Global HHD Forum Meeting
That evening I met with Dori Schatell, who runs the Home Dialysis Central website . Dori is also someone I have been in touch with over email and calls from 2006! I was very excited to be finally meeting with her in person. Dori, Paul Bennet, a Hemodialysis professor from Australia and I formed the sub-group that dealt with Psychosocial Factors in Home Hemodialysis.
At the pre-meeting dinner, I got a chance to meet with some of the stalwarts in home hemodialysis from around the world. I had a long chat with Dr. Robert (Bob) Lockridge, one of the legends in the Home Hemodialysis world!
One problem I have with foreign travel is the food. My Indian palate is used to spices and a certain style of cooking. The pre-event dinner had an elaborate spread - most of it was non-vegetarian though! For me, they had some vegetable stew. I hungrily ate up the entire bowl. Within half an hour I was thoroughly nauseated! This was just not my kind of food! I went back to the hotel room and took an anti-emetic and went to sleep.
The next day was the main meeting. Dr. Christopher Chan, another great name in home hemodialysis introduced me to the rest of the participants. I was very thrilled with the attention! The meeting went off very well.
I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to give back, in whatever way I could, to the modality that has given me my life back.
I had heard a lot about Chicago's pizzerias. When I looked up the internet for recommendations for the best Neapolitan pizzas, Spacca Napoli kept popping up. Once we were done with the meeting, I asked Google Maps for help and successfully changed two trains and walked right up to Spacca Napoli and had the Margherita pizza (Neapolitan style). It was the best pizza I had ever had!
I then took the trains and a bus to the famous Navy Pier and took a boat ride that showed you Chicago's Skyline. It was a good ride! Here are some pics from the boat that I took. By the way, this was probably the first time that I did anything like this on my own. During my last trip to the US, I was always with family or friends. On this trip to Chicago, I was on my own. I walked the streets, asked around for the location of the train stations, got advice on the tickets and more. This gave me a true flavor of what the city is like! Chicago is really a very beautiful city!