The Locked-In Traveler: The search for accommodations

15.08.2019

The Locked-In Traveler

(Wheelchair Traveling Journals)

The search for accommodations

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There are a few aspects to consider when looking for places to stay during a trip. Accessibility is number one on our list, of course. Some hotels promote themselves for being wheelchair friendly, but they are far from it. The elevators are too small, hallways and doorways are too narrow, or there are steps. All features that do not work for someone who cannot move at all.

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The Locked-In Traveler: Planning a trip

01.08.2019

The Locked-In Traveler

(Kati’s Wheelchair Traveling Journals)

Planning a trip

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Back in 1997, people still went to a travel agent to book their trips. There already was internet, but it was not like nowadays that you could find or do anything by yourself on the web. They had brochures with the necessary information and lovely pictures of this and that. If after you looked at the folder and you still were not sure about something, you would have to make that long-distance call to find out.

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The Locked-In Traveler: Wheelchair Traveling

18.07.2019

The Locked-In Traveler

(Kati’s Wheelchair Traveling Journals)

Wheelchair Traveling

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To travel in a wheelchair is not impossible or even that difficult (as some may think.) Well, that is not entirely true. For us that live in the modern industrial part of the world, it is. For people living in less developed countries, it is difficult. Not just financially. The infrastructure is not designed with accessibility in mind.

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The Locked-In Traveler: Travel companion

11.07.2019

The Locked-In Traveler

(Kati’s Wheelchair Traveling Journals)

Travel companion

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“The value of family and real friends” that is one of the first lessons you learn after a tragedy. After the stroke, I got to see what my parents are made of; “my father a steady captain, my mother a sturdy lioness.” They never gave up on me. Despite all advice from the doctors, they took me in and took care of me a twenty-year-old baby who could not do anything for herself. 

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The Locked-In Traveler; Where to now?

04.07.2019

The Locked-In Traveler

(Kati’s Wheelchair Traveling Journals)

Where to now?

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My first trip in a wheelchair was two years after the stroke. The Doctors and therapists at the rehab recommended us to take a trip outside of the country. They thought that it would be a good idea because it would be getting my mind off the situation and help with the depression.

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Locked-in syndrome, not the end of the runway

14.10.2018

Locked-in syndrome (LIS) is a catastrophic condition caused most often by ischemic stroke (infarct) or hemorrhage, affecting the brainstem. A patient suffering from LIS is aware but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for vertical eye movements and blinking.

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Only YOU can define who YOU are

26.11.2017

For the ones who do not know, there is a chart which defines how disabled you are. Starting off from unable to walk up to cannot do anything by themselves.

Two years after I was paralyzed I attended a conference for the disabled. The first thing that caught my attention was the arrangement of the seating.

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Attitude

30.03.2017

Optimism is the key to open yourself up to all the better things in life. Positivism is the key to making all your dreams come true. Always be naively optimistic and always have contagiously positive attitude.

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Never give in

27.10.2016

We are humans, we get tired, and we all need to rest from time to time. Even a woman that does nothing (cannot move) at all gets tired. Occasionally I do not feel like getting out of bed; I need a lazy day in bed just watching television. Now and then I rather am motionless in bed than be motionless in the wheelchair.

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A Poem

19.05.2016

EVERYBODY’S CHRISTMAS

The stunning of bells echoes hypnotizing all through the night.

They play to all people

To all people in the world

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