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I have a trip coming up and I am having trouble envisioning how I can safely and hygienically self-catheterize in a typical men’s restroom stall.
Travel can be intimidating with all the unknown variables, especially when it comes to using bathroom facilities that may be less accessible, unkept and under equipped. My best defense against this is a strong offense, meaning preparation!

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  1. Eric Albert
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm PDT

    I have a similar experience that you had going through the airport, meaning the security checkpoints. But when it came to getting into that Isle transfer chair that’s when things become difficult for me. I am a quadriplegic level C-5, C-6. The problem is my feet don’t fit on the bottom bar and are constantly falling off as we roll down the isles. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Aaron Baker
    Posted May 15, 2017 at 9:35 am PDT

    Hi Eric, it is great to know that you are out and about traveling despite your injury. I do not have the same issue as you, however I can recommend keeping a small velcro strap, tape or belt in your carry-on luggage for quick and easy access. You can instruct the flight attendants to assist you in wrapping your feet together and securely strap them to the chair. I own an adaptive gym in California and a few of our clients have used this technique. Wishing you safe and fun travels. Cheers! -Aaron

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