Monday, April 21, 2014

Cruising thoughts April 21, 2014

Despite all the other issues that I am dealing with I still have a number of cruises planned throughout the year.

In a little over three weeks time I will board the Star Princess and spend three days cruising down the coast with a stop in Victoria before disembarking in San Francisco.

In San Francisco I will meet up with my cruising friends Adele and Cliff and spend the day with them and take in the SF Giants vs Atlanta Braves baseball game, then overnight in SF and the next morning board the Grand Princess for a 4 day cruise back to Vancouver with stops in Astoria and Nanaimo.

Then in October I board Amtrak and head for the east coast and Boston for another two combined cruises - the first one is seven days to Bermuda and then a return to Boston and then staying on the same ship the Norwegian dawn and the same cabin and do a 14 day Caribbean repo ending up in NOLA before boarding Amtrak for the trip home.

In April 2015 I have booked a 10 day Pacific Coastal cruise with an overnight stop in SF and visits to Santa Barbara, Catalina Island and Long Beach before heading up the coast to Vancouver - this is another cruise that doesn't involve any additional travel as the start and end are both Vancouver.

It will cause me to miss the Vancouver Marathon  - at least the bike team part as I arrive back on Marathon day - may still be able to help at the finish line.

Finally while I haven't yet booked it will likely do the 2015 Norwegian Dawn repo from Boston to NOL0. While the price is okay there is no break on the deposit right now so I will wait to see if one is offered.


He's home but challenges remain - April 21, 2014

Finally got Jim home on Thursday but the challenges remain - while he is set up with a wheelchair, walker etc the fact remains he is far from mobile and yesterday served as a reminder. 

He needed to go the bathroom - for urine he is still using a bottle so that isn't a big deal but the other one is.

He got on the toilet with the raised seat fine but had trouble getting off as it is still 6 inches lower than he is used too - it took myself and one other person two attempts to get him up.

He will have to work with the OT's when they visit him throughout the week to solve that problem - likely will need a komode.

Did wheel him across the street in his chair for coffee and a bite to eat with some other friends whose wife is now using a wheelchair as she fights a battle against cancer.