Our big family vacation is in a few weeks, and it’s a 400 mile drive (usually over 2 days). And I really want to go this year as one of my children has a new spouse and the other a new baby, and we missed last year - so it’s a big year for us all. The destination is an island served by ferry, which has a sort of a little infirmory but no hospital or emergency room or clinic.
The problem is I’m having back surgery 10 days before we’re supposed to go. It’s a microdiskectomy and nerve root decompression at L5/S1 to relieve leg pain and paralysis.
The surgeon’s staff agreed to do my 2 week followup at 1 week instead, so they can pass judgement and maybe let me go on this trip. They’re also considering giving me all the meds for a “postsurgery flare up” so I have them if need be.
But I don’t know what the drive will feel like. These days I can’t tolerate sitting for more than about 1/2 hour - who knows whether 10 days postop will feel better or worse. I spend a lot of time lying down, mostly on my back.
So I’m looking for options and ideas on how to make this trip lying down. here are some:
Seatbelt myseslf into the back seat. How safe and legal would this be?
Lay down in the back of one of the SUVs or station wagons that are going. How much less safe and legal would this be?
Hire some medical transport service to haul my sorry ass the whole way. I bet this would be awfully damn expensive, but I don’t know - if I don’t need any medical services, maybe it isn’t.
Hire a private pilot to fly me. It might be a total of 3 hours instead of 8; maybe that’d make it bearable. Probably also expensive, and unreliable given thunderstorms in this region in summer.
What other options? or, anybody know anything else about the choices above???