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« on: October 18, 2008, 09:42:42 PM »

I took my first trip in 15 years and since having vision loss and impairments 12 years ago, along with other health issues last week. It was an experience for sure since the last time I flew, the way you check in now is pretty much all automated and getting picked up from the airport trying to find which driver is yours, well crap that was a pain. But the oddest thing hit me while I was entering the hot tub at the hotel on the last night of staying. For some reason I had the fear of water, being alone, and not able to drive anywhere if I need to. Of all the reasons I wanted to get away and have some quiet, I now wished I was back home listening to my parents argue with each other. Last time I had the fear of water from either drinking or a showering was when I was taking medication daily for nausea, so that was an odd feeling to have, especially when I finally got away for once. Seems I need to be  in a place that is somewhat noisy or do something constantly to keep me busy instead of relaxing. The one thing I though would throw up red flags didn't, all my medication. My laptop was more important to them, which seemed odd. If someone is bringing a bunch of pills, I would think I would want to see those out of the carry on bag. On the way home, TSA left me a nice note that they inspected my baggage, wonder what would have happened if I put my meds in there, cavity search?  ??? :o
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Diabetes -  age 7

Neuropathy in legs age 10

Eye impairments and blindness in one eye began in 95, major one during visit to the Indy 500 race of that year
   -glaucoma and surgery for that
     -cataract surgery twice on same eye (2000 - 2002). another one growing in good eye
     - vitrectomy in good eye post tx November 2003, totally blind for 4 months due to complications with meds and infection

Diagnosed with ESRD June 29, 1999
1st Dialysis - July 4, 1999
Last Dialysis - December 2, 2000

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant - December 3, 2000

Cataract Surgery on good eye - June 24, 2009
Knee Surgery 2010
2011/2012 in process of getting a guide dog
Guide Dog Training begins July 2, 2012 in NY
Guide Dog by end of July 2012
Next eye surgery late 2012 or 2013 if I feel like it
Home with Guide dog - July 27, 2012
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008, 10:15:54 PM »

Where did you go?
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008, 10:36:00 PM »

Yeah Chris, where did you go?

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008, 10:43:40 PM »

I went to Nebraska. Trip out, they led me outside in a wheelchair and walk up a long ramp, trip back, had to get off walking down steep steps from the airplane and then into a wheelchair. My knees where not feeling good after that.
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Diabetes -  age 7

Neuropathy in legs age 10

Eye impairments and blindness in one eye began in 95, major one during visit to the Indy 500 race of that year
   -glaucoma and surgery for that
     -cataract surgery twice on same eye (2000 - 2002). another one growing in good eye
     - vitrectomy in good eye post tx November 2003, totally blind for 4 months due to complications with meds and infection

Diagnosed with ESRD June 29, 1999
1st Dialysis - July 4, 1999
Last Dialysis - December 2, 2000

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant - December 3, 2000

Cataract Surgery on good eye - June 24, 2009
Knee Surgery 2010
2011/2012 in process of getting a guide dog
Guide Dog Training begins July 2, 2012 in NY
Guide Dog by end of July 2012
Next eye surgery late 2012 or 2013 if I feel like it
Home with Guide dog - July 27, 2012
Knee Surgery #2 - Oct 15, 2012
Eye Surgery - Nov 2012
Lifes Adventures -  Priceless

No two day's are the same, are they?
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2008, 11:09:33 PM »

I'll bet they weren't feeling good.  Who did you visit in Nebraska?  Did you have a good time?
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2008, 09:34:50 PM »

I went to see an old friend. Unfortunately they became sick and we only went to the Capitol to just get me out. So most of the stay was in the hotel room and walking to the store to get something to eat and to get decaf coffee to drink. I wish it went better, kinda feel it was a waste of a trip since I didn't go anywhere, but can't blame them for getting sick. Feel like I'm getting sick now though, but that could be due to being on the airplane, all the people at the airport, or touch something along the way.

I'll consider it a dry run to make it to an IHD Las Vegas meeting. Wish I could have afforded that one this year.
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Diabetes -  age 7

Neuropathy in legs age 10

Eye impairments and blindness in one eye began in 95, major one during visit to the Indy 500 race of that year
   -glaucoma and surgery for that
     -cataract surgery twice on same eye (2000 - 2002). another one growing in good eye
     - vitrectomy in good eye post tx November 2003, totally blind for 4 months due to complications with meds and infection

Diagnosed with ESRD June 29, 1999
1st Dialysis - July 4, 1999
Last Dialysis - December 2, 2000

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant - December 3, 2000

Cataract Surgery on good eye - June 24, 2009
Knee Surgery 2010
2011/2012 in process of getting a guide dog
Guide Dog Training begins July 2, 2012 in NY
Guide Dog by end of July 2012
Next eye surgery late 2012 or 2013 if I feel like it
Home with Guide dog - July 27, 2012
Knee Surgery #2 - Oct 15, 2012
Eye Surgery - Nov 2012
Lifes Adventures -  Priceless

No two day's are the same, are they?
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2008, 06:03:24 PM »

Next year, Chris !  :yahoo;  :clap;   
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2008, 09:52:54 PM »

That's the plan. Truck is paid off in either June or July and I get a tax rebate for using E-85 gas/hybrid vehicle here.
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Diabetes -  age 7

Neuropathy in legs age 10

Eye impairments and blindness in one eye began in 95, major one during visit to the Indy 500 race of that year
   -glaucoma and surgery for that
     -cataract surgery twice on same eye (2000 - 2002). another one growing in good eye
     - vitrectomy in good eye post tx November 2003, totally blind for 4 months due to complications with meds and infection

Diagnosed with ESRD June 29, 1999
1st Dialysis - July 4, 1999
Last Dialysis - December 2, 2000

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant - December 3, 2000

Cataract Surgery on good eye - June 24, 2009
Knee Surgery 2010
2011/2012 in process of getting a guide dog
Guide Dog Training begins July 2, 2012 in NY
Guide Dog by end of July 2012
Next eye surgery late 2012 or 2013 if I feel like it
Home with Guide dog - July 27, 2012
Knee Surgery #2 - Oct 15, 2012
Eye Surgery - Nov 2012
Lifes Adventures -  Priceless

No two day's are the same, are they?
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