May 4, 1013: (I noticed the first post doesn't...
Weight: Idk, approximately 150ish
Weight: Idk, approximately 130ish
BBL with lipo to arms, back, abdomen, thighs and knees
So I added a few wish pics. I don't want a donk. I...
My friend switched up + changed to Duran (which...
and I cant post pics for some reason... tried so many times, i give up
Okay, so far: Surgery - Paid Yily the deposit...
Surgery - Paid Yily the deposit ($200) on 4/27/13 -she still hasn't accepted it. I called and spoke to Yira at the office on Saturday and she said to send verifiation through email (done-need to follow up). Need to pay balance. Not near her bank and NOT carrying cash, so either PayPal or somehow mailing the payment to her bank - need a deposit ticket for her bank or someone that is near one that wouldn't mind depositing the check for me.
Flight - RT nonstop ($465) JetBlue which includes $40 for extra space seat on the (4 hour) ride back
Stay - We are staying for 2 weeks - 1 week recovery B&B house, the other at a hotel (see below)
Recovery House - Booked a B&B type RH (for a week) to be shared with my buddy blitzgirl ($75 per night total, so we are splitting it); includes 3 meals a day and all transportation: to/from airport and doctors visits, as well as grocery store for anything beyond the 3 meals.
Hotel - Booked a 3* beach from resort (for week 2) to be shared with by bud, of course ($260ish total) - its about the same distance as CIPLA from the airport only the othe direction. We plan on being done with all visits by then, if not, we can get our last visit in before we go (and we are not that far away anyway).
Ordered 2nd fajate - $98 (with sleeves) from ebay. I got it 2 sizes smaller than my current measurements (ordered a XS-I'm a M now).
Ordered a marble rolling pin - $20 from ebay. Yes, the kind for rolling dough. I read that it is good to help the fat stay even (I read a long time ago that it was good for cellulite, especially when heated first-by dipping in hot water). -worth a shot
Vitamins - I have only been taking iron, vit C + B12 so far. Starting a multi today and will make a list and order the other stuff I need today (I'm 3 weeks away, so I want to be on all I need by 2 weeks away).
Local doctor - going to call doctors office this week and make an appointment (I want to see what is covered under my insurance for pre-tests; I'm financially challenged right now and will only pay for what is covered and what is necessary/affordable); I will be getting pre-op test down there the day I get in - June 3rd
Insurance - getting my medical (and maybe trip) insurance through - insuremytrip.com
Passport - I need to get mine renewed - I have to call and go in person and do the expedited thing. I really did NOT have the money to do it earlier. (that is the last major thing I need other than confirming a ride to and from the airport)
Supplements: I am making a list of supplements I...
If anyone has ways that they saved $ getting anything: supplies, meds, etc. feel free to post here.
Fajate sleeves - ($35) ebay - they are $80 if you...
Pstyle - ($12) ebay/Amazon - about the same price either way (must have ladies)
Payments: I had such a hard time with payments...
In the meantime, I did research on Chase bank. You can open a "QuickPay" account even if you do not have an account. You set up an account (from another bank using routing and account numbers) for the bank from which the fees will come out of. Then you choose to send money and just list Yily's name "Yily Loramny De Los Santos" is what I used and her hotmail account "firstname.lastname@example.org" + I chose $200 (the first time you can't go over $300 until the account is confirmed). When it goes through, you get a screen with a confirmation number. Take a snap shot of the screen (print screen which you can paste into the paint program and save as a jpg) and send to her.
Insurance -- Yily's price does NOT include...
I want to find out what is included in this insurance, so if you know, post it below (thanks). Either way, this site can beat the cost and coverage at a fraction of the price.
Payments (continued) - once you set up your...
There are other cheaper pillow options as well, such as: http://www.ebay.com/itm/321122571968?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
Search on "round pillow" and you will get other options.
I weigh 147 (was 126 about 2 years ago and probably 135 the end of last year before the weight gain). My goal weight (or comfortable weight) is 130ish, so the extra for the booty is fine (even if it stays, so long as it stays there Idc what the scale says, which is why I had to find out from the doctor how much I weigh).
Here is the link for the fajate with sleeves for $98: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110829069607&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:US:3160
Here are the compression sleeves for $33: http://www.ebay.com/itm/321007476525?var=510084819643&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
Blood work: (from PC) Done
Hgb - 13.2 (scale 11.5 - 16.0)
A few of the tests that Yily said is included in her preOp were not on my results, but I know I don't have any of the conditions.
The tests she does for preOp are: TTP, HIV, Hb, HCV, fasting glucose, glucose, urea, serum creatinine, complete blood count, VDRL, AND RH BLOOD TYPE.
TTP - thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) - is a rare blood disorder. In TTP, blood clots form in small blood vessels throughout the body. The clots can limit or block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body's organs, such as the brain, kidneys, and heart. As a result, serious health problems can develop
HIV - uman immunodeficiency virus
Hb - hemoglobin (iron levels in blood)
HCV - Hepatitis C
fasting glucose - glucose level after 12 hrs of no eating
glucose - i don't know why this would ever be tested NOT in a fasted state
urea - for pregnancy (and possible blood in urine)
serum creatinine - tests for renal (kidney) function
CBC - complete blood count - gives important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells camera, white blood cells camera, and platelets.
VDRL - test for syphilis
RH BLOOD TYPE - is just your "O" "positive" etc.
Prescriptions: My doctor(s) is dead set against Heparin
Communication: to all Doctors in the DR
Information from the US Dept of State: (not to scare, just to be aware)
The U.S. Embassy calls attention to certain criminal techniques that have surprised U.S. citizens and other victims in recent years:
•Several individuals reported robberies perpetrated by criminals on mopeds (often coasting with the engine turned off so as not to draw attention). The driver approaches a pedestrian, grabs his or her cell phone, purse or backpack, and then speeds away. This type of robbery is particularly dangerous because the motorcyclist reaches the intended victim at 15–20 miles per hour and often knocks the victim to the ground.
•The Embassy has received reports of crime involving apparent police collaboration. A seemingly-friendly stranger shakes hands with a tourist, who then finds that the stranger has placed a small baggie of cocaine or other substance into the tourist’s hand. The tourist is then immediately apprehended by a police officer, and pays a “fine” to the police to be set free.
•U.S. citizens have been victimized at the airports in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana as they checked in their luggage and prepared to leave the country. Smugglers obtained an authentic airline baggage tag in a U.S. citizen’s name and placed it on baggage that contained drugs, presumably to be retrieved by an accomplice at the other end of the flight.
•Criminals may also misrepresent themselves in an effort to gain access to your residence or hotel room. In one case, Dominican police arrested a building’s maintenance man and an accomplice for a violent crime against a U.S. citizen. There have been instances when U.S. citizens were robbed of large amounts of cash immediately prior to a scheduled financial transaction by thieves with apparent inside knowledge of the transaction. In one case, a U.S. citizen was robbed just outside his attorney’s office, and in another case a U.S. citizen reported he was victimized by two police officers.
Sorry I haven't updated-I've had an epidural headache.
Basicially, "The average sized adult human has roughly 150ml (a little less than 8 oz or 1 cup) of a clear watery fluid, called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the central nervous system, surrounding the spinal cord and brain. One of the functions of the CSF is to provide a protective layer, essentially to act as a cushion to shield the brain from the hard bony skull and to provide a soft environment for the blood vessels to supply and drain blood from the brain. There is a thin membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord called the "dura". When there is loss of CSF for whatever reason, usually as a result of a hole in the dura, the brain tends to sag, due to loss of this protective fluid cushion. This brain sagging causes stretching in the connective tissues in the cranium, this stretching is sensed as pain, and hence the headache. Also, the loss of some CSF causes blood vessels in the brain to dilate, which can also be perceived as a painful sensation."
I have been taking medication and finally found something that worked. I'm getting checked today, so I man need the dural patch, which is taking blood and releasing it into the area outside the dural membrance and the blood clots and repairs the leak. I just don't know if I want to do that here or not (or wait til I get home). :-?
CIPLA - Pre-Op tests
CIPLA - More about CIPLA - the rooms & services
The recovery rooms are aweful!!! Many of the antiquated beds are broken (mine, the head part could go up/down, but the legs could not, the nurse button did not work, neigher did the lights or anything else). The railings on these old beds are filthy! I NEVER saw anywone even wipe them down. I went into 4 rooms, they were all dirty! Mine had some sort of splatter on it. I thought it was just a stain, but I scratched it and some came off, I was like "ewe." I later threw up in my bed twice and I'd put money down that they never even wiped those rails since (and I'm NOT a gambling woman).
The put the AC on high and it is sooo damn cold in there. When you come out of surgery you are already cold, so it is AWFUL. I asked for a blanket 4 times and NEVER got one. All I got was "one momento" which really means, let me go so I can NEVER come back. And if they do come back - 4 hrs later, it is NOT with your blanket. They did give me pain medication when I asked (and once when I didn't).
Some nurses are fabulous others shouldn't be nurses. The nurse that draws your blood is awful. I'm yet to meet one person who didn't say she hurt them (my blood is easy to draw-my veins stick out). She was digging in there like she was mining for gold. I told her she had to stop twice. Luckily she listed after the 2nd time.
Food? HA! you won't really get much. After I threw up, I asked for some water. At first they said no, but I insisted I needed to wash the damn acid out of my mouth. I finally got some. I asked for a bin/bowl in case I got sick again and NEVER got one. The first time, they ended up giving me a bed pan (yes the one you poop in) and after seeing everything I've seen sthere I doubt is was even ever cleaned-maybe rinsed if I was lucky. When I threw up again, I had no bowl, I ended up throwing up on my gown, so as I kept throwing up, I kept pulling it up and turning it so it wouldn't get all over me and the bed. It was sooo damn hard, and gross!!!! and because the IV went through the gown I couldn't completely get if off me. Then I got yelled at for being on my stomach!!!! What the heck, I just threw up (again). I was twisted in the sheet and was a mess and they still NEVER gave me a bin to throw up in. (my lunch is here, so more later).
Positive: I had to throw in a positive because there was so much negative...
CIPLA - Okay back to CIPLA
SURGERY - It's time - no backing out now.
Recovery House Info - Several people asked, so I got her permission to share her info
Oloff Palmer #2, Los Prados
I stayed there 8 days with Blitzgirl. (anothe RS memeber was also there for a week and another girl not on RS there a week too). She was amazing to all of us. She went above and beyond helping us out, brought us shopping for food before surgery, got all the meds we needed, fed us 3 meals a day, cleaned our rooms and changed our drains, had her nurse come in to clean us and our faja's. She speaks fluent English (lived in NY and has her BA degree). Blitzgirl has had several complications and Yasmin is still checkin on us (we left her RH days ago), she is still calling CIPLA for us, pharmacies, talking to our taxi driver, interpreting, etc. ect. She is such a godsend. I love her and her family. I am so glad we chose her. Her house is nice and clean and her family is so very sweet.
She was dealing with our stuff for the entire week after we left! She is still checking on us. I truly cannot speak high enough of this woman and her family.
RH - more info
$45 each for the double room
$55 each for the single rooms
CIPLA - closed
The doctors are taking their patients elsewhere for the time being.
That reminds me. I didn't tell you the story about when I went to visit my friend at CIPLA and they changed her full drain right on the sofa on side of me. They put the bin ON the sofa and just started squirting the blood into it. Ewe! Then they never even wiped down the sofa!!! (They are supposed to remove the drain & empty the contents in the bathroom.)
I'm curious as to how many violations they failed. :-/
CIPLA closed - continued
In the meantime, if your surgery is soon, find out what this means to you - where will you be going and how this may affect fees. Don't let them charge you more. If anything, you may have leverage to negotiate a reduced fee or discounted add on.
If you were on the fence about going it, it'd be prime time to get your money back.
Faja - more info - recommendations (what I wish I knew)
My recommendation is to get a faja that fits you, but is snug, then take in the waist. Do NOT go two sizes to small. I'm a small in some areas medium in others and got a small. Arms are too tight at first. I would get the arm garment separate. Get the sleeve to be BELOW your elbow. Get it in your actual size (not smaller because it cuts off circulation) you are better off wearing a garment that is compressing not restricting blood flow!!!!
Results: Although it is still early
My butt really does look like my wish pics - which is not mega booty, but nice curves and meat on the bottom - I hate when most the fat is put on the top (above the midway mark). So she did follow my wishes there.
I have a tiny waist and increadible curves from my waist to my hips! My waist is currently 26" - I think it can go down another inch or two. My butt is like 40" butt it is compressed in the faja, so it may be a 41"; I like it and hope it stays or even fluffs, but the main thing is my shape - it is really nice.
My lips are awesome - both sets. The one below had one lip larger than the other, but they are evening out - I think it was mostly swollen more on one side.
I'm feeling better and quite frankly, ready to exercise - although I know I have to go easy, so walking and stairs to start.
ADVICE -- pre op
DO NOT let the doctor leave unless he has written something on EVERY body part you want something done to... no matter what they say, have them mark you up.
CIPLA - Has reopened!
CIPLA DEATH LINK - As Requested
27 year old woman dies in search of beauty
By Paola Ledesma14/06/201311 comments
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic. - A young, 27, died Friday amid plastic surgery at the International Center of Advanced Plastic Surgery (CIPLA), located in the La Esperilla, relatives attributed his death to irresponsibility Dr. acting.
The efforts of the young Altagracia Mejia, to achieve greater physical beauty, clothed in mourning the whole family.
abreu carolina says: 15/06/2013 at 1:25 PM
are 2 cases in this clinic on my sister died aida lunes6 rock came from Atlanta JOINING performed cosmetic surgery malpractice and pierced a lung avoid more pain to other families
anaceli hernandez says: 22/06/2013 at 11:00 AM
Esi s 2s died, she was my Prima rubelin k Pena died there .... As bad Pratica,, But not stay haci Family,, DR,,, you pay for what k k hiso
Sunday Martinez says: 15/06/2013 at 8:31 a.m.
In this institution are happening things do not go to public light, either for fear of what others may think family and friends of those affected or simply do not know how to act in different cases. I say this because my sister last year was met at the center and left with a hole in the navel and is now suffering from breast tumors, please investigate who spent at site where apparently is full of malpractice Medical ...
CIPLA DEATHS - so very sad
Altagracia Mejia from Switzerland - Dr. Rodriguez - pulmonary problems
Aida Perez from ATL - Dr. Franklin DeJesus - punctured lung
ONE MORE POST - something related (had to share)
Review excerpt from RH (link above): "Well after the Surgery I looked great for about the first 3 hrs. Then I started to feel bad...Very bad... Until eventually I had hives all over my body, temperature of 102, Blood sugar of 200 plus, blood pressure of 208 over 108. I also had shortness of breath. My husband contacted Yily several times. Yily treated me as if I was a DOG... I contracted MRSA and a flesh eating bacteria from the surgery, that per my infectious disease Dr. he thinks the equipment was unsanitary due to the locations of my infection. He said,"Everywhere the scapula touched you have infection". I was in a coma for 5 days,..."
WARNING: I received the below message -
^ source/info not confirmed or substantiated
There are probably many things we don't know (more cases of infection. Malpractice, and even death). The most important information is whether there is malpractice. Did any of the deaths happen due to malpractice? Are the infections a result of malpractice? It is difficult to find this information, and sometimes difficult to prove.
I do believe no doctor wants their patient to die or get infections. I also believe some care more than others. I also believe the ramifications can influence their level of caring. If the stakes are high and the consequences are as well, they are apt to be far more cautious. If it won't hit the news, can be buried, or consequences are a mere fine, they may not be as vigilant in their practice.
Duran strikes me as a women who really cares. If one of her patients did contract an infection, I doubt it was due to her recklessness or lack of caring.
Although negligence can happen when protocols are not followed to ensure patient safety - whether from an assumption that things are fine and there is no danger to determining that the protocol is not necessary out of a perceived sense of safety. For example: I don't have to sterilize these instruments, it's my first surgery of the day, they must be clean or lack of follow-up to ensure all instruments are clean.
Policy: are all people in the OR supposed to change their scrubs for each new surgery? (I would think so.) my friend, blitzgirl said her anesthesia guy had a blood mark on his scrubs and she was trying to move to make sure she didn't touch it when he got close to her. Shouldn't the doctor say "go scrub up"? Or whatever? Shouldn't there be a limit as to how many hours a doctor can operate in a day/week? Ate there standards and protocols? Are they followed? We just don't know much of this, but know we don't want to be in an OR when someone else's blood is on the people working on us? And that we don't want to lay in a bed someone else was bleeding and throwing up in unless it has been properly cleaned, not change of sheets with stains on it, or go into the bathroom and have blood in there (after a drain change).
*patients, not pigments
OPINION - with all that I have said...
Yily is pregnant and due in December
Also, thank you all for the well wishes. I haven't been on much, but I am healing well. Best of luck to all my RS sisters! Be kind to yourself and each other. xo
Stiches -- I just has a stick pop out of my spine
At CIPLA they didn't even tell me that I had one in my belly button, I didn't find out until much later.... several days. Make sure you know were all the incisions are and keep them clean and dry.
I will be back to do a 3 month follow-up in a few days...
lisaandra34 -- burns
solidgold -- Yily not in OR (several people have said this)
I would like to answer some questions
Sorry for my delay in getting back on RS.
There are a few doctors that are great lip lift doctors and I will post them in a following post. The cost is aoprx. $2,500. It is something I will do in the future.
Dr. Yily is way too overbooked. The day before my surgery she did surgery on five patients and had 7 post-op patients. Four of the 7 post-op patients had complaints about Yily missing something (arms, thighs, or something). The day of my surgery, which she almost did 7 patients, but ended up only doing 6, she FORFOT my thighs even though I bought a 5-page printout with photos and verbiage in both English and Spanish to to explain all my wishes and concerns. In addition, I had to fill out two sets of papers the day of surgery-on each of these sets of paper, I filled out the procedures being performed: THIGHS were one of the FIRST three words I wrote on each document. When I brought it up to her after surgery. She said I didn't say anything beforehand. I insisted I did and she said, "Don't lie." I kid you not, she said that and I quote her exact words. She did not know that the two women in the attached room were my friends-staying with me at the RH (Blitzgirl and Fabulous Fifty) who will both confirm this is accurate. I did not battle her on it as I was trying to get her to fix it before I left. I later determined I just could not handle another procedure this soon, so I did get my money back. She is a good surgeon. Don't get me wrong. However, she is slipping - big time. She does too many surgeries and is making mistakes, getting lax, and cutting corners IMHO. To give her the credit that she deserves, what she did do for me is fabulous. I do have a great shape. She otherwise followed my wishes/instructions. If I don't lose any of the butt I have right now, I do have exactly what I wanted. So she is good and I did like her, but she was not professional in how she handled the situation and it was a loss for me because now I'm stuck not having my thighs done and it will cost me a lot more now to have them done. She should have on file what I asked for (seeing it was in the first and subsequent emails, it was in the paperwork she requested, as well as the one I brought into consultation AND I paid for it). She shirked responsibility and treated me like I was trying to get away with something and talked to me like you would on the street. I replied with something like, "there was obviously communication issues or misunderstanding, but it is neither here nor there, I would just like it fixed" and I told her I was staying two weeks and asked if she would do it. She said she would see. Normally it is 20 days before you can have surgery again. I do think that she would have done it if I stayed and was fit for it, but I don't like that she said "don't lie." THAT is NOT how you talk to a patient! Period. So that is my final review on Yily. Would I go to her in the future? If she weren't doing TOO many patients, I probably would. I would just be more cautious. Given the current state and what is happening and what happened to me even though I knew about the situation and was tring to avoid it, I would also avoid her. :-/