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Old 06-23-2013, 01:34 AM
 
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Default Disabled Friend Moving to Las Vegas

I have a friend that will be moving to Las Vegas soon. She has asked me how easily one can meet new people and make new friends here. I'm afraid that I can't be much help, my sweetie and I are a pretty self contained unit so I don't have much to share.

My friend has a disability, she has lung disease which makes it hard for her to walk for very long without resting and she can be subject to coughing spells. I would very much appreciate any information anyone has that I can pass on to her on how a disabled woman can have a fullfilling life here in the LV.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:46 AM
 
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If she has a lung disease this would not be an ideal place for her to move. The air quality on some days is very bad, especially when the air sits still for a few days. However, there is a group for everyone here in vegas. Even scuba divers for example. Just google it or ask the attending health care provider.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Thank you. Do you think a doctor would know about meeting people and making friends here? It just seems like an odd place to seek that kind of advice.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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Well, lung disease is definitely an issue. The reason I say that is because the casinos allow smoking, and that could be a serious issue for her, and limit her ability to seek out entertainment. As you know, most of the movie theaters, restaurants, and bowling alleys in town are located in casinos, even if she doesn't care to gamble.

If she has issues with mobility and can't seek out entertainment with hiking and such, I'm afraid my best advice would be to tell her not to move here.

I'd hate for a person to move here and sit around all day in the AC with nothing to do but watch TV, because it's too hot to even go outside and take a walk. The healthcare in Vegas is also sketchy, at best.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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I would think more humid climates would be better for the lungs, no?
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:03 AM
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I would think more humid climates would be better for the lungs, no?
High humidity makes it difficult to breathe if you have lung diease.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. She has a job offer here, so I'm pretty sure she's coming. She's a good friend so I don't mind hanging out with her a lot, she's from California, so they air quality can't be worse than there.

But yeah, hiking and all that, that's a no-go.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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Yes, hiking would be out of the question anywhere in any state, and they don't allow smoking inside of the movie theaters. Many states do not have casinos with the abundance of entertainment that Las Vegas does. What ever she has previously been able to participate in while in California, I am sure she will be able to find here.

I am sure she will make friends at work. Also there are many people living here who don't hike or gamble. I for one am one of them. A doctor can attest to whether the air quality is good or not good for her, but not whether she can make friends or not. That would be no different here than it would be in California. I find it no different making friends here in Nevada than anywhere else I have lived, and have a handicap also in as I can not go anywhere that requires any extensive walking.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:00 PM
 
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Doctors back east still send people with respiratory problems to the desert. Little do they know it's probably the worst place to be. I understand that Las Vegas and Phoenix have the largest proportion of people with respiratory illness of any other cities in the country.

That said, when she gets here, have her make an appointment with Dr. Robt. Milne. Milne Medical Center

And/or, find a practitioner that can do N.A.E.T. Before N.A.E.T, my wife could expect to go to the emergency room for asthma several times a year. Oh, yes, and we've been hiking all over the country at some extremely high altitudes. Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques

Also, I'm sure there are support groups here for folks with COPD, etc.

I've lost a few friends with various lung diseases. One smoked to the very end. One reeked of perfume all the time. So a lot of it is self inflected and has a lot to do with self control. Most, if not all, of it is caused by allergies which N.A.E.T will eliminate.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:34 AM
 
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There's also valley fever (which I've been told I have the lung spots from)

Valley fever: Risk factors - MayoClinic.com
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