Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-10-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
tazdev3225
I sucked my thumb up with the vacuum
I fell up a mountain skiing and sprained both my ankles
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 3,153

My aunt had surgery so I went to Disneyworld. Update 5/23 Final Thoughts

That's right my aunt had surgery and I took advantage of it by heading to Disneyworld. It wasn't major surgery - just carpal tunnel and my mom was there to help her.

The cast of characters was me: Lorrie, tazdev3225, Mom, Grandmom, Memo, Coach, hey you. Pretty much will answer to anything.

Favorite character: Grumpy, hands down my favorite although I do like Eeyore and Mickey.

Favorite ride: It's a Small World for sentimental reasons.

Favorite park: All of them for different reasons

My mom and Aunt Anna will also play a part in this report but they didn't go to Disney. My aunt has lived in Florida for almost 40 years and has been there a couple of times. My mom doesn't like Disney at all. I am adopted, I have to be.

Here we are in May 2010, I'm in the middle. My mom's on the right and my aunt is obviously on the left


Reason for the trip as if we need one - to destress.

This trip started out in my mind back in November when I realized it would be December of 2013 til I went back again. I wanted to see the Flower and Garden Festival and possibly Star Wars weekend. I tried to find a travel partner. My DH was out, he hates the heat and anything above 50 degrees is heat to him. I tried to get my aunt to go. She was going to officially be out of a job at the end of May. She decided to redo her house. My husband said go alone. My mom said, "Absolutely not!" and got my dad in on it. I know, I have grandkids but I was raised to listen to your parents. It looked like I wouldn't get there this year.

Fast forward to January and my mom calls me. My aunt/godmother was rushed to the hospital. She was not doing well and as soon as she was stabilized she was being transferred to Philadelphia from Cape May, NJ. Her blood sugar was in the 500's and her BP was 200+ over 100+. Not good. After 3 days she was in Philly and mom and I were visiting as often as we could. My aunt has no other family. (She had no children, was an only child and my uncle passed away 16 years ago.) Turns out she was in worse shape than we thought. She had a series of mini strokes caused by a serious heart condition. It's inoperable so eventually she wil have a massive stroke or heart attack and die. The plan for now is to get her into rehab and hopefully back home. We live near some nationally ranked facilities so we said either of them. She wasn't capable of making decisions at the time.

Her cleaning lady said no! Seriously I get that you work for my aunt but shut up, you aren't family! Mom and I won. My aunt was in the hospital for 3 weeks then transferred to a subsidiary of Moss Rehab. Then she had another episode and was transferred back to the hospital. The cleaning lady came to visit one day, in my aunt's car using gas my aunt paid for, with a notary and a Power of Attorney and new will for my aunt to sign. Thankfully it raised red flags with the hospital staff and my mom was notified. She had my aunt sign over EVERYTHING she owns to the cleaning lady and the will left her what was left. My BP was starting to rise. We contacted lawyers, the Corporation for Aging, my DH talked with some ADA's (He's a sheriff, he has contacts). My dad and I went in to talk with my unt. She swore she signed nothing, my uncle signed everything. The staff psychiatrist declared her incompetant. In the midst of all this she went back to rehab where we hit a brick wall. The social worker could care less.

Then my aunt in Florida called my mom to see if she could come down there to help for a week or two after her surgery. My mom and my aunt hatched a plan. Mom called me and asked if I still wanted to go to Disney. Um YES!!!! I was welcome to come down and stay at my aunt's house. We got the situation with my aunt straightened out. She revoked the POA and the will revision. My stress lessened.

I planned my flights. I was leaving 2 days after my mom on April 4th and coming home on April 8th. Baseball season is starting and I coach. I scored a really early flight down and a late flight home.

Next was tickets. I am going again in December so my DH and I decided that I should get an AP. We don't want a dining plan when we go so that was solved. I went to the Disney Store and had my ticket in hand. Free Parking a major benefit.

Final piece of the puzzle I needed a rental car. I googled and researched, prices were high. I found a cheap car from a place I never heard of. That was vetoed by my husband. He wanted me in a known place in case I had trouble with the car. I needed to renew my AAA so I asked there. Score! I got a rental for $235. I was set.

Mom left on Tuesday as planned. Then she called me from Florida. My aunt was no longer in the rehab center. WHAT???? I called the rehab. She was discharged to a new facility in Cape May. The cleaning lady was driving her there. OK my BP skyrocketed again. The cleaning lady knew that her POA was revoked and she slammed the phone on me when I told her the day before. We knew she would head up to see my aunt. But to let her take my medically unstable, still unable to walk aunt on a 2 1/2 hour plus car ride? Then they refused to tell me the name of the new facility. I spent all afternoon on the phone calling Cape MAy facilities, my mom and my dad. Finally located the new facility. An hour later I called back and my aunt had arrived safely. I told the nurse who answered some of the issues and that my mom would be incontact with them.

I also had my grandkids to deal with that day and laundry. Thankfully my SIL got home early so I was able to get home by 6PM. I made meals for my DH while I was away. At 9 PM I finally packed. I was asleep soon after with dreams of Disney and no stress for the next 5 days.


So there you have the background. This was a much needed trip. The only issue I won on was no ECV. I have a serious ankle injury but traveling alone I knew I could take my time and I was planning short days. The report will be picture filled. I took over 1400 pictures in 5 days.

Stop in, pull up a chair, say Hi. Hope you all enjoy it.

Last edited by tazdev3225; 05-23-2013 at 07:39 PM.
tazdev3225 is offline  
Old 04-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
Grumpy's Wife
Dollar Tree gal here
sissy fluffed, sissy fluffed!
I'll have one of what ever the tag fairy is drinking tonight
Chocolate is a girls heaven
 
Grumpy's Wife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mandeville, La
Posts: 26,052

Wow it does sound like you really needed a little vacation. I hope you got exactly what you needed in Disney.
__________________



Grumpy's Wife is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 04-10-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
tazdev3225
I sucked my thumb up with the vacuum
I fell up a mountain skiing and sprained both my ankles
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 3,153



I really was stressed out to say the least. As soon as I get pics uploaded I will be starting the fun part of the TR.
tazdev3225 is offline  
Old 04-10-2013, 07:06 PM   #5
tazdev3225
I sucked my thumb up with the vacuum
I fell up a mountain skiing and sprained both my ankles
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 3,153

Glad you stopped by. I wanted to arrest the cleaning lady as soon as I found out what she did but my parents don't want to do anything at the moment. She is on notice that we will proceed legally if we suspect anything out of the ordinary. My aunt really needs to go to an assisted living facility and I am hoping we can convince her of that soon. Then the cleaning lady is all mine and I can get her on federal charges if I found out she took the income tax return she was very specific about in the papers. Thankfully my aunt is more herself now and is alert to what she did. I can honestly say my fight is to protect my aunt as no one in the family is inheriting her house or any money.

Photos will be coming as soon as I figure out Flickr. Switched from Photobucket.
tazdev3225 is offline  
Old 04-15-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
tazdev3225
I sucked my thumb up with the vacuum
I fell up a mountain skiing and sprained both my ankles
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 3,153

Day 1 and my adventure begins.

I had an 8:30 flight on Southwest out of Philadelphia International. It is normally about a 20 minute drive when my DH drives. I had my alarm set for 5:30 so that I could shower real fast while Jim packed his lunch. We were ready to leave a little before 6 when Jim noticed the creep next door to us was leaving so we waited a few minutes. This kid moved in about 3 years ago and took an instant dislike to us since we don't keep our house to his liking. Anyway he left and we were gone after I said good bye to my very upset fur baby. She knows luggage means I'm leaving and she doesn't like it.

We were 3 blocks from the house when I realized I forgot my phone. Quick U-turn and finally we were on our way to the airport. We hot the road at


Unfortunately we hit rush hour traffic. That's a silly name for traffic that doesn't move


Finally about a half hour later the airport was in sight


We made fairly decent time for me but Jim had to make it back up I95 in that traffic to get to work. He got me and my suitcase out of the truck and he was off. In the rush I left my GPS on the front seat. That will be important later. A skycap came over to help me and get me checked in. He also had a wheelchailr for me in no time. I have been fighting an ankle injury since Septembber and I'm still in a lot of pain. Actually today I am now in a cast as it seems I have had a stress fracture for 7 months that has not healed. Anyway we were off to TSA.

I wasn't too concerned as I have never had any issues with them. That changed. I had on an ankle brace and I needed to get that off. I left my money in my pocket and limped into the machine. Well I did not know that money needs to be out of your pocket. It was bills not coins. The woman agent was extremely rude about it. I took the money out and it was obvious what happened. She had to search me and do a gunshot residue test, seriously. The whole time she was saying something along the lines that if some people would follow the rules and pay attention she wouldn't have such a hard job. In the meantime I'm struggling to stand. Neverhad an issue before. Oh well I passed all of her inspections and was whisked away to my gate.

I was at my gate by 7:15 AM even with the rude TSA agent. I started to read a book while I waited. I have several authors I like and opted for Iris Johanson this trip. I was the first to preboard and I got an aisle seat and settled in. Only had one seatmate and she took the aisle. I was very happy as she wasn't real chatty. Take off was on time and soon we were over


Not really sure where it was but we had nice clear skies.

The white streaks are boats heading into the entrance for the Delaware Bay.



This is the entrance to the Atlantic Ocean from the Delaware BAy. I have taken cruises along here and know the topography.


Cape May NJ and I looked really hard for the lighthouse but couldn't find it. Ten minutes and we were over the shore and it takes me over two hours to drive there.


Breakfast. No peanuts as there was an allergy on board. I also had coke for the caffeine


After that I put the camera away for the most part. We had thick clouds under us most of the way down. I did see this


Seeing another plane that clearly and that close was a little scary although it was probably not nearly as close as it appeared. The ride was really bumpy most of the way down and I thought of Scott. He doesn't like bumpy plane rides.

A couple of hours later and the Florida coast peeked through the clouds


Landing was a breeze and I had to wait for people to clear the aisles. I skipped the wheelchair here as I wanted to move slowly and check out a few shops. I still made it to baggage claim just before the luggage did. My suitcase was one of the first off.

Next I needed to hobble over to Hertz and get my car. There was a little bit of a communication problem at first - I don't hear well and English wasn't the agents primary language. Eventually I opted for the let Hertz fill the tank option and headed over to the parking garage.

Found my way to the cars - it is a BIG garage with quite a few of the car rental places represented in there. Found my car, a 2013 red Toyota Corolla with a little over 8,000 miles. And I was on my way


Not bad time. Disney here I come.
tazdev3225 is offline  
Old 04-15-2013, 09:17 PM   #8
scottny
You better have crackers
I heard of light reading, never wet reading
I still won't go in the ocean because of
 
scottny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 13,150

You know how I feel about the helper and that whole situation.
Donít get me started on your neighbor either. LOL
Glad the ankle might be healing now.
Gad you remembered the phone but bummer on the gps.
I HATE bumpy flights and the plane that close I would have freaked out.
Sounds like you got a nice car.
scottny is offline  
Old 04-15-2013, 09:18 PM   #9
tazdev3225
I sucked my thumb up with the vacuum
I fell up a mountain skiing and sprained both my ankles
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 3,153

Quote:
Originally Posted by jecskc View Post
LOL about your comment about rush hour.

I remember you telling me about the rude TSA agent.

Loved your "Up in the air" photos. Good stuff !!
Seriously we sat more than moved for at least 10 minutes.

She was rude. I get you have a job to do but there are a lot of people who don't fly on a regular basis. get a coffee and a new attitude.

Thanks I was really happy about the flight pics as I was using my little throw away camera. It takes decent pics unless my granddaughter is using it. She needs to learn not to move that camera.
tazdev3225 is offline  
Old 04-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #10
tazdev3225
I sucked my thumb up with the vacuum
I fell up a mountain skiing and sprained both my ankles
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 3,153

Quote:
Originally Posted by scottny View Post
You know how I feel about the helper and that whole situation.
Donít get me started on your neighbor either. LOL
Glad the ankle might be healing now.
Gad you remembered the phone but bummer on the gps.
I HATE bumpy flights and the plane that close I would have freaked out.
Sounds like you got a nice car.
I am not happy at all as it seems she is staying around. Makes going down to Cape MAy to see my aunt hard.

I ignore the neighbor as much as I can. Not worth the energy.

I needed the phone it had my mom's cell number programmed in it. Thankfully I did have useless maps.

I know you hate the bumpy flights. As soon as we hit the turbulence I thought of you. The plane that close was a little scary.

The car was very nice. A little small as I drive a nice big van that handles well on speedy curves. At least I think so, not sure about you.
tazdev3225 is offline  
Old 04-15-2013, 09:49 PM   #11
scottny
You better have crackers
I heard of light reading, never wet reading
I still won't go in the ocean because of
 
scottny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 13,150

Mini vans can roll very easily.
scottny is offline  
Old 04-16-2013, 07:37 AM   #12
kde175
Mouseketeer
 
kde175's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA Area
Posts: 203

Hi,

I followed Scott over from his reports. Looking forward to reading about your very well deserved trip.
__________________
Tina in Pittsburgh
Me (Tina) DH (DJ) DD (Emma, 7) Seymour Flora Starlight Rosie Smokey

kde175 is offline  
Old 04-16-2013, 09:08 AM   #13
Lesprivate
DIS Veteran
 
Lesprivate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 700

I didn't know you started your TR, you can thank Scott for pointing me to it thumbsup2

I am a notary and I definitely would not notarized something like that You sure are in need of a nice Disney trip after that. Sorry about your foot but now you can heal right in a cast.
__________________
DVC Owners - Saratoga Springs since 2006
Saratoga Springs, March 2014, AKL Kidani August 2013, CBR October 2012, OKW August 2012, May 2011 BLT,October 2010 BLT, August 2010 AKV, August 2009 SSR,May 2009 SSR, August 2008 VWL, August 2007 - POR and BCV, November 2006 - POFQ, August 2004 - ASSP, January 2001 - Offsite, December 1998 - Offsite, May 1997 - Offsite, June 1996 - Offsite, December 1995 - Offsite, June 1994 - Offsite, February 1989 - Offsite, April 1986 - Offsite, April 1985 - Offsite, December 1985 - Offsite, Numerous times as a child
Me , DH , DD , DGS Lucky , Spike Spanky : George
Lesprivate is online now  
Old 04-16-2013, 09:18 AM   #14
wiigirl
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 15,974

In for your TR!
__________________
For the love of Disney...
wiigirl is offline  
Old 04-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #15
tazdev3225
I sucked my thumb up with the vacuum
I fell up a mountain skiing and sprained both my ankles
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 3,153

Quote:
Originally Posted by kde175 View Post
Hi,

I followed Scott over from his reports. Looking forward to reading about your very well deserved trip.
Thanks for joining in.

Quote:
Originally Posted by scottny View Post
Mini vans can roll very easily.
Scott you know I had the van in control the whole time.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lesprivate View Post
I didn't know you started your TR, you can thank Scott for pointing me to it thumbsup2

I am a notary and I definitely would not notarized something like that You sure are in need of a nice Disney trip after that. Sorry about your foot but now you can heal right in a cast.
Thanks for joining in Leslie. I really wish we could do something to the notary. There is a good chance he printed the papers out too. As long as we can keep them from getting my aunt to sign anything else I'll be happy for now. The trip was really needed to destress for a bit. I am hoping the cast will let it heal so I can avoid surgery.

Quote:
Originally Posted by wiigirl View Post
In for your TR!
Thanks for joining in. I hope you'll like it.


Stay tuned I'll finish Day 1 later today.
tazdev3225 is offline  
 



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:16 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: