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  1. Good advice! Thanks! The front hooking bra will be something I will suggest to any woman I know that plans to have shoulder surgery.
  2. 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.
  3. Thanks. I actually did order and receive a highly rated one from Amazon. Bringing bags too. 😊
  4. 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?
  5. I’m not sure they carry it anymore. A very good idea. Maybe I’ll get one somewhere else. https://www.brookstone.com/search?q=Bed+pillow+&x=0&y=0
  6. Good idea. Thanks. Hopefully they have quilts. Or an extra comforter like they maybe have on the bed.
  7. I’m still learning how to use this site so please forgive me if I repeat myself here and there.
  8. Excellent excellent suggestion. No, it sounds like you were in more pain than I currently am. Thanks for your post and suggestion.
  9. Hi. I am unable to last long in the bed at night due to the rotator cuff surgery I had 8 weeks ago. I have a Holland America cruise sailing to Alaska from Seattle next week. I spend a lot of time in my recliner. Yesterday someone suggested renting a recliner to use during the cruise. I had no idea this was possible. Does anyone have experience with doing this? Any tips that you can pass along? Holland America told me yesterday to call their Accessibility office on Tuesday to find out if this is possible. That’s cutting it close. I sure hope this works out. Thanks for any suggestions you can give me.
  10. We do have a balcony and an upgrade to a small suite. There should be room for recliner or lounger. Sometimes the balcony only has chairs, not a lounger. I appreciate the suggestion. Thanks.
  11. I don’t know how to respond to each comment on here. So, I just want to say thank you for your suggestions. I do have a small wedge to bring. I will check into the special needs and Wheelchair forms. Thank you!
  12. Everyone, I appreciate your tips and suggestions. Of course I’ve talked to my therapist and doctor. They’ve given me the go ahead with precautions. Wear the sling in uncontrolled environments (like outside of the cabin), bring baggies to use as an ice pack, do my at home PT exercises, no swim strokes that use the shoulder in the pool (OK to stand there and gently move my arms back and forth, use pillows and my sling in bed. That’s all I can think of right now. If I feel I’m not up to going, they will fill out the insurance forms for me. I’m looking for people that have gone through this for advice based on their experience. Yes, there are many different procedures, healing rates, etc. We were offered a really good deal from our travel agent 5 weeks ago. I thought I’d be further along in my recovery by now. I’m getting more nervous the closer we get. We do have insurance which includes preexisting medical condition cancellation. I think my main concerns are comfort for sleeping and while relaxing in the cabin (I’m in my recliner a lot at home with ice and/or pillow support) and getting jostled or losing my balance if the ship rocks and I have to catch myself. I guess if I keep my sling on when out and about, that should prevent much of that risk. I’ll just fall if I can’t steady myself 😳. I love the suggestion about renting a recliner!! I didn’t know that was a possibility. I called Holland America today to see if they allow this but she said to call the Accessibility number on Tuesday (they’re open Monday-Friday 9-5). That’s cutting it tight but maybe it will work out. 🤞🏻 GeezerCouple, Thanks so much for suggesting this!! Screwsmcernst, Thank you for your suggestions and encouragement and giving me insight into your experience. It made me feel better. I don’t need lectures and I’m not looking for medical advice. I’m looking for human people to people advice. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to address my concerns. PS: My DH has been wonderful in his care for me. If I flat out said that I don’t want to go or won’t go, he would be disappointed but not angry about it. I’m just wavering and worried. It’s an Alaska cruise, so it’d be easy to fly home to Seattle if I end up miserable.
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