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Old 06-16-2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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June 1 Med - A Merry Band of Invalids (London, Barca, Med Cruise, Paris)

A Little Bit About Us

Hi! I originally had NOT planned on doing a full TR due to time constraints, but I realized that it would be good to document this amazing trip that we had!

In Jan 2012, DH, my bro, my SIL and I were having lunch and talked about doing a Mediterranean cruise. While my bro & SIL would have preferred to go on the NCL Epic (new ship, new facilities, same itinerary, lower price), DH and I wanted to do Disney. My bro & SIL (whom I will call "PB&J" from this point on) were kind enough to accommodate our preferences so Disney was ON! We booked 3 cabins for:

11A -- PB&J
11B sideways -- DH, Me, DD#1 and DD#2 (who I'm referring to as Baby Ems)
10A SPH -- Mom, Dad and Aunty

SOOOO much happened to each of us during the planning of this trip. In April 2012 I gave birth to Baby Ems. In Jan 2013 I had open hernia mesh repair due to a hernia I developed during that pregnancy. The mesh didn't agree with my body (or my nerves). Prior to the trip I had nerve block injections and radiofrequency nerve ablation (ouch) to alleviate the pain. I couldn't walk much from January 2013 onwards and was fearful that I couldn't make this trip. But I was determined!! The nerve ablation did not appear to work at first, but during the trip I realized that I was walking WAY more than I could have prior to the procedure. I brought along my prescribed Norco, but I didn't want to take it all the time. When I was in severe pain, I usually took a 1 pill and combined it with Motrin. I noticed in Italy that heat and humidity really helped with the pain. When it was cold and raining in Paris, the severe pain returned. I have a consultation on Monday to discuss mesh removal. We'll see what happens.

In April 2013, my dad developed a hernia from helping me continuously with my 2 kids. He has a surgery scheduled at Shouldice Center in Toronto (non-mesh repair) in July. He was also very concerned about mobility issues, but in general we both did OK.

In May 2013, just before the trip, my SIL found out she was 6 weeks pregnant. Yay! But uh oh!

This merry band of bandits just became a merry band of invalids. We decided to take each day slowly and just see what happens. What will happen? Will we make it? Here's a hint--one of us ends up in the hospital during this trip and it's NOT who you'd think! I will link each day of the TR to this first post as I finish them.

Day 1 - Travel to LHR

Day 2 - Arrival in London

Day 3 - London (British Museum, Ceremony of the Keys)

Day 4 - London (Westminster Abbey, Hospital Visit & Covent Garden)

Day 5 - RIB London Voyages, Shenanigans at Gatwick & Flight to Barcelona

Days 6 & 7 - Gaudi or Seafood? Duh! Eating Our Way Through Barcelona

Day 8 -- Hellooooooooo Mickey Ship!!!!!! Part 1

Day 8 -- Hellooooooooo Mickey Ship!!!!!! Part 2

Day 9 -- First Sea Day

Day 10 -- Villefranche (Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze & Palo)

Day 11 -- Portofino & Santa Margherita (La Spezia)

Day 12 -- Rome - A Perfect Day

Day 13 -- Baby Ems v. The Sleazy Guy

Day 14 -- The Last Sea Day & Scrambling To Finish Our FE Gifts

Day 15 -- Disembarkation, Parc Guell & More Yummy Tapas in Barcelona

Days 16, 17 & 18 -- Following in Gaspard & Lisa's Footsteps: Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower & Notre Dame

Home Again & What I'd Do Differently

Here are some pics to start us off! Fave pic of the trip:

Mickey ship during tender:


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