Sorry for the delay. I thought I had updated when...
Sorry for the delay. I thought I had updated when I was in the recovery house; not sure if it was the realself website or my internet connection.
When I had landed last Thursday 3/21, I was greeted by a man who was holding a sign with my name on it. He was very polite and offered to help with my carry on bag. He drove me straight to the clinic. The driver who picks you up will more than likely be your same driver who will drive back and forth to your appointments and your recovery house.
At the clinic, I met with Laura. She very approachable and is willing to answer all your questions. You will be given a disclosure form about the your procedure and the risks. You will be offered an insurance plan for $150.00 that will cover most of what is written on the disclosure form. However, it is only valid for 30 days of the start date of your procedure and it will only cover costs up to $15,000.00.
Once the paperwork is filled out. I met Dr. Walkiris Robles. She likes to hear what it is you would like and will explain to you what she thinks is realistically possible. She would love for you to look beautiful without risking your life. Once we came to an agreement she took pictures for her files.
From here I went to get my physical done. At this point, I'm starving because I just had a 4 hour flight. so please bring snacks with you. I didn't realize I was in a foreign country until I saw their medical equipment.
Their x-rays machine is outdated and they wrote their information with a type writer. Their EKG machine looks like their going to car jump you. However, none of this process hurts. They do take out blood and the majority of the staff rarely use gloves.
From the clinic, it was time to go back to a recovery house. However from recent blogs. Laura stop using the recovery house that had a bad reputation. so I along with another friend didn't have a house. Therefore Laura did accommodate us at a non luxurious but humble hotel.
The following morning was the procedure. I went back to the clinic. Filled out some more forms. I was asked to dress in a gown. I was given a blue pill and was told it would make me sleepy. I walked into the operating room. Here I noticed several patient being operated on. There was a significant distance between myself and those being operate on. However, you are not in a separate room while being operated on. Here I was given a hemp lock with some type of anesthesia and was out. I never woke up during the procedure.
I spent the night at the clinic. I was able to receive my husband's phone calls from my room. The next day, I went to a recovery house under Virginia's care.
There were 6 other girls. We all got along well with one another. Everyone respected each others spaces and privacy. We were given three meals a day and if requested snacks in between meals.Virginia is very vigilant. She ensures your drinking enough water, gives you your medications, and watches your postures. She is an excellent care giver and her patience is as good as an angel sent from heaven.
I did see Dr. Robles 3 days after my procedure and returned home after 5 days, I did leave earlier than the Dr. would have liked but I have so many obligations and she understood. Although now that Im home; I wish I was back at Virginia house lol.
I will honestly tell you. I will get tested for Hep.C just because their standards for sterilization is not like what it is here in the US. However, I was aware of the risk I was taking and still decided to proceed any ways.
I am Hispanic. My Spanish is not the greatest. However, I managed and was able to communicate. So my comfort level to travel to D.R. was high.
I will post another pic for 1 month post surgery.