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.