Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
marypcb

I'm alright!

I hope I didn't worry anyone too much. Since I wrecked my ankle in May I ask for a wheelchair through security/immigration at the airport if I think there's going to be a long queue - walking is fine as long as I'm careful on slopes but standing wears my ankle out and half an hour queuing for immigration at LAX would mean my ankle and hip would start aching (and himself would have to pull more than half of the luggage). The ligaments and tendons are healing slowly, sitting on a plane for a long flight tends to make my ankle stiffen up anyway and I don't want to take any chances on stressing my ankle too much or on putting my hip joint out again while we're away and my osteopath the sadist can't work on it for me (when I fell the joint went out and I had one leg longer than the other, and stabbing pain too). The wheelchair is precautionary and a very welcome convenience. Thanks for worrying about me!

BTW If you need assistance at the airport yourself, you can ask the airline in advance (it's polite) but ask at checkin anyway as that's when they order the chair. Different airports do it differently; at JFK the handler waits outside the lounge; at Heathrow they wait in the lounge with you; at LAX they take you to the interteminal bus and leave you; at Chicago the chair takes you to the lounge then the lounge has to book another wheelchair to take you to the gate and the ga(e has to book yet another chair to take you to the plane. Chigaco is weird.
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