While they are still available, now might be a good time to use one of the satellite image sites (like Google Earth ) to download and print out detailed satellite images of planned bug-out routes. Having those images with you during a bug-out strikes me as a great way save time and energy by knowing exactly where important survival-related features are located. For example, my own route includes a stretch of rather barren territory with no lakes or streams shown on the topo map, but the satellite images show ponds and small reservoirs too small for inclusion by the map makers. As they may only be seasonal irrigation ponds I wouldn’t want to depend on them, but at least I would know where to start looking, if it became necessary. The images also show features that flat maps only approximate. And, while nothing takes the place of actually checking the route personally before it is needed, one could take a “virtual walk” of their route to get an idea of what they might encounter, and adjust their plans accordingly.
My prayers are with your wife for a speedy and full recovery. My best, – John in Colorado