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Old 10-17-2010, 08:07 PM   #1
IheartDDuck
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Thanksgiving AND New Year's?! Whew! - Update 3/12 Pg. 17

Greetings fellow DISers!

I haven't been on in a while, and I'm very excited to start a new trip report and actually finish!

I am super excited because I made a last minute decision and just yesterday booked a trip that will occur in a little more then a month. Let me fill you guys in a little on the background on why this trip is occurring.

Just earlier this month I had to say goodbye to my oldest furbaby Hobbes.



It was a very quick thing, and happened before I even had time to process the information. I took her to the vet because she seemed to be heaving a hairball that she couldn't pass. It went on for almost an entire night, so I took the day off of work to get her checked out. The vet took xrays and checked her out and said that she found nothing wrong on the xrays and that it was possible that she just had a really bad hairball. She seemed okay, so I took her home.

As soon as I got home, Hobbes went directly under the bed and would not come out. She would not eat, drink, or use the litter box. I thought perhaps she was angry with me. When she didn't come out for the entire day, I knew something was wrong. So, I took her back to the emergency vet again. They ran bloodwork and stated that the bloodwork suggested that she may have pancreatitis. While it's not the easiest to get rid of, the vet said that it is completely curable with fluids and antibiotics. However, she did say that she suggested an ultrasound to see exactly what is going on, and that they would keep her overnight on fluids and get her ultrasound when the doctor who performs those was in the next day. I did that and was told the doctor would call.

I got the call the next day, and my worst fears were confirmed. She had a mass in her abdomen that punctured a part of her gall bladder, causing fluid to leak into her abdomen, and that the fluid was the color of root beer. He told me that there was surgery, but the survival rate was very low, and that if they performed the surgery, he was still afraid that the mass was cancer. I was in such shock, because she had been fine. However, the doctor said that he knew it was a tough decision, but that with the limited success of the surgery, he suggested putting her down. He told me that surgery without success would be even more heartbreaking, and I agreed with that.

So, I had to make the decision to put my beautiful baby to sleep. It was the hardest thing that I've ever done.

This all happened in the course of three days, so it was very hard to process. She was only 9 years old, and she was the first cat I ever had. Needless to say, things have not been the same without her.

Sorry if I made anyone cry, as I know many on the DIS have furbabies that they love and cherish just like I do.

Well, the one thing that makes me happiest is Disney, and ever since Hobbes passing, I haven't been able to get Disney off my mind. I am stir crazy at this point, even though I have a trip planned with my brother in February. I know it's because of Hobbes. So, I started puttering around online to see what I could find for Thanksgiving weekend. This would be a whirlwind trip for me, because I do not have any vacation time left, so my trip would have to be over the four day Thanksgiving weekend only. Crazy, I know.

I managed to find an affordable flight through Southwest from Milwaukee to Orlando, which surprised me, because I thought it would be difficult. But now the question was who would go with me? I'll tell you who...

MY MOM!!!!



If you have read any of my trip reports before, you will know that my mom is my best friend. She and I have a great relationship that I would not trade for anything. The only thing would be convincing her to go along and seeing if my dad could be without her.

That brings me to another thing. My dad is awesome. He lets my mom and I take trips together without him, just like I go on trips with my dad without my mom. He had absolutely no problem with this scenario, and even said to my mom later that he knew I needed a getaway because of the difficulty I had with Hobbes passing. My dad is amazing!

We were already planning on purchasing annual passes for our trips next year, so the pass issue was no problem. Now the deal was finding lodging. My parents are DVC members, and normally we use points. They are also generous enough to frequently allow me to use points, like I will be in February with my brother. However, we need the rest of their points for our upcoming July trip. You see, it is going to be my parents 40th wedding anniversary next year, and we are taking a family trip with all of the kids and grandkids. So, we need all the points for that. That will be a grand gathering to write about for sure, and don't worry, I will!

So, Dad gave the okay, and now I needed to find lodging. Where else would we stay? I favorite of DIS.....POP Century!

I called reservations and proceeded to make my plans. I secured four nights, 11/24-11/28 at POP Century. I got the passholder discount for one night only (because of the holiday, which I understood), and we also opted to add quick service dining. I know that with only three full days to be there, we agreed that we want to fly by the seat of our pants and not have to worry about ressies at table service restaurants.

So, flight booked, room booked, food paid for, I was done! I couldn't believe that this was happening and that we were actually going to be doing this. I am so excited to have this with my mom, and we are going to have a blast. Please join in on the fun with me! I would appreciate any recommendations you have regarding a room request for POP. I was thinking the 60's building, and I was going to request 1st or 2nd floor, because my mom is very very afraid of heights, and has a very hard time with 3rd and 4th floors in hotels that are outdoors. Let me know thoughts on that.

Also, I take any suggestions on what everyone likes for counter service. I have my favorites, but I'm always open to everyone's thoughts!

Also, since I forgot, this is me, Danielle:



Thanks for reading and I hope you stay for this crazy ride! I will post more later with some more details about my mom and I.

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