So we will be off. This will be first, really, overnight away from home since the Stroke. November 2009, we tried to stay overnight at Mary Beth's in NH - the family Thanksgiving tradition. Bruce was walking independently with the long leg brace. Did not have the custom WC. We had a terrific day but did not consider the bathroom - really about the size of a powder room. Bruce got in, couldn't get out. A nightmare and at that point I decided to drive home.
So much has changed since then. This little jaunt may make Thanksgiving in New Hampshire a possibility.
All our seasoned traveling caregivers have advised that this takes a lot of planning. How Nancy and Colleen did it for weeks is beyond me right now. I have three sets of on-going lists: what we have to bring, what has to be done on errands and what electrical devices - like chargers I have to remember to pack - LOL.
Bruce was worried about Kira. She is a people feline. All she wants to do is sit on your lap. If she wants attention, she gives you a head butt. Mostly, just wants her "peeps" settled and some contact. She would probably be fine overnight with just some dry food. Neighbor offered to feed her Wednesday morning, but neighbor hates cats and Bruce was very distressed. Fall back to aphasia speak, so of course, it took me a long time to figure out what was bothering him. I honestly thought he could not understand why we were not taking her. So I had him write it - Erma. Erma will come in Wednesday (18th) morning, feed and spend time with Kira; do some housework.
Colleen reminded me that we are going to a World Class Resort - Hospitality is what they do. There won't be much they can't help with. But I do have to have the stroke basics. The one thing I did learn from the NH trip is that I do not need the kitchen sink - LOL.
So much equipment, bed pad - how many clothing changes. Plastic bags - LOL.
Bruce is in charge of the "errand" list. He has to map out next week to make sure we get everything we need. I also gave him the "bring" list. It really is overwhelming, but it keeps him away from the TV.
He did add a bottle of wine. Back when I was on the Poker Circuit - I would have to go early. Bruce would come up later after work; check in, unpack and then come down to the Poker Room to see where I was at. In the later years, he could get it on the TV in the room! Who knew? But the one thing he always did was bring a bottle of wine and put it on ice for me. So that was precious.
The only ground floor rooms were suites and we did have one years ago. They overlook the air conditioners for the entire hotel. This resort is in the Connecticut hills. One of the most beautiful spots in our state. The planners have wonderfully worked nature into the Resort from all rooms in the hotels. So AC units are not my first choice, especially for Bruce. Obviously I know this resort. It was my home Casino and I went to the opening. Some find it daunting - it is the largest Casino Resort in the world. But I was there enough to understand all the construction and additions over the years. We picked the original hotel - always our favorite anyway - and the smallest. Only goes up 9 floors, so if Bruce is coming down stairways on his butt - won't be too, too bad.
I will tell you when I called I said to the Concierge "this is going to take a while, you can call me back if you are busy." LOL. Think I am stressed? We are to have a "handicapped" room. I have never been in one there. I want to check it out and the location of the staircase before everything is brought up to the room. I was assured that it was fine for the WC. Figuring there won't be enough turn radius for the scooter, told Bruce he will have to walk a bit in the room.
My goodness, can I make this any more complicated? Stay tuned! I'm sure I can work myself into a real frenzy. LOL Debbie