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“Don’t Count On Travel Insurance To Cover Mental Health”


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This May 2, 2014 article on the WDIY 88.1 website talks about travelers insurance not covering mental health emergencies in their coverage, it seems that physical health is generally the only thing covered and that pregnancy and job loss are 2 things also commonly not covered.


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Small town blogger in Pittsburgh

I fear I have officially embraced the lable of tourist …. After arriving at our hotel in Pittsburgh, my Mom, and I decided to go for a walk and “check out the lay of the land” yep that kinda screams tourist.  It was fun though, aside from looking dazed, confused and in an odd state of wonde and amazement, we found a little greek deli.  The menu had 3 kinds of gyros, a hamburger, a hotdog, and a handful of sides including onion rings and fries among other things.  a cooler containing a variety of pop and teas was in one corner.  Made me think of a place I once frequented as a kid, in terms of having a mom and pop kind of feel to it.  At any rate, I ate my first gyro, it was a chicken gyro “with everything” as the guy taking my order put it.  It was delicious, will definitely add gyros to my list of foods I like.

Walking down the street was neet as well, because people were friendly, on guy told us about how he saw the bloodhounds in action about a week ago in an incident where a police officer allgedly got ran over, but ended up being fine.  The stories I hear involving dogs are unique at times and I hjave to say that was one of the more interesting ones (most people tell me stories about their dead pets … not too fun for me, but hey I’m not the one telling it, so maybe it helps them feel better.

I am truely enjoying Pittsburgh so far, now that I’m in it and we got done dealing with our GPS unit telling us to take EVERY exit between I-80 and Pittsburgh yeah we need to figure that one out, but once we got through the outer perimeter of Pittsburgh and got to the area where our hotel is, it got easier, and more enjoyable.

Tomorrow we go to the exhibit at the Frick Fine Arts building which will be another adventure, but I think once we get there it will be lots of fun, just a matter of navigating through the city.

I will be blogging more about my experince at the exhibit, but probably not until I get back to the hotel, less stuff to carry around 🙂

Signing off for now and going to go relax and enjoy some quality time with my Mom.

Update: Traveling Suitcase Exhibit (and some personal thoughts)

On Wednesday, September 22, Dr. Yanni was scheduled to speak at 7pm, but there has been a time change and Dr. Yanni will now be speaking at 5pm at the same location.

If you were planning on going to Dr. Yanni’s lecture during the exhibit, plese note that Dr. Yanni is speaking at 5pm on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If there are any other changes I will do my best to get them posted on here as I learn of them. 

Complete information about the traveling Willard Suitcase Exhibit can be found on the MHA of Alleghany County website ….. http://www.mhaac.net

On a side note, I have learned that it is possible to take pictures of the exhibit, so I will try and get some to share with folks who may not have been able to make it to see the exhibit.  I’ll be there during the last week of the exhibit my Mom and I are making it a little mini vacation for ourselves and will be spending a couple days in Pittsburgh playing tourist.  Small town blogger goes to the big city.  I can’t wait, only been to Pittsburgh a couple times in my life, the first time I was there I toured Three Rivers Stadium … I was a teenager and had gone with my church youth group, so that was the highlight of my first trip to Pittsburgh.  My second trip was to Bridgville just outside of Pittsburgh where I attended a School for the blind because I was having trouble with a Conversion Disorder in 2001 I was not far from Pittsburgh International Airport on 9/11 when I was at the school, and the last time I was in Pittsburgh was for the 2008 PMHCA conference that was held at the Raddison Green Tree.  So, for me, this will be my 4th time ever in Pittsburgh, and to be honest I’m REALLY looking forward to it.  For those wondering, Tippy, my Psychiatric Service Dog, will be traveling with us.  I had her with me when I attended the 2008 PMHCA conference, so this will actually be the second overnight trip I’ve taken with Tippy since she was placed with me, most of our trips are day trips to Erie and back at the furthest, so I need to be sure to get everything packed not only for myself, but fo Tippy …. she needs to have food, dishes, a toy, poop bags and her service dog gear, so in some ways it’s like packing to take a toddler when I go away overnight with her, but I don’t mind.

Sorry about the rambling, I know I don’t typically say much about my private life on here, but I thought it might be nice to share a little of myself in context with the exhibit and the trip I’m planning on taking to see the exhibit.  I plan on doing some blogging during my trip to share the exhibit and any thoughts I have about it once I’ve sen it.  any Pictures I take of the exhibit will be shared after I get home, because the memory card in my cell phone won’t work in my netbook, but I will do what I can to get some pics posted here within a day or so of getting back home.

A related post on this blog about the exhibit can be found at …. https://pamhi.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/suitcases-of-mental-patients-tell-history/

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