November 15, 2019
Parkview and Advanced Healthcare Solutions
Watermark has been a multi-year partner of iN2L (thanks Kelly!) so it was certainly appropriate to make a stop, and we picked Parkview in Frisco, just outside of Dallas. It was a warm celebration and a beautiful community. I was moved by the staff, especially Dorianne and Bibi. Bibi had a great story to share of immigrating to the US from Iran. We had a great cruise, especially thanks to Bonnie, a total fashion diva with her multi-colored socks (she showed us multiple pairs later in her room). She is a character who’s lived a full life and likes sharing stories! Thanks, Dorianne, for your hospitality. Parkview is a community you’d be happy to have your Mom move into!
We headed out in the afternoon to visit Advanced Healthcare Solutions. Carmen Vitton (COO of Rehab Synergies) has been a huge advocate of iN2L over the years from a therapy standpoint. The tour is winding down, and for the first time, we are graced with a song written and performed by cruisers and crooners! Carmen and her team rewrote the words of YMCA to iN2L – how awesome! This may become our new theme song! It was a fun ride. We blew up all kinds of confetti in the back seat as we were driving, and then afterward were treated to a great iN2L party. Actually, I think they were just looking for an excuse to throw a party and we were happy to oblige.
All in all, it was a great day in Texas, and now I have to deal with my biggest geography snafu of the trip. For whatever reason, I thought the distance between Dallas and Phoenix was around 6 hours. WRONG! It’s about 15 and a half. So, Francis and Leslie flew ahead, and I did the long drive by myself with the help of a lot of late-night Bruce Springsteen tunes. If you ever want to have an interesting visual experience, I recommend driving through Midland Texas (and all the refineries) at 3 am. What a bizarre glow! But, I made it to Phoenix. Next stop: Sun Health!