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Travellers with a total Laryngectomy


Good evening all, this is my very first post. Hopefully I'm about to start my first trip on the road. I was a week away from starting back in August this year but I fell over and broke both of my shoulders. I've been on the mend since, another couple of months to go. I live in W.A. I was going to head over to the East first off but they have put heavy restrictions at the boarder crossing so I'll just tour around WA for a bit until things settle down. I'd like to know if there are any travelers on the road that have a total laryngectomy (total removal of the voice box). If there are any travelers, did you encounter any serious or special problems during your travels. Obviously I will have to take into consideration my special needs with equipment etc for daily life but I was just wondering if I should be aware of any specific hazards during my up and coming travels? Cheers, Sooty.



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Welcome to the gang Sooty, enjoy here and out in the playground.

Gee, I haven't heard a name like that since I was an ankle biter. Memories of a little teddy bear on TV.

Now, as long as you are aware of your "special equipment" needed I reckon just enjoy each day and maybe plan a little but in a way that it can change if and as needed. I usually have a plan in place but have been known to turn left at the intersection I was going to turn right at because I changed my mind at the very last minute. I do allow enough time to indicate to behind traffic as not to cause any problems though.

I might book ahead or I might not, depending on where I want to stay at night. Bookings tie your plan down though.




Keep Safe on the roads and out there.

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Might your condition require you to get sudden medical attention? In some (many?) places (not "beyond civilization" places, either) there is no mobile phone reception. If you are likely to, or may need to, contact somebody in relation to your health immediately wherever you are, you might want to travel equipped with a satellite phone. Also, if you need to see somebody, get supplies or whatever, plan well ahead. Even a large rural town might not have the full range you can access in the city and small towns might not have anyone or anything you'll need. Have fun.

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G'day Doug, thanks for the quick reply. I got in touch with an associate from Atos Medical, He has said that he knows of a few people that are on the road traveling around in their caravans that are in the same situation as me. I've made sure that I have at least a 6 month supply of the special equipment that I'll need each day of my travels. Once I'm on the road I'm going to endeavour to keep a journal of the trials and tribulations of a traveler with a laryngectomy. Hah!, one day at a time and plan ahead, sounds like good advice. I'm not goint to be in any rush now. I've retired from the workforce and have a nice long look at this wonderful country of ours. Only a couple of months of



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Sorry about that I got distracted. Only a couple of months of rehab on my shoulders to go before I can head off. Can't wait. Cheers Sooty

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If it is your first trip I would do a small local trip of a week or two to iron out what you need to take & more importantly what not to take! You get better at this after a few trips.

Apart from what others have mentioned, tyre repair kit & compressor. TPMS tyre pressure monitoring system. Copies of all paperwork that you can show people might make things easier. 

There is an endless list of things to see out there & I am sure it will keep you very occupied!



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