Front Entrance of NIH Medical Center
On my first visit, my husband came along to do research at the National Archives while I was at NIH. This visit came just six month after that horrendous day (9-11-01) and just one month after our Winter Olympics.
After our flight, we drove past the Pentagon where most of the damage was already repaired! When we got to Bethesda, the NIH campus was protected much like the Pentagon. Drivers are stopped at the gate and cars are inspected by a bomb squad. Identity badges must be worn and displaced at all times. My luggage was x-rayed. Can't be to careful.
However, instead of going to the institute ten times over five-years, I only went five times in two and a half years. In September of 2005, I discovered I had SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia) which could not be corrected with medication. I had Catheter Ablation surgery and the NIH dropped me as a guinea pig. Ouch! They didn't want me even with a corrected heart!