The past few days I've been doing some research on how this whole out-of-state surgery is going to work. I'm concerned about how my family members are going to get to the hospital from the hotel and how the heck we're going to travel home when I'm all gimped up.
I think these are the first issues I need to tackle so my family can start making plans as to who's coming to the hospital, how and when.
The idea of flying after surgery is not appealing. I mean, even though air travel is normally such a joy ... with the crowds, long waits, security lines and tiny airplane seats ... all those things tend to scare me when I know I'll be in a lot of pain and have the walking ability of a 13-month-old. Looks like flying will take between six and seven hours (if the flight's on time) while driving would take about 11 hours, but also be less stressful and less expensive.
There are a lot of other pros for driving as well: not needing a rental car in Tacoma, no hassle in booking a return trip home, the ability to haul large equipment back home (continuous passive motion machine, walker), being able to scream/cry/moan with pain/annoyance without bothering thousands of random strangers.
Not going to make this decision at this moment, or by myself, but I hope to get some feedback from my family over Christmas so we can get a plan in place in the next month or so.