Business Travel with the Heartmate IIMon, 03/19/2012 - 2:20PM
Hello. I am new to this site although I have been lurking for some time now. I am 38 and have had a HMII since April 4th of last year. I have been back to work full time since 1 June of last year. I travel about 25% for work and have taken about 15 business trips since last summer. I live in the Minneapolis area and have connected with some other LVAD patients up here to share how I travel. I plan to take some pictures of my "rig" for how I travel and describe my process for everyone's benefit. I find travelling to be both easier and harder than expected. The easier part is getting through security and down to my gate. This has been very easy that the TSA treats me so respectfully. The hard part is getting on the plane and explaining to gate agents why my bag cannot be checked. I used to fly about 120 times a year and have status with American Airlines, the only airline I fly. I still have problems with American Eagle and AA gate agents with my bag. I will update this post with some pictures of how I pack and what my process is this week.