WOW.. Has it been almost 3 months already??? Goodness how time flies!
At first I was super anxious, thinking my surgery was so far out.. NOW, I'm freaking out, thinking I don't have enough time to get everything done in time :(
OK, to catch everyone up to speed. Last time I reviewed on RS (Aug 1st), I had finally heard back from Bella Vita. BTW, Jazmine is a SWEETHEART and she keeps it real! They had sent over a list of their fees with the client registration form. I promptly sent back the registration form and at the time chose to go with the standard client option for $200. I inquired in my return email of the fee changing from $150 to $200 and also stated that regardless of the fee, I wanted prompt TOP NOTCH service, as this surgery was of the utmost importance and that a healthy experience was def worth an extra few hundred dollars. Did not hear back from Bella Vita that day but the following night, I received a message from Duran on Google+ asking for me to send over my information/stats, which I had already done so (in GREAT detail) many times before. Needless to say, I heard NOTHING back. Ughhh! Try to communicate with Duran was sooo frustrating. I understand she is very busy but just respond why don't! In my opinion it very unprofessional but I guess what deference does it make if she knows that we are desperate and shes going to have clientele regardless if she pisses off a few LOL :)
Aug 4th roles around and still nothing from Duran. Later that day I received a message from Jazzelyn from Bella Vita (Jazmine's assistant). The message stated:
I was able to review the information provided on your questionnaire and based on the information I will be unable to move forward with you at the moment. Dra. Duran requires that a patients BMI be under 34 percent at the time of a quote request. Your BMI is currently 35.5 percent. Once you are able to meet the requirement, I would be more than happy to assist you.
Ahhhh my heart skipped a beat.. THANK GOODNESS I had a doctors appt earlier that day that showed that I weighed 228 not the 239 that I stated in the questionnaire ( don't ask me why I put 239... My special self must have fat fingered it..). 228 would put my BMI at 33.7, right under the radar. Therefore, I sent a message back explaining the mixup and attached a pdf of my doctors visit summary to provide proof. They next morning, I received a response from Jazmine stating:
"You are too sweet Niina! Thank you for providing me with this info. You technically are just under the 34% so we can proceed. As you know, it is still ultimately up to Dra. Duran but on my end, you do meet all expectations she has asked of me regarding the screening of clients."
Yaaasssss gurl yasss!! I was super excited! :))) She sent me over an invoice for the $200 (which I paid immediately) and I again voice my preference for prompt superior service. She responded stating that, they try their best to give good service to all of their clients regardless of their status, however as with any business in the world, Premier Members are those that they go the extra mile for. So, ultimately the decision was up to me. Of course, I immediately deposited the extra $150 ;-)
After anxiously waiting 5 days, I receive an email from Jazmine stating that she was getting ready to submit her case load to Duran and that she was working on my file and needed 3 updated pics. Hahaha I hoped up from my desk at work, called in one of co-workers (my bestie for the past 11 years) and rushed to my private bathroom and started my photo shoot. LMBO!! Mannn, I wasn't playin, I'm not good at playing the waiting game. I wanted my quote/secured date and fast! After my shoot ;) I sent the pictures right over and also requested that my date be moved up to Dec 8th instead of the 12th. The next morning, I received this email from Jazmine:
"Good morning Niina,
I was able to send your file to Dra. Duran and based on her analysis she will be unable to accept you as a client for the present time. She stated that while you do meet the BMI guidelines, your body type makes accepting this case difficult. She advised that it would be best if you can lower your BMI to at least 30% and at that time she would gladly revisit your file for another review."
OUCH!!! A swift kick to the stomach! It literally felt as though I was kicked in the stomach and the wind was knocked out of me... I started to tear :'( I had sent Duran message after message after message, waited soo long with no replies, then finally received a reply, replied back with no reply, discovered Bella Vita (paid $350!!!) and began to feel hopeful again. Waited some more, sent over updated pics, just to hear THIS?? Seriously?? I wasn't even mad. Just EXTREMELY sad and in disbelief. At a loss for words. I really wanted this, I NEEDED this... I had already previously explained that my intentions were to lose 20+ lbs. That would have put me at her 30% BMI but I guess my aspirations weren't enough.. And if I wasn't already feeling unworthy, (because all I kept hearing over and over in my head was that, you are fat, too fat to even have plastic surgery. "your body type makes accepting this case difficult". Was "my body type" one of the worst cases she had seen?) I felt even more undignified because I brought myself to beg :( stating:
"Is there anyway that she can just send me a quote and schedule me for Dec 8th 2014 and I can GUARANTEE that my BMI will be 30% or under by the time of surgery. I am willing to send her the full amount for my surgery NOW and if I am not at 30% or lower by a week before my surgery, she can keep the full amount with no refund. Or if she can just put me on the schedule, so I can book my flight and chose a recovery house and she doesn't have to give me a quote until she has proof from my doctor with pictures that my BMI is 30% or lower. I NEED this surgery."
A confirmed surgery date was my motivation to lose weight. The surgery as a whole was my motivation to the start of a new me. I lost myself after having kids and unfortunately became unrecognizable to many friends, to myself. Again, I am FAR from a vain person but I have always put everyone before myself, as I am an EXTREME giver. I am always doing for everyone and everything. Over extending myself left and right. This was just merely something that I wanted for ME. I've worked my butt off to be in the position to make it happen. I think I deserve it.
Jazmine replies stating that she will see what she can do. A few days go by with no response. I figure she has not been able to secure a quote. So, back to the drawing board I go, to research other doctors. I stumble upon Dra. Almonte. And to my pleasant surprise, her work is phenomenal! I'm surprised that I had not heard about her before. Not only is her work great but she also does her thang on plus size girls. Hecks to the yes! I send Jazmine an email thanking her for her efforts and stating that I wished to no longer pursue Duran. That I respect Duran's decision of not wanting to move forward with my case due to my body type and that although I think she is one of the best, if not the best surgeon in body transformations, I have decided to go to with surgeon that has had much success and is more comfortable in transforming women of my body type. Jazmine replies with well wishes, asks if she could be of further assistance and states that, Dra Almonte is a good choice and that she likes her and loves the post op care she provides to her patients. This was comforting to know. I continue to research Dra. Almonte a tad bit more and about a week later, I send her a request for a quote including my stats and pictures.
WOW!!! I received a response AND a quote back the same day, within hours! Now this is what I'm talkin bout! The first time was the charm. Not to mention everything was very detailed and clearly typed in ENGLISH, Yes!! No language barrier here. I received my quote from Lesley (Dra Almonte's assistant and a DARLING) for $5100 which covers, Tummy Tuck, Lipo, full back, full abdomen with muscle repair, flanks, waist, underarm & BBL. It is all-inclusive (pre-op eval and tests, post-op meds, 10 day recovery house stay, meals, 24hr nursing, transportation, 1 night at the clinic, 1 post-op garment, free of charge consultation post-op recovery) Which appears to be very similar to the other Almonte doll's quotes that I have seen on RS. I asked Lesley a few more questions and received responses back immediately. Once all questions were answered, I deposit my $350 in the B of A account the same day :)
Since then (late August), I have chatted with Lesley several times via email and whatsapp and have always received a prompt response. She is super kool, very professional and seems to want the best for their clients. And again, she speaks PERFECT English! ...In the interim, I've totally renovated my home, top to bottom, inside and out and helped deliver, ween and re-home my dogs first litter of 10 pups (can you say SUPERRRRR stressful!) as to why I haven't had a chance to really update my review. To date I've lost 13 lbs (10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse), then gained it all back plus 1 lb --Grrr SMH-- I got it back together and jumped back on the ball. I'm currently 12 lbs down (217 lbs) with preferably 17 more to go before surgery. Tomorrow I plan on starting my 10-day smoothie cleanse again then 3 weeks prior to surgery, I plan on doing my 14-day Acai Berry Cleanse, which I've had success with in the past. Then I will allow my body 1 week of rest before surgery. I'm sure I will probably find myself under 200 lbs at the end. The funny thing is that I don't look forward to being under 200 lbs, as I have before some years back and I don't like the look on me as an adult. HOWEVER, I don't like me at 220-260 either, yikes!! I've had 2 CBC's since August and both times my hemoglobin levels were over 13. Once 13.9 and the most recent 13.7. Hopefully it doesn't continue to decline with the weight loss, as my normal levels/past levels have been over 14.
I've got all my supplies except my faja. I have heard mixed reviews about getting it before surgery vs after surgery, so any dolls with any and all advice would be much appreciated. I've made arrangement for my kiddos for the 10 days that the hubby and I will be gone. Ohh and I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but my hubby is coming with. This will be and addition $55 a night for him to stay at the RH with me and includes meals and transportation to and from the airport and doctors visits. Whenever I think about leaving my babies (4, 8 and 10), I get second thoughts and homesick and I haven't even left. I have a feeling that it will get worse as the date gets closer :( If any of you dolls have experienced this, do you have any advice on how to get through it would losing it and/or slipping into a deep state of depression?? We have never left our children this long, not even with just one of us away. I think the longest was for our 5 day cruise and we were so homesick that we couldn't even enjoy the last few days of the trip. Not to mention, the horrible thoughts that pop into your mind of not returning home to them, Ughhh, Stop it already! Thank goodness my family is being VERY supportive with my decision and my mother and sister will be looking after my little monkeys while we are gone, so at least I know they will be safe and happy until we return.
I'm trying to make sure I cover everything with this update.. Feels like I'm writing a novel :D
We'll,,, I've reached my 'writers block' moment and I can't think of anything else at the moment to write. Getting late and I'm tired. Hope I was detailed enough. Nite Nite