Ok, so the trip was actually one week + 2 days).
I kept her crated while I was still home, for a little over a week and basically stayed at home with her for the majority of that time to keep her company.
Right before the trip, I decided that keeping Ally in a crate just wasn't going to work because she was flat out miserable in there. Bored out of her mind and not having any outlet to get out her energy.
So here is what I did - I literally removed everything from my bedroom, including all furniture, decorations, etc. with the exception of my bed because I figured she'd want to sleep there.
I kept the crate in a corner with the door removed and her kitty bed inside with her blanket in case she wanted to stay in there at all.
I took out of the room her climbing pole b/c I didn't want her using it.
So, then it was basically just an empty room with a bed.
I bought a ton of simple cat toys for her to play with but that she couldn't hurt herself with - like lots of balls and such. I also found these little mice on elastic bands that I mounted to hang for her to play with.
Her food and water was set up with her feeders.
My brother promised me that he would clean the litter-box. He kind of followed through, in that he didn't clean it once a day like I asked but rather once every two days (or so he claims). There was a lot of stuff in her litter box when I got home and cleaned it, so I suspect he cleaned the litter box maybe 2-3 times total while I was gone which I'm not thrilled about.
I gave him strict instructions to not let her out of the room at all. Without going into details, I also gave him a strong incentive to do a good job and to not screw up. I won't go into details on that as it might seem a little mean as to what I did (but I had to do it).
I had my friend who is very good with animals come to the house and check on Ally every day or so. She also gave Ally her pain meds for the first few days, but when I spoke to her last Monday, she said that Ally didn't seem to need them and I agreed to stop the meds ( the doc said to use them only as needed ).
So, she checked on Ally, my brother kind of cleaned her litter box. Unfortunately, there was about 10 lbs of litter scattered about the bathroom floor when I got back that he didn't clean up, but I suppose that was my job anyways.
It seems to have worked out - with the exception of that little scrape which has scabbed over (making me think it happened days ago), she's feeling great. No neck pain anymore. I don't know about her balance, but she's not leaving my bedroom until she and I (along with another cat) leave to move to Minneapolis in the next few months.
I decided to go to U Minnesota for a JD/MBA and found a very nice apartment complex (albeit expensive at almost $1500 a month) in the uptown area that is one level high for us to live in. The complex also had lofts for the same price, but for Ally's safety, along with the second kitten (soon to come) I didn't want any stairs. The complex allows 2 cats per unit, which is perfect, and it's in a beautiful area of town.
Anyways, that's what's going on. Her balance I think is really fine. I think she just slipped on a slippery surface. The wood in this house has a high-gloss/high-polish finish.
The apt complex in Minneapolis has classy wooden floors, but without there being a second story, I don't think it will be a problem.