Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Caregiver Chronicles: The 5-Hour Rule


You've heard of the five-second rule?  Here's my story about the five-hour rule...

When you're on a long road trip, you try to plan and be efficient.  You might know that your car's range between gas fillups is 400 miles so you plan your refueling, bathrooming, and meals around those parameters. 




If everything goes as planned, your trip pretty much flies by and you're at your destination ready for action but if not...say you get a flat tire, get stuck in an unplanned traffic jam, bad weather, etc...you find yourself falling behind fast and sometimes it gets very hard to recover from.

Dealing with a person in a wheelchair who cannot take care of himself can be similar.

I tell people we live live 3 to 5 hours at a time.  What that means is that when we get Tim's needs taken care of, we're usually good for 3 to 5 hours of smooth sailing but at the end of that block of time, we have to start over for the next one.



For example, when he wakes up in the morning, we have to help him with his bathrooming needs. Then dress him and put him in his wheelchair. Then make his breakfast and feed him. Then give him his medication. Then brush his teeth and maybe a shave. 

Only then are we able to relax a little bit but a few hours later, it starts over again.  Tim needs to go to the bathroom.  He needs to eat. He needs to be cleaned up, and so on and so on.

If Tim is able to accomplish all of this (and at home, he usually is), no problem.  It's done, it's taken care of, and now we move on to the next 3-5 hour block.

If not, then things can start to derail. Usually it's a bathroom issue, especially if we're out somewhere. When it's time to go, we'll take him to the nearest facilities. He goes? No problem, we move on to feeding etc., but there are times he can't go and then the pressure starts to build.

We'll usually just try again a little later but if that doesn't work, then pain might set in.  On top of that, Tim's anxieties start to mount and he starts to fear that there will be big problems if we continue on our present path of plans. This worry and anxiety just complicates the ability to go even more and it's like a snowball rolling down a hill...getting bigger and badder all the way down.

Sometimes, we'll have plans with people and we'll have to cancel and get back to where he's comfortable and we can walk him back from the ledge to get back on track. It's something we're working on to make better...and it is getting better...as we all continually deal with the issues in our lives.

It can be a pain but it's not too big a deal...it's just one of those things you have to deal with on occasion.  

The only thing I feel bad about is others who might not understand why we cannot always commit to meeting up with, or when we have to cancel suddenly, or explain why we just cannot do certain things with them.

It's all about the five-hour rule and the road trip of our life.  Everything goes as planned? Great! We'll get there and enjoy the destination but occasionally we hit those unexpected bumps in the road that keep getting in the way of that goal.

I hope something like this post can help explain that it's not that we don't want to do those things, it's just the realities of our lives means it cannot physically be done because the five-hour rule dominates our lives.

Darryl Musick
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Ishtar and the Topography of Terror: Berlin, Germany



Catch up on this trip...
Part One 
Part Two 
Part Three
Part Four

We're on the Cold War and Nazi trail here in Berlin. Earlier today, we visited the seat of the country's government at the Reichstag, visited for formerly forbidden Brandenberg Gate, and remembered the innocents slaughtered at the Holocaust Memorial.

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A few blocks away from Checkpoint Charlie's tourist horde, we find a more manageable leftover piece of the Berlin Wall.  About 200 yards of the barrier have been preserved as an open-air museum called the Topography of Terror.



An accessible path takes you along this section of wall, separating what was the bombed out ruins of the Third Reich's administrative buildings and the apartment buildings across the street in what used to be East Berlin. There is a chunk missing, where the first section of the hated wall was broken through giving access to the west for the Berliners of the east.



Many more holes are punched through the wall, exposing the rebar in the concrete, giving evidence of the citizens of the city rushing to tear down the wall with hammers, picks, and crowbars.

Ramps lead to a section below with many photos exhibits of the Nazi era events and locations that took place in this mostly vacant field.

The history here is enveloping and, since it's completely free, devoid of the tourist trap atmosphere that pervades the Checkpoint Charlie area on Friedrichstrasse.

It's time to break for lunch so we find a very nice Italian place, Ristorante Marinelli, across from the Anhalter Station.



There is still a façade standing at this old train station, the only thing left standing after World War II bombing raids. The only trains now are the S-Bahn trains running in the station underground.

During the war, Jews were rounded up and brought here to board trains to their awful fates in the concentration camps. This façade, and a few interpretive displays, were left as a memorial.



Below, we board a train heading for the eastern side of the city where we'll visit Museum Island to end our day.



It's a short walk from the Hackescher Markt station then a walk on a bridge across the River Spree, hard by the Berliner Dom cathedral, to reach Museum Island. Here, five state museums form a UNESCO Heritage Site where visitors can see some of the great treasures of this city.



Some parts still show war damage from seventy years ago.

Our destination is the Pergamon  Museum, which features very large, reconstructed buildings from the ancient age. It's star attraction, the Pergamon Altar, is closed for renovation for a couple of years but we are able to see it's other great restorations.



The deep blue tiles of the Ishtar Gate, recovered from Iraq and brought to Berlin to be rebuilt, brick-by-brick, used to guard an entrance to Babylon. Three thousand years have not dulled the brilliant colors.

This was a "small" gate into the old city but we are dwarfed by its massive dimensions.

Dragons, lions, and other beasts are depicted on it's walls. The hall leading up to it is a reconstructed street that led up to the gate.



A model shows just how puny this reconstructed section is when compared to the entire gate complex.



Behind the gate, a Roman temple has also been brought to Germany and rebuilt in this massive hall.

Columns, mosaic floors, and busts of leaders who thought themselves gods adorn the walls.



I'm a bit blown away by the large temple but even more so when I turn around and notice the other half is behind me.

Our long day of Berlin touring, hitting all the major stops on our Cold War and World War II lists, has come to and end. We make our way back to the S-Bahn and on to Potsdamerstrasse to have another delicious Turkish dinner at Café Neffes near our hotel.

We'll rest up, drinking some great German Riesling while watching corny German language gameshows and continue on tomorrow.


Darryl
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Photos by Letty Musick
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Whiskey, Women, and Song


Well, two out of three isn't bad. You can find the song over at our sister blog, "Musick's Music." The whiskey is below.

Tim and I have had requests to do a whiskey tasting for the Cocktail Hour. This week, we come through.

We're tasting four reasonably priced spirits plus a very popular guest star.


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We start with Rebel Yell, a straight Kentucky bourbon from Louisville. It's smooth and tasty. We'll use that as our base to compare the other three. Rebel Yell is available from Trader Joe's in the$11-12 range.

Our first comparison is White Rabbit from the good people of Lynchburg, Tennessee at the Jack Daniel's distillery.  It's also very tasty and smooth. Smoother that the classic Jack Daniels, if I'm remembering right.

Next, it's Red and Blackie...Johnnie Walker Red and Black labels. Although the Black is aged 12 years, we didn't enjoy either as much as the first two.

As for the special guest? You'll have to watch the video above for that one.

Cheers!

Darryl

Friday, September 14, 2018

From No Man's Land to Tourist Trap: Cold War and Nazi Sites in Berlin



Catch up on this trip...
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Forty years ago, I could be shot for standing on the spot where I'm at this morning. Today, it's a bit more innocuous with the McDonalds nearby, the 'Wall" museum, a replica of Checkpoint Charlie in the street median where actors in military garb will pose with you for three Euros, and a sandy beach bar on former No Man's Land behind the leftover segments of the wall that for three decades served as a focal point of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.



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People have been killed for trying to pass this little strip...a line drawn on the map, basically...behind the cart selling t-shirts and trinkets off of Freidrichstrasse.  I'm having trouble dealing with the incongruity of it all.



Little did Erich Honecker realize when he built this barrier to keep his people from fleeing to the west that he was building one of the world's biggest, crassest, and Capitalistic tourist traps.  A bit ironic.

While this intersection around the most famous of border crossings between East and West Berlin has devolved into a crowded, money grabbing, photo opportunity, there is still plenty to see about the Cold War and World War II in today's Berlin without having to feel a bit like a sell-out to do so.

We've rested up for a couple of slow days and started off with another little Cold War excursion to the Bridge of Spies in suburban Potsdam yesterday. Now, we're in full gear as we have a full day of touring to accomplish in central Berlin.

Our hotel on Potsdamer Platz is two blocks away from three train stations. It depends on which way we're going as to which station we'll head to. Today, it's Yorkstrasse station. Three lines converge here but only the S1 is wheelchair accessible. That's the line we'll take.

We exit at the Brandenberg Gate station but the lift is out of order and has not been reported yet so we have to backtrack one station and walk an extra two blocks.  



We're starting at the seat of German government, the Reichstag, where we have an 8:30am reservation to take the lift up to the roof. We're reminded this is an official seat of government when we have to process through a rather strict security screening and get an official escort (because of the wheelchair, we have to take a slight detour to the lift) before we can go up.

At the top, we get an English language brochure and a player with an earpiece for an audio tour.  



Heavily damaged during World War II, the building has been rebuilt with a glass dome overlooking the Bundestag (the German Parliament).  A large terrace on the roof surrounds the dome where 360 degree views of the city greet us.  There's also a restaurant up here but we didn't take advantage of it today.



While Letty takes pictures, Tim and I take a slow lap around the roof looking towards the tall TV tower in the former east, the Brandenberg Gate, the very large Tiergarten park, and even a former CIA spy base on a hill off to the west.



When we're all set with the picture taking, it's time to climb the dome. This is where the audio tour kicks in. There are two spiral ramps, both wheelchair accessible, one for going up and the other for going down.



The audio tour tells us as we go up about the wall, the Brandenberg Gate, how all the trees in the Tiergarten were cut down for firewood after the war and all the trees we see now only date back to the 1960's. There's a solar panel that moves with the sun that shades the legislators working below.

It's all very interesting and fits in the budget...it's free.  You just need to make a reservation ahead of time on their website. It's one of the more spectacular buildings in Berlin.



Afterward, we make our way over to the Brandenberg Gate, another site where you could have could have been shot 40 years ago just for standing there. Next door is the U.S. embassy which leads us to the Holocaust memorial, a collection of thousands of stellaie commemorating the enormous loss of life due to Hitler's final solution.



Barely wheelchair accessible, it's a maze into the dark depths of the absolute depravity of the Nazi's view of the world. You start out with short, knee-high blocks and slowly descend until they're over your head and completely obliterate the city around you. It's a descent into darkness that you won't forget and an amazing effect.



Next, we amble down the block. Past the t-shirt and doner kabab stands to a little, unremarkable parking lot.

It's here that the nexus of evil in this world came to a gruesome end.  For years, no one wanted to mark this site but such an important and infamous site couldn't be hid forever.  It took until just a few years ago that the government finally decided to put up a rather plain little sign saying what the significance of this site is.



Under this parking lot, somewhere near the 5 mph speed limit sign, one of the most evil persons every to walk the face of the earth...Adolph Hitler...took his own life in his underground bunker as Soviet troops drew near.

The little grassy spot behind the sign, next to a couple of empty parking spots, is where his cronies attempted to burn his body.

This rather plain (and purposely so) parking lot is where the Third Reich met it's ignominious end.

That's probably enough for this post, we'll catch you up on this tour on the next installment.

Darryl
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Photos by Letty Musick
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Riding Public Transit in Berlin and Munich, Germany With or Without a Wheelchair


Transit in Berlin and Munich, at least, is very accessible. More so than in many U.S. ADA-covered cities like New York or Chicago even.

We like to use trains (such as the U-Bahn subway system) as much as we can but also know that the buses are accessible, too. While we'll get to the trains and trams below but first, the bus. 


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Wave to flag the bus driver that you'll want to board the bus. You'll most likely enter via the rear door where a ramp can be deployed.  A wheelchair section will be at mid bus, the correct position is to sit rear-facing against the bracing board. Many buses also have a strap that you can request the driver put across you for added security.

You can tell the driver where you want to exit or press the button with the wheelchair symbol next to the wheelchair section. This will let the driver know that a wheelchair needs to exit at the next stop.



On buses, as with trams, you will most likely purchase your fare ticket on board (there are a few spots, like the airport or larger train stations where you can buy the ticket ahead of time). Please note that just purchasing the ticket does not make it valid...you must validate it on the bus or tram (or ahead of time, if you have access to a validator) with the machine that stamps it with the time and date.

This ticket must be shown to fare inspectors upon demand, who will check the time and date to see if it is expired or not (fare is good for two hours on a basic single ride ticket).

In larger German cities, the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are the backbone of the system. It's equivalent to the subways and commuter trains of larger American Cities.

For the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, you must buy and validate a ticket before getting on the train.  For all trains, buses, and trams, you can also buy multi-day passes.

Before riding on the U-Bahn or S-Bahn, it would be very helpful to check a subway system map to make sure the station you want to go to is wheelchair accessible. The system maps don't always show wheelchair symbols but they do have either an elevator icon, or a ramp icon indicating which type of access is available.

Berlin System Map
Munich System Map

If neither icon is showing, the station is not accessible to wheelchairs.



Most trams in both cities have either ramps or lifts into the vehicles. For any means of transit, the best place to wait is where the front of the train, tram, or bus will be so the driver can see you and deploy any ramps or lifts necessary.

All barrier-free (barrierefrie in German) stations have a folding ramp, so if you get a train with a gap that you cannot manage, the driver or station attendant is supposed to deploy that ramp for you.

For more information, please visit the respective websites below.

Berlin Public Transit
Munich Public Transit

Darryl Musick
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Photos by Letty Musick
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Bridging the Gap Between East and West: An Excursion to Potsdam and the Bridge of Spies



See Part One here and Part Two here.

Last year I went with Tim to see the only movie that I saw in a theater that year, ‘Bridge of Spies,’ with Tom Hanks. It depicts a time during the Cold War after the Berlin Wall was built and the exchange of Russian spies for U2 pilot Gary Powers and other dissidents from the east.


Now, we’re in Berlin and Tim has put the Bridge of Spies (or Gleineke Brucke) on his list of things he wants to see while we’re here. We’ve got a day of Cold War and Nazi sites touring scheduled but this is about 20 miles away in Potsdam, not in central Berlin.


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First, we take a walk through the neighborhood to find some breakfast. It's a quiet Sunday morning until we look across the street through to the other end of a small park.

I have to rub my eyes and make sure I'm seeing what I'm seeing. I'm not the only one, several people are wondering and fuming over it...there are four, large Nazi red swaztika flags flying on a building (see pic above).

Finally, an elderly lady walking her dog let's us know that it's just a movie set for location shooting today. Still a bit disturbing.



About two blocks south of our hotel, we have a nice Turkish breakfast at a waffle place (which is a lunch and dinner item here, so no waffles today), then another block south to the S-Bahn where we take the 30 minute ride to the Postdam Hauptbanhof.

From here, a tram outside (buy your tickets in the train station first if you don’t have the proper coinage) takes us to the end of the line, about a block from the Gleineke Brucke.  Far from having the place to ourselves, the streets are crawling with people, but not tourists.


We hear loud engines and see millions of dollars of pristine, classic cars parked haphazardly along the curbs and sidewalks.  Soon, we see a street course laid out in a raceway and old Ferraris, Porches, Mercedes, and more and roaring down the course along the normally quiet streets of Potsdam.


After exiting the tram, we’ve found ourselves in the middle of the Les 24 Tours du Pont. This is basically a car show, or maybe a concours would be more precise, where dozens of great looking classic cars are displayed to us unwashed masses.



It's nice and we wade through it to get to our planned destination, the bridge just beyond the announcer's booth. 



Once on the bridge, it's pretty easy to navigate across and to stop just a moment in the middle over the metal plaque embedded into the sideway, marking the former frontier between Communist and Capitalist Europe.



We cross over at the other end to come back over on the other side, views of San Souci palace and pristine wooden boats on the lake before we find our tram back to the Haupbahnhof.

There, at an attached mall, we get a little ice cream to cool off from the heat before catching the train back to Berlin.



We take another train that puts us on Budapestestrasse, by the zoo, where we stop to take a look at the Kaiser Wilhelm Kurche.

This church was bombed in World War II and was left as a ruin as a memorial to the war.



A new, rather unappealing church was built next door as a replacement.



At least it's plain on the outside. Inside, is another story as the church is filled with spectacular blue light from the thousands of little stained glass windows.



It's beautiful and mesmerizing.



On this hot day, outside I find a fountain to splash in and flick a few drops at Tim to cool off before we head back to the hotel for the night.

Darryl
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Cocktail Hour - A Trio of Tripels



It's another stop on the wide world of beer as Tim and I put three tripels to the test. A tripel (or triple, or trippel...depeding on how the brewery wants to spell it) is simply defined as a Belgian strong ale.

Why tripel? It's hard to pin down. My research points up to two reasonable explanations...


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1. It's got more alcohol than a dubbel, which has more than a regular ale. Legend has it that this is where the "X" in describing alcohol. A keg of Belgian ale would have an "X" for a regular ale, "XX" on the keg for the next level of strength, and "XXX" for the strongest.


2. It uses triple the amount of malt in the fermentation...this is the description New Belgium Brewery uses on their  entry, so I'd give that some credence too.

Today, we've got a true Belgian Abbey Tripel in the Petrus Gouden Tripel and two American contenders.  New Belgium...you might be familiar with their Fat Tire brand...from Colorado with their trippel, which they also add a little coriander to, and Andersen Valley Ale from Boonville in Northern California, near Ukiah and Mendocino.


All were very good but one really stood above the others for superior taste and drinkability...and it's probably not the one you guessed.


See the video above for the whole tasting and see who came in head and shoulders above the others in this strong ale taste off.

Cheers!


-Darryl

Friday, September 7, 2018

Working off a Jet Lag Hangover at the Cold War's Most Famous Airport



Jet lag’s a funny thing. My lights went out the second my head hit the pillow at about 10pm. Out like a log, sleeping like a baby but my body decided I’d had enough at 4:30 in the morning.

I can’t just get up as Tim and Letty are still sleeping in the same room so I lay quietly for a couple of hours until Tim stirs.  We all gradually awaken and shower up before breaking out for the day.


Potsdamer Strasse in the Schonberg district, south of the center of Berlin, will be our home for six nights.  This is a Turkish neighborhood. If it was in Los Angeles, we’d call it ‘Little Istanbul.’ Red flags with white crescents decorate many of the apartment balconies here.  Little cafes, or bars, populated solely by Turkish men dot the area.

A bakery across the street delivers us cheap but good, filling food with strong coffee to get us started.

Today is just a slow day to get us accustomed to the different time zone and to recover from our jet lag. 


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Berlin is full of cold war and World War II sites and history.  I’ve always been fascinated by the main airport in the middle of town, Tempelhof, and it’s role in history...particularly in the Berlin airlift at the start of the Cold War. Just under 277,000 flights came in to keep West Berlin alive when the Communists of East Germany and Russia shut down all land access shortly after the war.

It’s a little over a kilometer from our hotel so we walk over and get a really in depth tour of normal, everyday, residential Berlin.

The airport was decommissioned a little less than a decade ago and has been transforming into a huge park ever since.  We finally arrive at the main terminal, now locked and empty. The semi-circular building is huge, more than a half kilometer from end to end.


The only way through is around so we make the long trek to the eastern end of this formidable structure to finally find an entrance to the park on the old runways.

Past a couple of baseball fields (home of the BerlinBraves), we find a biergarten to settle into, have some currywurst (Tim’s been dying to try some), and a couple of cold brews on this very hot day.


Luftgarten sits under some of the precious few trees in the new Tempelhof park with a great view across the former airfield. Currywurst is available as is a Berliner, a pastry Tim’s been dying to try.

I get the currywurst from the guy manning the barbecue and order a Berliner from the stand at the biergarten as the girl hands me a beer.

“I want a Berliner.”

“That is a Berliner.”

“No, the pastry.”

“We don’t have the pastry, that’s a Berliner bier...Berliner Kindl.  Trust me, you’ll come back and let me know how good it is, no?”

OK, so a bit of a misunderstanding but Tim loves the currywurst and I love the beer. And, yes, I did let her know.

It’s about six blocks through a residential neighborhood to the U-Bahn station back to the hotel.  I love these kinds of walks because it gets us a taste of the real flavor of a destination, not the ones you see in the tourist brouchures.

Kids at play, parents watching, and...for some strange reason...hand-water pumps on every block. 

I couldn’t get any of them to work and am still mystified as to why they’re there.


Eventually, we find our way back to Potsdamer Strasse to our lovely, comfortable, and friendly Turkish neighborhood for another dinner at Neffes Cafe and settling in for the night.

It’s a laid back, slow moving day but that’s what we need to combat the jet lag from the 30 hour travel day before and the activities to come.

Darryl

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

CEREBRAL PALSY STORIES: Airplane Aisle Chair Basics 101-The Fundamentals Of Disabled Air Travel

The aisles of an airplane are very narrow.  Watch out for the safety of your arms and legs!

As many of you who follow this blog know, my family and I have a passion for traveling.  Ever since I was born, we've traveled to numerous places around the world.  Sometimes these traveling adventures are road trips.  Other times they involve using air travel to get to our final destination for whatever trip we are on at a certain time.

If you've been following our latest traveling adventure, then you know that we just went on another European excursion for the 10th time to Berlin and and Munich in Germany as well as Prague in the Czech Republic.  What you may not know too much about is the process involved in getting someone with a physical disability or impairment on an airplane.

Your basic Airplane Aisle Chair.  
These chairs are small in size because they have to to be wheeled down the narrow aisles of an airplane.


One of the most common tools that airlines use when helping someone who has a physical disability onto an airplane and into their seat is what is known as an aisle chair.  Now if your assigned seat is close to the the front of the plane, then it would probably be best to let the airline employees know that you can manage to board without the use of an aisle chair if you are able to do so with assistance from your caregivers.  I should also mention for those who might be wondering just when a person with a disability or any other special needs boards an airplane, we usually are the first ones to get on the plane in the boarding process and the last ones to get off.  

If you are not assigned a seat towards the front of the plane and are given a seat in row 29 for example, then the use of an aisle chair is probably required unless an airline is nice enough to upgrade your seats closer to the front of the airplane.  It's during those times when all options for potential seat upgrades have been exhausted that people with disabilities and those they are traveling with (family members or otherwise), need to know what to expect and do while using an aisle chair when traveling by air.

To begin with one of the first things to take into account about an airplane aisle chair is just how narrow, skinny and cramped they are compared to a regular manual or power wheelchair.  The reason for this is because the aisles in an airplane are pretty narrow and cramped to begin with, so it wouldn't make sense to design any aisle chair using the specifications for a regular manual or power wheelchair.

From my own personal experience of using aisle chairs, I can tell you that it does get easier to use one the more you practice with it and the more you travel and see the world.  As an example, one of things that I started doing to practice and prepare myself for this latest trip to Europe and even as far back as our trip to Costa Rica last year was seeing how well I could fold my arms in for those tight spaces on an airplane between the arm rests of the seats and the aisle.  Based on this latest traveling adventure, I feel that I've got the arm-folding move down pat.

Another thing to consider about airplane aisle chairs is the kind of straps they use to secure you in place when boarding for your flight and where they are located on the chair itself.  Usually there are two sets of strap restraints that go across both the chest and arm area of your body and another set of restraints that go across your legs and feet.  Most aisle chairs even come equipped with arm rests on each side to give you even more of a secure feeling when heading to your seat on the plane.

Even with all the security the aisle chair restraints helps provide, it is very important that you practice with the arm folding movements I mentioned above and see how well you can do with it if your are considering traveling somewhere on an airplane because it is only going to help you in the long run when traveling by air.  Not to mention the fact that that is one of the questions the airport employees who are responsible for getting you on the airplane and to your seat will ask you before or even when boarding the plane.  Another thing that is important to keep in mind while on an aisle chair is that once you are strapped in and secured as best as possible is to stay as still as you can, keep calm and not panic if anything goes wrong because any movement you might make while on the chair will have an impact on how fast you are able to be transported off the plane.

One particular aisle chair adventure that didn't go quite as planned on our latest trip was when we had to get off our flight from Philadelphia to Dallas while heading home from Munich Germany.  Let's just say that the two gentlemen who were in charge of getting me off the plane did not know what they were doing at all.  By the time I was off the plane my body had slid almost entirely off the aisle chair.  It also didn't help that the two guys who helped me off the plane with very limited English speaking skills didn't do a good job of listening to the instructions given by my Dad who was also trying to help with the deplaning process.

It's nice to know that even with that little deplaning obstacle, my family and I made it home safe and sound once again from another successful vacation adventure.  In terms of your future travels whether you are disabled or not, I hope this post give you a little insight into another aspect of traveling with a disability that not too many people think about and may take for granted.

Tim Musick
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