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Chrissandra's Honeymoon in the Aft (an eastern Liberty review)

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Yeah, I just went there ;). So for those of you who have read our previous reviews, this will be somewhat different. First off all we had a wedding to get through, so it was only the last few days of the countdown that we really got to enjoy. We also got to spend a few extra days in Miami pre-cruise which we’ve never gotten to do before. And lastly, we didn’t do as many activities as we normally do. We wanted to enjoy our aft balcony and each other as much as possible. We do have some pictures of the ship but not nearly as many as our previous cruise on the Liberty.

 

We had previously sailed on the Liberty for my birthday last February and loved it so much that we immediately booked this as our Honeymoon cruise. Actually, we set the date for our wedding around this cruise. So after getting through the most stressful day of my life, also one of the best, we could relax and look forward to the Honeymoon. But here are a few quick pics from our special day.

 

 

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Thursday – Flying into Miami – After 3 busy days at work it was time to pack Wednesday night. As I’m packing I get a call from a # in Miami and think to myself ‘Upgrade Fairy’. Yep, they had us down as a Honeymoon couple and wanted to offer us a suite that had been recently cancelled. I politely declined as I knew I couldn’t wait to be in this room with the extended balcony. And “Honeymoon in the Suite” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Up early and to the airport around 9. Breezed through security and everything with almost 2 hours to spare. Flight was on time but after we boarded the Captain came on the intercom announcing that something snapped off the terminal and a part of it hit the plane. They needed to inspect it and take some pictures to send to Tulsa to get the OK before we could take off. This was expected to take 15 minutes but an hour and a half later we’re all wondering if our flight was going to be cancelled. It was really annoying not having any information and I sure as hell was glad this was a direct flight. Poor lady in front of us had a connecting flight to Ecuador with only an hour layover. After 15 more minutes they came on to say they’d gotten the all clear. We made up a bit of time in the air but getting to the beach today was out of the question. The cab ride to our hotel, The Colony, took 15 minutes and was a flat rate of $33.

 

 

We caught a glimpse of the Victory as we were on our way to the airport

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Beautiful wedding pics!!!! Subscribed! I've been waiting for this one.......Liberty may be our next one, but I'm worried she won't live up to the Breeze:o:o:o

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And this is where things got really interesting. We get our room keys and head down to our room at the end of the hall. We didn’t care for anything fancy since we’d hardly be in the hotel room but we certainly weren’t expecting this….

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I’m not sure who dropped the ball on this one but damn! Cass went to the front desk and they immediately sent someone up to fix/take care of the situation. After 10 or so minutes we’re both just really frustrated and I’m about to go back to the front desk to request a different room. The phone rings and maintenance guy answers then hands it to me. It was the front desk telling us to come down as they had a different room for us. We grab our suitcases and lug them back down the hallway. As I get to the front desk I hear him asking his boss ‘Same price?’. She nodded and that peaked my interest. So we get our new room keys and head up the old time elevator. Not too shabby.

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Our view

 

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Words can’t even express how much this helped us both flip our moods around. Our Honeymoon was looking like a National Lampoon’s movie but quickly turned into a nice story to tell.

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The beach was pretty much out of the question at this point and we both needed a drink so we walked down Ocean Drive to Finnegin’s Way, an Irish Sports bar we’d found online. Absolutely loved it and they had Yuengling!!! We split some wings and a bbq chicken pizza along with a few beers each. Definitely a great place to people watch.

 

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There was a guy walking down the street holding a freaking Lemur!!! Yes, a Lemur!

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We knew we were close to a couple spots we'd seen on Tv (club duece, Miami ink) so we walked around a bit and saw a lot of pretty cool places including Espanola Way (which is where we found the Mexican restaurant we were planning on eating Friday). One of the coolest spots on south beach Imo. As we're walking back to the hotel I see someone that looks familiar, yep it's Chad Johnson (Ocho Cinco). I didn't really want to bother him but I had to say hi in some way so I walked up to him and told him 'I'm not your sticker *****' (one of his lines when He was on the League. He got a laugh out of it and shook my hand.

 

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Got back to the hotel and decided to try some of their monster sized drinks. Seriously, these things are as big as my head!

 

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Unfortunately those things are buy one, get one so you need to drink a lot!!! Who cares, we’re on vacation. We both got our 2nd in a to go cup (can you walk South Beach with an open container?) and went across the street to check out the beach.

 

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Called it a night and went back to the room. A word of warning, if you are staying on Ocean Drive, bring earplugs. We could hear noise outside our room well into the morning (like 3-4 am). I doubt things would have seemed so loud if we weren't right above the street.

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Congrats on your wedding! Looking forward to reading your review :)

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Friday – Beach Day – Woke up with one of the worst headaches ever (can’t imagine why). Grabbed some breakfast downstairs (delicious ham and cheese croissants). As we're eating, we see a film crew come up and start talking to some of the staff. They then set up across the street.

 

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They were apparently filming something for The Cooking Channel (not Food Network). I'm not sure how many channels they need about cooking but whatevs.

 

Took a walk down the beach in the direction of the Walgreen’s so we could get some water and soda to bring on board. Went shopping on Collin’s avenue and we each found a few things that we liked at the Quicksilver store. Back to the hotel to change (free towels at the front desk) and spent some time on the beach.

 

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The water was pretty cool and Cass didn’t want to get in too far so I spent some time by myself out there.

 

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We had lunch right next door at Johnny Rockets which is apparently in the same building where some of Scarface was filmed. Took a refreshing nap in the room and got ready for the evening (really enjoyed the view from our room).

 

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Friday nights certainly are interesting on South Beach. I don’t know if it’s exactly our vibe but we were determined to have a good time. We walked a few blocks to find a decent place to have drinks and ended up just heading back and sitting in front of our hotel with more ‘Head Sized’ drinks.

 

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Had a great meal but it was a lot of food. Ended up sitting next to a very nice couple from West Palm (I think we need to look into moving there) and talked to them for an hour or so.

 

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We walked back to our hotel while people watching and called it an early night. Again very glad we had ear plugs as I could still hear people yelling for shots well into the morning.

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Beautiful wedding pics!!!! Subscribed! I've been waiting for this one.......Liberty may be our next one, but I'm worried she won't live up to the Breeze:o

 

Thank you! I was hoping to have at least a few teaser pics from our photographer from the wedding by now, but nothing professional yet... I will say The Breeze was amazing, but the Liberty is great as well, especially since she already has the great 2.0 upgrades with Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana, and not to mention the Alchemy Bar (which the Breeze didn't have!)

 

Congrats on your wedding! Looking forward to the your review. We truly enjoyed the Liberty.

 

Thanks! Yeah she's a great ship!! It was nice to be back on board :D

 

bueatiful your dress!!:)

 

Thank you Taylor!

 

Loving this review already!

 

Thank you! I think we are gonna try to do at least a day or 2 every day or so - but we are both busy at work, so it'll have to be limited to the evenings... but we'll do our best!

 

Congratulations~~~!!~~

 

Thanks! I think we would both agree it's nice to have it behind us! Although I do wish I was back on vacation, lol!

 

Aww lovely wedding pix, congrats!! Love your reviews, thanks for posting!

 

Thank you :) I really wish we had some professional ones back, but none yet... And thanks for the words of encouragement!

 

Congrats on your wedding! Looking forward to reading your review :)

 

Thank you!

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Saturday – Embarkation – We left the hotel at 9:45 and made it to the port right around 10. We took a taxi, and it was about $15/$20. We were really looking forward to skipping the long line and heading to the shorter VIP line. There were 12 people in the VIP line and 8 in the regular line…fail. We went right through security although I had a case of water in my carry on that they looked at/shook with a fine tooth comb. We were in the VIP Lounge by 10:15 where we got our sail and sign card (Chris was quite please to see that Silver Card for the first time... brat!)

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It was great not having to wait in line to get our cards and also the chairs in the lounge are certainly more comfortable. Someone had mentioned that they were still debarking so we figured it’d be another hour or so. Ran into a few of our roll callers and got the call to get ready right around 11:30. By the time we had gone up stairs and gotten our picture taken, they were already calling for zone 5.

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It seemed pretty smooth so fortunately there was no kind of inspection before we could board.

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Our room was ready as soon as we boarded so we dropped off our luggage and unpacked a little. Chris was also quite pleased to find his first Platinum pin ready and waiting for him.

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In Chris’s words… “OMG I love our balcony!!!! This thing is friggin huge!!!” In my words… “This thing is bigger than the Blue Banana!” (Bonus points for anyone that gets that reference!)

 

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There was one lounger but more than enough room for a 2nd. We didn’t see our room steward but left a note asking for constant ice and for a 2nd lounger. Note about the ice – they stopped automatically having Ice in the room on embarkation day because more often than not it would go to waste, but all you have to do is let your room steward know you want it, and should have it for the rest of the cruise.

 

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It seems like just yesterday when you got engaged! You both look so happy (as always ). Looking forward to your review as we haven't been on the Liberty yet. Looking forward to seeing you again in October. Nice to see a picture of the Victory:)

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We walked the ship a bit just to re-familiarize ourselves. It was a bit overcast and we had a feeling it was going to start pouring any minute.

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All Lido seats under cover by Guy's and Blue Iguana were taken (thanks to the d-bag that speed walked to take a table of 4 for himself), so we took our DOD’s and Guy’s burgers up to the Fish & Chips which was usually empty and a nice quiet place to eat.

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Kinda crowded this time but glad we were in here as the sky’s opened up. I went outside to get a few pictures and ran into one of the staff, Alina, more on her later.

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We walked some of the lower decks just to check things out and made our way back to our room to see if our luggage was there. Pleased to find both bags sitting outside our room just after 2 and took the time to get everything unpacked. It was close to muster time so we just hung out on our balcony (thankfully it stopped raining) until we got called.

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It seems like just yesterday when you got engaged! You both look so happy (as always ). Looking forward to your review as we haven't been on the Liberty yet. Looking forward to seeing you again in October. Nice to see a picture of the Victory:)

 

Hey Mary Jo!! We had friends that sailed on the Victory a few days after us, and we all met up in Grand Turk (as you'll see)... evidently it's laid out very similarly to the Liberty as well... can't wait to see you again!

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I'll throw in a few pics of the ship we took before lunch:

 

This is one of the few indoor smoking areas - deck 5 Aft... Karaoke Bar:

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Victoria Lounge where Comedy is held:

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Piano Bar:

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A fave location for many of our fellow cruisers:

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Interesting artwork around the ship:

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Muster on the Liberty is done outside all along Deck 4. I think we both got spoiled from the Breeze where the different muster stations are held in dining rooms and lounges throughout the ship.

 

We did the “pack in like sardines” song and dance, and were finally released - let the fun begin!

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In Chris’s words… “OMG I love our balcony!!!! This thing is friggin huge!!!” In my words… “This thing is bigger than the Blue Banana!” (Bonus points for anyone that gets that reference!)

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Woman. Did I win???

 

Congratulations my friends!!!!!

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Congratulations on your wedding. You look like a very sweet couple. We are really enjoying your pictures.

This ship is on our bucket list. It has many great reviews. Can you tell me the cabin number? The balcony is wonderful!

Hae a wonderful life and LONG & HAPPY marriage!!!!:D

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Pretty Woman. Did I win???

 

Congratulations my friends!!!!!

 

WOO HOO! Winner Winner! :D Thanks Jen!!

 

Congratulations! Beautiful wedding picture. Looking forward to the rest of your review--

 

Thank you!

 

Congratulations on your wedding! Look forward to your review!

 

Thanks!

 

Congratulations on your wedding. You look like a very sweet couple. We are really enjoying your pictures.

This ship is on our bucket list. It has many great reviews. Can you tell me the cabin number? The balcony is wonderful!

Hae a wonderful life and LONG & HAPPY marriage!!!!:D

 

Aww, thank you! We were in room 8450, and I think it's just this room and the other aft room on the 8th floor next to the wrap on the other side that has this size - these 2 are a little extra long due to the ship support beam on this floor.

 

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Luckily the rain subsided, and we went back up to our Balcony for sail-away. I cracked open our bottle of pink champagne, and we enjoyed some Champagne and Strawberries – ahh this is the life.

 

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We got to talking to our neighbors in the Aft Wrap and turns out they were also on the 2 and 8 Day Breeze US Inaugural – what a small Cruising world. They were on their 55th cruise, all Carnival, and were really nice people. They invited us over to check out their balcony and get some more pics from the side of the ship. They had friends in the next room over, and with the divider open, it was quite impressive!

 

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I know, most of us have seen a Miami sailaway, but it really does have some great views.

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Disney was leaving behind us:

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It was cool to try to figure out where our little hotel on South Beach was too.

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Woo hoo!! I'm SO glad you've started.... subscribing right now! ;)

 

Hey Leslee! Thanks!! Boy how I wish we were back on board!! :o

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After sailaway, we made our way down to deck 5 – stopped in at the Taste Bar (which was previously the Sushi Bar… sadly I didn’t see any sushi on the cruise other than the app the one night in the MDR… not sure if they ever had any for dinner in the Lido, but they certainly replaced Sushi with the Taste Bar offerings).

 

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Tonight was a spicy pork thing with a yummy tomato-based soup with chicken in it.

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Here's some more rand***** ship pictures we snapped earlier in the day as well.

 

Club O2 Lounge for the teens:

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There were a few weddings on board and in the ports this week, one was on Embarkation Day:

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Internet Lounge... sorta hard to find, tucked away behind one of the lounges (The Cabinet) on Deck 4:

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Silver Dining Room - for the Early and Late Seating folks... Anytime is in the Golden Room, midship.

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Hey Leslee! Thanks!! Boy how I wish we were back on board!! :o

 

Hi! :D I agree... I would give just about anything to be on HMC right now... though it is FINALLY above frickin freezing around here! We're sittin' at 77 right now... suntanning weather! ;)

 

Thanks for doing the review, I look forward to reliving that awesome week! :)

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And just a few more ship pics...

 

Deck 5 - Cherry on Top Candy shop and formalities:

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Atrium Lighting from Deck 5:

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Looking down to Deck 3 Atrium Lobby from Deck 5:

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Upward-facing Atrium shot:

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Main Theater - Venetian Palace

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Then we headed over to the Alchemy bar for a pre-dinner drink.

 

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We made quick friends with Miro the bartender – really cool guy, who we are hoping we’ll get to see again on the Sunshine in December!

 

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He made Chris an awesome “Perfect Storm” and I had a Cucumber Sunrise.

 

I'm a big dork and took a short video of him making it... with flair!!

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Some other FB Lunatics showed up and we chatted till we decided to head to dinner around 7 or so.

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I think most people eat late on embarkation day, because there was no wait at this time for Anytime. We knew to ask for a more “private” table for 2, and sat at table 224 where we would end up for most of the nights we ate in the MDR. These are true tables for two – not a 2 person table squashed in between other tables, where you are sitting closer to someone else than the person you are dining with. This was the standard day 1 menu for a 7 day cruise – I went boring with a regular salad for an App,

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Chris had the Chicken Tenders… we are pleased to report the heavy breading has gone away, and is now a lighter, yet crispier breading… closer to the way it was originally, but better than that heavy fried breading we had last year.

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For entrees, I had the sweet and sour shrimp and Chris ordered the beef brisket in gravy.

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Both were yummy, but we also saved room to share an obligatory warm chocolate melting cake.

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Every night in the MDR they would come around with pre-made shots in collector glasses to purchase… why not, it’s the start of the cruise! And yeah, I was lazy and didn’t change into “dinner” clothes… meh, it’s embarkation day, who cares?

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Have to take a quick moment to say dinner service was a little longer than we were used to some nights. This was one of the nights where it felt like each course just took about 5-10 mins longer to get than usual. It wasn’t consistently slow every night, but this was one where it was just slow enough to be slightly annoying. Regardless, the food was good, and we rolled out of there stuffed.

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We headed back to the room, made some Room Drinks, and decided to brave the Piano Bar and check out Peter Brenner. We went in with some trepidation, because unfortunately we hadn’t heard anything good about Mr. Brenner… however we had promised our friend Laura that we would give him a fair shot and report back with an honest opinion.

He was just starting when we got there and explained that he would start with a few of his own songs, then take a few requests, then do a few more of his own.

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He was OK at best… he’s a decent piano player, but his tempo on everything just seems fast. We tried our best to be engaging and talk to him in between songs, but during songs he would absolutely zone out and not engage the crowd (all 5 of us in there at the time) at all. There were some times where he would either try to improvise and it just came off awkward, or he’d switch into this really low grumbly voice, and that was sorta brutal.

 

Julie, Ram, Alan, and Gayle came in, and we had fun with them (Poor Julie needed 2 Long Islands just to stand it).

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Yes, this shot was taken in the height of what should be optimum Piano Bar time... pretty empty...

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With the slow transformation to re-brand the Carnival Piano Bar scene, we are both hoping Carnival starts to take guest opinion into consideration when this guy’s contract comes up for renewal. Just Sayin…

 

We left, each lost a quick $100 at the Let it Ride table, and decided to call it a night… I headed up to get some pizza to take back to the room for us to share out on the Balcony. We had the fun "seal" for the first night's animal... this one cracks me up every time...

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While I was getting ready for bed, Chris fell asleep outside on a lounger, and I came out and cuddled up next to him. We both fell asleep out there… and then the night got interesting… (get your minds out of the gutter, lol!)

We both woke up and in my half-asleep state, I went to push myself up off the lounger with my right hand on the side, and my hand slipped, and all my weight went into my thumb and it got bent backwards… now I’m an admittedly very clumsy person in general, so usually I’ll run into something, trip over something, etc, and not think anything of it… this was different.. I knew something was wrong and actually thought I dislocated my thumb. It was late, I could barely wiggle it, and it was blowing up like a balloon... Well damn.... We went down to the Medical Bay, but they told us that since it was so late, we’d have to go to Guest Services first so they could call the night nurse first. We went up to 3, then back down to 0… she took a look, said that because I could move it at least slightly, it wasn’t dislocated or broken… she gave me lots of plastic bags with Ice, and I got a shot in the butt for pain and swelling… Fun times!!!

She said to come back the next morning around 8 when the doctor would be in, and we were sent on our way… I swear it’s always something with me! We made our way back up the room and set our alarm earlier than we wanted, due to the new 8am apt with the Doctor…

 

This is what it ended up looking like after a day or two...

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