fracturing a bone in his neck.

The 91-year-old tweeted a smiling photo showing him in a neck brace and giving two thumbs up Thursday. He tells his followers, "Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?" He also gives thanks for the "kind get-well messages" he's received.

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Ex-President George HW Bush tweets about fall, neck injury
Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Thanks to all for your kind get-well messages. http://t.co/T9FmhCqyme
Former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father" , Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Texas Tribune, Bob Daemmrich, Pool)
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush speak before the first half of a college basketball regional final game between Gonzaga and Duke, in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 01: President George H.W. Bush waits on the field prior to the start of the game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, right, with former President George H. W. Bush, left, present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, center, from Union, Iowa, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. The 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizing millions of people to take action that is changing the world and recognizes individuals who are making a difference through service and volunteerism. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama, right, looks to former President George H. W. Bush at they arrive to present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, of Union, Iowa, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. The 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizing millions of people to take action that is changing the world and recognizes individuals who are making a difference through service and volunteerism. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (99) visits with former president George H. W. Bush prior to an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Former president George H. W. Bush, right, waves to fans before an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Houston. The Texans are honoring U.S. Armed Forces with their annual Salute to Service Day. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Barbara Bush, right, and former President George H.W. Bush greet friends at his presidential library before their son George W. Bush discussed his new book, "41: A Portrait of My Father" Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Texas Tribune, Bob Daemmrich, Pool)
Former President George H.W. Bush waves to the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father" at his father's George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Texas Tribune, Bob Daemmrich, Pool)
Former President George H.W. Bush, left, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church after making a tandem parachute jump near Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Bush made the jump, his eighth, in celebration of his 90th birthday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, float to the ground during a tandem parachute jump near Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Bush made the jump, his eighth, in celebration of his 90th birthday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Former President George H.W. Bush, left, is seen in this Thursday, March 27, 2014. file photo taken in College Station, Texas and ormer U.S. President Jimmy Carter is seen in a June 28, 2013 file photo taken in Atlanta Georgia. Bush celebrates his 90th birthday Thursday June 12, 2014. Carter is 89 years, 254 days. (AP Photo/FILE)
Harvard University President Drew Faust, left, speaks with former President George H. W. Bush, right, before Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Bush was presented with with an honorary doctor of laws degree during the ceremonies. Chilean author Isabel Allende, top left, and singer Aretha Franklin, behind center left, look on. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Former President George H. W. Bush, left, shakes hands with Vice President and Secretary of Harvard University Marc Goodheart, right, as Bush is awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, left, receives applause from former President George H. W. Bush as he stands to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Bush was also presented with with an honorary doctor of laws degree during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Former President George H.W. Bush, center, is greeted courtside at the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by former President George H.W. Bush as they arrive on Air Force One at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Michelle Obama bends to kiss Former President George H.W. Bush, as she and President Barack Obama arrive on Air Force One at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Former President George H.W. Bush waits on the tarmac for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to as arrive on Air Force One at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Former President George H. W. Bush congratulates Matt Jones after Jones won the Houston Open golf tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Former President George H. W. Bush attends the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Former President George H.W. Bush rides out onto the 18th green during the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Former President George H.W. Bush is introduced during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Duke and North Carolina State at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Former President George H.W. Bush is greeted prior to an NCAA college basketball game between Duke and North Carolina State at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, talks with former president George H. W. Bush before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Former President George H. W. Bush sitting next to President Barack Obama, left, recognizes a member of the audience after presenting the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award in the East Room of the White House of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. Obama welcomed Bush to the White House in a salute to public service and to the drive for volunteerism that the 41st president inspired with his "thousand points of light" initiative more than two decades ago. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - Former President George H.W. Bush shakes hands with his son, former President George W. Bush during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Former President George W. Bush, right, talks with his father, former President George H.W. Bush during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, back left, his daughter Irina Virganskaya, left, visit with former President George H.W. Bush, center, his wife Barbara, right, before having lunch Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Houston. Gorbachev is in Houston to speak at the Brilliant Lecture Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, meets with former President George H.W. Bush to receive his endorsement Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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The 41st president survived bailing out of his torpedo bomber when it was shot down in World War II and has skydived several times since then, including on his 90th birthday.

Bush took a tumble on July 15 at his Kennebunkport home. Doctors are letting the fractured vertebra heal on its own over the next few months.

During the winter Bush lives in Houston.

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