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Monday, April 11, 2011

Alive again April 8

We took yesterday off and spent the time sleeping, doctoring and eating a little.  I discovered that I had broken a part off my upper plate, and it no longer fits worth a darn, so eating is a problem as well.  Today we returned to Universal to use up our last tickets, and pick up our car.  We rather ignored the Islands of Adventure where we had such fun Wednesday.  For today, Janet insisted on renting me a wheelchair so my grandson pushed me, and Janet used her Winnie Walker (that is a brand name, but we call her Winnie all the time as well)  We worked our way through Universal, going from ride to ride till I found myself a little motion sick riding the inside roller coaster through the Mummy‚Äôs Revenge.  We then returned to Islands of Adventure so that the kids could make one more trip through the Harry Potter trip.   They also finished off with a trip of the Hippogryph roller coaster.   When they located us, Janet decided she needed another Harry Potter adventure so she and Aubrey (the grand daughter)  went back for a final trip to visit Harry Potter.  Even riding the wheel chair most of the time, I was exhausted and the others felt more or less the same.  We had some snacks and made our way back to the lonesome Cadillac which had been sitting in the parking lot (without receiving any molestation at all).  Tonight we are at the lodge where I plan to go swimming momentarily.


At 10:23 AM, Blogger t_cole said...

Sounds wonderful!

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Michael Nielsen said...

I'm glad to know you are back on your feet.

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous kathleen said...

This trip will be a memorable one for the grandchildren. Glad you are on the mend and wisely taking it slow for a bit. Kudos though for making the trip. That is a daunting place for rickety bones.

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

I actually don't know how you could be so active with only one day off to rest up from your harrowing experience. What a bummer the whole thing was and to think you even had to cope with part of your plate broken. I have problems from time to time in that area too. I don't have a plate, but I have four implants. They tried for a fifth twice but neither took. The original idea was to do a permanent bridge hooked on to the implants like part of my upper teeth are. Since the 5th implanat wouldn't work, they decided to do what they call an implant supported denture. It is supposed to just snap on to the implants and stay there until you take them out. FOOLISHNESS. I have had nothing but trouble with the darned thing and I won't even tell you how much money we have spent on the whole thing. It keeps coming off or is so loose that I can't chew. They kept adjusting it every few days and finally my dentist put two new gizmos on two of the implants and now I can hardly get them off. The front implant has been hurting my gum in that area too. It is just a painful mess. But I digress. I don't know how Jan can use any kind of a walker on regular cement sidewalks. Mine is a decent one but it rolls so hard on it that it makes my shoulders ache just trying to make it work. I only use it in the house when I need it, because all of our floors are tile and not so bad to use with the walker. We did get a wheelchair for me some time ago and whenever we go shopping I have to use it. I hate to because I hate for Dick to have to push me. I can pretty well make it from the church parking lot to the chapel, so most of the people do not have any idea that I even have a wheelchair. Once when we were in a Department store one of my friends came up to me saying, "What ever happened to you?" She had no idea.

When we were in Salt Lake years ago Jaynes only child, (our granddaughter who is autistic) used to love to push me all over the place when I was in it. I am sure she would love doing it again. She is now 19, but we haven't had her shopping with us since then. She lives with her dad. He works as a legal translator (being an attorney himself) and can do it at home whereas Jayne has to work outside her home. They have been separated for 12 or 13 years, have never divorced and each has their own home. It's a crazy situation, but it works for them.

I certainly have a hard time wondering how you could have gone on a roller coaster after having lost your balance. Of course, I usually lose my balance only when I get dizzy. If I have a bad dizzy spell, it takes me days to really get over it. That may be because I have Menieres disease and when it hits, it hits hard.

I will be very anxious to hear how you are now doing, also about Jan You could send me an email at rdrobbins@aol.com to let me know, or even visit my blog at: grandmarobbinsnest.blogspot.com

I think I do very well as it is to find my way around the internet like I do. I NEVER went on it at all until Sue decided I should have my own blog. Then I had to learn what little I do know now in a big hurry.

Sorry for this being so long, but I haven't heard from or about you for so long and I hate that. Love you both,


At 7:30 PM, Blogger Three Score and Ten or more said...

Darlene, we've been through the scooter (borrowed) stage, wheelchair stage (have one in the attic) and the walker stage, both those with wheels and without (The attic is littered). When I first developed my neuropathy, and was walk-jogging half and hour or so daily and I couldn't do it in a straight line without a wheeled walker. Jan and I have big fancy wheeled walkers, both not in use, but ready for use at any time. Her Winnie Walker is a little folding three wheeled walker that we couldn't do without,

My son Alex got it for her at an estate sale just before our cruise to Alaska. The cruise would have been mush less fun without it. it is compact, rolls easily and ahs a little pocket to carry purchases, and if my legs really go, I probably with find one too.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Thanks for the info. You can probably get a better deal on dental and periodontal work there. It costs a lot here. I had to have 5 implants and they normanll cost about $2500 each but my periodontist did them for me and only charged me $8,000 total. Then my dentist charged me $4,500 for the plate which had the snaps on so all together it was $12,500. If you do get an estimate on how much it would cost you, I would be very interested to know.

At 2:24 AM, Blogger Sue said...

This was fun...to read you and mom commenting back and forth. I admire both of you and your unwillingness to let health problems keep you down.



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