I'm a DURAN DOLL! - Dominican Republic, DO
I'm new RS! Hello! I am so excited that I found...
Pre Op pics
My current measurements are:
36, 33, 42
I'm hoping that my waist shrinks drastically. I've always had to go up a size because my waist was so big; I contribute that to having a short waist.
Ticket purchased! Now I need a Recovery House; any recommendations???
Recovery house decision made; leaving in 2 weeks!
I am really excited about my trip and this procedure. I pray that God will bless me and guide the surgeons hands as she does her work. I pray that God gives me peace as I travel to another country and fly in an aircraft that God has given the ability of a human being to fly. I have researched all or most Durans patients on this site and have come admire her work. My expectation is to come out on the other side happier and More confident than I am today. I'm tired of wearing spanx and butt lifter under my clothes. I've been wearing them for the past couple of months so no one other than my hubby knows. With them one he can get an idea what my body will look like in 2 weeks!
What is best Faja? Butt In or Butt Out?
****List of Supplies*****
2 robes (zip up with pockets-Walmart)
2 packs of Dog pads (14 each pack)
Pez (female urinal)
6 pack of wipes ( 40/each pack)
Alcohal pad (100/box)
Travel size tooth paste and brush
Compression socks (Walgreens -buy one get 2nd 1/2 price/ 20-30 mm/Hg compression)
Dial (antibacterial soap)
Maxi pads (2 packs / 48/each)
4 pair of socks
5 Maxi dresses
6 t-shirts (men size small with sleeve)
Protien shake bottle
Scar Away (silicone scar sheets)
Post - op vitamins (Makemeheal.com)
Steel boned corset (Orchardcorset.com-great buys under $100)
Yoga pants (2 pair)
Tampons (Ms. Red will be arriving on 1/23- I have to be prepared).
Flip flops (2 pair)
I bottle of alcohol
Tylonel PM ( to help me sleep)
MOM (Milk of Magnesia)
7 pair of underwear
Cotton swabs and balls
2 boxes of vinyl gloves (25/box)
Alcohal pads (100/box)
Just a few more days!.......I'm getting really excited!!!
13.1 Hemo levels! .......1 more day and I leave for DR!
Please pray that all goes well with me and my travels. I spoke to my roommate via the phone earlier this week and she is excited too! I pray that her procedure goes as planned. I'm up early this morning to make my last trip to Walmart. Im going to purchase some ziploc storage bags for traveling; so I can have more room in my suitcase. I'm trying to hold it together dolls, but it is soo hard, right now. I've informed my family members (kids too), They're excited and worried at the same time. I will be missed for sure. My hubby says, what am I going to do without you for 10 days?? I told him he'll be all right. I made sure that my family download "Whatsapp" and "Magicjack" I'll have to test them out before I leave. I'll be flying to Miami and going to DR. Layover is not long (45min) and trip is 5 hours total on my way there and back. I went with AA because of their reliability and I felt more secure. I'll touch basis with you tomorrow sometime. I want to enjoy some of my time with family today before I leave! Toodles......
1 Month PO....TT, BBL, and Lip! Duran Doll!
I arrived in DR at 11:30 pm. Before you land the flight attendance will give you a form to fill out, please complete before you land. Once you land and get off the plane you will have to pay for a tourist card that cost $10 (US). Then you will wait in another line, please have your passport out and handy. Then you will go to the baggage claim and retrieve you bag(s). Follow the exit and that’s where I met Betty and Cecil from Healing Haven RH. Betty had my name on a sign and she welcomed me with open arms. Cecil speaks English and was very informative! Healing Haven is very clean RH! Jules, owner, was very detailed when I spoke to her over the phone a few times; she answered all of my questions and made me feel very comfortable about staying there. She also had a real nurse, Deluz, and masseuse, Carmen, come as scheduled! They both were great, hands down! I wouldn’t ask for anyone else! Healing Haven has a separate room just for massages only. The food Betty cooked daily was great, no complaints. She really took care of me and was there every time I called on her. If I were to return to DR, Healing Haven is the place for me. Jules made sure we had no flies or bugs or anything flying in through the windows, because she put screens on all windows. Each room had Wi-Fi, cable, ceiling fan and air conditioning.
I arrived at Cipla on Monday morning at about 6:30 am; Cecil dropped me off and he is very punctual. I went to the 2nd floor where Dr. Duran’s office is located and waited about ½ hour for her. There was one other patient that beat me to the door, but that’s because I didn’t know where they were going. So I spoke to Dr. Duran and showed her the email she sent me confirming the cost of everything. Then she told me to remove my clothes and she marked me up. She said she will do her best in giving me the best body. Next door in her office was the cardiologist; EKG went well, everything was good there. Dr. Duran wanted me to get another opinion of my heart because I was over 40. I had to pay $80 for that in addition to $10 for the taxi to get there. Elizabeth made the arrangements and off I went. I gave them $100 (US) and they tried to keep my change. The receptionist informed me that my change was in the x-ray they gave me, but I opened that envelope before I left and had to go in and get my $20!!! (They gave me $20 in pesos, of course).
I arrived at the Cipla again so that Dr. Duran can see the x-ray of my lungs and heart; everything was good! I still had to go do the blood work, although I brought in my results from Quest Diagnostics 2 weeks before. Off I went to the 4th floor with my suit case and all! Elizabeth came to the room and that’s where I paid for my procedure. She wanted paperwork to show the $250 deposit was made and I informed her that it was confirmed already when my appointment was made. Please note: Be sure you have something to show for it. All I had was the email from my financial institution to show her. Anyway, she also asked for an addition $150 for the 2nd stage faja that I will need and I let her know that I would be ordering it once I get back to the states. Elizabeth said that they made some changes last week and from now on they will be ordering the faja for you to avoid any issues in obtaining the incorrect one. As Elizabeth and I were finishing our conversation, a man came in and informed me to take the blue pill. Elizabeth took my suit case back to her office for safe keeping and she informed me that she would bring it back as soon as I was out of surgery. That’s all I remember! I didn’t wake up during surgery or anything. I did ask Jules if I could have someone in the room with me once I returned; she had Luz there waiting for me. I didn’t wake up until 11 pm! I was out of surgery at 4 pm! I was sleeping like a baby, flat on my back! I looked around for my suit case and it wasn’t there! I didn’t have anything! So found myself trying to look at my results but they laid me straight on my back with my TT! I should have been at an angle, but after awhile with the nurses checking on me, they raised the bed as it should have been. I did lose blood because my sheets were soaked with it! When they changed me once and said that I would have a blood transfusion….2 pints! That cost $200 (US)! My money was going fast! Now, I did stay at Cipla overnight because of the transfusion, I couldn’t communicate with anyone because my suitcase with my phone and all was in Dr. Duran’s office. I didn’t get my suitcase until Elizabeth came with it and informed me about the blood transfusion on Tuesday morning. Once that was done I was finally able to leave Cipla that afternoon and I felt so much better. My hemo level that day was 12.4 and went down to 8.7!
Betty was so sweet and kind she helped me so much at Healing Haven! She washed my faja, cleaned my sheets, helped me to the bathroom and fed me. I had hot ginger root tea in my room every morning! I was given fresh fruit with every meal and plenty of water which was always available. Healing Haven is the best place ever! During my follow up appointments, I hear where other places were not so great. One girl said that she wished she could get some broccoli to eat. This girl was in tears and I’m not sure where she was staying but. I’m glad I didn’t stay there. I also know of someone who made reservations at another RH and they didn’t even have furniture! The owner didn’t even want to refund their money, which is a shame! Ladies, please be sure you bring extra cash with you; I spent all the extra cash I had with me, so I had to go to the ATM for more money ($150 for faja, $200 blood transfusion, $90 for cardiologist)! I already calculated the cost of meds, but not what was mentioned above! So just be prepared for the unexpected!
My overall experience to the DR was good! It was very painful and uncomfortable in the first week. I was so glad to get my drains removed after 5 days. Unfortunately, I was not able to wear my 2nd stage faja when I left because I was so swollen (12 lbs) of fluid! Even now I’m not able to wear it because I just think that it’s too small. Dr. Duran ordered me a medium faja, but not I’ll have to exchange it to a large. I’ll post picks of my progress soon! Dr. Duran was very professional and she speaks a little English, which was good. She understood what I wanted. After the access water and a few lbs were gone, I’m very pleased with my body now. I do remember Dr. Duran stating that fat has memory, so if you have cellulite, it will return. I see that now in my butt. I’m still happy with my results! I would like to go for a 2nd round, but my hubby doesn’t want me to;(.
Before and after!
2 month post- op pics
Here are some pics at 2 months 4 days post.
Hello RS sorry my 2 month post op pics are way over due! I love my new body it's just fabulous! My friends and enemies notice to
Dra. Duran was very professional and she speaks a little English, which was good. She understood what I wanted. She also followed up with my while I was at Cipla and showed concern for my health.