My name is Ilkka, I’ve been on this planet since 1981, and I love traveling, flying, photographing and as a new hobby, creating some amateur art (drawing etc).
I have suffered from several health problems since December 2016, including temporary loss of sensation on the whole left side of my body, chronic dizzyness/disorientation, daily burning sensations in my head, muscle weakness (legs & arms) and coordination problems.
Also equipped with severe depression, type 1 diabetes, autonomic neuropathy, retinopathy, polyneuropathy and as the latest feature, a Charcot foot which took me to the wheelchair from June 2019 to January 2020.
The first trip with the wheelchair (to Riga, Latvia) was a massive workload on me, but since I managed to have it done, I continued my journeys with the wheelchair. So in addition to Riga, I’ve rolled with my wheelchair in Split (Croatia), Zakynthos (Greece), Münich (Germany), Augsburg (Germany) and Berlin (Germany).
On January 2020 I got the permission to start gradually walking with my Charcot foot, which only has 1 fracture left of the initial 5 fractures (if I understood the doc correctly). This means of course that my next trips will be without the wheelchair, even though I’m keeping it for a while just to be safe — once you get the Charcot foot, it can come an go whenever it wants, so it’s never actually cured.
In the beginning of February 2020 I also got the checkup lab results regarding my Lyme’s disease and everything related to it. The labs were good, because of the 16 most important results, only 4 were significantly bad. In the initial labs 3 months backwards, there were 11 bad rows in the 16 results.
So the antibiotics are working, I can actually see some progress in my symptoms, and now it’s time to see how well can I get my heath back. Of the 10+ symptoms the most are still there, but one of the worst ones — the intensive burning sensation inside my head — is almost totally gone when I try to do some coding / work-related things! So maybe some hope in there..
Anyway, by documenting my trips, my goal is to encourage others with health and/or mobility issues to travel and see the world. I’ll also try to remember to include more detailed accessibility information of hotels, restaurants etc in my blog entries.
In my lifetime I’ve been on over 200 flights, and the aviation enthusiastic in me is kind of keeping books of things. Not so detailed as the hard core aviators do, but here we go.
- Airbus A380
- ATR 72-600
- Boeing 747
- Boeing 767
- Boeing 777
- Boeing 787
- Embraer E-Jet 2-family
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Korea