Re: 16th birthday: pre-trip planning (or how Deb Willis saved our trip)
- From: Rudeney <rudeney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 09:01:20 -0500
About a month ago the friend who was to join us had to cancel. Mom had been having trouble with headaches and hearing loss on one side -- a growth was found in her brain that needed to be removed. We decided to check into taking a different friend, also a WDW newbie. We moved from BC to CBR in order to save money (new friend couldn't contribute any, and the original friend was going to pay plane ticket and admission ticket). I'd booked tickets through expedia -- something i will never do again--so I called them to see about transferring to the new friend. I was told they do not switch tickets. Called the two airlines we were booked on--one was willing to switch and the other was not. Suddenly the trip was just the two of us.
But if the friend was not an adult (i.e. under 18) then she would need no ID and probably could have just traveled under the other friend's named ticket.
Then came October 12. DD called me at work in tears wanting me to pick her up from school. I was able to coordinate some things so I could. If learned that she had injured her leg during gym class. She had told the gym teacher that she had suddenly felt a sharp pain and then her foot went numb. The gym teacher told her that she had to continue he football pass & catch drill they were doing in class, but that she could walk rather than run. I had her rest, elevate and apply ice, and put in a call to the school. The gym teacher informed me she knew DD was faking because there was no limp.
A trip to the Dr the next morning and an x-ray was inclusive. They were uncertain if this was a severe muscle strain or it was a stress fracture. DD was told to limit activity and return in a week if the pain was still there. Yesterday was a week and the pain was still there.
Ugh! I know how you feel! I was in a similar situation before our cruise a few weeks ago. I hated being jerked around with inconclusive tests over two weeks while trying to decide if I should cancel my vacation plans or not. I've never really been fond of doctors (mostly just internists), but this really sealed the deal. The next time I go to the doctor, it will be a specialist or they will take me in an ambulance!
Today she went for a bone scan which showed not one, but two stress fractures -- so much for the "no limp no injury" theory. Doctor's orders? No walking and no weight bearing for at least 2 weeks, limited activity for at least 6 weeks.
So now what? Well, Disney savvy person that I am I hopped onto Deb's site and looked up medical care companies in the WDW area. A quick phone call and we have a wheelchair being delivered to CBR to be there for our arrival. A quick trip to a local rehab center and she was set with crutches for around home.
Several hours of frustration and packing later, and we're set to go. Off to work and school in the morning. I leave work at 12:00, do a couple of last minute errands, pick DD up at school and we head to the airport for our 6:30 flight.
As DD pointed out, we get to board first on the plane, and can use the handicapped access to rides now. This could be a good trip after all....
I hope everything goes well. I know pushing my MIL around in a wheelchair on the cruise was no fun. It drove me nuts! Getting to the head of the line is a very small consolation for having to deal with the hassles. I don't see how people who have to do this everyday handle it, especially those that were once ambulatory. I told my wife that she better hope and pray that I never have to use a wheelchair because it won't be pleasant.
Tentative Next WDW Vacation
Spring Break 2008
(144 Days To Go!)
- Prev by Date: Re: I Am Soooo Cheap
- Next by Date: Re: 2007 Food and Wine TR: Day Nine
- Previous by thread: Re: 16th birthday: pre-trip planning (or how Deb Willis saved our trip)
- Next by thread: Re: 16th birthday: pre-trip planning (or how Deb Willis saved our trip)