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Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by MEK, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. khertz

    khertz Proud member of the WHO DAT NATION!!

    Aug 10, 2008
    Oh my goodness, that's so scary about Denny, Mary Ellen! At least you took him to the ED when you recognized something was wrong and stood up for him when you knew he didn't need to be discharged. I'm glad you were able to extend your trip too so you still had time to enjoy yourselves and relax at HHI after that scare!

    I have to say, DH and I would probably be thrilled to draw Agent P at one of the animation classes! :lmao: I'd probably rather draw a classic character, if given the choice, but I wouldn't be disappointed with Agent P :thumbsup2

    Cynthia, it looks like you certainly know how to kick off a last morning in WDW! MK is exactly where I would be headed too. :thumbsup2 Fun that you got to meet up with some friends for BTMRR. :goodvibes
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  3. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

    Apr 9, 2006
    What a scary experience, Mary Ellen. Your DH was so lucky you were so persistant. And that he recovered from it all so quickly.

    No wonder you "had to" add a few days. You both needed a little "vacation" from your vacation visit to the hospital. :hug:
  4. Moira222

    Moira222 Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!

    Jan 30, 2008
    I love days when I am running reports...plenty of time to catch up on some DIS while I wait for them to finish (wouldn't want to mix up projects, right?? LOL)

    almost caught up but had to comment before I forget everything.

    Sorry about your kitty drama. what a bad run. Good thing Nick was on top of things -- I guess its a good sign when your child is old enough that you are actually allowed to be "mom-focusing-on-me" a little and not "supermom" .

    and they are such cute cats! I always wanted to be a dog and cat home, but turns out Joe is allergic to cats, not dogs. and Thor would totally eat a cat. :scared1:

    LOVE the scooter! so cool.

    that dish looks great- and its a good picture of Cynthia getting her book signed!

    so funny of that man to insist you take the first sip. Such a Disney thing to do!!!

    Love that big collectible stein/mug too. very cool.

    Mary Ellen I was giggling to myself as I pictured you just a little buzzed, kicking back, taking random photos of people and umbrellas. :goodvibes

    fun photos too. [​IMG]

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  5. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    I did forget one specific thing I wanted to comment on.

    MEK, what a scary situation with Denny and I am glad you persisted in having him checked out further. I went through that with Mark and it is not fun.

    I will pray for continued improvement for Denny.
  6. GoofyFan1515

    GoofyFan1515 IMO, this new DIS is horrible! More chore than fun

    May 23, 2012
    Wow Mary Ellen, how scary the events with Denny at HHI! :scared1: I am so glad this issue was right in your area of expertise and you were able to push it to resolution! :thumbsup2 I'm guessing those less informed would have probably taken the original clean check-off and left happy, with possibly tragic results later! So glad they were able to handle the situation and you could still enjoy some of your trip!!! :goodvibes

    Nice updates and some great pictures! Even though during the day I don't think DHS is all that much to look at aesthetically, I think it is a whole lot better when it is lit up at night and just seems to come alive! :banana:

    I really like that picture of the Brown Derby Hat lamp! :woohoo:

    I always enjoy exploring One Man's Dream, and no matter how many times I go in there I always seem to learn something new! ::yes::

    Agent P? Seriously??? :confused3
  7. scottny

    scottny <font color=blue>You better have crackers<br><font

    Mar 31, 2007
    WOW! That did not make a good trip. Glad he did go and have himself checked out.
    I agree about HS being lit up at night. Love photographing there.
    I would have been upset with Agent P as my drawing.
    All caught up again. I am getting good at this. LOL
  8. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    Oh my gracious Mary Elllen! I know that you had to be scared death. Thank goodness you stood your ground and made them admit Denny. I think that's pretty rude of them to make a notation that you were anxious. Of course you were anxious. Your husband was having chest pains.

    Once when John had a grand mal seizure and his trough levels were way down, the ER doctor tried to discharge him saying that his levels were in the average range. I tried to tell them what his level needed to be and they wouldn't listen to me. I finally told them that we would sit in the middle of the ER waiting room in a wheelchair and let everybody know what they had done unless they called his neurologist immediately. Needless to say, they had us in a room in no time at all AND his neurologist was called.
  9. MHTeacher

    MHTeacher DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2005
    Mary Ellen-- scary with Denny at HHI. Glad you stood your ground and had him admitted and that he was able to get the care he needed. I like your comment-Genes rule--That's a good one to remember.

    Cynthia--Love your first picture of MK, all decorated with its fall decorations. The sky is so blue--looks like it was a beautiful, last day!
  10. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    Thanks Jill! I am very grateful that everything turned out as well as it did. I just kept thinking can you imagine if we were on our cruise? :faint:

    Exactly. I knew it was just a matter of time and not too long ago I remember thinking "It's about time for Denny to start showing signs of CAD". Boy was I right, I just didn't expect it in Hilton Head. That was crazy to go from no symptoms, nothing, to very classic symptoms in the span of 12 hours. Of course, everyone has to go from no symptoms to symptoms at some point.

    Ugh - I shouldn't have had to do that. I thought it was pretty obvious that he needed a stress and initially I was confused because it wasn't a given. It was weird but I knew I had to do the right thing and get him to stay.

    That was a pretty funny post now that I think about it. I mean, I would never even notice something like that. Leave it to Pat!

    I know. :rotfl: I totally wanted a classic character and I got Agent P. I know the kids love Agent P, but I wanted Dumbo or Eeyore. Is that a lot to ask? :confused3

    I always order grouper at HBD. I guess I need to break out and try something new, but its always done so well.

    Thanks! Likewise. I think we have a lot of the same shots. At least my next update should have some variety since we went our separate ways.

    I am very grateful that everything turned out the way it did and that he didn't end up in the operating too,. That would have been a nightmare in more than one way.

    Objectively I knew the right thing was for him to have a stress test. I'm glad I made the right call. And I appreciate Denny for wanting to share his story.

    That tot shot is pretty cool. I don't even remember taking it, so that makes it even cooler.

    The kids in the group really seemed to like that choice but I was just "eh". :rotfl:

    Oh My Glen - that's terrible. With so much awareness of heart disease no one should have to die when they have warning signs. Yeah - there will always be people who develop sudden cardiac arrest, but chest pain should be assumed to be the real deal until proven otherwise.
  11. rndmr2

    rndmr2 DIS Veteran

    May 3, 2009
    Getting myself caught up on your TR and just read your story about Denny's ordeal and I just had to comment before I kept going.

    Wow! So glad he is OK and he only needed angio with a stent! It's definitely good he had you as an advocate for him, almost anyone else would have just gone home like a good patient and "resumed activity" and who knows?...

    That's good you were at least able to extend your vacation so you could enjoy some of it.
  12. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    That's exactly what we did and it was great. There really wasn't much I wanted to do, but I knew I had to see AK at least once on this trip.

    That type of coaster doesn't bother me, but I can't do that on ToT because I am much more uncomfortable on dropping rides. But I've taken pics on EE before, so practice I guess. :rotfl:


    No you won't - you gearing up for a Florida trip, aren't you? Lucky girl!

    I just think its remarkable you noticed that. I am so NOT observant and would never have discovered the difference.

    Yeah - time for a potty break and a driver change. I was supposed to make it through all of NC but discovered after we pulled out of the parking lot that I only had enough gas for about another 100 miles. oops!

    When you evaluate the signs objectively they are easy to see. When you put the emotional component to it, not so much.

    I hope the hospital realizes that they probably need a better cardiac short stay policy in place. Some hospitals have that were they will automatically stress test the patient before letting them leave. It's not a full hospital admission.

    Yeah - I hope she was notified of his outcome. It's really important to consider family history. She just looked at him and thought "he looks in good shape" and his EKG and enzymes are negative. She still got a cardiology input, but she needed to emphasize the family history more.

    I think we both got some great shots of the park at night. Glad we did that.

    I could go for that fish right now - oh - and that wine. ;)

    Apparently Agent P has quite a few fans and the kids love him. I guess I am just an "old fart" who only appreciates the classics.

    It really was, even though I was practically asleep when we weren't shooting.

    Family history is such an important risk factor. You can do everything right but you can't change your genes. Thanks so much for your good thoughts!

    I actually edited a bunch on the way home. It made the drive go much faster. :laughing: Unfortunately, I didn't take nearly as many around the resort as I had hoped because that's when Denny was in the hospital. Once he was released we ventured out a bit, so I tried to catch up. I'll see if I can get them on photobucket before my next update.

    It's unfortunate that I had to come off as "anxious" or "pushy" to do the right thing. But it had to be done. I knew darn well we would be right back in that ED as soon as he climbed the stairs again. Ugh!

    Thank you - I am glad it turned out well, too. It really could have been worse. :worship:

    :rotfl: I think that's exactly what happened! Well said! :rotfl2:

    So you lived through what Denny did. He was 16 when his dad died and he still gets very emotional about it. That's really tough. All of Denny's uncles had heart disease too.

    I definitely think modifying your other risk factors like weight and cholesterol and high BP and all that stuff helps. It definitely helped Denny, but it just couldn't take away the risk all together.

    With woman your risk of cardiac disease is much lower than mens until menopause. After your lose the cardioprotective effects of you female hormones then womens risk will start to catch up to men. So - when you hit your mid to late-50's it would be prudent to have a stress test and just a general awareness of your risk.

    Thank you for the positive thoughts. I am glad it worked out as well as it did. Yes - he should be able to do everything he always did. I think he will feel more relaxed after he sees the cardiologist here next week. He is still just in shock and is worried that the stress of his job was a contributor.
  13. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    I'm pretty impressed too since I have no clue what I did. Hopefully I''ll figure it out when I see my pics.

    My thought is you have to have kids to appreciate Agent P and since I never watch cartoons I have no clue who he is.

    Thanks for the good thoughts. I am glad I insisted he stay. We just would have been back and this time it may have been more serious, not to mention a big waste of time to leave and have to return.

    Thanks and I think so too. It would have been such a drag to leave the day after he was discharged. We were supposed to head to Charleston for the night. I'm glad we stayed the extra two nights. 5 nights is not enough in HHI anyway.

    Those ToT pics are pretty cool. So funny that we were both taking the same shots and I'm pleased with all the pretty night shots in HS.

    Thanks for both of us! :)

    Thanks Dawn. I know you know all about health issues on vacation. Your last trip seemed to be plagued with them. I guess you just have to roll with it. Thanks for the good thoughts.

    Not classic AT ALL! :rotfl: You should have seen those kids in front of me. Now their pictures really looked like him. Not entirely sure about mine. :laughing:

    The surgeon I work with always says "Do the right thing" and I knew that meant insisting he stay. It was really the scariest when I thought he was going to need cardiac surgery. That had me a bit unglued. Fortunately it didn't go that route and he is now doing fine. He's just a little bummed about the whole thing.

    Denny was really supportive of sharing the story. He's not one for social media so I didn't want to write about him without asking for permission. But he thought it might help someone else.


    Well, actually, that was Cynthia's last day. I still had one more entire last day to myself. muhahaha!

    I know all about the eye rolling. Cynthia takes a great picture, too so she should at every opportunity.

    Thanks. that was actually a pretty cool time to be taking pictures. It worked out really well.

    HBD always does a nice grouper and that is one of my favorite fishes. I just love how white it is and the consistency.

    I still think its hysterical I barely noticed the waiter. I clearly was in my own little "zone"

    It really is. I am please we both of our pictures.

    That's an awesome shot. Glad she got back over there. I ended up going back much later that evening (spoiler alert)

    That is such a cute picture of Cynthia and Jenny! :thumbsup2
  14. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    I know the feeling only all too well! :upsidedow

    Looking back that might have been the correct one. Well, actually I wanted to go to the drawing class last June and never made it, so I guess I was making up for lost time.

    See - you have kids. Clearly I need grandchildren or something so I can get into the Agent P loop a little better. I must be missing out.

    I was probably still in the shower. I tell you - sometimes you get the most done when you are alone. Kudos to Cynthia for getting all that accomplished plus another DIS meet.

    Thanks! I am glad it turned out the way it did. It could have been so much worse and we did finish the vacation on a high note, so I'm really happy about that.

    I am curious too because I actually have no clue what she ended up with. :confused3

    Thanks Pam! That ED doc was just following the protocol they use there which usually involves outpatient stress testing. Only that wasn't really going to work for someone who has to drive 11 hours for a stress test. I am just thankful it all turned out like it did.

    Thank you so much! It did have a happy ending. Although I know Denny is still bummed about the whole thing because he really thought he would escape heart disease. And you're right - people really do need to advocate for their family members. It's so important.

    Thanks Bill! Being out of town is tough for stuff like that. Thank goodness I did know what all the possible scenarios where. And, honestly, once he was admitted their care was very good and thorough so I have no complaints. There were a few things they did which really promoted patient satisfaction, so that was nice. I'm glad its behind us now and hopefully that stent will stay open for a long time.

    It definitely had its scary moments. thanks for all the positive thoughts. The worse was thinking he might need surgery. In the end it all worked out well. :goodvibes

    The lights are night are so fantastic. I think we both got some great night time shots! :thumbsup2
  15. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    The E's would have been happy with Agent P I think. I do wish I'd gone again on RRC, felt a little robbed by the closed single rider line but once is better than none that's for darn sure! It was a very productive hour at the MK, perfect way to start the day.

    It was a productive morning that's for sure! Fun too :)

    Amazing what you can get done when you are solo!

    I thought those pirate tees were fun, though as much as the E's like Jack...they aren't necessarily into pirate gear.

    A late flight is MUCH better, we had a 6am flight once. NEVER again.

    Oh wouldn't that be lovely?

    I thought so :thumbsup2

    Me too

    We are just happy to have you here Kathy!

    It was a perfect last morning, and I haven't left the Mk quite yet...!

    It was a GORGEOUS morning!

    I really do believe though he bought himself at least a decade by taking such good care of himself. Were they able to resolve with one stent or did he end up with more?

    You would think but I swear (and you know we are going through this every 6 months or so know) some things that seem obvious to us the family, just for whatever reason aren't obvious to some of the healthcare givers we encounter. I mean why did we the family have to deduce that this is now a maintenance issue we will be facing every 6 months, instead of being told that it's likely the path he's on? Would have saved us a lot of stress if we knew it was actually likely his new "normal".

    And apparently not only are there 2 with the same color name, but the colors aren't the same. That was the part that bugs her :rotfl2:

    I don't think so. Perry is kinda cute but I'm not vested in that show at all, I'd LOVE to get Dumbo at one of those.

    If it aint broke.....

    mine too!
  16. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    Me too now that I think about it.

    LOL! Definitely not. Besides the fact that I've given up beer 99% of of the time (I think I've had 4 in the past year), that was not at all the kind I like. But I sure did get a kick out of the photoshoot.

    Double prizes! I've never tried to make it in the big casserole, isn't that funny?

    Just a rumor

    There is one in Chicago as well, same artist.

    By a LANDSLIDE it is was the most I've ever shopped at WDW. But for once I felt like I really got to see what was out there. And yes, not feel rushed or get a lot of mom look at this, I want this, can I get this....


    It was a great morning and we are only 1 hour into it so far! No clue on the beads but maybe Jenny will weigh in? We did hit both pools, the Mara twice and night goggles...that's about all we had time for as we were only there 2 nights and one was a VERY full park day and the next one Departure Day. I will get to the other pool and night goggles soon but maybe not before your trip?

    I might have to get that for Jeff at some point, it cracks me up.
  17. englishrose47

    englishrose47 DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2007
    Mary Ellen I was all set to post about Denny when I got distracted and never did !! Hope he is okay!!
  18. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

    Jan 6, 2008


    Do these LOOK the same!!!!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

    Yes it does drive me nuts. :rotfl2: AS for spotting it - lets just say I started looking at crayons. It took me a while since One is the stand by line and one is on the FP line.

    And the second one is NOT yellow green - it is green blue... :rolleyes2 or blue green....
  19. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    Thanks! We definitely had some scary moments, but I'm so thankful that everything turned out.

    That is a little worrisome for your DH. I guess all he can do is be healthy and get regular screenings, but I do think its helpful to know if you have a family history of heart disease.

    Different - Exactly! :rotfl: I guess I'm biased but I prefer the classic characters!

    I agree. She got so much done. I'm impressed.

    Yes - I DO know all the possibilities and the possibility of surgery was freaking me out. I am so glad it didn't come to that. I was really happy that they had available units and we were able to extend our stay. :thumbsup2

    He was definitely paying attention, but I don't think he was ready to accept this was real chest pain. I think he would have walked out of that ER knowing full well he was going to have pain again.

    Ugh - I remember your GB incident. So glad you made a full recovery from that because, as I recall, you were pretty sick.

    It is such a cool island. It really is so different. I just love it there. Awesome place.

    I have a Cannon rebel. Tsi maybe? Not even sure. The Nikon d40 is a really nice camera. I hope you are enjoying it. :thumbsup2

    Believe me, there were definitely a few moments were I was close to freaking when I thought he might need heart surgery, but overall I managed to keep fairly calm (for me). He is doing well and I'm glad everything worked out the way it did.

    I can't believe Cynthia is up to her D-day. Wow - we got here fast. Well, I guess it wasn't that fast, but I'm sort of sad our trip is almost over. :worried:

    I knew I had to push it because we would be right back there and we certainly didn't need two ED admission. Not to mention how unsafe it would have been. Extending the vacation worked out well because Denny finally got to do a few things before we went home.

    I agree - we really lucked out of the timing. Totally not planned and it worked out great.

    See - I think you have to have little kids to be into Agent P. He's definitely big with the kids I have found through the various responses.

  20. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    Wouldn't that be awesome??? Especially after the week the real world has just had.

    I totally agree. I love space mountain! So awesome!


    Such a cute picture of Cynthia and Jenny! Because if there's no picture it didn't happen, right? :rotfl:

    Oops - I did! But perhaps because I went on it multiple times in June (or wait - that was my brother that went on it multiple times in June. :rotfl:)

    That's as awesome shirt. Who thinks up these things? So creative!

    :rotfl2: Well, we did have one bathroom break (WAWA stop) prior to that. Most of us had coffee which in turn caused the need for another bathroom break!

    So do you drive down 301 to Richmond? I totally love that route. Yeah - its got a few lights, but its so much better than taking 95.

    One thing I have learned over the years is that family history is a very important risk factor.

    I had plenty of time to think about what I was going to say. I always try to assume that other health care providers are going to do what I would do. When they don't it sort of throws me. I was shocked that she even thought about sending him home with classic angina.

    You know my friend C who traveled with us said "Would you still have gone on this vacation if it had happened before we left?" and I honestly don't know if I would have. And even though I have the DVC insurance, that would have been a lot of points to lose. The compensation doesn't cover the full value. So, in a way it really did work out for the best. Denny still got some vacation and we stuck around long enough to be able to go back to the hospital if he had a problem.

    But, I am looking forward to my next vacation and now there are already some issue with that. ugh!

    Thank you! That's so nice. He's doing fine. Went right back to work. He's just still a little freaked about the whole thing.

    Thank you from both of us!

    It really is a lovely park at night.

    I wish! :rotfl2: But if I had one I would have needed to use it! :laughing:

    OMG - I think I need to borrow one of your kids because I can see that the DISers without kids just don't understand Agent P. I'll take your word for it that he is awesome. I just wanted to draw a classic character.

    I know that feeling! Welcome back from Florida. Sounds like you had a great trip!

    Thanks. We did have a lot of fun that day and we were both on the same page as far as pictures.

    Yup - you are going to be busy leading up to that wedding, but you just have to accept you will never stay caught up. We all understand that!

    Having to say NO to his discharge was probably one of the worst parts of the whole thing. I didn't expect that to happen so it sort of threw me off balance. But extending the vacation really helped and it allowed Denny to enjoy a few things before we had to leave.

    Because you have a little boy! I need to borrow someone's child to develop an appreciation for Agent P. That is one thing I miss about having little kids. It was fun watching all the cartoon shows they loved so much.

    I totally agree. She rocked that last morning!

    I hated to have to be that persistent. I really think his admission should have been obvious and if they had discharged him I probably would have taken him to a hospital in Savannah. That would have been such a pain. But - yes - he did recover quickly even though mentally he is still freaked out about the whole thing.

    5 nights is definitely not enough in HHI. We originally had a 6th night planned in Charleston, but that would have been too much of a hassle. I am glad they had availability because the PGA was coming in the next week and, honestly, the member rate for the villa was not unreasonable when split between two couples.
  21. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    OMG - You did a great job of catching up!!!!! Now I hope I'm not going to miss anything. :rotfl:

    Nick did a great job taking care of Max. I know he got tired of it because the cats can be sooooooooo annoying when they want their food. And Nick is not an early riser on the weekend, so that was hard for him to get up and feed them and give Max his insulin. He did a great job.

    Well, then your home would NOT be good for a cat. :rotfl2: I know some allergic people can tolerate certain cats, but most can't. And OMG to Thor. He would be having a field day.

    That scooter was adorable and it was so nice of that guest for allowing us to take a picture.

    It was super yummy and Cynthia's picture was really cute.

    I think he was a little buzzed himself which was really helping him spread the magic. ::yes::

    It's actually plastic and I know the writing would come right off of it if I washed it, but its fun all the same. In October I will get the rest of them.

    :rotfl2: I was so fascinated by that photoshoot that I HAD to take pictures. Couldn't help it.


    Who can ever tire of taking pictures of the lagoon and the world showcase?

    Nope. I sure couldn't. :rotfl2:

    Cynthia doesn't drink beer anymore so she was probably thinking "What a lush" :rotfl:

    Points are good! haha!

    It really does look good. I love those little bowls. So cute.

    Apparently just a nasty rumor!

    Have you ever eaten there. It's a really nice theme and the food is good. Try it out if you haven't already.

    Cynthia really did a great job with the shopping photos.

    I wish. That would mean I was moving to HHI. :rotfl:

    Thanks! Yup - the timing for that whole incident was so unexpected, but I'm so glad everything worked out and we were able to stay a few days longer. I love the resort and the island. I highly recommend it.

    That was an adorable picture.


    She really did.

    You must be so excited. You are going to love it. I absolutely love the rooms there. My favorite decor hands-down. I hope you have a wonderful trip.


    Exactly - I guess if I had young kids or grandkids I would share the love for Agent P, but clearly I am in the dark. I wanted to draw Eeyore. A girl can dream, right?

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