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Imamom

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    Seattle
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, Princess, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. Great idea. Good luck with your continued recovery. It takes awhile and dedication to physical therapy, doesn’t it? You’re almost there at 95%! Congratulations!
  2. Now I understand. I had that and it was wonderful!
  3. Huh. Well, next time we cruise with them, I’ll be remembering what you said. That’s all my husband really wanted, rather than the full body massage. Thanks!
  4. Oh my. It sounds rather a rather gruesome time to go. Yes, medically they said you could go; but was it worth it? You may have been like me and just didn’t know what to do. They said you could go,,,so that may have swayed you to think it’d be fine. In hindsight, what do you think? I know your doctor would have filled out your insurance forms for you to get a refund (minus the cost of the insurance, assuming you had it). Knowing what you know now, would you still go?
  5. Which cruise line do you get them on? Our recent Holland America didn’t offer them.
  6. Hi all. I wanted to let you know how my cruise went on the Holland America Amsterdam. It went pretty well. I decided to not bring a zero gravity chair. Our room was large enough and I would have appreciated having it. The wedge really did help, although I did miss my recliner during the day as well as the night. Surprisingly, it was put under the mattress and I found that I liked it that way. They’ll put two wedges there if you want but I stuck with one. I had lots of pillows and because the bed was so wide (I swear it was wider than a king!), I could make a recliner with pillows under both arms and under my knees when I felt the need to and still leave room for my husband in the bed. I brought an ice bag, a nice gel bag that never got too hard, and ziplock bags. I never used the ziplock bags. The steward was excellent in bringing a second (larger than the regular one) bucket of ice 2-3 times a day for icing my shoulder. I found that the most comfortable place to sit was in the Crows Nest at the front of the ship. They have a few chairs there that are padded, are slightly reclined, have a footstool, and best of all...arm rests. I also sat out on our veranda more than my husband because of the reclining chairs that have arm rests. The support of my arm/shoulder was very helpful with pain control. I wore my sling when outside the cabin and wasn’t bumped into once, even in the elevator. People were so considerate. I certainly heard a lot of “shoulder stories “. By the 10th day or so, if there was an empty chair at our table, I would place the sling there and eat with my right hand. Yay! Since we already had the cruise scheduled and paid for, it worked out okay. BUT I would wait until further along in recovery to schedule a cruise if I could. I’m currently at 3 months and wouldn’t go yet. Maybe at 6 months. Thank you all for your tips and stories
  7. Hi all. I wanted to let you know how my cruise went on the Holland America Amsterdam. It went pretty well. I decided to not bring a zero gravity chair. Our room was large enough and I would have appreciated having it. The wedge really did help, although I did miss my recliner during the day as well as the night. Surprisingly, it was put under the mattress and I found that I liked it that way. They’ll put two wedges there if you want but I stuck with one. I had lots of pillows and because the bed was so wide (I swear it was wider than a king!), I could make a recliner with pillows under both arms and under my knees when I felt the need to and still leave room for my husband in the bed. I brought an ice bag, a nice gel bag that never got too hard, and ziplock bags. I never used the ziplock bags. The steward was excellent in bringing a second (larger than the regular one) bucket of ice 2-3 times a day for icing my shoulder. I found that the most comfortable place to sit was in the Crows Nest at the front of the ship. They have a few chairs there that are padded, are slightly reclined, have a footstool, and best of all...arm rests. I also sat out on our veranda more than my husband because of the reclining chairs that have arm rests. The support of my arm/shoulder was very helpful with pain control. I wore my sling when outside the cabin and wasn’t bumped into once, even in the elevator. People were so considerate. I certainly heard a lot of “shoulder stories “. By the 10th day or so, if there was an empty chair at our table, I would place the sling there and eat with my right hand. Yay! Since we already had the cruise scheduled and paid for, it worked out okay. BUT I would wait until further along in recovery to schedule a cruise if I could. I’m currently at 3 months and wouldn’t go yet. Maybe at 6 months. Thank you all for your tips and stories.
  8. My husband and I went on the Amsterdam earlier this month. He really wanted a foot massage but it was not offered as a stand alone massage. We both got 50 minute relaxation massages on a day they offered it as a special, which included an eye treatment (applied some cream). He opted out of the eye treatment and got more time on the feet and head. He was thinking about going another day (14 day cruise) for the reflexology one just so he could have his feet massaged; but didn’t. I had a pedicure that included an excellent leg and foot massage. She even used two hot stones on my feet which was fantastic; almost paralyzing it felt so good and unique. I took a picture of the prices but can’t figure out how to include that with my response. The pedicure is $70, reflexology $119, and full massage starts at $129. Have fun on your trip! Oh, and be aware that the spa already includes a generous tip so you don’t need to tip on top of that.
  9. Good advice! Thanks! The front hooking bra will be something I will suggest to any woman I know that plans to have shoulder surgery.
  10. Yikes. I wish you well. I do my shoes by leaving them tied, a little looser than normal but not loose. Then I shimmy in and out of them. The bra is a tough one. I guess you’ll need to ask another female chaperone or a kid to help with that. If there’s ever another arm surgery for me in the future, I’m going to get a front fastening bra. So far, I can get my back hooking one on but need someone to unhook it to take it off. Yep, someone will need to open your bottles for you. Good luck.
  11. Thanks. I actually did order and receive a highly rated one from Amazon. Bringing bags too. 😊
  12. Hi all. Here’s my current update. Holland America doesn’t allow recliners or hospital beds. They will supply a bed wedge and extra pillows. Thanks for all of your very helpful suggestions. I’ll be more prepared for handicap cruising for future cruises, should I need it. I now know about calling their special line and filling out the accessibility form. I found other services that we can use...like a gadget to make hearing on the phone better and enlarged print on our daily schedules, etc. There were recliners available in Seattle for around $250 for 15 days. Just not allowed on HA. Here’s what I’m doing and I hope it works. I’ve ordered a Zero-Gravity chair (like for your yard) from Amazon that should arrive tomorrow...in a box of course. I’m going to put a luggage tag on the box and check it in like a piece of luggage. It will weigh about 35# in the box. Think they’ll let it on through and get it to my cabin door, along with our suitcases?
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