The safety and freedom to be a kid again. Yeah.
I’m going to update on my trip in two parts. The first part is actually the 2nd part of our trip. I haven’t written the Disneyland part but I shared this on my Disney site so it was already done. it’s a bit geared to my Disney World fan friends (find us all at Tagrel.com).
Our trip was planned in 2 parts: first 4 nights at the Disneyland Hotel, then off to San Diego where we would stay at a boutique hotel downtown for 5 more nights.
Except, well, it was our vacation and we were allowed to change our minds, yes?
The first sign of where our hearts really were was that we spent MUCH longer than planned at DL the day after our 4th night in the hotel. Arrived in San Diego late but with big plans–we would visit the Zoo, the Wild Animal Park (now renamed Safari Park for whatever reason), the aircraft carrier Midway, and the Maritime Museum.
The Zoo was great! Well, very hilly, but we’d taken my rented scooter to SD so I could handle it. Saw my first Panda. Had a long conversation with a Kea. Bought a beautifully accurate, non-cutesy koala stuffed animal for my collection.
The next day, I had a serious case of travel tummy, so hubby enjoyed the Midway alone. He said he could have spent days there.
Thursday was so much fun! We met a friend (Lily aka PlatinumArchie) and her husband at a restaurant and talked for so long they booted us out of the view table we were occupying! Then Harvey and I enjoyed the Maritime Museum which has some wonderful boats of the kind he loves most.
The next morning, I woke up with a huge Jones to see DL one last time. So we called and made a reservation at the Disneyland Hotel again, packed up our too-many bags, and headed north. Hey, it was our vacation, we got to go where we wanted to go! We stopped for a late lunch/early dinner at a Cafe Rio. Gosh, I love that place! I sure wish they’d open one in the Seattle area.
Checked in and got a complimentary upgrade to a 10th floor view room (for coming back). Went up to the room to wait for our baggage.
And that’s when stupidity (?!!) or Fate (?) or something took over. I went to move the scooter out of the way. I KNOW BETTER than to try to move it with the power on without sitting on it. Anyway, it was set on RABBIT and I accidentally grabbed the forward control and it took off and dragged me! I fell and was in pain and the Harv helped me up. I had a LOT of pain in my left leg but was able to move about 3 inches at a time.
So what did we do? We went out to the parks and bought our annual passes. Got our pictures taken and went into DL to see the fireworks and Small World which had reopened after its post-holiday closure. All the rough pavement jarring me really hurt. Waiting by the Partners sculpture for the fireworks, I tried walking.
Searing, slashing, horrible pain. I’ve had sciatica. This was worse. Not the worst I’d ever had but really terrible. I realized no way could I take a plane home the next day–no way could I even get in the rental car–with this pain.
So we went back to the hotel, and to guest services, who called Disney Medical. Who called paramedics and an ambulance. I was taken to UC-Irvine’s Medical Center’s ER where I spent about 4.5 hours to find out nothing was broken, but it might take 4-6 painful weeks to heal. And they gave me a prescription for vicoden.
The vicoden did work well enough to get me home (although, for the record, it is not an anti-anxiety drug and it helped me appreciate the one I usually take while flying). I’ve seen my doctor and am still on vicoden (thus this garble) and an anti-inflammatory. The pain is worse than I’d like to see it be by this point.
Anyway, if you’re going to be an idiot and tear something in your leg, might as well be at Disney where they are prepared and such professionals!
And I still haven’t seen Small World.
But I do have an annual pass! 😀