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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer 2014

 

With Trach and Vent

Plan Ahead for a Great Travel Experience

Carol Meyer, Ankeny, Iowa

Traveling to the Post-Polio International Conference in St. Louis this spring was amazing and a joy! I met so many other polio survivors, listened to very interesting presentations and learned a lot! It was no small feat for any of us polio survivors to attend, but I was really surprised to learn that my presence there was especially unique because I am trached and hooked up to a vent 24/7. But before I get into that, here is a little bit of my polio story.

My brother, sister and I had seen a movie about the Little Rascals going camping the night before, and that Sunday afternoon in September 1952, we were reenacting the movie in our yard. One minute I was playing and having fun, and the next minute I felt cold and tired. I wrapped up in one of the blankets we were playing with and fell asleep in the grass. This was an immediate red flag for my mother because I was the kind of kid who couldn’t be bothered with naps. She was so alarmed and frightened that I might have polio that she took me to the doctor the next day, but he didn’t think that I had it.

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