Heart Force One

Received an e-mail just before I left for Atlanta, one of the larger airlines has changed my flight schedule. According to them, the next flight I plan to be on will now leave before before the chickens wake up. And the flight that brings me home arrives at the crack of dawn. And they let me know this so I wouldn’t be inconvenienced! Grrrr!

Flying commerical is getting ridiculous. I swear, if I could find a leftover New York Air jet, I’d buy the thing. It’s already red… I’d repaint the apple symbol on the tail to look like a heart, hire a crew, and rename it Heart Force One! President Obama would be jealous, but he’s got a better car than I do.

Air Travel is difficult enough for anyone with a chronic illness. You need to make sure you have all your required medication – plus extra, just in case. Always take extra, you never know what might happen. When I was in DC in 2007, the airport was closed when I arrived for my flight home. It reopened an hour later; as you can imagine, all of the flight schedules were scrambled. The airport book store loved me – I read two magazines and a book on the Lincoln Assination before I got out of there!

Never, ever pack your medicine in your checked baggage: You may be heading for Dallas but your bag may get on a flight for London. If you have liquid medication, you have an exemtion to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 3-1-1 rule: your liquid medication can be in a container larger than three ounces. You still have to declare it and it has to be inspected, and the smart traveler will have a copy of his/her prescriptions. I always assume that Mr Murphy is traveling with me! Plan for the worst and it won’t happen. If it does, you’ll be ready. The TSA makes things a little bit simpler for us by having a page dedicated to travelers with disabilities. Still, flying can be a pain in the… ankle!

But if my plans involve advocating for Congenital Heart Defect survivors, I’ll put up with the hassles of flying. I enjoy that part of travel, and it is important to me.

So keep your eyes open for a candy apple red jet!

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