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Old 04-25-2016, 11:58 PM   #11
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It's not promoting an earlier bus purchase, it's necessitating it. It's a sign.

A wheel chair capable bus would be quite practical in her situation.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:18 AM   #12
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If it were me, I would buy a good used Ford E250 or 350 extended van with a 4.6 V8 NOT A V10. Even better if you find one with a 7.3 diesel but I think it would be easier finding a Unicorn. The seats are easily removable. Get it comfortable. Do whatever traveling you need to do then sell it.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:50 AM   #13
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If it were me, I would buy a good used Ford E250 or 350 extended van with a 4.6 V8 NOT A V10. Even better if you find one with a 7.3 diesel but I think it would be easier finding a Unicorn. The seats are easily removable. Get it comfortable. Do whatever traveling you need to do then sell it.
How 'bout this Eagle? I'm sure my wife would approve if it was for my mother...
https://stlouis.craigslist.org/rvs/5496361033.html

Actually, I think I found your unicorn. Just need the $10K - fully as mythical so far as I'm concerned: http://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/cto/5519380648.html
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:56 AM   #14
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Amazing what a good night's sleep will do for one's thinking. At this point I'm leaning towards hiring a limo for her to get the 175 miles from Morris to Minneapolis, then First Class from there. Prolly lots more comfortable and way cheaper than any crazy scheme I might come up with. Points for creativity, though.

Aside from how I would feel if the time should come while driving. Sorry for being morbid, but 97 is pushing it already.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:00 AM   #15
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Amazing what a good night's sleep will do for one's thinking. At this point I'm leaning towards hiring a limo for her to get the 175 miles from Morris to Minneapolis, then First Class from there. Prolly lots more comfortable and way cheaper than any crazy scheme I might come up with. Points for creativity, though.

Aside from how I would feel if the time should come while driving. Sorry for being morbid, but 97 is pushing it already.

as much as it may help for her to lay down while on a trip.. I think the repeated having to get up and down for restroom breaks might be worse than getting her in a wheelchair and through the airport to a first class plane flight.. Airlines (be it right or wrong).. DO treat first class passengers different than coach... you can also hire an ambulette to get her to the airport.. they often have a much better ability to get someone on board of the van, and have higher ceilings than a traditional limo does..

once at the airport, first class usually has MUCH LESS line-waiting and many airports have special shorter security lines for first class. she will be pre-boarded and on the front of the plane, where things are much better as the Lavatory is right there.. typically rarely in-use as the first class Lav is for first class only. book a flight that is on a full-size (non regional jet) plane..

even air-ride school busses ride a bit rough unless fully loaded.. then its not bad... crerating an air-ride bed may very well make her motion sick.. (ever notice how much air-ride driver seats bounce?)..

obviously she has to be medically cleared to fly first.. but I think you talking a little bit of time first?

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Old 04-26-2016, 12:03 PM   #16
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Very thoughtful Cadillac. I'm going to come see you when I break my pelvis.

Dapple, 97 is pushing it. I thought you were talking about someone in their 60s. Obviously flying would be the most efficient way to transport her. So yes, I'd be kind highly concerned about taking a drive like that with a healthy 97 year old. That would be quite labor intensive for your wife and stressful for both of you even if nothing went wrong. Your mother in law is likely quite medically fragile. On the other hand I think she would probably like that Eagle bus. What does your mother in law think about making the trip?

If I was that age I'd love someone to drive me across the country. Cadillac, I'm going to need a recliner and a craftmatic in about 20 years.
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I imagine a broken pelvis bouncing around in a bus would be excruciatingly painful at best. I'd run this by the doctors and see what they say about her ability to deal with it.

The one thing that would make me just crawl up and die would be causing her to re-injure herself.

I think your heart is truly in the right place, but this may not be a good solution. Dunno. Maybe take a ride in a representative bus and see what the dynamics are like.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:41 PM   #18
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Yeah, nobody knows better than you guys. Well, the pelvis owner's opinion counts too. Enough pain medication and she'd float all the way.
Honestly I can't say I'd take that risk with someone of that age with that type of injury, unless she was into it.
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Thanks, all: made a decision. Will not pursue this. We'll hire a large van or medical transport or limo to get her to the airport, buy First Class tickets, and play the age/medical card. Thanks for the reality check.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:27 AM   #20
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And after all this good... well... advise anyway. Ok, no more jokes and no puns.

I'm sure you have made the right decision. That is honestly a very long trip for anyone with injuries and I wouldn't want to take the risk either. At her age she is very medically fragile with that kind of injury. I hope things work out well during the trip.
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