Aug. 19, 2002
I had my surgery on Mon. Aug. 19, 2002. I feel
great!!! And they gave me medically speaking a 80% chance of
conceiving. Dr. Perez and Levy, the nurses, anesthesiologist, lab
man, receptionists, cleaning ladies - WOW they were all great. Dr.
Perez has a very professional, expertise and caring team. The
hospital is small but very clean. I had a wonderful experience in
Mexico. Dr. Perez, Levy, the nurses, and all of the staff are
exceptional, heartfelt, professionals.
My husband was unable to go with me at this time of year because we
have our own business. I had buddied up with another couple from the
group to meet in McAllen, Texas and ride over the border with them.
But unfortunately (for them) they had to cancel their appointment. I
felt pretty confident with the language barrier because I had
already made my own appointment with the hospital myself. Although I
do not speak much Spanish I do know a little and the nurse I spoke
with was pretty good with English. I brought a Spanish/English
Dictionary too that we used a few times. :o) I traveled from
Southern California to McAllen, Texas. Before I left I called
Checker Cab in McAllen and talked with Alfredo, gave him my flight
number and time I was coming in. He met me at the airport and drove
me to Rio Bravo. ($65.00 one way, I gave him $80.00 ea. way).
I spent Sunday night at the hospital so I would be on time for my
7:00 am surgery. My room was very nice. They fed me dinner Sunday
evening then I wasn't allowed any food or water after 12:00 pm
Sunday night. The gentleman who drew my blood was excellent. You
can't even tell where he took it from!! I've had nurses in the
states bruise me from wrists to shoulder just taking blood. :o) I
laid around and watched cable TV, and read a book until they came in
about 1:00 pm Monday afternoon to hook up my IV and prep me. You
can't tell where they put the IV in either :o) !! They were all so
GOOD at what they did. Then I was off to the operating room. I had
the room with the cross hanging over the door. I met Dr. Perez at
that time and the anesthesiologist. The epidural was smooth. I woke
up several times asking questions - at one point Dr. Perez laughed
and told me to go back to sleep. After the surgery Levy came into my
room and explained what they did. He said that the doctor who
performed my TL on both sides had cut the tube right up next to the
uterus. Luckily he did leave enough tube from the ovary on both
sides to bring over and reattach to the uterus. My ovaries had
started to atrophy, but Levy said I am still ovulating on my right
side. However he thinks I could get pregnant off of either side. I
asked him on a scale of 1 - 10, 10 being the best how bad were they
atrophied and he said a 5, but he is still very optimistic about my
body being in good enough state to conceive a healthy child and
carry it it full term. He said he can't wait to hear from me that I
had a child.
Levy will make an awesome doctor himself someday. He has a great
bedside manner and you can FEEL he really cares. Dr. Perez came in 3
times to check on me after the operation and before I left the
hospital!! He is a very nice, professional man. He makes you feel
very, very comfortable. I was released on the following day. My
faithful cab driver Alfredo picked me up at the hospital and took me
to Best Western Hotel in McAllen, TX. I checked in - went shopping
at the stores behind it, came back to my room for a little while.
Then I went next door and had dinner. I checked out at 1:30 Wed.,
(they let me extend it 1.5 hr) and the hotel's cab service took me
to the airport. That was a long day traveling!! My husband, my
daughter, my little son all picked me up at the airport.
Thank you for all of your prayers and suggestions. Don't feel alone
if you have to go by yourself. As many of the wonderful ladies here
reassured me - we are never alone - GOD is always with us!!!!!