two weeks in US are over and I'm back at my desk in Stockholm and it's time for a small report.
I had assistance booked and used it in airports, but will try to manage on my own next time. I know it will be hard, but waiting nervously for the assistance to come along (was almost forgotten twice on this trip), not being able to shop or have a look at things... No - I'll use my cane (for show) and wave my medical assistance paper and politely ask to be allowed to use any available express or speedy lanes and see how that works. As I'm fairly ok now, I think it's worth a try also in places where security can be difficult. The advantages will, I think, measure up to the disadvantage.
I managed mostly very well during the conference and festivities. But some lessons learned:
Making a presentation; next time I do need a high chair to sit on. I expected to manage by holding on to the stand as I just had to speak for 5-10 minutes but that didn't work. Very shaky and painful..
Cocktail receptions. I hate them. Everyone standing around chatting, people hugging and saying hi - and I have to run away to sit down all the time.. well - it just has to be endured. many people know about the situation now as well - but it is, indeed, the nightmare of these occasions.
And Dancing. I finally tried and yes, quick things are ok, but slow dancing is a no no... And I love to dance. Very sad.
But apart from this all went fine; sightseeing, seminars and meetings (re-elected to the Board, very proud). Also a great train trip from San Francisco to Chicago; 2.5 days of sitting by the window, admiring the view, with a sleeping compartment and good food. This is truly OT manageable and highly recommended!
Take care everyone!
your nut, playing golf tomorrow...