@Gingergrrl43 , interestingly, the first appointment I made was at the OMI and the first plan we made was to drive because I assumed I was far too sick to get on a plane. I don't know why I changed my mind about doctors. I don't know if I should have changed my mind! I will always wonder. I think I went with Dr. Chia because I had been following two other patients' experiences and that gave me some comfort. I think the plane might be foolhardy, but I weighed the pros and cons of a 3-day minimum drive there and back with the 3-hour + airport time journey and decided the burden on my husband to organise a rental and drive me and take more than a week off of work would be too much. I hope and pray I don't regret these decisions. BTW, is that a Rhodesian Ridgeback in your photo? I have one, too. He's the love of my life.