Oh, yes, shingles. Had 'em - stress for sure. There's more to worry about
if they're on your forehead as it can lead to eye damage. Otherwise, you probably already know the routine. The doc will give you a couple of meds, but it's really too late to speed up the healing process. Anyone who has ever had chickenpox is susceptible to an outbreak of shingles as the "pox" lie in nerves and then activate on a whim at any time. Avoid going around anyone who has not had chickenpox.
Regarding the drive home - I highly recommend waiting a day - if there's a hotel nearby with easy access to a room. Even then, you'll want to pack plenty of pillows and plan on taking a pain pill for the ride. We had a five-hour drive and stayed one extra night. The only thing we would have done differently is leased a "luxury" road car for a smoother trip. Our short-wheelbase SUV provided a miserable, bumpy, painful ride home. Otherwise, if you can stay knocked out - the drive home to your own bed might be well worth it.
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now - Next one: 4/17/07