Traveling travails

When I weighed 337 lbs, traveling was very difficult.  But I traveled a lot, lecturing and giving conferences.  I even bought seat-belt extensions to bring with me on planes.  Renting a mid-size or smaller car was out of the question.

A few months ago, I was going through O’Hare security with my lunch.  The TSA screener asked, “I want to see what a man who’s so fit eats.”  “You talking to me?” I thought to myself.  Yeah, me!

Traveling is better.  I still like getting an upgrade, but I don’t suffer like I used to if I don’t.

Also, because of my sleep apnea and poor sleep at night, I would often fall immediately asleep on a plane.  Not so quickly now.  I also suspect I snore less now.

This article in the NY Times, “The Tricks and Trials of Traveling While Fat,” sums up what things used to be like for me.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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