Boy needs a medical procedure done. His doctor has determined it is elective rather than necessary. Thanks doctor. Although it is elective I found a like-minded doctor in the medical system who would figure out some way to make it necessary. Unfortunately getting from doctor A to doctor B can't be done with the insurance that we have. Too bad for my wallet. I've checked around here in our fine state and found the procedure to be quite expensive. It will cost several months salary.
One of the people I spoke to told me to contact someone in New York. What? That's all the way across the country. My contact said the price would be much better. I ended up contacting the person in New York. It is true. The price is so much better. Is it subsidized by the state? I do not know as I don't know the ins-and-outs of the New York medical community. All I know is I can buy three super cheap airline tickets, we can stay with relatives who live just outside the city, and we can get boy taken care of. The cost of our "vacation" will be about 1/3 of the cost of the procedure here in California.
I just purchases the tickets. Off to New York City we will go - in one week. I hate big cities. I hate being more than a gas tank drive away from home. The grand kids will have a great time. We will visit the Statue of Liberty, ground zero, central park, and who knows what else. They will get to ride the subway and trains.
This trip is different than my trip to North Carolina last summer. In this case we will not have a car rental to make us self reliant. We will be in New York City rather than in the towns written about in the book One Second After. This is not a gun friendly state, nor is it a self protection friendly state. Each of us will have a carry-on and I'll have one large suitcase. My question is what should be in our get-home bag other than lots of cash, a water filter, and calorie laden food?