Murphy’s Law: preparing for EVERYTHING

We had the STUFF, but we need to do even more prep work this time

So our last trip to Disney was eventful, to say the least. Natalie’s portable suction machine died out on us, resulting in a middle of the night trip to Wal-Mart that just about resulted in a traffic ticket, followed by an early morning, emergency call to the front desk for a medical supply company that would rent equipment. All of this could have been prevented if:

  1. I had brought our home suction machine as back-up, for the hotel at least;
  2. I had researched locations of necessary stores (Wal-Mart, gas stations, pharmacies, etc.)
  3. I had researched medical supply companies that rent equipment

Thankfully, we were able to find a company to rent us a suction machine. What a life saver! But this time around, I plan on researching addresses and phone numbers of all relevant things I may need. I can say that the front desk of the Caribbean Beach Resort was great, and has probably seen it all and knew exactly where to direct us. BUT…I prefer to be prepared this time. So here’s what I found:

www.orlandomedicalrental.com

Kissimmee , FL , 34741

407-957-8595

This site also shows that they rent strollers, even strollers that seat up to three kids. Every single piece of equipment we could possibly need for Natalie is available here–Cough Assist, nebulizer, suction, biPap. They also have scooters, oxygen, bath equipment, and more for rent. It’s not like we’re too lazy to bring the stuff–we bought a utility trailer just to tote Nat’s gear. But things have a strange habit of dying on us at the most inopportune times, so this place looks like a one-stop shop.

www.caremedicalequipment.com

102 Drennen Rd. B-1
Orlando, Florida 32806

Phone (407) 856-2273

This, I think, is the company we went with last time. They offer a few less services, with the only ones being needed by us being suction machines and nebulizers, but I suppose if those are what we need and there are none available with the other company, here’s a back-up option!

OTHER NECESSITIES:

Walgreens
7767 W Irlo Bronson Blvd

Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-390-1701

Just in case there would be something we would need, medicine wise, that we couldn’t find at Wal-Mart, I included the nearest Walgreens, just to be safe.

Wal-Mart

3250 Vineland Road

Health Central

10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, FL  34761

407-296-1000

www.healthcentral.org

Osceola Regional Medical Center

700 West Oak Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741

407-846-2266

www.osceolaregional.com

Southlake Hospital

1099 Citrus Tower Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711

352-394-4071

www.southlakehospital.com

Winnie Palmer Hospital

83 West Miller Street, Orlando FL 32806

321-843-9792 www.orlandohealth.com/WinniePalmerHospital/index.aspx

So on the whole, this has been a pretty depressing article, I suppose. I’ve researched and looked up and perused everything about the fun of Disney, but I am a parent, so I need to be prepared for all possible outcomes. Because as they  attribute to Murphy’s Law: if it can go wrong, it will go wrong, and at least now I (and any readers I have) have the resources I may need without have a 2 a.m. panic.