I Kicked it I Played it and now..Wheeling & Dealing at the WL final 9/9 p87/88

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  1. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

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    Hi Mary Ellen! :wave2: Welcome back!

    Glad to hear Brian is doing better...

    Those pix are gorgeous! Can't wait to see/read more!


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  3. dawnbu40

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    Aww thanks for the 5 legged goat picture!! :goodvibes
     
  4. Wicket's Mom

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    I'm fairly new on the Dis boards & am enjoying meeting the members online. I found this site last July & lurked awhile, got so much useful info before my last trip. After we got back I decides to join since I couldn't stay away. I enjoy reading as many TRs as I can. So here I am for yours Mary Ellen.

    Doris :ewok:paw:
     
  5. MEK

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    Welcome Disneymoon09! :cool1: I checked out your TR this morning and I had to tear myself away. What great fun! Thanks for joining in!

    Welcome IluvXU! :cool1: Thanks so much for joining in. I totally agree with having to put the pieces together. Its hard to do whether your a parent or a teacher when a kid displays the softer signs of ADD. I kept thinking if he had ADD or ADHD he would be getting into trouble at school, but that didn't really happen. He did, however, have way too many behavior and dress code detentions - forgetting his belt, wearing a sweatshirt, not shaving. It just all started to add up this year and its been an eye opening education.

    Getting WL at 7 months was so great. I see you have your first DVC trip in a month! That is so exciting. I love DVC! No regrets whatsoever!

    Welcome SoonerGirl! :cool1: Thanks for joining in. I really wish I could have made it to the Cinco de Mayo meet, but I wasn't able to drink and I knew I could never make it there without alcohol - it would have been pure torture!

    Thanks. It's definately a work in progress, but I feel so much more optomistic about Brian's behavior than I did even a month ago. We were basically at our wit's end and so exhausted from dealing with his disruptive behavior.

    :rotfl:I hear ya! I need a class, too! But probably the best I'll get our educational videos on youtube.

    Welcome kcandbella! :cool1: thanks for joining in. I see you are another Diser who visited the same time I did. Cool. Can't wait to read all about your trip!

    Welcome klacey1! :cool1: So happy to have you joining in and I see that you have not one, but TWO upcoming trips this summer. Lucky you!!!!!! WL was very nice and if you stick with me till the end (or until you leave) I will be sure to tell you something that you will definately want to take advantage of during your visit. It is something that is best appreciated by a true Diser! ;)

    Welcome LL! :cool1:I miss ya girl and I see you have a trip planned for late September. I love those dates. that's when I really want to go, but I am going two weeks earlier with my friend from work. Dates are not negotiable, :sad1:, but I'm just happy to be going back.

    Thanks for the support with the whole Brian drama. It's tough....one day at a time.

    Well, considering you and Paula (who are both my favorite photographers) like pictures, I feel pretty darn good! thanks!


    Welcome aharbin88! :cool1:Thanks for joining in. The tripod was a bit of a pain to carry around. I only did it one evening, but it definately helped stabilize the camera. I wish I had brought it to Illuminations. I really needed it there.

    Brian's testing was pretty easy, actually. I think there might be centers which use a more comprehensive approach, but I took him to a practice which does all type of adolscent psychology. Basically, he had one or one time with a counselor, he filled out a lengthy questionnaire, I filled out a questionnaire pertaining to ADD in women, and all of his teachers were asked to fill out an evaluation. Then the results of everything was shared with Brian and me. It wasn't too difficult to come up with the diagnosis. Actually, I joked that practically anyone could get an ADD diagnosis if they answered those questions in a certain way. Brian did not like going to the counselor at first and he became very oppositional on some of our trips there, but I think he knew he needed to be there. Remember, he had already experienced the benefits of medication when he took his friends (which I certainly am not supporting, but it proved a point to him).

    So the process is not horrible and its the impusivity of ADD that has been causing Brian to be so oppositional. It's a learning experience, we still have a lot to accomplish, and I am using an excellent on line resource for parent training for oppositional teens. I do feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Welcome Kathy! :cool1: Thanks for joining in. I am so happy to have you here. Thanks for the compliment on the pics and the support for Brian!

    As soon as I saw the 5 legged goat I thought immediately of you and Caitlin! :hug:
     
  6. KatMark

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    Although I was mostly a lurker on your last trip report, I do enjoy your reports and am here for this one as well.
     
  7. MEK

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    Welcome Wicket's Mom!:cool1: I remember your online name from my last TR. I love that name! So glad you are following along for this one. I am hoping to keep this TR going until I hit the Outer Banks this summer and until I go back to Disney in September. Hopefully I will have enough material for that! :lmao:
     
  8. MEK

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    Welcome KatMark! :cool1: I have seen you name all over this here Disboards and I am certainly excited that you will be following my TR from the beginning! It's so cool to get to know some former lurkers!
     
  9. KatMark

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    Not sure if that is a good thing or not. ;)
     
  10. MEK

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    Disclaimer: This Update Contains Medical Information that may not be for the faint of heart. What's that warning they use on TV before they present Medical Mysteries, Dr. G, and other similar programs????

    Heck. I forget, but I am sure shocker knows. :laughing: He knows all the answers that can be found in a single pictorial display.

    Any how.....I just want to give a big welcome to everyone who has subbed in for this TR. It's so fun to have new readers and old friends alike.

    So, since I never do pre-trip reports I couldn't chronicle my pre-trip drama. But, honestly, would have really wanted to hear it????? I think NOT! But just so you are all caught up, I have to give you a few more pre trip details. I know you haven't met the entire cast yet. You know me. You know Denny, my directionless DH. But you haven't met Chuck & Cathy yet. They are friends that we have know forever. Back in the day Chuck used to date one of my coworkers and Denny used to be in a Dewey Bch house with chuck. It was just logical that we would all meet. In fact, it was Chuck who actually introduced me to my modern day DH. That was how many years ago? Too many to count

    OK. I am already digressing. So about a month leading up to the trip I had prepped chuck and cathy on our itinerary. We had flights, they had links to the lovely pictures of the WL and the VWL, and they had links to all the restaurants we would be dining at. They were set. They knew we had some Brian drama going on. They knew that Denny might have to cancel. They knew I had already called member services on Day 35 to see what one bedroom villas were available. If Denny was going to cancel then I darn well better bank the extra points. The three of us didn't need a 2BR villa. I am not that point rich.

    But Denny and I really wanted to stay at the WL. We decided not to cancel and day 30 came and went without incident. Or did it???????

    Our Day 30 was Good Friday. During that week Ellen (Podsnel) and I had been exchanging pms. She was in the outer banks with her two youngest boys, Timmy and Tyler. She was planning on driving through Delaware the Saturday before Easter. So we set up tentative plans to meet, but then Ellen decided she needed to get straight home because one of the boys had an afternoon baseball game. Well, when that baseball game got moved to early afternoon or late morning, ellen decided she didn't stand a chance of getting there in time. So she called me on Saturday to see if I still wanted to meet.

    Heck Yeah I did! I missed her call, then she missed mine, but we finally arranged an afternoon meet at the Friendly's in Middletown, Delaware. I was stoked to meet Ellen. She is super nice and is just like I thought she would be. He boys were so polite and well behaved. They dug into their Friendly's food (what kid doesn't like Friendly's) while we had ice cream. It was a lovely meet, and with one month until our respective trips, I'm glad we had the opportunity to do it. Ellen and the boys had to leave all too soon, but they still had another 2 1/2 hrs to travel before they arrived home.

    After Ellen left, when I got home I had to rehearse some music for the Easter vigil at our church. I am a music minister in a Catholic church and Holy week is HUGE for music. I wasn't going to attend the vigil, but my music director gently persuaded me. The mass was at 8pm and around 7pm I decided a better eat a few bite of something to hold me over for the 3 hour liturgy. Right after I had a sandwich I started to feel a bit naseous. I blammed it on nerves and that unsettled feeling finally went away once the mass started. For the next three hours I wrapped up in the music. I mostly played my flute, but did have to sing one of the psalms.

    The mass flew by. I felt like I did a good job and I get several compliments on the psalm I sang. I was feeling pretty good when I got home that night. I was starving and a ate a small piece of Denny's left over sub. And Then It was OOOOOOONNNNNNNNN!

    Can I just say that within 3 minutes of eating I knew that something was terribly, terribly wrong. Now here's where the nasty comes in. I debated wether or not to share, but I decided to go for it. I tend to have IBS and some GI issues, so the stomach cramps I was experiencing did not concern me. I just wanted to "get the show on the road", so to speak. I figured once I was done expelling whatever evil demon had taken hold of my GI track, I would be fine.

    Unfortunately, that was not the case. Whatever was wrong with me had me spewing from both ends and up most of the night. Still, I was optimistic that by morning I would be fine, fine, fine! NOT! I was still pretty sick. I was no longer vomiting but the "D" took a tool on me. I canceled everything for Easter sunday. I had a few good hours between 1pm and 3pm and then the evil "D" came back with a vengence. By dinner time I noticed that the evil "D" looked a little red tinged. Must be my imagination I thought. By 730pm I could not longer pass the red "D" as my imagination or the remnants of a cherry drink. I called Denny for confirmation and he said, "Let's go to the hospital now".

    So off we went. I tried to go to the larger tertiary care hospital closer to my house, but the waiting room was packed. We did a drive by and I told Denny just to keep on driving to the hospital I work for, It was a smart choice. They got me in an exam room in minutes. Asking to see evidence of my GI bleed, they quickly decided that I needed a Cat Scan and that I probably had diverticulitis. I knew this was no diverticulitis. I was certain I had Ecoli01357 or whatever that horrible stuff is. The ER doc declared me overly dramatic.

    Now imagine being sick for almost 24 hours and having to drink the Bari-cat (contrast medium) that needs to be injested prior to the procedure. Not fun! Not surprisingly, my Cat scan did not show diverticulitis. It showed colitis, likely from bacterial infection.

    So I bought myself two nights in the hospital and a 14 day course of Flagyl. I tested positive for an infectious type of "D" that can be acquired from the hospital setting. Since I work in a hospital it is presumed that I contracted it there.

    For all of you that have met me, I swear I am not contagious, just highly unlucky. When I finally got home from the hospital I was so relieved to be out of there. I hated every single dose of the Flagyl because you absolutely CAN NOT drink on Flagyl. You will get deathly ill. Plus I felt so tired and wiped out. I was starting to wonder if I would ever feel healthy again.

    Finally, about 10 days before I was due to leave for Disney I started feeling "back to normal". That was a huge occasion! So with a prescription in hand in case of relapse of the Evil D, I was READY to go.

    So that's my saga. Andy why did I choose to tell you about this. Well, you are just going to have to stick around to find out!

    Next Up.....Something critical is missing 1/2hr before its time to leave for the airport. Any quesses?
     
  11. KatMark

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    Ooooh...that does not sound fun or pleasant at all. I'm so sorry you got so ill, but glad you recovered before your trip. Okay, without knowing a lot of history here, I'm going to guess that Denny was missing.
     
  12. dawnbu40

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    Oh Mary Ellen how awful! I'm so sorry to hear how sick you were! :hug: I really hope it didn't strike again during your trip!

    I think someone was missing their driver's license?
     
  13. Lady Lallie

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    Oh my goodness! That all sounds AWFUL! Really awful. I can't even imagine. I'm so glad you are feeling better, I hope it stayed that way through the trip. :hug:
     
  14. SoonerGirl

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    Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear about your illness! Makes perfect sense why you decided to skip the Cinco de Mayo meet, no reason to put that temptation in front of you!
     
  15. klacey1

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    Oof, that does NOT sound like pre-Disney fun! I'm glad you're alright now-- thank God it didn't happen while you were at Disney! No need to spend more time in the (albeit LOVELY) Disney bathrooms than on the rides!
    We're actually doing a split stay between Disney and US/IOA this summer, and then NEXT summer we're doing our WL stay! It'll be our first time there and we're incredibly excited! I can't wait to hear what you thought about it!!
     
  16. manntra

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    Ooohhh I know what was missing ;) So sorry for all of the mishaps before your trip :hug: so glad they are all being worked out.
    Sorry it took me so long to get over here!!:sad2: I kept checking! :goodvibes
    Your pictures are great!!! I can't wait to see the rest of them!!

    Tracy
     
  17. Charleston Princess

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    As Scooby-Doo would say, rut-roh! Please tell me you didn't have another resurgence of this horrible illness while you were at Disney! :eek:
     
  18. MEK

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    Oh. I think its a good thing! :thumbsup2

    It was not fun. I tend to be a hypochondriac, but I stayed pretty calm when I was actually really sick. The doctor I had in the hospital was great and it really helps when you work at the same hospital. Everyone is super nice to you!

    As far as Denny being missing - you are close, very close!

    Thanks Dawn. Right after I got the dreaded, evil "D", I came down with a vicious cold. I remember thinking, "If I had to leave for Disney now, I don't know what I would do".

    :confused3 Perhaps! ;)

    It wasn't very fun and completely unexpected. I was fine one minute and hugely ill the next. I was certain I had some type of food poisoning.

    Thanks! Sometimes I think I sounded like a lush when I couldn't drink. All I could think about was a tall, cold, delicious, yummy drink. Seeing people's TRs was just torture. How could one small drink hurt? Right? But after already being deathly ill, I sure wasn't going to take a chance.

    I hear ya on the Disney bathrooms, although they are cleaner than a lot of public restrooms. I can think of a lot worse places to be sick than Disney. Much worse!

    Oops - I read your tickers incorrectly. Well - you are still lucky to have two trips planned. I miss IOA and could use a trip there. And the WL - spectacular. It really is a beautiful building with so many nocks and crannies and so much detail in the planning.

    Welcome Tracy! :cool1: You are right on time! Yeah - my pre trip events were not all that great! It almost felt surreal when I finally got to Disney, because I never thought I was going to make it there!

    I hopefully will be posting more pictures soon! And Day 1 has a picture of you know who in it!

    No one says it better the Scooby! :rotfl: It was totally a rut-roh moment! As far as a resurgence - well, you are just gonna have to wait to find out!
     
  19. PrincessCaitlin

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    Hey! I am here!

    Sorry I am on page 3!

    Good to hear Brian is doing well! I know how hard it can be to deal with ADD and I am happy to know he is also overcoming it :) Also a :hug: for you I really believe one of the reasons I have been able to overcome it was because of my awesome support system and I know Brian has one so I believe you deserve a little recognition as well :hug:

    The practice pictures you took are gorgeous!

    Thank you for the pic of the five legged goat! Even though our TR is named after it we never actually saw it in person on that trip :laughing:

    Oh no I am so sorry about you being sick beforehand! I hope you stayed healthy throughout the trip!



     
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    Oh MEK! I'm so sorry you had deal with all that nastiness before your trip! I hope it didn't come back to haunt you during the trip!!!

    I really am looking forward to hearing all about this trip!!!!!
     
  21. MEK

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    Once I recovered from the Evil "D" I came down with a nasty spring cold. I always get a cold, every spring, like clock work. I am sure my immune system was in havoc and no amount of airborne was going to keep this cold in check. Imagine being on Flagyl (which produces a terrible taste in the mouth) AND having a cold! It pretty much SUCKED! But I learned a very helpful trick from a coworker. She informed me that chewing sugarless gum would take away the bad taste. And she was sooooooo right! So if you ever need to take Flagyl, just go out and buy a cartoon of sugarless gum. Presto - bad taste all gone!

    As my trip grew closer I was feeling strong, healthy, energetic, and ready to go. I didn't spend a lot of time on the boards because the week leading up to the trip was just a frenzy of activity. The day before the trip was even more hectic. I kicked butt that day - cleaned, finished packing, and did countless loads of laundry, including folding and putting most of those clothes away. The night before the trip I finally allowed myself to drink a few pre-trip glasses of wine. I had been off the Flagyl for well over a week, so I figured it was safe.

    Now I usually get the pre-trip gitters, but I stayed pretty calm right before this trip. I got a decent nights sleep and rose early enough to finish my last minute chores.

    I almost forgot - Ellen (podsnel) left for her trip on Friday (we left Sunday). When I got up on Friday morning I sent her a "Happy Disney Day" text. She proceeded to send me (and Tracy/manntra) multiple picture texts throughout the day. I must say that when Ellen's friend Joan appeared in one of the pictures enjoying a GGS in front of France, I was ready to call SWA and change my flight to Friday night. Still, it was so much fun to receive all her pictures. It got me super psyched for my own departure.

    On D Day Nick was due to ref a 3V3 tournament. He needed to be at the field at 815am. We were due to leave for the airport at 9am. Denny dropped him off while I put our luggage in my car. At 830 am I got a call from Denny saying, " You are not going to believe this, but I can't find my driver's license". :scared1:

    When he got home he went through everything he had removed from his wallet and still no driver's license. Strangely, I remained very calm. You see - I have been following this parenting course and it has taught me how to use my "poker face". I figured - whatever - if he finds his license - great! If he doesn't, well I'm still going to Disney. Selfish - yes. But I had made it this far and I wasn't turning back.

    So while Denny was frantically looking through all his personal belongings, I calmly called SWA to see what to do in this situation. Since he doesn't have a passport, I couldn't imagine him getting through security. The SWA customer service person almost laughed at me. She said, "this happens all the time. Just bring other picture ID and everything else he has for identification and be prepared to spend more time getting through security".

    Crisis averted, I calmly ribbed Denny on his lack of situational awareness. "Look who is situationally aware now" I chanted. This is a running joke between the two of us. Every time I do something dumb he ribs me for my lack of SA. Well, haha, who was lacking in SA now! But my joy was short lived when I realized I was the one who had to drive to the airport. Whaaaaat????? I am on vacation. I don't drive on vacation. But it was all good. Chuck and Cathy arrived at our house and we were on the road. I wanted to take pictures of the drive, but that was impossible since I was now the DRIVER!

    Getting through security proved to be a non-issue. In fact, I thought they were down right nonchalant, but I wasn't complaining. I was just happy to be in the terminal.

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    We flew out of BWI (Baltimore) and we departed right on time at 1230pm. I printed our boarding passes about three minutes late and Denny and I ended up with position B34 & 35. chuck and Cathy were about 10 people back. The flight was full and there must have been a ton of people who paid for early check-in. Denny and I were practically in the back of the plane. Cathy was in the last row and Chuck - I have no idea where he ended up. There were tons of kids on the flight and it was so strange to have them all over the back of the plane. But there was minimal crying and fussing and the flight was truly uneventful.

    Once we landed Chuck and I headed to the rental car counter. Since denny could no longer be our designated drive, I asked chuck if he would do the honors. Chuck happily agreed, although he tried to upgrade to an SUV for an additional $25 a day. I halted that transaction right there with a "Are you freakin out of your mind???". OK - I wasn't that forthright with my thoughts. Let's just say, we did not rent that SUV.

    The car we got was actually pretty spacious. It was some kind of Dodge with plenty of room for luggage storage. We fired up the GPS and set our coordinates for the Wilderness Lodge. Here are a few pictures taken from the back seat of the car.

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    We did make one quick stop for beer and wine on our way to lodge. When the lodge finally came into view I was giddy with excitement! I couldn't believe we had finally arrived. Oh what a feeling!

    Next up...Dinner, a Dismeet, and a trip into the Magic Kingdom!
     

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