I had gotten so much comfort and information from the many threads on this site that I wanted to share details of my trip that might be helpful. My husband and I took a non-stop flight from Seattle to Frankfurt, Germany with Lufthansa. I can’t praise them enough! They were SO helpful and accommodating of my wheelchair and mobility issues. Using our air miles, we traveedl in Business Class, which I mention only because of the great leg room for such a long flight. We had a three hour layover there, which I would recommend because that airport is HUGE! If you might also be traveling in a wheelchair, you will disembark onto a vehicle that lowers you down to the ground and take a special bus to the terminal for customs. All this takes some added time, so the three hours worked well. It also gave us time to find currency exchange to get some Polish funds. The Lufthansa attendants also did a fabulous job of guiding us to all our needed stops for the transfer.
Once in Katowice, we took a taxi to the Qubus Hotel. I chose this hotel based on Muzzy’s praises in his thread. In fact, before we left, I cut and pasted each of his thread postings into one document and brought it along for all of his great information! Thanks, Muzzy! The taxi from the airport cost 150 in Polish funds, so about $50 US. The hotel has been very comfortable, with a large handicap accessible bathroom and a nice restaurant with a wonderful breakfast buffet that is included with the room. On the 20th, we headed to Zabrze, 3 Maja street No 15 for the MRV. Definitely print out Muzzy’s detailed directions. The entrance is on the back side of the building and I was able to make out a reference to the pediatric area here, too. To the immediate right of the correct door is a unique, glass enclosed “garage” type building that they pull the ambulances into and close to unload. Here is the Polish phrase that Muzzy thought would be helpful with getting directions in the building.
Proszę, pokaż mi drogę na oddział rezonansu magnetycznego.
The cost for this test was 450 Polish currency or about $200 US. This was paid at the time, in cash. I went away with 2 CDs and 2 Xray type photos for my meeting the next day with Dr Simka. We had our taxi driver wait for us here because it didn’t look like a very easy place to catch a taxi. Muzzy’s talk about the road construction was correct, so give yourself an hour to get there. Anyway, I will write about the procedure day tomorrow. Thank you all for the warm wishes and all my benefits from yesterday are still with me.
-Ozarkcanoer, I will add to the sticky over hte next couple of days!
-Fiddler, I did not go back to the clinic today, perhaps I will email Dr Simka next week. One would sure hope that no one would think they could buy a placement spot!