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:nuke: Warning! Non-Magical Content :nuke:
I wasn’t going to report on our recent nightmare, but perhaps it might be helpful if someone finds themselves in the same unfortunate situation.
The cast is myself (Bruce, age 46), my wife Sandy (age older than Bruce), my daughter Mags (age 19), and daughter Mo (age 11). It was our annual Spring Break trip down to the World.
I’ll try to make a very long story short… A few weeks before the trip, Sandy’s Dad entered Hospice care. It was a very difficult few weeks trying to figure out if we should cancel or not. Everyone at Hospice and his Nursing Home told us to go, but no one was sure how long he would last. Our alternative was June, and they couldn’t even tell us which was better or worse.
There were even “encouraging” signs before we were scheduled to leave. Sandy made the difficult decision to go on the trip, and the rest of the family agreed.
Trying to save a few dollars, we had previously made the decision to drive over two days (Friday and Saturday). We arrived to the Wilderness Lodge Villas on Saturday, spent some time in the Territory Lounge, and had a fantastic (and expensive) dinner at Artist Point.
On Sunday, we had a great morning in the Magic Kingdom. While hopping to Epcot, Sandy called for an update… and that was the end of our vacation. Her father had taken a severe turn for the worse. Behind the scenes, they didn’t know if we would even make it in time.
I need to commend a Monorail worker at Epcot - I think his name was David but I just can’t remember - who saw our distress, discretely spoke with me and offered whatever help he could, and later told me he would pray for Sandy’s Dad and all of us. Amazing.
We scrambled… Wilderness Lodge concierge was wonderful… refunding what they could, processing the ticket upgrade to no expiration (better than flushing the tickets), and contacting DVC member services for us. We drove back overnight and (barely) made it back home by 8:00AM Monday. We made it in time… Sandy’s Dad passed away Tuesday night, and she was by his side which was very important to her.
Everyone who had seen her Dad on Friday was stunned by the turn of events.
So there you have it. I hope no one ever finds themselves in the same situation, but - if you do - keep our story in mind.