ASHA 11…..FINALLY

I FINALLY arrived in San Diego yesterday. I left Indianapolis at 9:20 a.m. and arrived in San Diego at 1:30. I wish it was that short of a trip, but I left on Indiana time and arrived on Pacific time (3 hour difference!). San Diego is very crowded to say the least. Buildings everywhere. I’m also pretty sure I’m the only convention attendee that is super-excited to see Petco Field.

I got to my hotel, with wonderful staff, who asked me what my green ribbon was for. I explained to her that at my hospital, I’m trying to raise community awareness for dysphagia and chose green to stand for dysphagia awareness. She was very interested and asked me all about dysphagia. I was very excited to talk about my passion with a total stranger in San Diego, who was completely interested in what I had to say.

My room is perfect!!! It’s a suite, a very short distance from the convention center. Small, very nice kitchen, and just a very nice room. The view stinks, but hey, how long will I actually be in my room this entire time???

I couldn’t stand it anymore and decided to walk to the convention center. I was in complete awe when I saw it. It’s beautiful and HUGE. I think that about 4 of our malls at home could fit into this convention center. I registered, went and checked out the SmartyEars booth and walked around for a while. I went to get something to eat, then got a message from a fellow #slpeep @azspeechguy. He came over and we got to talk for a bit.

After that, I went to print my 500 page schedule. No, I’m not attending every session here twice. That’s the way the schedule print. I think I killed maybe an acre of trees printing that!!! I told @azspeechguy that I’d see him later, I had to go Meet the Masters, when a group of 3 very disgusting AMERICANs decided to run through the Convention Center with an American flag they had spray painted and ripped. It made me sick to my stomach to see such a display. I seriously wished that the guy carrying the flag would trip and the pole would gouge his eyes, but that’s a different story for a different blog. 🙂

I went to the Meet the Masters Symposium, Connecting the Dots between MBS and Dysphagia Treatment. It was the 10th anniversary so there was cake, dip, chips, fondue an amazing set-up of food. I got to see Jeri Logemann, Bonnie Martin-Harris, Joanne Robbins and James Coyle all speak. Such a dynamic group of speakers with such passion for dysphagia. I do love though when I go to something like that, with such great speakers and already know the main content of the lecture. That means I DO know something! Of course, the dreaded question came up……”What do you think about VitalStim”. I mean really, there are people out there that don’t know that the major researchers are against VitalStim???? They want more research. I could have saved that lady the embarrassment of all the laughs, grumbles and head shaking when she asked her question.

When I went to turn in my CEU paper, Nancy Swigert, my BRSS mentor was standing outside. As always, she greeted me with a warm hug and a contageously beautiful smile. She also introduced me to Catriona Steele who is very nice and easily approachable!! I got to throw in a small plug for our Dysphagia2Go app and invited them to come to the SmartyEars booth to check it out.

After that, I went back to the hotel room to crash. After all, while it was 8:00 here, it was 11:00 in Indiana and I had been up since 5.

I’m am anxious and excited to see what the day holds for me on the first official day of ASHA. More to blog later tonight I’m sure, with pictures when I get home!!!

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