ASHA Convention Withdrawal

I seriously cannot believe that I have been home for almost a week following the ASHA convention this year.  I was beyond excited to leave.  How beautiful and warm Orlando Florida was going to be compared to Indiana.   Writing this post has been a little difficult.  For one, the craziness of returning home has been abundant and it just makes me sad to think about my friends that I miss SO much!

Don’t let the sunshine fool you.  It was chilly!!
After a long trek to the convention center, well the correct building anyway, I was able to register and pick up my materials.
Wednesday night started with Meet the Masters and a Jeri Logemann memorial pin.  The session was great.  I tweeted as much information as I possibly could!
Thursday was crazy!  SIG 13/BCS-S breakfast was at 7:00 in the morning!  Yes, that’s right, I said 7!  After that was a full day of sessions, poster and the exhibit hall, followed by 2 more days of the same!
There is always that excitement of seeing friends that I haven’t seen in a year and meeting new friends that I have chatted with on Twitter and Facebook for several years!

It was the year of the selfies and the usies.  I had the pleasure of FINALLY meeting Cyndee Bowen, Jonathon Waller and Kelley Babcock.  Spending time with the SLPeeps is what makes the convention great for me!
Between poster sessions and sessions, I learned a lot of new information that I’m still trying to sort out.  I’m still trying to figure it all out to submit CEUs as well!  
The exhibit hall proved to have so much information as well with several new dysphagia products that I will be sorting through, contacting companies and blogging about to let you know about the new products available!!
One of the saddest parts of the convention for me is the Closing Party.  Not that I don’t have a great time, but I know it means saying goodbye.  This year’s party was probably the best I’ve attended, however it was also the worst.  The way it was set up, it was very difficult to spend time with your friends and there were so many I never really had to opportunity to tell goodbye.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was amazing all the same!

Yes, I did try a Butter Beer and I did like it!!  
Keep watching for posts looking at a new pureed brand of food, new sEMG, books I discovered, a quick thought of the FEES equipment that attaches to your iPhone…..whew!!  
Knowing I still had a long drive home to see my family, I did have quite a surprise waiting for me at the Indianapolis airport.  My friend Tara flew in to head out to Ohio and JUST HAPPENED to still be there as I waited for my suitcase to arrive!
Is it bad that I’m already so excited for ASHA 15?

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