HI am finally feeling up to posting
my testimony, but I warn you it will be long!! I want to share so
much as I always enjoy reading through testimonies.
I drove to my mom's house Thanksgiving afternoon, about an hour and
a half away from where we live. Stayed the night and then had my
sister take me to the airport the next morning at 8:30. She works
for TSA, the airport security, so she was able to take me all the
way to the gate!!! Plus she was waiting for me with a wheelchair
when I came home.
I was nervous about flying and kept a pic of my kids next to my
heart and prayed and prayed. I flew out of Boise Idaho, changed
planes in Denver, Co, and again in Houston. Think I got into McAllen
around 7pm. My flight was a bit late so had to wait for Aimee and
Joe. There was another couple using the payphones when I was calling
Aimee. I didn't know it yet, but they were also going to Dr. Perez!
Aimee and Joe came about 7:30 ish, and were wonderful. Aimee gave me
a big hug and it made me feel so much better.
We crossed the boarder and I was amazed that there were stop lights
on the highway in Mexico! Also saw many people walking the highway.
Joe took me into the hospital and talked with the nurses for me. I
stayed in room # 7. It is true how clean everything is. Also the
blankets on the bed are warm fuzzy ones and the sheets are cotton
soft (like flannels), not like the crisp cold ones here in
Dr. Levi came in and talked with me for a while and then introduced
me to the other two couples from the states that were to have
surgery the next day too. It comforted me so much to talk with them.
I believe they were both from Texas. Dr. Levi was even nice enough
to call my mother and husband for me since I hadn't been able to
tell her I had gotten there. (No one knew how to place a collect
call). My surgery would be around 9 or so am the next morning.
I missed dinner and lunch, so ate some snacks that I packed, which
by the way, is a very recommended thing to do. Think I would have
starved otherwise!! Sure I wouldn't have but was very hungry and
wasn't going to go walking around Mexico by myself in the dark.
Dr. Levi came in the next morning and said my surgery would be
around 1pm and then would put IV in then. Couldn't eat anything. The
nurses came in a little bit and wanted to put in IV and I said no
way!! Not until 1, I wanted to take a shower and walk around a bit
outside. I couldn't speak Spanish and they didn't speak English, but
they finally understood 1pm and shower. They gave me a razor and
told me where to shave (I preferred to do it myself). I didn't end
up going into surgery until about 2:30. Got my IV at 1 and then
wheeled in to surgery at 2:30. The gowns they give you are very
cute! I was completely at peace that whole day. Oh, before surgery,
I walked around outside a bit taking pictures, but only ventured
about 3 to 4 blocks from the hospital. I have never seen so many
staring dogs and chickens!!
Into surgery and up on the table. The anesthesiologist was very
nice. Don't remember his name but don't think it was Dr. Moreno.
Told him how nervous I was about being put to sleep as always have a
hard time with it, so he didn't!! I was awake the whole time! The
epi hurt just a bit as they had to try 3 times to get it in, Dr.
Levi scolded me for not telling him I have scoliosis. When I was
little it was just a slight curve, but guess it has gotten worse as
I have gotten older. But it worked well. It was really weird not
being able to move my legs or toes.
I had seen Dr. Perez for about 10 seconds that morning as he was
walking into the hospital but we didn't speak as he seemed in a
hurry. I asked if it were him, and he said yes and was glad to meet
me. He was great. The anesthesiologist, sat by my head until my fear
was gone. He stroked my cheek and head, and talked with me. He has a
great bedside manner. The nurse took tons of pictures for me and I
think that the Dr. finally asked her to stop!
Dr. Perez talked with me a bit in the beginning, asking me what was
my goal for having more children, and I told him my story. He said
he was happy to hear that, but children are good. Both he and Dr.
Levi agreed on that and has made me a bit excited at the idea that
it might happen! A little scary because of the money, but I know God
wouldn't give us more than we could handle.
Half way through the surgery, which took about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs. Dr.
Levi's phone rang. He said it had been ringing a lot in the last
hour. I told him was probably my mom, so he answered it!!! It was
her and the nurse held the phone for me and I talked to her for
about 2 minutes!!!
Dr. Levi said that all three ladies done that day had the same
problem ~ our left side was cut right at the uterus. So Dr. Perez
had to dig into the uterus to find the end of the tube. Think that
is what they call reconstruction? I have 3 cm on each side and
believe he said I have a 50% chance of conceiving, but I didn't
care. I had done what I needed to do to right my wrong. He
recommended having an HSG done in three months as he is sure the
left side will scar closed. Don't think I will have it done. It
might be expensive and insurance doesn't cover, plus have heard it
hurts. I don't recall if he thought the right side would close, but
am thinking not. He said the ovaries and all else looked very
healthy and I was ovulating.
Back in the room I slept for a couple of hours and the nurse woke me
for dinner. I slept more. Dr. Levi went home but had to call him
back because the epi stopped working on the right side. Was in good
pain all night, but found out I wasn't the only one. One of the
other women had the same prob. Dr. Levi stayed the night at the
hospital and for a while there. I have to say that Dr. Perez is
wonderful, but Dr. Levi is a real trooper. He gives so much of
himself to the hospital. He has a beautiful 2 yr old little girl he
doesn't get to see much because he is always at the hospital. For me
he was a true gift from God.
Joe and Aimee took me and another couple to Progresso to shop. About
1 1/2 hrs I think walking around. Was fun and Joe was great. He
wouldn't let me carry anything. It was really strange to see the way
they drive there. It's true they don't stop at signs and we saw an
incredible traffic jam. Everyone kept pushing their way in until
finally no one could move. It was something else. Then down the way
someone parked in the lane because there wasn't any parking on the
side and went into a store. There was nothing we could do but honk.
Think we waited about 5 minutes. The boarder at Progresso was to
congested so we went back to Rio Bravo to cross. We waited about 2
hrs. Aimee said she had never seen it that bad.
They took me to the Holiday Inn. The people there were great. When
they found out I had had surgery they wouldn't let me tip and
brought me ice bags and the driver who took me to dinner carried my
stuff from Kmart. He was a great person. I went to the Olive Garden
for dinner, which was a big treat. I also had to go to Kmart and buy
larger pants!!! I walked around for a long time and might have
overdone it. I was so tired.
The next morning I went to airport and Joe told me heads up, the
people who wheel you from airplane to plane expect a tip. Being from
such a small town, I would have never known. Again I changed planes
in Houston and Denver. Got to Boise at 6:45pm. and was so glad to
see my sister. The airline broke my bag and my sister got it
replaced with a better bag! I stayed at my moms for one day then
went home and went to Wal-Mart to grocery shop. Boy, I really over
did it. Please ladies, don't try to push yourselves. Walking is
good, but so is the rest. I find that I am tired out more easy.
I am happy to say that even though it was hectic and fast, it wasn't
nearly as scary as I thought it would be. I was in such a good mood
on the way home even though I was way tired. My emotions are a
little wacky now, but trying my best to keep them under control.! I
haven't been taking the pain pills, but only at night to help with
sleeping. I had a great trip and a wonderful experience. Thank you