Well I honestly think Kira got the "Gods of Little Kitties being left alone" on board-LOL. I did not sleep well after the tree limb went down. Wind was still up and I was waiting for the next shoe. Tuesday morning we left around 10 am and we weren't 5 miles from the house when a gravel truck kicked back a rock and starred the windshield - exactly in my line of site, of course. Bruce said it was OK, so we continued. Get to the hotel, confirmation number and credit card are in my name - reservation is not. Clerk says I am wrong - LOL. But except can't you see I am me? Here's my photo ID drivers license to prove it. LOL.
The Valet and Porter (we had the same Porter both days - more there) could not have been more accomodating. They unloaded the truck, assembled the scooter. Valet even offered to transfer Bruce for me. I did it of course, but how nice? We went to lunch and then up to the room. Porter had ice in, newspaper, night lights on, WC assembled!
Now we got a discount because our side of the hotel was under reconstruction- scaffolding outside the window. But we love this hotel and we were on the fourth floor, right next to the stairs - in case of emergency and that was what was most important to me. TV remote did not work. Technician tells me it is "finicky". Well neither Bruce or I could work it. And as much as Technician did not want to deal with it (and you all know that is number one for Bruce) I had to play the "handicap" card and insist. If he had changed out the remote immediately instead of trying to sell it to me, would have been much quicker. Room safe did not work and fan in BR did not work. One the the windows did not close completely. These are things I will bring up later with management. Handicap room was lovely tho. And we stay in this hotel all the time - nice wide doors, big BR. I did not have to disassemble the scooter - just parked it in a corner. WC was fine - carpet not too deep. Bruce did have trouble with the bed - no side rails to move with. It took him a long time to settle. I put the WC between the beds so he would have some support. But when I finally went to bed, Bruce was diagonally across the bed so I just slept in the other one.
The amazing thing is I did not overpack.The biggest issue, for us, was orienting both of us to the new surroundings - where are the grip bars, what sides to transfer from, what angle is best for grip bars and transfer. Shower was step in. So no shower for Bruce. There was a floor drain and hand shower head, but we did not try it. Floor drain did not seem to have ever been used and I did not want to risk a flood. LOL. And the noise. The doors close very loudly in the hallway-both of us jumped at that and around 1am everyone returning from the Casino, talking. Not loud, no parties, but still not what we are used to.
Colleen clued me in to family restrooms and I got those locales immediately. Even tho Bruce did excellent with the scooter, learned to organize my schlepp with only the essentials and money in my front pants pockets. I put my pocketbook in the hotel safe - due to the room safe not working. And tickets for Valet, Porter, Hotel Safe. One always worries she will forget something - LOL.
Everyone assured me that Bruce was far enough along to be able to maneuver the scooter, manage his money and IDs. And he was. Once I got him positioned to his table or slot on the scooter, I would walk away. I did attach his comp card to his shirt so he remembered to take it with him.
This is the way to start, in my opinion. An overnight. Plenty of help from the hotel, manageable packing, orientation to the surroundings. Order a wine and sit back baby!