I wanted to send an email with the wonderful news that we are
expecting! I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and due around May 7th.
We're so excited. Thank you again to Dr. Levi and Dr. Perez and the
wonderful nurses and staff!
I've attached some early ultrasound pictures. :) We can't wait to
meet our first TR miracle baby!
MY STORY: I just can't believe I'm actually typing this!
For the past four years, we’ve been looking at Dr. Perez’s site and
making plans. Every year, something came up and the money we had set
aside for the surgery would have to go to something else. It was
heartbreaking at times. But I believe we were on a timeline set by
our Heavenly Father and it has worked out perfectly according to His
Ten years ago, after my youngest daughter, Vivian, was born I made
the decision to have a tubal ligation. At the time I was very young,
only 21 years old and I already had three children. I was in an
abusive relationship and I was worried about having more children. I
was scared I couldn’t take care of them, or provide for them. So,
even though my doctor tried to convince me to make a different
choice, I insisted that I be sterilized. I can say without a
doubt that if I could change one thing in my life, I would NEVER
have made that decision. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but that was
by far, the worst one. God has blessed me with a special heart for
children and a joy in motherhood. I was wrong to end that part of my
Over the course of the last ten years, God has brought me through
some very tough struggles as a single parent and five years ago He
blessed me with the most wonderful husband and a new realization of
the person He wants me to be. About two years into our marriage,
during worship service at church, I cried out to God to change me. I
begged Him to use me, show me where to go, show me how to conduct my
life. I wept as I cried out for His guidance. And I felt His peace
wash over me. You see, even though I wanted to have more
children – God knew I wasn’t quite ready. I believe this spiritual
process of healing was necessary in order to prepare me for my
reversal surgery. Isn’t God amazing?
This past January, we found out we would be getting back a large
enough return to FINALLY have the reversal surgery. I can’t tell you
how overjoyed I was. We held our breath every day until the money
was deposited in the bank. We then started the process of filing for
our passports. My husband already had a passport, but his was
expired. I needed to file for the first time. We sent off our
applications separately, but on the same day. They were both
received on the same day and the two checks we sent were cashed the
same day. But I got my passport back in 9 days and my husband’s has
not come in yet.
Luckily, my husband’s grandfather’s wife, Tiko, is actually from
Mexico and she travels over there all the time. Both Tiko, and
Scott’s grandfather (Giddy) have passports. So I went ahead and
scheduled my surgery for the 27th of March, thinking that if Scott’s
passport wasn’t in by then, I could still go with Giddy and Tiko.
We drove down south and dropped our children off in Corpus Christi
to visit my parents and grandparents. They had a wonderful weekend
playing on the beach and having fun. Scott and I drove to
Pharr, where his grandfather lives. We found out that Tiko asked the
officials at the border if Scott could show some other kind of ID to
get across and they said if he had proof that he applied for his
passport, his birth certificate and his driver’s license, he could
travel across without any trouble. Scott was really glad to hear
that because he wanted to be with me during my surgery.
We crossed without any problems. I didn’t know
what to expect with all the scary news stories going around about
the violence with the drug wars in Mexico. There were a lot of
Border Patrol agents, some soldiers and police officers patrolling
the streets – but it really was uneventful. We’re so thankful that
we had so many people praying for our safety. We had nothing to
worry about. God was watching over us. We did have a little bit of
trouble finding the hospital. We wrote down the directions, but the
street signs were rusted and it was really difficult to tell where
the city blocks ended. Luckily, Tiko speaks Spanish and we were able
to ask for directions. I highly recommend using the shuttle service.
We were blessed to be riding with Tiko and I don’t know how we would
have found the hospital without her. Please use the shuttle
The reception area was absolutely charming! It was beautifully
decorated with citrus colors and black accents. I wish I would have
taken a picture – because I really loved it. We walked down the hall
and checked in. The paperwork was in Spanish, so Tiko told me what
to write and where to sign my name. And then we went to our room.
The hospital is very nice and clean. Really, it’s just like
the hospitals here in the United States – except the staff and
doctors in Mexico are SO MUCH NICER! After a little while, Dr.
Levi came in to talk to us. He was so wonderful. He sat right down
and talked to us for over an hour. I don’t think I’ve talked to any
doctor for more than 20 minutes. I was so amazed that he was willing
to answer every possible question we could have. There was no rush
and I really appreciated all the information he gave us. He was so
funny and it was easy to relax around him. My husband really liked
him a lot. That night, Tiko went out to one of the
restaurants and brought back some amazing food! I tell you what –
the food down there is just wonderful! We loved it.
The next morning, they woke us up pretty early – around 5:30 a.m. to
put in my IV and draw some blood. Around 6:45, the cafeteria lady
came in to give Scott some pancakes and Dr. Levi came in to give
Scott some scrubs to wear. A nurse came in to put on my surgical
booties and she covered my hair with a cap. Then I hopped into a
wheel chair and went to the operating room. Dr. Perez was
there and I was able to say a brief hello. He seemed really nice –
but we didn’t talk very much. They put in the epidural and I did go
to sleep for a little bit. I woke up halfway through the surgery and
I said some silly things because I was a little dopey. I told Scott
we should name our son “Roberto” in honor of Dr. Perez and I said he
was a great man like five times. So that’s a little embarrassing.
The surgery took about an hour. Dr. Levi worked on one tube and Dr.
Perez worked on the other tube. I lost about 80 ccs of blood, which
is hardly any! It really was a very successful surgery. They
certainly know what they’re doing. After it was all over – I found
out I have 7 to 8 cm on both sides! Dr. Levi told us we shouldn’t
have any trouble at all getting pregnant!
My entire experience was wonderful. The doctors
and nurses were really very nice. The hospital was clean and quiet.
The food was terrific. And our journey was very safe. Today
I’m a little sore, like I did about 100 sit ups. But I’m able to
move around slowly and my family is taking care of me. We
praise God for keeping us safe and blessing us. And we’re so pleased
with Dr. Levi and Dr. Perez and the hospital in Rio Bravo!