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Coughing My Way Home and the Sequalea

The Exhausting Struggle at SeaTac


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 A Marine graduation, and B2B on Pride & 2011 Alaska & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

When Bob turned in our dis-embarkation form, he said we would take the bus at $19 each. I had intended just to get a taxi to the airport and that would have worked excellently. We would go off the ship (me on the scooter) and Bob would get the luggage and then we would turn the scooter in and get a taxi. But when Bob turned in the form they persuaded him that he should buy the $19 each bus tickets to the airport. Not only did we have to wait while all the luggage was stowed but the bus dropped us off a LONG way from where we had to go to check our luggage and for me to get a wheelchair. The only airlines who were checking luggage at that location were AAA and Delta. We had to go across the loading area, and up the escalators with four suitcases (2 each) to Southwest and it was very difficult. (There were too many people with strollers and luggage carts to use the elevator.) Very much more hassle than it needed to be

May 27
Seattle in the bow camera

Seattle in the bow camera

They did not give us any information at all about what places were open for breakfast or the hours, so we got room service. We got our breakfast and Bob was sure that we would leave before our stated time which was 8-8:15. So he was dressed with one foot up and I was not. I wanted to wash my hair first.

They called the express debarkation people, and then they called some color that sounded like Blonde. What?? We went out to the elevator area and saw a ship officer and he said it was LIME. We were actually called about 8:16 along with Red. So I scootered down the elevator and down the ramps, and we retrieved our luggage (which Bob carried/towed). We turned in the scooter and went out to the buses. We stood in line for some time
Sitting on the bus while Bob loads the luggage

Sitting on the bus while Bob loads the luggage


and eventually Bob and the bus driver loaded our luggage under the bus and we got on. We were on the bus by about 9. The bus driver took us through the back streets
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Bus driver

Approaching the airport

Approaching the airport


to a bus-unloading place at the airport down on the baggage claim floor. There, people who were flying American or Delta could check their bags.

We COULD NOT check our bags. We COULD NOT get me a wheelchair. It was about 10 am, Eventually we decided to walk through the airport and go up to the Southwest ticket counter to check our bags and get a wheelchair and boarding passes. We tried the elevator but there was a line, so Bob gave me one set of bags and he took the other and we went up the escalator.
Lines at Southwest

Lines at Southwest


Our plane was supposed to take off at 11:30, but it was delayed by weather (in Baltimore) until 12:45.
Leaving the wheelchairs

Leaving the wheelchairs

What the heck country is Kainan?

What the heck country is Kainan?


I misread it - it's Hainan, but I still don't know the country
x100_1926.JPGtaking off

taking off


We were making up the time when they told us to hold over Ft. Wayne and we circled about 15 minutes. [Bob noticed it before they made the announcements - he said 'why are we slowing down'?] We went through some horizontal rain.

I slept some and I think Bob actually did too. I need to get one of those neck pillows - the one I have blows up but it has holes so it doesn't hold air.
Clouds

Clouds


Bob pointed out some clouds that he said were thunderstorms and one of them was anvil topped which he said was a really bad one. At one point I suggested going to the bathroom but Bob nixed that idea. We got to Baltimore and came down through the clouds. When we were where we could see the ground, there was a lot of cloud to cloud lightening
Looking down at Baltimore

Looking down at Baltimore


and the pilot said we had to wait for the storm that was right over the airport to clear. We finally landed about 10 - three hours late.

I got a wheelchair but the whole airport had people stacked everywhere due to flight delays so the guy left me at the luggage claim. Bob ran to the bathroom, but did not apparently appreciate that I needed to go too. He told me to turn in the wheelchair and go out to where the shuttle to the rental car place was but he wouldn't let me get my bathroom supplies or take the case that it was in. So I pushed with my hands and walked with my feet to the bathroom before I turned in the chair.
x100_1937.JPGBWI car rental facility at night

BWI car rental facility at night


We got on the bus to the rental car place, but when we got there Bob did not go stand in line right away so some people got ahead of him.
Line at car rental

Line at car rental

Eventually we got a Chevy HHS with NY plates. Bob could not figure out how to get the trunk open. He said he could not put the luggage in the back seat, but I think he could have. He couldn't figure out how to set the trip odometer and there was no manual in the glove box.

When we went out they wanted to see his driver's license again which caused some swearing as he has his wallet in his hip pocket and it is hard to get to when he's wearing a seat belt. Then he couldn't figure out how to get out of the garage and ran over some curbs.

We stopped at the Nautilus for dinner about 11. I just had a
Cheese quesidilla

Cheese quesidilla


and I couldn't even finish that. Bob had
Crab soup

Crab soup


and meatloaf and he couldn't finish the meat loaf either so I brought it home.

We got home about 1 am. Bob backed up the driveway in the dark because he parked my car out past the door and he didn't want to park behind it and carry the suitcases that few number of yards farther. We found a huge package for the neighbors on the porch - had been there for some time I think - it was a quilt from JC Pennys. Bob took it over on Saturday but he said they didn't appear to be home as there were newspapers piled on the porch

Turned off the alarm, turned on the water, put the furnace to A/C as it had been hot. I turned on the modem and we plugged the TVs etc back in. Bob unpacked some, and we went to bed.

Saturday May 28

The accumulated mail was delivered and the paper started as scheduled. Bob finished unpacking and did a couple loads of wash. We returned the car about noon. Bob said it only got about 22 mpg. He didn't like it at all.

But on the way home he spotted a truck in a parking lot, so when he went to the commissary (he said unlike most Saturdays there was almost no one there), and he stopped on the way home and bought the truck - cost $12,000.00. He has been looking for a pick-up to replace our old one. He said they would only give him about $100 on the old one and so he is going to keep it. It is an extended cab 2004 Frontier XE Nissan 4 cyl automatic in a kind of pewter color. He made a deposit. When we picked the truck up, they transferred the plates from the old one.

I didn't eat anything much as I just wasn't hungry. I am still coughing quite a bit. Bob bought me some Depends and they seem to fit better but due to the coughing I'm using them up pretty fast. Bob said he was down to his target weight and was pleased about that. I gained about five pounds that I had lost from being sick just before the cruise started.

Sunday May 29

Bob managed to get most of the lawn mowed (it was about 15 inches high). The flower boxes and flower pots seemed to have done OK.
Meatloaf saved for lunch

Meatloaf saved for lunch


I had the meatloaf for lunch. Bob was so thrilled with the scooter on the ship that he made me order one. But I was coughing so much that when it came I was completely un-interested in it.

June 2011

Before we left, I had made a doctor's apt because my neck hurts all the time, so when we went to the appointment, I thought I would ask about the coughing at the same time. Bob made me take the scooter out of the trunk and put it together while he filmed me. It takes apart into 5 pieces - the front with the controls, the back, the battery, the seat and the basket.
Taking the battery out of the trunk

Taking the battery out of the trunk

Unloading the back end

Unloading the back end

Attaching the front and back

Attaching the front and back


Raising tiller on front

Raising tiller on front


Putting in the battery

Putting in the battery

Putting on the seat

Putting on the seat

Adjusting the seat

Adjusting the seat


Riding off

Riding off


The doctor orderd Xrays of my neck and lungs. My neck has significant stenosis etc and needs referral to osteo guy - it is probably the same as the rest of my spine

But when the X-ray doctor looked at the X-rays of my lungs, he called my doctor and said that I have pneumonia in most of the upper right lung and I should go to to bed immediately. That'a why I was coughing. So when Bob told me to take the scooter apart and put it back in the car, I refused. After we got home, Bob left to get antibiotic, cough medicine, inhaler etc.

I was in bed for most of the next 6 weeks. It took three rounds of antibiotics

The first trip we did after I was better was to my sister's 50th wedding anniversary celebration

Posted by greatgrandmaR 21:47 Archived in USA Tagged seattle scooter baltimore pneumonia

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