Just had to share. We had our ultrasound, and we're having a boy!
Blessings and prayers to all of you!
I'm Pregnant!! I can't believe. 3 months, almost to the day, and I
conceived! I just had to let you all know! I am so excited, but also
praying for a healthy baby.
My due date is March 10th ~ almost exactly a year after my reversal!
God is so good! Blessings, Kate Wilson
Our Trip to Rio Bravo:
Our flight was scheduled to leave early on Friday morning, the 12th
of March. We headed down the road, all the time thinking about the
kids. The 4 of them were staying with 3 different families. We
arrived at the airport and literally walked right on the plane,
after passing through security of course. Brian flew us first class
since he had lots of frequent flyer miles. We were served a
continental breakfast of cereal and bagels on the plane. We were
flying from Colorado Springs to Dallas/Ft. Worth. In Dallas we met
up with Jodie and Joe, the couple from our area that were making the
trip with us. They drove to Albuquerque, NM and then flew to Dallas,
that way their son could stay with relatives in NM. We made the rest
of the trip together.
From Dallas we flew into McAllen, Texas. It was so warm, and humid.
There were palm trees which we hadn’t seen since the last time we’d
been to Florida. We met Fanny. We were trying to get all our luggage
and meet up with Fanny, but we had no idea what she looked like. I
suppose I was standing there looking confused because she came up to
me and asked me if I was Katherine Wilson, and I said, “Yes, are you
Fanny?” She smiled and said yes. (I did suggest that she hold up a
card or something next time, so people can spot her more easily) We
rounded up Brian, Jodie and Joe and headed out to her car. It wasn’t
a very big car, but was comfortable
enough for the 5 of us. She drove us through McAllen and on towards
the Mexican border. This was very exciting for Brian and I because
neither of us had ever been to Mexico!
We drove through the US side of the border and the roads got
terrible and there was trash literally everywhere. Then we came to
the Mexican side. We passed through with no questions asked and were
on our way. Fanny was just great. She really went out of her way to
show us around and point things out to us, and explain things. She
has a husband and little boy who is 3. They are also expecting their
second, also a boy. Her mom is one of the nurses there. All the
nurses were great. We took pictures of our kids and they all wanted
to hear their names. It was a lot of fun!
We drove through some country where we saw lots of chickens, goats,
unusual birds, and folks, selling things along the road. We had
wanted to go shopping at that point, but Fanny got a call and I
guess it was from Dr. Levi. We went straight to the hospital in Rio
Bravo. We pulled up in front and Brian and I thought it was really
nice. Not modern, but clean, very clean. The outside is painted pink
and has a butterfly on it. Fanny walked us in and introduced us to
Dr. Levi, who took us to our rooms. Our room was very nice. It was
small, but private and it was clean. There were butterflies on
everything! We had a hospital bed and then a cot for Brian, a TV,
and bathroom. We were very comfortable.
Dr. Levi speaks good English so that made it nice. When he took
Brian and I back to our room, room number 3, he wanted to know if
I’d want to have surgery that night, instead of early in the morning
when it was actually scheduled. I was really nervous about this, but
had heard of it happening to others, so kind of expected it. I said,
sure, why not (in all actuality, I was scared to death)! We got
settled in, and I got changed into a hospital gown, also adorned
with a butterfly. I also had an IV started, and within 2 hours, they
were wheeling me back to surgery in a wheelchair. Now, I really was
terrified by this point. I didn’t really want an epidural and I knew
they would be catheterizing me, and I wasn’t thrilled about that
either. Dr. Levi had assured me that I would feel nothing, and he
kept giggling at me because I was so nervous. He told me that once
they took me into OR, he would put some stuff in my IV and wave
goodbye, and he was absolutely right!
Well, they took us back to the OR. It was a small room, but shiny
and clean. Up on the wall over the door was a crucifix. That brought
me comfort. Brian went into surgery with me. to be able to see what
is going. They asked me to get up on the table, and roll onto my
side. I thought, oh no, I am going to feel the epidural going in,
but then I saw them putting something in my IV, and I don’t remember
much after that. Surgery lasted around 2 hours and during that time,
I woke up a few times, and asked some questions, but to be honest I
don’t really remember much of what I said. I do however remember
asking Brian what they had gotten done so far, and he told me that
they had just finished with one side and I had 6 cm. That was
definitely more that I had hoped for, and I felt immediately
blessed. I dozed off again. Brian teased me later that I was asking
Dr. Perez and dr. Levi if I could take some of that good medicine
back home with me. The next thing I remember was them waking me to
move me onto a stretcher to take my back to my room. They got me
into my bed, and I was in a good bit of pain.
They kept the epidural in and that was an experience in itself
because I could not feel my legs at all! Brian had to adjust them.
At one point, one of my legs fell off the bed, and I said, can you
come over here and pick up my leg and put it back on the bed. When I
first got out of surgery I was so cold, and but within an hour, I
was burning up and had to really talk myself out of a few panic
attacks. They kept the epidural going strong and then gave me
something through my IV so I could rest. To be honest, it was a
miserable first night and next day, but I just kept telling myself,
this will pass and I kept saying 6 and 7, 6 and 7, which is how much
tube I ended up with on each side.
Dr. Levi told Brian that as long as he was doing his part that we
should have no problem having a baby. This is way more than I hoped
for and I feel so blessed. It's interesting to point out that I had
sent my surgical reports to a certain well renowned Dr. here in the
states and he had told me that there was nothing he could do for us.
We woke up every morning to the most amazing birds we had ever
heard. They were right outside our window and just sang and sang. We
spent all day Saturday there at the hospital. I had quite a bit of
pain, but I managed ok. That evening we met several other couples
that were having their surgery done. We found out that over the
weekend, they had 13 couples come through the hospital for their
On late Saturday afternoon, I got my epidural, IV, and catheter out
and boy was I pleased! Brian was able to wheel me outside quite a
bit in a wheelchair to get some air. It was very wet and humid
there. It had been raining. We sat and talked with the other couples
and then Brian, Joe and Jesse, went down the street and got some
food. It was pollo (chicken) and toquitos (insert from Brian…”El
Pollo Loco” was really good!)! It was so good, but I wasn’t able to
eat much of it.
We had been asking for a light bulb in our bathroom and hadn’t
gotten one. Levi really is the busiest person around there and takes
care of so many. He had left for home on Saturday night and then I
guess he remembered the light bulb, because he came back late that
night and put one in for us. I had sort of a rough night on Saturday
night and had to be given something for pain, twice. Before I went
to bed, they gave me a pill, and then in the middle of the night,
they gave me a shot. I was able to get some rest.
On Sunday morning, I was able to get up and get a shower, which I
was very thankful to get. Then we saw Dr. Perez, Dr. Levi, and paid
our bill. It came to $2050. Fanny came and got us about 10. She took
us to Progresso, for some shopping. This town has an annual
celebration on March 21st every year. It is a tourist day, and from
what we were told it’s a BIG deal. We could tell they were gearing
up for that. That really was an experience, because the people were
just so overwhelming. We walked around and did some shopping. Brian
and I went and bought the kids some souvenirs. After we left
Progresso, we headed for the border. We crossed with no problem. We
had about an hour there at the airport before it was time to fly
I can say that Brian and I both felt a little sadness leaving there.
We really both fell in love with Mexico and want very much to go
back. We are back home now and glad to be here, and see our kids
again. We do hope to go back to Mexico soon for a visit. We just
loved it there, and want to take the kids. We'll see what the next
months have to bring.
I want to say that I feel so very blessed and we'd make the trip
again without thinking twice! Dr. Perez and Dr. Levi are absolutely
6 on left side
7 on right side