Stacey & Nathan Swartout

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Surgery Date Mar 17, 2002
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Mar 2002

Hi all, I just wanted to write to you about the experience we had in Rio Bravo with Dr. Perez. First of all, thank you to all of you who have shared your stories, without this web-site and your testimonies, I don't think I would have been comfortable with this.

When we FINALLY arrived in Rio Bravo I have to admit, my husband was way more nervous than I was.   I speak a bit of Spanish, and the nurse led me back to a room where I changed into a gown. They put in an IV and drew some blood, and then Levi came in and talked to me a little bit about the operation. I agree with everyone that Levi is an angel sent from heaven, he is awesome and will do all he can to make sure you are comfortable.

When I was taken into surgery, they gave me the meds and then the epidural, then I fell asleep. When I woke up, Levi told me everything was fine, but they had to send my husband out because he was feeling sick.  Dr. Perez and Levi were laughing because he was the first one that has ever happened to. (I still tease Nathan about it). Before I knew it, it was all over.  That night about 6 they removed my catheter, and I was up walking around shortly after that. Dr. Perez came in about 3 times during that night and Levi was in every other hour to make sure I was doing okay. They are absolutely wonderful people and so sweet. I was released at 9 the next morning, and despite being a bit sore, was doing fine.

The border patrol inspected our car because of the meds they gave me, but they were extremely polite and one of them warned me that the antibiotic might upset my stomach so I should eat with it. :0)

All in all, it was a wonderful experience. My husband was so impressed!! Levi teased him and told me I might need to find someone else to take out my stitches for fear Nathan might get sick. Dr. Perez said the operation was a success and gave me an 89% chance of conception. I leave it all in the Lords hands.  I will recommend NOT flying to San Antonio and then driving to McAllen, it is ABSOLUTELY too far and you will not want to drive all that way after surgery, ick!   Hope this helps...and thank you all again,

God Bless,
Stacey S.