Technology Saved the Day

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) we left Reno and headed toward San Francisco to see my Lyme specialist (early appointment on Wednesday).  I tend to get super anxious before any doctor appointments and this appointment turns out to be no exception. I’m awake at 6:30am unable to go back to sleep because my nerves have got the best of me.  I’m not really sure why, I always walk out with a plan whether I get good news or bad news, but I think the scars run really deep from all the years of hoping a doctor would know what was going on with my body and I would leave feeling broken and sad because not any of the top medical professionals had a clue.  I think I will take a LONG time to build my trust back up with any doctors even though I am completely happy with my specialist I’m conditioned to be very nervous and anxious – like how Pavlov’s dog was to the tuning fork. He salivated anyway.

The drive was good. We took my new little car to be more efficient with gas. I got super carsick along the route and was contemplating if we should just pull over and find a place to stay and do the drive in the morning.  As a last resort I created a miracle carsickness remedy of medications and was able to fall asleep in the car and actually get wonderful sleep. Only problem is, I’m not sure what was in my concoction so I doubt I’ll be able to recreate it! Oops! I know dramamine and zofran were in there, plus a dumb tv show I listened to with headphones. We didn’t book a reservation in advance for our hotel because we had no idea how far I’d be able to last in the car. The last trip we had to pull over and find a place to sleep because I couldn’t last any longer. It was awful feeling that awful so this time we prepared for that just incase it happens again.

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We ended up making it all the way and then stressing because every hotel we called was at full occupancy, but we didn’t find that out til later because we were in the city and starving for some good food.  We decided to seek out a good Mexican restaurant so I pulled up one on Yelp and as we were getting out of the car I had a light bulb moment.  We were so close to House of Nanking and I’ve been begging to go there every trip we’ve made to San Francisco in the last two years.  This was finally a realistic request!! So we got back in the car and drove the 1.2 miles to get there! In retrospect we probably should have just walked from where we originally parked, but oh well. We ordered the food to go so we could start on our search for a place to sleep.

Have I ever mentioned how amazing technology is? Well it’s stinkin’ awesome because we probably would have slept in the car if it wasn’t for our iPhones or our Garmin GPS! We had the perfect situation to try out Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com and Priceline.com and yelp.com for the true reviews of these hotels. I thought I would share with you my experience with each….Hotels.com was our least favorite and we quickly moved on to trying their competitors.  Their mobile site was hard to navigate and not helpful at all. The other three had a hard time when we put in the date (at 10pm) that we wanted a room for tonight (Tuesday) so we were not helped much with that when booking.  We could however, see which places had rooms available, although not 100% accurate because I called 4 places that could not accommodate us.

I think what took us so long to find a room was I really really wanted a room with a big bathtub and jets for my achy body. I was pretty determined to find one. We spent a lot of time trying to find a room that was available with this unique feature. by at 10:45pm I finally came to my senses and we called a place, reserved our room over the phone and walked in the lobby about 20 minutes later. In the end we settled for a perfect room we found on Expedia but had to call to make the reservation because it was so late the online booking wouldn’t work.  So Expedia is our grand prize winner and we scored a non-smoking room, very clean, with the duvet cover sheets (not that nasty floral print kind that so many hotels have…what I refer to as the sex blanket. Ew. Because they rarely get washed.) and a big fridge for all my medication. There was not a good bathtub in this room, but the beds were amazing and I slept pretty well until my nerves woke me up! Plus, we are only 15-20 minutes away from my doctors office.  Winner winner chicken dinner! Two hours and counting until my appointment! Can’t wait to hear what they have to say! Hoping and praying for positive news and a good game plan. I’ll keep you posted!!

I was not asked to review any of the websites listed above, this is just my experience. I received no compensation for this review.

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