Ok. Here it goes. I am 46 years old, 5’5 and as...
Ok. Here it goes. I am 46 years old, 5’5 and as of today 213 pounds. I am a mother of 3 kids and the last one was a c-section and weighed 11.4 pounds the day she was born, so you can imagine how my belly looks like. I have been considering a tummy tuck for a few years now, but as soon as I started feeling a little bit scared, I gave up and said to myself that I can get my flat stomach back without surgery and a lot of exercise. (Or at least that’s what closed friends tells me all the time) So I stop my research and thought of something else, or I always make sure that everybody is covered and happy, leaving myself hanging. I have tried many many things to lose weight and get my body back, sometimes worked and sometimes was a waste of time and money. Last year during the month of December 2012, I decided that no more. At that time my weight was 235 the highest I have ever been without being pregnant. So on December 31st of 2012 I made the decision of taking care of myself and get ready for a new life. I have lost so far 22 pounds. My daughter in law told me about Dra. Yily and this website a few weeks ago, so I decided to give it a try. When I mentioned about getting the TT, my daughter told me why I don’t consider a mommy makeover to include BA and Lipo with TT, which is a great idea, but I would like to get a BBL with all the fat I have (LOL). A few years ago I did a consultation with the assistant of a doctor in Miami and she recommended me at that time to go below 200 in order to get the procedure. I know every person is different, but I have done quite some research and I have seen women getting their surgeries with a weight of more than 200 getting great results. Another thing that makes me hesitate at times is my job. I have a very demanding job and most of the vacation times are not allowed due to the magnitude of our responsibilities. So we can take vacations during Oct-Dec, because of the rest of the months is a rush to deliver our work.
As of today I am very determined about getting a TT with BBL and Liposculture, which I think I will be scheduling during November, even though I would love to do it sooner. After reading and seeing all the reviews, pictures and results, I am more than inclined to go with Dra. Yily. My daughter in law is getting her sx during the month of July with Yily and I am very excited for her. My daughter is making plans to go on January 2014. I told my sister about Yily and she did her research and she is planning on going on January as well. I will be emailing Yily today to get my quote and all the directions for my upcoming change.
Any help, details, what should I get or what I should have will be greatly appreciated. Ohh and let’s not forget.. Support, support and support is the most essential thing to overcome what all this process brings. I am hoping to make good friends here.. so hit me up…
Hello ladies.. so I emailed Yily on Saturday May...
Hello ladies.. so I emailed Yily on Saturday May 4th and got her response back on Monday the 7th with all her instructions, details, do's and don'ts. You all Yilydolls should know what I mean. So I got my quote for $4,350 for TT, lipo on armpits. back, flanks, thighs and abdomen and BBL. At first I was looking forward to go on November, but because my daughter in law (DIL) is going in July, I decided to try and see if my boss would give me the time in July, which it's kind of prohibited.
I was very surprised to meet with my manager and get an ok from her almost immediately. She said, "yes as long as you leave after 4th of July. I need you here the first week of July." I couldn't believe she was telling me that. So I jumped and started filling paperwork to get the formal approval and started looking for flights to see how much would be. When I did this exercise for November, flights were cheaper, for July... ??? forget it.. LOL
So I thank Yily for her prompt response and asked her for July 10th and also asked her if because I was going with my DIL if we would get a discount. My daughter in law also emailed her with the same question. I have not received a response yet, but she emailed my DIL and told her that she was no longer giving discounts that it was just for a limited time. She also said that July 10 was still opened. So tomorrow I am running to make the deposit to make sure I get my date with my DIL.
Today I went to Chase and made my deposit for my...
Today I went to Chase and made my deposit for my surgery with Yily. I scanned the receipt and sent an email to confirm July 10th. I cant wait for her reply. Yay! I am very excited.
Geezz.. I've been spending hours looking for...
Geezz.. I've been spending hours looking for flights and they are all so expensive that is ridiculous. If I check for 1 stop, one flight takes me to ATL to then bring me back down to DR passing on top of FL. LOL Crazy, right? Then there are others that go all the way to Panama, to then bring me back. We are talking here about 7-10 hours flying and I am worried about when it is time to come back.
A friend of mine, who travels a lot told me that the best time to look for flights is after midnight and between 3 AM. I guess I will have to stay up one night to see what I can find.
On another line... I do not understand why people cannot be happy about the decisions you make about your body and about doing things that will make you happy. I do not have many friends, or at least I can say that I am very selective when it comes to that. When I was very young, I went through a lot with the "supposed" best friends I thought I had. There was always "jealous" in between us all. But anyways, due to past experience, and after I grew up 30+ I can count the amount of good friends with one hand.
So I came to FL 10 years ago and I met this lady when I went to work to this organization. Since then, we have been always very closed. After 3 years of friendship, one day she stopped talking to me without me knowing why. I changed jobs and later I was promoted, ironically, she became my employee. I supervised her and others for more than 5 years. During that time I encouraged her to go back to school and earn her bachelors, when she finished I also encouraged her to get her masters.. which in a few months she will finishing her masters in Finance (Yay for her). Under my supervision, an opening came up in another department and it was a great opportunity for her to get promoted with a lot more $$$. She didnt want to apply, but I told her that she needed to, otherwise I would never speak to her again because she was under estimating herself.
Ohh well she did, and got the promotion. Interestingly she was the only person who applied. A few months later, another opening in that department came up and I applied and got it. Now we are co-workers, which is nice for me. I dont have the pressure of debating between friendship and employee. After all these years I really though we were good friends, besides me being her supervisor. For years I've been telling her about my desire of getting transformed, at least I always talked about TT and she used to say, I would like to do the same.
A few months ago, she came to my office telling me about this website that do laserlipo and it is about $1,250 per area, but you need to schedule 3 or more areas. I looked at the website but was not interested. I always wanted a real sx TT and lipo. I encouraged to go for it if she thought it was best for her.
On Monday I told her about my decision of getting my transformation done. Finally. As of today, 3 days later I've been asking myself WHY IN THE WORLD SHE GOT SO MAD AND TURNED HER FACE ON ME (SHE LOOKED CONSTIPATED) when I told her about what I was going to do. I only had the change of saying TT when her face changed and looked at me very mad. So I didnt have the change of telling BBL and Lipo, etc. LOL
Why there is people like that? It is not her time, it is not her money, it is not her body, it is not her.. why she is getting mad about me doing something for myself to feel better and be happy. I just dont understand people.. and mostly, this is one of the reasons as to why I dont have tooooo manyyy friendsssssssssssssssssss. :(
60 days to go! and.... I still have not done...
60 days to go! and.... I still have not done anything about my passport. What??? I am from Puerto Rico and a few years ago they changed the Birth Certificate and everybody was supposed to get the new version. I was here, so I did not. NOW I needed. I can't not believe I never cared or had the need of requesting the new BC. Anyways, luckly my exhubby is trying to help me get it. I had to send him a letter authorizing him to do what he needed to do and I have not heard a word. :( I just hope he can get it, send it by mail, but I dont know how long it would take. My DIL keeps telling me, dont worry you have time, but it seems to me that I am going to need to hit the expedite ($60.00) to get it on time..... uhhh... frustrating.
Ladies do I need anything else? With the busy lives we are living these days.. it is crazy to think about everything. I am very organized, but my mind is only in getting my new body... LOL
So, I got good news. My exhubby have my BC and he...
So, I got good news. My exhubby have my BC and he will be sending it to me express mail so I can get it quick. Those are good news.
Yily sent me an email today confirming my desposit and my DIL's for July 10th. She also told me in her email that I need to lose the 13 pounds because for surgery I should be 200 or less, which I already anticipated that and as of today 5/10/13 I am 212. I told her that I was looking forward to get to her on 190-195. If I get lower than that, better for me because I want a really nice countour of my body and becase of health issues, even though thanks to GOD I dont have any medical condition. For more than 15 years I always had high cholesterol and at certain point my doctor wanted to give me medications for it. I told him NO. Give me the opportunity of me making a change in my life and getting this bad cholestorol back to normal and I DID. Yay!!!! Kuddos to me and to Shakeology. I started drinking shakeology, which has a lot of Super Foods and changed the way I eat to a more healthy one... and all my lab results are between the normal range where they are supposed to be. I was so happy and he was soooo surprised and when he asked me "what you did?" I said Shakeology and he said, I have a lot of patients doing that.. it really works...
I am so proud of myself.. Yay!
Sooo from this point forward I am going to focus on losing those extra pounds to bring my sexy back with Yily's help.
Happy Mothers Day
Happy Mothers Day
Yesterday I went shopping and bought a few things:...
Yesterday I went shopping and bought a few things: wipes, mederma, womem pads, travel kits allowed by TSA, (empty bottles to put what I need to bring and they dont tell me that I have to leave it), tylenol, vaseline with cocoa butter, first aid kit, dulcolax, Q-tips, disinfectant spray for phones, or areas touched by others, lip balm, neosporin, waxed floss, soap dish, preparation H, and hand sanitizer.
Still pending to buy: extra garment to bring with me, compressing socks, slippers, granny panties, vitamedica, arnica montana, gel for scars and a maxi dress to return home. I cant think of anything else right now.. maybe later the light bulb will come up.
As you all know Yily told me about the need of losing 13 pounds before surgery. I've been doing very good. I drink my shakeology(full of super foods) in the mornings, eat an apple for mid morning snach, salad and chicken for lunch - 45 minutes of treadmill as soon as I get home from work and a protein shake after I take a shower (every time I am soak of sweat when I am done). So far I am loosing sort of a pound daily. So I think that the 13 pounds will be gone in no time, but I also told Yily that I will love to be 190 by the time I get there..because I want optimal results, so concentration only on that.
My grown up kids wanted to take me out or do something today and I told them NOPE. I am not eating crazy food because I dont want to gain anything. I rather prefer to be safe than sorry. My son told me "just ask yourself everyday - what I did today to get closer to what I want? If you dont do anything, it is a day gone and lost" I have such a smart kid (hmmm) LOL.
I uploaded a picture of how I look, so you guys have an idea and after sx get a nice comparison. I will be taking pictures again right before I leave on July 8th (leaving the 9th, sx the 10th) so you ladies can see the real deal because I am looking forward to lose more weight.
I still dont have my plane tickets. I've been...
I still dont have my plane tickets. I've been checking every day and they are sooo expensive that it is ridiculous, but any way.. I feel it was a good thing, because I am looking now to move my sx date to July 5th instead of the 10th and flying the 4th of July. I think it will be more convinient and I will have more time to heal before coming back to work. I felt all this time I was going to waste 4 days doing nothing... waiting and getting anxious, instead of being already in recovery. So I called CIPLA and talked to Theresa (very sweet and nice lady), Yira was on the 4th floor admitting patients for surgery today. Theresa tried to check Dra. Yily's agenda to let me know if she still had two spots opened for me and my daughter in law, but Dra. Yily took her agenda with her.. So now I am waiting on Yira to call me back and let me know if it's okay for me to fly the 4th and get sx on the 5th. Wish me luck ladies!
Ok. So I got my plane tickets ($412) for my DIL...
Ok. So I got my plane tickets ($412) for my DIL and myself. I personally talked to Yira to confirm the new date because my emails were getting returned by postmaster saying that Yily's email account was full.
Yira confirmed (big smile) Yay!!!!.. so now we are all set to go. I just need to get a few things, like the vitamins, arnica montana, scar gel, and little things like that.
******50 DAYS TO GO*********
******50 DAYS TO GO*********
So today I turned in my application for the passport. I had to wait until my exhubby sent me my BC from Puerto Rico. I did it at the local post office and they told me it will only take 4 weeks. So let see...
Picture - Today after Zumba Class
I am doing Zumba Core with my Wii for 1:28 minutes burning around 896 calories. I took this picture today. Do you guys see any difference? My son tells me he does around my belly. He says that before the form of my belly was a big C and today looks like a J. LOL
**45 Days to Go**
Wow in 45 days I will be in DR for my transformation the next day. I have been ordering things online and buying stuff for my trip. I been trying very hard to lose this weight and I dont know why I seem stuck to my bones, even though I feel my clothes lose and people at the office keep telling me that I am shrinking and they can notice, but I DO NOT NOTICE ANYTHING.. GRRRR Anyways, I still have 45 days to lose 13 pounds (thats what Yily told me). I dont want to take any pills because I get way too anxious and I feel very uncomfortable in how my body reacts to it. Is like I cant stay still and my heart beats too fast. (Dont like that sensation in my body).
Anyways, so I am still debating on where to stay. I've been emailing with Jacqueline Spa, Yasmine RH and Hotel Plaza del Sol.
1. Jacquelines: I was considering at first to stay my entire 11 days at Jacquelines (as suggested by Yily), but then my daughter in law and I discussed about having a little bit of privacy with less interruptions. Besides I have read somewhere here about the higiene part and girls getting infections (I dont know) and the fact that they do not have hot water, I dont like and how they overbook. I can picture already the mess.
2. Yasmine - My daughter in law really, really wants to stay with Yasmine, but we do not like the fact that she doesnt have AC, so I am not sure if the house will be hot and we will feel uncomfortable to sleep and rest at night. We are used to central AC, that is why we are worried about it, besides that, we do not have any issues.
3. Hotel Plaza Del Sol - We are considering this option after staying the first 4 days at Jacquelines and then coming here to relax a little, but my daughter in law is a little bit worried about not having any help or care because both of us are getting TT and BBL with LIPO.
Ladies, I know this is about preference/security/care, but I also know that we are getting major sx and this is no joke. I just want to be able to recoup and heal the way I am supposed to heal without drama, without more inconveniences than the pain I will be having (meaning, no AC, sweating, no hot water, or help). I know we can get a nurse to come and check on us while at the hotel, but I dont know anyone. Any information that any of you might have, please let me know. I need to make a decision soon...
I just received an email from Jacqueline Spa telling me that they will not be available for the time I will be getting my SX because they will be remodeling their place. I called Yily and spoke to Teresa and she told me that it was true, that they are looking for places and checking them to make sure they will be taking good care of the ladies getting sx with Yily. She told me that because I still have weeks for my sx, they are only concentrating on emailing the places to the ladies that their sx is closed within 2 or 3 weeks, or so.
I asked her if it was safe to stay at the hotel and getting a nurse to come and see us on a daily basis, and she said yes. She said they can send a nurse to check on us and it was $30.00 per visit.
I guess now #1 from my previous post is eliminated.. LOL
Body Girdle.... Yes!!!!
This is the faja that I was looking for, but on many websites were around $135-145, but this one has it at $119.. but dont know how long it will last.
Not FUN at all!!!!!
Ok. So here I am sending emails to Yily and getting "zero" response. I've even tried the wassapp that everybody mention about and nothing, not even Yira acknowledges my texts. (Unless I am doing something wrong, but how difficult can be to send a text message??) I have many questions and I am not getting any answers from them. I know they are very busy but they need to come up with a strategy to get back to their customers. I am very annoyed right now...(Just venting)....
Yasmin.. It is
Ladies, so I decided with my DIL to stay at Yasmin's Recovery House. I already paid part of the stay and she confirmed receiving the money. She has very important rules that should be followed and I am good with all of them. I understand that for this type of business where you dont know the people that are coming to stay at your place, you need to have some based rules because you never know. I understand where she is coming from. The references I have about her so far are great, as a nice and caring lady. I feel I will be having an excellent recovery at her place. More private and less amount of people. The apartment only holds for 4 people, if I am not mistaken.
Yasmin NO MORE!!
So after the commotion from last night and finding out the mess on Yasmin's not so 'RECOVERY HOUSE' I decided to ask for my money back and she quickly and fast refunded. So now I am in search again of getting a place to stay, but I am not happy and not sure about recovery houses any more.. I rather prefer to get a nice hotel, pay for a nurse and go from there.. or Should I just bring my 24 yr old son along with me and my daughter and law to take care of us.. I am debating on that one still.... I will figure out something.. or should I get an apartment for rent like many girls are doing.
I had a c-section with my last baby.. she was 11.4 pounds..and the next day I was walking like nothing happened. I am a strong woman, always have been.. I have been by myself for more than 9 years and I always take care of my business. I know I will be going through some mayor surgery, but I am not weak and I dont need a day care to get well.. I am thinking of getting a hotel next or closed to CIPLA, just in case I have to get there quick.. and the rest.. I will rest and take care of myself.. I can do that..
Still debating...but at least I got my money back... and I am not exposed to the nightmare...sorry for the girls that were involved in the mess...
Awww she is just a sweetheart and I am soooo happy I choose her to be my doctor.. Even though I STILL cant get her through the Whatsapp.. application and text with her like most of the ladies here do, but...., we are communicating through emails and she answered my questions and I am satisfied NOW. I cant wait for July to come and meet her personally... Yay... TEAM YILY....!!!!!
Interesting Article by Neal M. Blitz
No matter what part of the body is undergoing surgery, the process for healing is the same. Surgically "traumatized tissue" (skin, muscle, bones, cartilage, tendons, etc.) does not just magically heal; rather, the body has to rebuild and repair tissue on the cellular level. This involves energy and nutritional building blocks to support the healing process.
The body may be asked to heal minor cuts/wounds and dental extractions to major bone and/or reconstructive procedures. Of course, the more involved the surgery then the more demands are placed on the body. Healing starts at the moment of injury and involves a series of orchestrated biomechanical reactions.
The Basic Science Of Healing
Basically, healing efforts surround the rebuilding of collagen, a specialized chain of amino acids, that is the main component in many tissues -- such as skin, tendon, muscle, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bone, interverterbal disk, teeth and more. Collagen is "stronger than steel wire," and improperly-formed collagen is associated with healing disturbances.
Healing occurs in three distinct overlapping phases, with the bulk of healing occurring within the first few weeks following surgery.
Inflammatory phase (up to 5 days): The body's first response to injury involves forming a localized blood clot to stop bleeding. Infection fighting cells (neutrophils) and debris cleaning cells (macrophages) are recruited to the traumatized area.
Proliferative phase (2 days - 3 weeks): The body starts building tissue with specialized collagen-forming cells called fibroblasts. This new tissue is called granulation tissue and special growth factors to stimulate skin formation (epithelialization).
Remodeling phase (3 weeks - years): The body transforms and replaces the collagen that was placed during the proliferative phase into a stronger collagen to support structure and function over the long term.
What Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids Support Healing?*
It is beneficial to be as healthy as possible and nutritionally maximized prior to surgery to support optimal healing. While several vitamins, minerals and amino acids are used during healing, there are specific ones that are known to specifically to support the normal response to healing, and to support the normal immune system response to infection.
Vitamin C: Necessary to build and rebuild collagen throughout the body. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune response.
Vitamin A: Supports immune system functioning and aids collagen strength. Also required for bone development.
Zinc: An essential trace mineral used in enzymatic reactions involved in tissue and wound healing, regeneration and repair.
Vitamin K: Aids the natural blood clotting response and is important for bone health.
B-Vitamins: Cellular metabolism, tissue repair and immune support.
Vitamin D & Calcium: Important for bone health.
Magnesium: Mineral involved in approximately 300 biochemical reactions.
Amino Acids (L-Arginine, L-Glutamine): Two key amino acids for wound repair and immune function.
What Dietary Supplements Should You Avoid BEFORE Surgery?
Vitamin E and surgery do not mix because Vitamin E is associated with increased bleeding, and this can lead to collection of blood (called a hematoma) that could result in serious complications. Most surgeons will instruct you to avoid preparations with Vitamin E before surgery, however, so it is important to check your dietary supplements/multivitamin carefully. However, after the surgery, your health care professional may indicate that Vitamin E may be appropriate.
Most people are confused when they are instructed to avoid Vitamin E prior to surgery because Vitamin E is often associated with of healing scars. Topical Vitamin E preparations, however, are used for scars postoperatively.
Herbal supplements, in general, are to be avoided prior to surgery because they can cause bleeding or other operative complications. A few commonly taken herbal supplements to avoid are: Ginko Biloba, Garlic, Ginseng, Ginger, Dong Quai, Ephedra, Feverfew, St. John's Wort and/or Omega 3 fatty acids.
A general rule is to stop taking these potentially unsafe preparations at least two weeks prior. Nonetheless, it is important to discuss all preoperative dietary supplements with a health care professional prior to any surgery or procedure.
What Surgeries & Procedures Benefit From Nutritional Support?
Again, no matter what part of the body is undergoing surgery, the process for healing is the same and requires nutritional building blocks to support the healing process. The nutritional demands for small surgeries are different than major reconstructive cases. Certain surgery, such has bariatric surgery, has very specific nutritional needs and needs to be managed properly by a specialist. Simple cosmetic procedures and injections result in tissue trauma and basic nutritional building blocks are still required for healing.
Emphasis on surgical nutrition starts before surgery, and should continue until mostly healed -- a process that could take several weeks and determined by a health care professional.
In summary, healing is complex but the concept for surgical nutritional support is simple -- provide the building blocks for healing to optimize the healing efforts.
-- Dr. Blitz
Last Items from Shopping List
So today I ordered the last items (pending) on my shopping list. The Arm Sleeves was $47.90 and the Compression pants for TT was $43.00 both items from www.lipo-garments.com they have free shipping (2-4 days ground).
I also got yesterday the Squeem Firm Compression Vest - $44.00 ordered from Amazon.com and the Facial Compression Chin Support for chin lipo also at Amazon.com for $20.99.
A few days before I received my Vitamedica $92.95 and Arnica Montana Gel $10.95 from Makemeheal.com
Today I got an email from Aparta Hotel Plaza del Sol - Nelcy Rodriguez the Manager confirming our stay for a total of $414.00 split between me and my daughter in law ($207 each). I need to cancel Hotel Barcelo as soon as possible.
I think I am done with my supplies for surgery. I will post next the entire information of costs.
Still waiting to receive items from CHINA...
Why did I went sooo far to get things... LOL
These things are coming from China and are taking a little bit more than what I expected.
1. Boppy pillow - $5.98 ordered from ebay.
2. Maxi dresses - ordered 6 on www.sammydresses.com
Even though sammy dresses.com say that they will be shipping your order within 24 hours... ladies plan ahead, because I made my ordered on May 17th and I logged in to check the order and they are still processing and they have not shipped yet. Hopefully I will get the maxi dresses before I leave.. :(
One thing I would say.. they are soo cute.. take a look...
Boppy Pillow from China NOT GOOD
Ok ladies, so I read from another lady here about ordering the Boppy Pillow on ebay, and I ordered it as well. I received my Boppy Pillow yesterday and I need to share with you ladies DO NOT ORDER THIS ITEM from EBAY... $5.98 is a boppy pillow for a barbie or a cat. :(
4 WEEKS AND 4 DAYS
OMG!!! 4 Weeks and 4 Days to go.. I know it will fly from this point forward. Yay! Cant wait.
Newspapers in Santo Domingo
Ladies there are many newspapers in Santo Domingo that gives you information of what is going on these days over there. I know they are in Spanish, but you can at least get it translated. Do your research and find out what is going on before you get there just in case you are aware of any situation that migh affect you. Remember we will be getting surgery and staying there for recoverying. As of today 6/5/13 there is the H1N1 Virus situation there, but the Department of Health said that is under control.
All My Supplies
Here is a picture of all my supplies fitting inside the suitcase. I will need another small carry-on for clothes.
Ok. So here are a few wish pics.
JUVEN by Abbott
Support Tissue Building
Take a Powerful Step With Nutrition
Healing from an injury or surgery is complex; many factors, including nutritional status, can affect outcomes. A balanced diet is essential for building tissue, but sometimes more is needed. This is when Juven can help.
3 Powerful Ingredients
Juven is a unique blend of 3 key ingredients: ReVigor (a source of HMB) and the conditionally-essential amino acids arginine, and glutamine. These ingredients help build lean body mass to support healing.
Support Protein Synthesis
Juven has been clinically shown to improve hydroxyproline, a marker of collagen synthesis.* Collagen is a building block of new tissue to help repair the skin after injury and surgery.
Lay a Strong Foundation for Tissue Building
•Juven is a light, refreshing drink mix clinically shown to support building tissue
•Juven has a unique blend of ingredients to support lean body mass to support recovery
ReVigor (Source of HMB) helps produce new tissue by slowing muscle breakdown and enhancing protein synthesis
Arginine - is an amino acid that supports blood flow and is a building block for proteins, which can contribute to healing
Glutamine - an amino acid that plays a role in collagen production. Collagen is a building block of new tissue to help repair the skin after injury and surgery.
If you have had surgery or have a wound, Juven may be able to help. Unintentional loss of lean body mass is associated with delayed healing and recovery. Lean body mass is important for healing. Nutrition plays an important role in the maintenance of lean body mass and the healing process.
Just two packets of Juven each day provide the therapeutic nutrition to support building tissue. You can simply mix Juven with water, or mix it with your favorite foods and beverages.
Surgical Incisions and Other Skin Injuries
Take a Powerful Step With Nutrition
When you lose weight, your body breaks down muscle to use as energy. Even a small amount of muscle lost can damage your body’s ability to heal.
Another important aspect of healing is your body’s ability to form collagen. Collagen is a major component of skin and other tissue. It’s an essential part of your body’s tissue repair process, including wound closure.
Juven is clinically shown to improve hydroxyproline, a marker of collagen synthesis*.2
Use Juven under medical supervision as part of a complete and balanced diet
*In a study of healthy, older adults; Williams et al 2002.
1May 2002, Clark 2000, Williams 2002.
2Williams JZ, Abumrad N, Barbul A: Effect of a specialized amino acid mixture on human collagen deposition. Ann Surg 2002;236:369-375.
28 Days to New Me.... Yay!!!!!!!
I cant believe in 28 days I will be transformed into the new me!
Seeing my doctor tomorrow for clearance
So tomorrow I will be seeing my primary doctor for surgery clearance. Hopefully he will not give me a fuss about the surgery. I love him dearly, he is a great doctor, but I also know that as soon as I tell him I am getting surgery out of the country he is going to give me a look like if I am crazy and he will start talking about my weight. I just can see his face right now, turning his eyes thinking I am insane. When I made the appointment to see him, his assistant asked me for Yily's email to see what tests and meds she was refering too.
I know many ladies here went through this process already, so lets see how mine goes tomorrow. Will keep you posted. I was trying to be closed to the 200 pounds by the time I see him, because I didnt want him to start talking about it, but I am not. So I will take what ever he says and deal with it, but he certainly wont talk me out of my decision of doing this.
Wish me luck ladies.
26 days to go.. ufff....
All Cleared to Go...Yay!
So I went to see my doctor today for an entire check up and for me to give the ok for surgery. In the first place, as I kind of figured he was asking too many questions and so his assistant. As a matter of fact, his nurse told me that she was thinking herself in getting some work done and that it is a shame so many people are going outside the US to get surgeries done because our doctors here charge so much for procedures and other countries are cheaper. She was saying that doctors here should be competitive and that will keep all the labor and business in house. I kind of agree when it comes to the economy and business, but I also know that the contouring from Yily and other doctors in DR is out of the question here. MY HUMBLE OPINION.
Anyways, so he told me to take care of myself, didnt include Heparin on my prescription, I didnt ask or insisted, I already knew was an issue based on other ladies' experiences. He told me to come and see him after surgery cause he wanted to see how "sexy" I would look. He is funny. All the tests, xrays and EKG was good and tomorrow I will get the results of the blood work. I am more interested in the hemoglobin based on Yily's emphasis and requirements, but 3 months ago I did some labs and my hemoglobin was 12.2 without taking vitamins or iron. So I know I will be fine on that part as well.
Will post an update tomorrow after getting the labs results to confirm.
Labs Results came Good.
Labs results came normaleeeee, good, with hemo of 12.4, honestly I was expecting a little higher, but I am satisfied and happy to meet that requirement. Yay. 23 days to go.....
Where is my Passport... Geez
That is the only thing I am Missing..... Grrrrrrrr
Passport is finally here
Ok, ladies, so my passport made it home. I was very happy to finally have it on my hands.
18 Days to go!!!
Geezzz it is getting closer and closer. At times I feel happy about my decision, but there are mixed emotions and at other times I feel stressed, excited and a little bit scared. I know all this is normal.
OMG!!! 2 Weeks... only!!!!
This is sooo interesting. I dont have mixed emotions anymore, I guess I was stressing out because of all the crazy things I was reading here, but I guess not everybody will be happy with their results and there are times where complications occur. So leaving that on the side... Here I am trying to concentrate on the budget at work but I cant because the only thing I am thinking is when I get there.
I am also trying to help a RS-friend to get a nice recovery house, so she can have a peace of mind. I know how stressfull it is when at the last minute you have to make some changes. Hang in there, sweetie, everything will work out for the good.
Preparing for Plastic Surgery
Ok. I found this article in the website of a doctor and I really like it, so I decided to put here for the benefit of anybody interested in not feeling soooo lost and to learn what exactly to do and what measures to take before surgery... I have a saying.. I rather prefer to be SAFE than SORRY.... OK.. SO here we go... Preparing for Plastic Surgery by Dra. JoAnn Lopes:
Stop smoking! Smoking can interfere with healing by constricting and decreasing blood flow all over the body which may prevent the wound from healing properly. Do not resume smoking after surgery until you are given permission by your doctor.
IMPORTANT: Smoking causes severe complications!
There should be no alcohol consumption for a minimum of 2-3 weeks prior to your procedure. Alcohol causes increased bleeding, increases the chances of infection, depresses immune functions and may interfere with wound healing.
Make a list of all medications! (Over-the-counter and prescribed)
Check your refrigerator!
It is important that you maintain a healthy diet including many fruits and vegetables. However, there are certain foods which naturally contain salicylates, which affect the blood, and should be kept to a minimum for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Cutting down on these foods will help reduce bruising after surgery. Now is the time to clean out your refrigerator and adjust your shopping lists for the weeks ahead.
Foods containing salicylates that should be kept to a minimum for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery:
Almonds, Cherries, Grapefruit, Limes, Peaches, Raisins, Apricots, Cucumber, Grapes, Nectarines, Plums, Tomatoes, Berries (all), Currants, Lemons, Oranges, Prunes, and Vinegar. (GEEZZZZ I didnt know all this and I've been hooked up eating protein bars from Zone full of almonds and for lunch I've been eating cucumbers and tomatoes, and for snacks plumbs..)
Two Weeks Before Surgery
Stop 2 weeks BEFORE until 2 weeks AFTER surgery:
• All Aspirin and Ibuprofen products.
• All anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis. (Please consult your physician prior to discontinuing).
• All anti-coagulants
• Vitamin E taken internally
• If a medication is in question, call your doctor.
THESE PRODUCTS MAY CAUSE EXCESSIVE BLEEDING!
START 2 weeks BEFORE until 2 weeks AFTER surgery (Strongly Recommended)
• Take a Multivitamin tablet daily. Most multivitamins contain some form of vitamin E, however this is acceptable to take prior to surgery. We do ask that you refrain from taking additional vitamin E.
• Take Vitamin A - 8,000-10,000 units, twice a day. This has well-documented beneficial effects on surgical healing and will also fuel your immune system.
• Take Vitamin C - 1,000 mg., twice a day. This is essential for collagen synthesis, which is part of normal wound healing. Your need for Vitamin C will increase after surgery.
• Take Bromelain - 1,000 mg., twice a day. (Pineapple enzyme - from a health food store) This helps to relieve the swelling associated with surgery.
For Liposuction patients only:
• Begin taking Slow Fe (non-prescription iron supplement) once daily.
One Week Before Surgery
BEGIN A LOW SODIUM DIET: (1 week BEFORE until 2 weeks AFTER procedure):
Limit sodium intake to 1200-1500 mg. daily. Limiting sodium will help you have less swelling and discomfort and allow you to heal faster after surgery.
GET PROPER NUTRITION AND REST: (1 week BEFORE until 2 weeks AFTER procedure):
• Avoid white carbohydrates such as bread, bagels, rice, potatoes, pasta and sweets.
• Eat healthy, regular meals.
• Eat 2 fruits and 3 green vegetables daily.
• Eat a small amount of protein at each meal.
IMPORTANT! Your diet can aid healing remarkably and reduce swelling and pain!
GET ALL PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED.
BUY SURGICAL GARMENT (if instructed to do so by your doctor):
FOR FACIAL SURGERY:
• You may have your hair colored, permed, etc. during the week before surgery.
• Remember that longer hair may be useful in covering the surgical sites during early healing.
3 Days Before Surgery
• Wash the operative area with your normal soap or cleanser once daily for three days prior to surgery.
FOR FACIAL SURGERY: Be sure to wash thoroughly behind the ears for three days.
FOR BREAST SURGERY: Do not shave under arms for 3 days prior to surgery as it may increase your chance of infection.
2 Days Before Surgery
YOU MAY BEGIN TAKING ARNICA MONTANA
• Take every 8 hours as directed and continue for 10 days.
• Continue taking Bromelain as directed every 12 hours between meals. This anti-inflammatory promotes healing. As an alternative, eat fresh pineapple. (I am taking Vitamedica, so I will follow as prescribed in the bottles, but basically,I think is quite the same, cant remember).
The Night Before Surgery
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! If you are having I.V. Sedation or General Anesthesia:
NOTHING to eat or drink after 12 Midnight the night prior to your procedure.
The Day of Surgery
• You may brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash. Do not swallow any liquids.
• Do not use breath mints or chewing gum.
• Do not apply makeup, deodorant, lotions, fingernail polish, hairpins or moisturizer.
• Do not wear jewelry or valuables.
• Do not wear contacts. Bring a case for glasses.
• Wear loose-fitting clothing: a button up front shirt, elastic waist pants and slip-on shoes. No jeans or jumpsuits.
After Surgery - Me saying... not article..
Your doctor should tell you what to do... follow all instructions properly to avoid any complications.. Here is when you really start working hard to heal accordingly, safely. It will all depend on you.... Good luck!!!
I will be posting pre-op pictures right before I leave for DR. I decided to wait until the last minute because I am still trying to lose a few pounds. This will give you all interested a good comparison on pre and post op.... Take care chulas..
Supplements to discontinue before and after sugery
Article from: VitaMedica Corporation
Nowadays, many patients are taking nutritional supplements in increasing amounts. While generally beneficial and safe, their use around the time of surgery may not be desirable. Certain nutritional supplements may cause adverse reactions during or after surgery, including: prolonged bleeding, interference with anesthesia, cardiovascular disturbances, and interactions with prescription drugs. To ensure surgical safety, please discontinue the use of the following nutritional supplements, two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks after surgery:
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Contains compounds called anthocyanosides, and flavonoid compounds that strengthen blood vessels, improve circulation and can be useful in treating eye disorders. Bilberry can affect blood cells called platelets and may increase bleeding.
Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens)
Also known as red pepper, cayenne lowers levels of cholesterol in the blood, which can help to lower blood pressure. Cayenne may affect platelets and an overdose can cause a significant drop in body temperature.
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)
An all-purpose women’s herb used to provide energy and regulate female hormones. An active constituent in Dong Quai is a coumarin-like compound, which may increase existing anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications.
Echinacea (Echinacea augustfolia)
Used to boost the immune system and for infections of the respiratory tract. Echinacea may negatively affect the liver when general anesthetics or certain other medications are used.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
From the Latin word, febrifuge, which means feverreducing, the herb is used mainly to treat migraine headaches. Feverfew may increase bleeding, especially in patients taking certain blood-thinning medications.
The Omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil are beneficial for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reducing the risk of heart disease. Fish Oil has blood-thinning properties which can be problematic during surgery.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Used therapeutically to prevent and treat atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and elevated cholesterol. Garlic may augment the effects of bloodthinners like Coumadin® (wafarin) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Stimulates the digestive system and helps relieve motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. Use of ginger may alter bleeding time and interfere with cardiac and anticoagulant medications.
Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo biloba)
One of the oldest living tree species and one of the best researched herbal medicines. Ginkgo biloba improves
blood circulation by strengthening the vascular system and inhibiting platelet aggregation. Ginkgo is also
used to help prevent mental deterioration in the elderly. Ginkgo has significant blood-thinning activity which is three times stronger than Vitamin E.
Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium/Panax ginseng)
Ginseng is a so-called adaptogen (increases physiological resistance to stress) and an antioxidant. Commonly taken to enhance physical and cognitive performance. Ginseng acts as an anticoagulant and may interact with cardiac, high-blood pressure medications and blood-glucose lowering medications.
Hawthorne (Crataegus laevigata)
Hawthorne is used for deteriorating heart function and may be helpful for angina, arteriosclerosis and some mild types of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Hawthorne can enhance the effects of the heart medication digitalis (Lanoxin or Digoxin).
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)
Kava root preparations reduce stress-related anxiety and the effects of anxiety disorders. Kava kava may potentiate the effects of medications including: barbiturates, alcohol, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and general anesthetics.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Traditionally used for coughs and as a soothing remedy for the skin. Glycyrrhizic acid in real licorice may cause high blood pressure, lower potassium levels in the blood and enhance tissue swelling (edema).
Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica)
More widely known as ephedra, the herb was found in weight loss and energy supplements until it was banned by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003. Although some products have substituted ephedra with bitter orange, both herbs have similar effects on the cardiovascular system including hypertension, rapid heart rate, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle inflammation) and abnormal heart rhythm.
A hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland located in the brain. Since melatonin controls the body’s sleepwake cycle, it is often used to counteract sleeplessness and jet lag. Melatonin may potentiate the central nervous system effects of barbiturate drugs (produce relaxation and sleep) and general anesthetics.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
An herb that is a rich source of isoflavones and used to treat a number of conditions associated with menopause. An active constituent in Red Clover includes coumarin derivatives, which may potentiate existing anticoagulant medications.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
An herbal medicine used to treat mild to moderate depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Since St. John’s Wort works like the antidepressants called monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, it may interact with these drugs. In addition, many other drug interactions have been reported with St. John’s Wort.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Valerian eases insomnia, stress-related anxiety and nervous restlessness. Valerian is a sedative herb and may increase the effects of other anti-anxiety medications or prescription painkillers.
Vitamin E is fat-soluble vitamin that is a strong antioxidant and may protect cells from free-radical damage. This nutrient may play a role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and other aging-related degenerative disorders. Vitamin E also has anti-clotting activity that can prolong bleeding time during surgery.
Yohimbe (Corynanthe yohimbe)
As a natural “Viagra®”, yohimbe is touted as a sexual stimulant and as a potential treatment for male impotence. Yohimbe can raise the heart rate and blood pressure, and increase the potency of anesthetics.
CIPLA opens tomorrow!!
My RS sister Fix my azz told me that she talked to Yily and Yily told her that CIPLA opens back tomorrow. This certainly means that Teresa and Yira will be reachable now.. LOL.
Roll for BBL
I found this picture in one of our RS sisters and I think it is a great idea and wanted to share. I think that even a roll neck pillow can be used for this as well.
Ohh Wow 8 days to go..
Ohh well.. so last night was my final and I was so tired that I know I didnt do as good as I expected, but whatever... I was soooo happy to be done and finished, at least for a month, which is good because I dont have to worry about homework and papers while recoverying. So it is going to be a good time off (not soo good with pain), but you ladies know what I mean. So now that I dont have to worry about studying, tests and papers to turn in.. I might start feeling a little bit anxious and nervous.. lets. see.. until next ladies.. xoxoxoxox
Last Weekend carrying this extra skin and big belly...
Soo this is my last weekend before my sx, and my 7 yr old daugther is spending it with her daddy. In other words I can do certain things by myself, so I decided Friday to go to the movies and watched world war Z with Bratt Pitt, it was good, but just more than the same as walking dead... Lol.
I love theme parks so today I went to Universal in Orlando and did the new ride Transformers twice as single rider, it is very nice.. I liked it, then i did the mummy, and rock it, which was the first time for me too. this ride was too wild for me and the machine even takes a video of you riding, which is very funny. Then I went to Island of Adventure and did the Harry Porter ride.
Tomorrow will clean and organize my room so when I come back from sx everything is in order.
Sooo ladies 5 days to go... Its getting closer and closer... Yay! Excited and relaxed...not stressed at all.
PACKING - UNPACKING - PACKING AGAIN - TOO MUCH OF A DILEMA
Ok.. ladies, I am not sure how many of you pack and unpacked, and packed again over and over again.. I know my RS sister Fix My Azz does it all the time.. actually I got the idea from her.. hahahahahahaha. Anyways, this is not the first time I travel, of course not, but this is certainly the first time that I packed all my things, unpacked everything and packed again and still not fully satisfied. Bought one luggage, then I decided to buy a bigger one, because things were not fitting. Now that I have a bigger luggage, I decided to get medium bags for storage, those that you suck the air with a vacuum, and still I am not satisfied and still my things do not fit and I am not comfortable with anything inside my luggage and bag. By the way, I was bringing a carryon with me(roll on), I decided to just bring a bag, because my luggage is so big that I wont be able to pull both roll on luggages.
On the other hand, I've been wondering how in the world I will be carrying back the bag (unless after using stuff in SD the bag can fit inside luggage) with current status after surgery.
My luggage is 48.5 pounds and I am not sure if at the airport weights more than 50 and I end up paying extra for it.. who knows.. I weighted on my scale, not sure if its reliable when it comes to that. This luggage thing is really stressing me out..I cant believe it. But I guess it is better for me to stress out about luggages and fitting things, packing and unpacking, instead of stressing about the surgery.. right?
WOW.. 4 DAYS TO GO......YAY!!!!
****2 DAYS TO GO******
Excited!!! Will post before pics tonight when I get home! Stayed tuned!!!
Pre Op Pics
Ok. Ladies, so here are the post op pics.
Today is 0 day for me.. Will be jumping on the plane tonight for sx tomorrow with God on my side. But before will take my adorable daugther(7) and lovely grandaugther (3) to the movies for Despicable Me2. I love Gru... Lol
In a few hours....
I will be on my way to the airport. Everything is ready. Sent an email to Yasmin as a reminder, but she hasnt replied. I just pray she be there waiting for me when I get there. I will be traveling by myself because my DIL had to change her flight to Saturday. That is the part that stresses me out. I feel kind of naked because with her at least we would have talked and shared the experience of getting there together as planned. Still I am greatful and happy, but I cant stop feeling anxious and stressed.
On the other hand, I am heart broken to leave my little one. I know she will be fine, but it is the first time we will be apart for more than a weekend. So this is hard for her and for me as well. After we came from the movies, she has been following me everywhere, laying in my bed, and looking at me with a sad face. I had to call my son to come and rescue her and rescue me, because i dont want to see her like that. So he did his job as a big brother and played with her and made her laugh a little.
Anyways ladies... I want to thank you all for your support, your prayers, your good wishes and your great thoughts for a great, sucessful surgery, for wishing me a safe trip and fast recovery.
I will do my best to keep you all posted as soon as I am able to.
Made it to SD
5 Jul 2013
Day of treatment
I finally made it to SD. Already up and in a few minutes will be heading to CIPLA with Yasmin.
My journey is very important to me. It was a hard decision to make but it was my decision and it is my experience. Do not spoil this moment for me. If you dont have anything good to say... Please dont say it. Thanks.
Hey ladies, sorry about the delay. Hands swollen cant hardly hold the ipad. Yily did awesome even though she couldnt do everything like my chin and arms. I will give a full update later when I feel better much better. A nurse at CIPLA took a picture will try to upload in a few. Hugs and kisses, and thanks for the prayers you guys are awesome support.
Geeezzz i just got my first massage and let me tell you the difference is from earth to heaven. My body feels extremely different, stronger and more comfortable. I almost dont get any because I didnt want to take my faja off, but I am so glad I did because I feel the difference.
Tropical Storm Chantal...
Seriously? This is not good at all. Geeezzzzz
1st Post Op Check Up
First check up with Dra. Ana Cedeno was good. My tummy tuck and belly button scars were god and dried. Healing good. She didnt remove my drains and gave me a follow up for Friday. While waiting for her to see me, there was this lady that was getting her sx in a few hours. She was sooo happy and excited, I guess the same way I was, without having the slighest idea of what is coming next. To certain extent, i felt sorry for her.
Centro de Masajes Ramon - massages
Ramon was my massause therapist and he is awesome. My bruissing on my back was gone in no time. Here is a pic of him giving back massage on my DIL. His information in case anyone is interested in calling him is 809663-2733.
Yily is preggo..
Dra. Yily is 5 months preggo and as per Samira, she will be working until the third week of November and returning after January 3, 2014. I heard she is having a boy and her hubby is very happy.
Missing in Action...Sooo Soooorryyyyy
Ladies, today is one month post op and I know I've been missing in action and I do apologize for not being as active as I wanted to. The recovery has been kind of difficult and crazy for me. I thought it was going to be easier, but I was so wrong. I returned to work on the 29th of July and I wasnt able to work more than 5 hours a day because by noon my body was telling me that I needed to go back to bed and rest. I cant stand the stiffness and the swollen. Still I love my results so far. Will try to post some pictures tonight when I get home. Between work, school and this swollen body and stiffness I havent got a chance to take pics to show..
Pics as promised...one month post op
Ok ladies my 7 year old daugther took most of these so just bare with us... Lol
SURGERY DAY - PART ONE
One month POST OP……Ok ladies, first and foremost I want to make sure everybody understands that this is my personal experience as Yily’s patient while in Dominican Republic, not anybody else’s.
I made it to DR around 12:30AM on July 5th. Yasmin was waiting for me at the airport. When she saw me she knew it was me. She took me to her place and told me to be ready by 6:30AM. I tried to organize everything I could think of to make sure things were handy for me after surgery. I prepared and bagged all the gifts I bought and left them ready. Took a very long shower and around 4:30AM decided to lay down for a bit. At 6:30AM Yasmin came to my room and I was ready waiting. She took me to CIPLA and as soon as we made it there I noticed the lobby was full of ladies waiting. I wanted to stop and look for the ladies that I knew were having sx the same day as me, but Yasmin told me to follow her straight upstairs (can’t remember which floor that was, maybe 4th, but can’t remember). There were nurses and Yasmin immediately told her I was Yily’s patient, she told them I knew Spanish and she said something else to the nurses and automatically they started filling all paperwork and Yasmin said goodbye. They asked me a bunch of questions and for any historical condition. As soon as I said that when I was little had Asma, their eyebrows raised. Samira came and introduced herself and she took me to the lab. The nurse there was very pleasant and wore gloves all the time. As soon as she finished with me she put the needle through a machine (old) that destroyed the needle. Then I was taken to the cardiologist and everything came back normal, but he started asking me questions about my Asma and I told him that it was while I was a kid, didn’t happen often and my last attack was when I was 23 years old after giving birth to my son (I am now 46). He told me that to make sure everything was fine he was going to order a medicine before getting into surgery. I went back to the counter (nurses) and I was assigned to a big room, if I am not mistaken was 407. Few minutes later I was moved to a very small room with the excuse that the other one, which was 20 times better had the bathroom too far and it was going to be inconvenient for me after surgery, but when I came back from surgery all my things were moved into another room 411 that I was sharing with a lady named Veronica, another Yily’s patient.
Around 10AM approximately Yily, Samira and Ana walked in my room. She gave me a hug and a kiss, but she was furious (I didn’t take it personal at all). She was certainly mad and the first thing that came out of her mouth was that “You are anemic; I cannot do surgery on you, your hemoglobin is 11.4. Out of the six patients I scheduled for today, 4 are anemic and the other 3 didn’t show up, so I don’t have patients for today.” I was in shocked, first because of how mad she looked and sounded and second because I couldn’t believe that my hemoglobin was 11.4 when three months before was 12.2 and 3 weeks before when my doctor cleared me for surgery was 12.4. After that I started taking more iron with vitamin C and an iron tonic with orange juice, so I was looking forward to have it closed to 13, so I wondered for a second if the lab lady made a mistake. Then I remember my period came three days before surgery, I only last 4 days and that was the only reason I could think of. Luckily I had all my documents from my doctor and I already had given them to the nurses to put on my file. Yily told me that if it wasn’t because I had proof of my hemoglobin being 12.4 she wouldn’t believe me. I told her I had my period and then she said, “Ok, that’s what it is if you’ve been bleeding a lot.” Then she said, “let me talk to the anesthesiologist to see what he says. If he agrees with me doing the surgery I will move forward, but only if he agrees.” I said, Ok. I stayed on that tiny room picturing myself going back to Florida without a surgery, I felt very sad for a moment, but was not willing to push it. I thought, ok, maybe it was not meant to be. She then called me a few minutes later over the phone and told me that the anesthesiologist agreed to do the Lipo, TT and BBL, but not an aggressive LIPO and not the chin and arms. I said, Ok, not a problem; there was nothing else I could say. I really wanted my chin and arms badly because I thought I would look deformed, but there was nothing I could do, just go with what the anesthesiologist said, which it was better than nothing done. Samira came got the money and a very young man came to get me with the wheeled bed. I was not marked up, and my blue pill disappeared. When I asked for it, the guy who was taking me to the OR told me not to worry.
Around 10:30AM I was heading to the OR and I was the first patient of the day. Here is when the real deal begins. Inside OR there was a very cute and handsome young man half as sleep, with his head resting on top of a table, I don’t think he was more than 30 years old, the anesthesiologist who looks more convincing, experienced and mature (very sweet and adorable, by the way, he took great care of me). Something was put through my IV because I was there but not really there, then the next thing I see myself is sitting down putting my head on the young man’s chest (the one who went and got me) and that was it. Then I started hallucinating. I was seeing myself inside boxes trying to get out and more boxes were coming in with different shapes and colors, like a labyrinth. It was very crazy, but when I got out of that stage, I woke up face down on my belly getting the Lipo on my back, getting the BBL and the anesthesiologist telling whoever was doing the procedure to slow down, not to go so high on my back and caressing my face, while asking me if I was ok. I was all the time or most of the time awake, only feeling extremely thirsty, tired, and pressured with the Lipo everywhere on my back. There was one time where the pressure was so much that I kind of felt a little bit of pain under my right armpit and I started moving my left hand and hitting the table to let the anesthesiologist know how I was feeling. He said in Spanish “muchacha tu no tienes 2 tetas, tu tienes 4 tetas y te estamos sacando dos” which means, “you don’t have only two tits you have four and we are taking care of two.” But still the discomfort in that area was horrible to me – the results next to my breast, under my armpits – AWESOME!!! Very flat and not fat at all, so it was worth it the pressure and discomfort. I am extremely happy with the results on that area.
Then the next thing I feel is working on my BBL, I guess getting the fat in there. I was up most of the time, if not all of the time. I was talking to the anesthesiologist and I heard all the time what they were talking about, but I didn’t feel pain (besides my right armpit), just a lot of pressure and my body moving a lot. They were playing old Spanish music that were very familiar to me, so I started to discussing who was signing and who they were married to back in the day. At one time I heard Samira coming in and asking what they wanted to eat for lunch. (Very inappropriate because I don’t think while in surgery nobody should come in) I heard Yily answering Samira about pizza and chicken, but her voice was not coming from where I was getting my BBL done, her voice was coming for an angle far from me and my impression was that she was sitting down in a chair far away from me but I couldn’t see her because the big sheet was covering the area and I was still facing down on my belly. I am 99% convinced that she did not do my back Lipo nor my BBL.
Then I heard the anesthesiologist saying to hurry up and they were getting ready to turn me face up and put me on my back to start working on my tummy tuck. At this point is when I see Yily over the sheets and that is when I tell her to make sure I am her masterpiece (in English) and she said, what is masterpiece in Spanish?” but I couldn’t remember how to say it in Spanish and I went out. Then I woke up again and I told her, please make sure my scar is very very low (in Spanish) and she looked at me over the sheets and say, “yes, it is very very low do not worry, you look fabulous and your results after three months are going to be amazing.” She said in Spanish, so I felt relieved. Then she tells the anesthesiologist to look at my face that I was turning extremely red and I told her not to worry because I had rosacea and my red face was normal. Then the anesthesiologists started to tell her and whoever was with her to hurry up and close me out and finished with me that he didn’t want me any longer there under anesthesia. He was rushing them and at the same time he was caressing my face and asking me how I was feeling. Then when Yily finished, she looked at me over the sheet and said that she was done that it was a great job and she left the OR, then whoever was with her started to put the horrible heavy tape all over my torso. They moved me into the wheeled bed and before they were taking me out of the OR the anesthesiologist told me that he was going to come and see me the next day in the morning to make sure I was fine. I told me him “ok, thank you” and as soon as they started moving the bed around I started getting the sensation that I was going to throw up, so I started telling the nurse that was walking next to me in the bed that I was going to throw up, so she got a chux and put it next to my mouth and asked me to throw up there. I threw up a lot of green fluids and even though she tried to hold it all up in one area of the chux, it went out and got into my hair, neck and back. Yes ladies, I stayed with my hair stinky of vomit for long days… until Yasmin was able to take me to the beauty salon to wash and blow dry my hair a week later.
SURGERY DAY - PART TWO
I think that I got out of OR around 12:30PM. I don’t remember for how long I slept, but I know that when I woke up the pain was excruciating. All the pain, discomfort, pressure and everything you can think of was felt under my breast and ribs, NO WHERE ELSE. Just there. Yily came to see me after I woke up (maybe some hours after sx) and I told her about the horrible pain and she told me it was normal and that my back was also going to be painful, but I never felt pain on my back like I felt it under my breast. She also told me that she didn’t give me a big butt that she just rounded the one I had, but she again told me that my results after 3 months were going to be outstanding. She sounded very convincing, so I felt at ease because my major concern was my huge saggy hanging belly. The only thing I could think of was the horrible pain I was feeling under my breasts and the heavy tape covering it. I felt so miserable, uncomfortable that at one point I felt desperate, going insane because of the pain. I was by the clock and every 4 hours I was asking the nurses for my pain medication because I didn’t want to deal with the pain at all. (Had it for the first 3 days almost nonstop) At one point someone covered the clock so I couldn’t see the time (LOL). The pain never went away 100% but after getting the medication through the IV was better to deal with and sleep for a few hours.
The next day as promised the anesthesiologist came to see me and asked me how I was feeling. I told him that I was doing fine. He wished me luck and left. Then the nurses came to remove the heavy tape, clean my bed, clean me up a little and to put my faja, which they only had large. When they fixed the bed I noticed that they put sheets cleaned but with blood spots in a few areas. I told them, “you better go back and change that bed again because I am not going to lay there. Those sheets are dirty with blood”, so they went and changed it without saying a word. Few hours later Yily and Theresa came to see me, thanked me for the gifts I brought them and then she asked me to translate a few things to the lady that was sharing the room with me because she didn’t know Spanish and after that they left. That was the last time I saw Yily.
When they removed the tape I was able to ask one of the nurses to take a picture so I could see my body and it look great at the moment but extremely swollen. Perfect belly button and very low cut, and I was amazed. They put me on the faja and I asked again to take a picture of that too. Hours later I was getting picked up by Yasmin’s stepfather and I was taken out of CIPLA in a wheelchair. (Thank God). Seriously hated CIPLA 110% (review on that later).
Overall, after one month post op I am very happy with my results besides the discomfort, stiffness, and swelling. Yily and her assistant (whoever did part of the work) did an amazing job on me and I am very happy so far. Everybody who has seeing a picture of my body (without face) cannot believe that it is me.
Yasmin Recovery House
Yasmin, Noris and Juanita – Amazing family. They are all extremely humble, caring and they take good care of you. A nurse came twice a day included in your price and they have the option of a massage person (they have two). Noris makes all the meals and they are all great, taste good and very satisfying. There is not one bit of anything that I couldn’t complain about besides not getting used to the beds (at home mine is extremely comfortable), so we had to buy pillows in order to be able to sleep ok. They changed beds every two days and cleaned the room almost every day. They have the option of having Juanita (Yasmin sister/aunt) staying with you the night after your surgery for $35.00 US dollars and that was the best thing I could have done. She took great care of me and made sure at all times I was covered and well taken care of. If it wasn’t because of her, I don’t think that the nurses would have come in the room at all. There were times I saw them opening the door, picking and closing it. My meal was placed very far from me and when Juanita came she asked if it was okay for me to eat and they said, of course, she can eat, but the poor broth was ice cold, so Juanita told them that they needed to heat it up for me and she fed me. As soon as they found out that Juanita was staying with me, forget it, they were MIA. God bless her everywhere she is, because she did great with me and with my DIL too.
2 months post op
This past Thursday the 5th was my 2nd month post op. It has been very difficult for me, mostly when at my 2nd month that you are supposed to be feeling a lot better, I found that my scar or one of the stiches got infected and a lot of pus was coming out of it. This recovery has been a struggle for me. Still the part of my skin that was teared off with the surgical tape is healing, but not totally healed. Now this pus (infection) really freaked me out, but I started taking antibiotics again, and as of this morning seems pretty good, no more redness around the scar.
Referred to a Surgeon
11 Sep 2013
2 months post
Ok.. so yesterday I went to see my doctor because I was running out of antibiotis. While at Dominican Republic, Anna gave me a prescription of antibiotics to take in case the spot that was pulled off with the surgical tape got infected and for precautions. I had a few pills left from there and I started taking them again when I saw this pus comming out of my wound last Friday. So I decided to go… Show more to my primary doctor just to get a new prescription of antibiotics and for him to take a look at the spot that has pus.. He was sooooo, I dont know what word to use, but he just told me that he was sending me to a surgeon immediately because my wound needed to be opened again to see what it is inside, he thinks I am full of pus with the infection. I told him that I was so surprised because I am 2 months post op and my wound was healed besides the spot where there was not skin. He told me that the spot (from the surgical tape) was good and healing great that he was not worried about that (hell, of course Ive been dealing with that for 2 months now), he told me that he was worried about the pus. So today I will be seeing a surgeon to determine if they have to open my wound again. Ladies, please pray for me that it does not have to go that far.. I cant seriously afford to be back at the hospital, miss work and my little one..ohh geezzzz.
I dont understand why he thinks they need to open my wound again, the area is not red anymore, it is not hurting, there is not a lot of pus coming out, and the hard part that he calls absess is smaller than yesterday.. so I think he is jumping to conclusions.. lets hope..!!!!! I will keep you posted..
SURGEON SAID NO NEED TO OPEN WOUND.. YAY!!!!
11 Sep 2013
2 months post
Ok. So you guys know that between yesterday and this morning I was a nervous wreck because I panicked when my PCP told me that he was sending to a surgeon because I had an absess and the wound needed to be opened. Guess the news!!!! The surgeon said NOOOOO need for that.. He explained a lot of things to me.. but one thing he did told me.. HE SAID: YOUR SCAR AND THE JOB THEY DID TO YOU IS GREAT JOB.. hahahahahahaha I know Yily and her assistant did a great job to me, I see it everyday, the bumps in the road with the recovery are the ones that have been a biatch to me... but I am happy and glad that there is no need to open the wound. Thanks God and Thank you all RS sistas.. that are there for me giving me support all the time.
So he explained to me the process of the tummy tuck and how the skin and tissue are pulled together and he told me that when it is muscle, the healing is different and faster, but he said that when it is a TT the healing inside is totally and completely slowwwwwwwwww and I have to take my time to heal. He said, not because you feel good and strong means that you can do a lot of things because inside is not totally and completely heal... so ladies.. learn this lesson.. :)
He told me that what he thinks it might happened was either of two things: 1. one of the stiches got infected inside and that is why the pus, or 2. he said that maybe I had fluids inside and they made their way out of my body. He said that at this stage, 2 months post op, it is kind of normal for things like this to happen. He said it does not have anything to do with cleaning the area, or the surgery itself. He insisted that everything was good and normal, but he said that if by any chance it gets worst and pus start coming out from another area or my skin gets red and I get fever that I need to call him immediately. He also told me that it is going to take like 2 weeks for this little infection and pus to clear up, and he said to keep on taking the antibiotics.
So Thank GOD and all of you for your good thoughts and prayers. Love you sistas...!!!!XOXO
Almost 3 months and almos healed
19 Sep 2013
2 months post
Ok. ladies this has been a struggle, but everything is healing good now and I am getting closer to my 3 month mark. Here are some pics of the wound and how ugly it was and other pics of how my body is looking, the sweeling and nice shape.. LOL.
19 Sep 2013
2 months post
Today 10/5/13 - 3 Months PO
Today is my 3 month post op and I will say that I am feeling much better. The scar is almost healed, the big hole I had it is closed and the leaking that I was having it is almost gone. What it is not completely and totally gone is the swelling, but I love my results and I am very happy. I have not been very active on the site and I wont be as much, very busy with college (Master's Degree) and other things that are keeping me very busy like Salsa Classes and dating. LOL.. yeahh girls.. dating..LOL