Melanie – I flew 1,100 miles to New York for my robotic surgery. We stayed in a suite style hotel with a kitchen and it worked out very well. As a bonus there was a recliner in the room, which I found most comfortable to be in for the first few days, mostly because it was much easier getting in and out of the recliner than the bed.
You’ve gotten many good suggestions here’s what I would add: the convertible pants are a great idea, but what I had was a pair of long sports pants that have snaps all the way up each leg. That way you can put them on around you, instead of having to step into them. It’s the kind of pants that basketball players and track athletes wear before the game / event. And mine are very loose fitting and comfortable. As a bonus, you can route the catheter tube between the snaps when you go out and it’s fairly inconspicuous. If it’s too hot, you may still want a pair for the evenings. My favorite shorts were the loose fitting, kind-a baggy basketball shorts. And I quickly got to the point that I didn’t care about
the catheter tube emerging out of one of the leg holes.
Also when doing my walking, I would carry my catheter bag in a shopping bag instead of a bucket – which draws less attention and is lighter to carry.
I’m no tax expert, but you might want to keep up with your receipts if you can deduct your medical expenses.
Consider flying home first class if you can swing it. I had a 3 hour direct flight home and your flight will be even longer. The seats in coach, as you know, don’t recline much and are not very comfortable. Sitting more or less upright for long periods of time may still be uncomfortable on the way home. DH should get an aisle seat and will want to get up and walk several times over the course of the flight.
Also, on the return trip home, don't be a hero. Arrange for a wheelchair at the airports. I remember thinking to myself that it would have been a loooong way to walk.
Check with your local urologist about
his willingness to do any postop follow up visits. You should have this conversation with him beforehand. Mine was perfectly ok with this, but I’ve heard that others refuse. Of course your east coast doc will probably want you to come back to see him the first one or two times.
Best of luck to DH and you as you go on this journey. Hoping for a successful and uneventful surgery and quick “trifecta” recovery. Expect to see DH in the Zero Club soon.
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