38 Year Old Mother with 2 Children Ready to Get Her Groove Back! - Dominican Republic, DO
Hello Real Self subscribers! I'm a 37 year old in...
More pre op photos
Tuesday Thursday full body workout flow.
Omg! Found another great Dr.
While reading feedback on my page, I started analyzing other Dr's and Dr. FG is now in the running. Yesterday he emailed me a very through consultation describing which areas he would lipo, tuck, etc... I like the fact that requires you to stay 14 days post op and has a 5 star rating on this blog. Patiently awaiting my quote.. In the meantime, still doing my cardio class and now I've started walking for 20 minutes during my lunch break. Since I intend on having my surgery now in June of 2015 my weight goal before sx is between 140 & 145 Lbs..
Drum roll please! Dr announcement in the Dominican Republic!!!
Dr. Robles Response
What a waste of paper!
Won't he do it!
GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME!
I'm so excited to say that I got my time off cleared by both my full and part time jobs! (YES) I wasn't expecting for this to happen, especially since I just started one position. However my manager's are extremely supportive and encouraging. I have decided to stick with my original travel month of June 2015 and my original sx plans. Now I'm looking at the dates of June 1, 2015 or June 2, 2015 for surgery with Dra. Robles. I'm patiently waiting on Laura to confirm the dates of availability. Once she confirms, a deposit will be dropped! Seriously looking for a travel buddy who wants to have sx around that time. So happy that I got my quote 5 months ago and I have a little room to wiggle with since it expires in 6 months. Ladies, even if your unsure, got a lot of stuff going on, etc...GET YOUR Quotes Now!
Deposit is Finally Dropped!
Photo's don't lie!
Putting a plan together!
Over the last couple of days, I have been putting plans together for my two children when I leave out of the country on May 30, 2015. I can't believe I'm 5 months away from taking this journey! My surgery date is June 1, 2015 and I couldn't be more excited! Although I have my nervous moments, I know GOD is going to see me through this amazing experience! Amen! I just re announced to my aunt who lives near me on my plans, needless to say she isn't a happy camper on my decision, so I will not be mentioning it to her again. One of my best friends has agreed to stay at my home for 10 days to keep things in tact! I thank God for her because at this point my family is not supportive. I come from from a Baptist family in the Bible beltway of the south. Plastic surgery is very much frowned upon in the USA or anywhere else. I'm alright with not letting everyone know my business. I'm just going to plan to be extremely organized before I leave. I'm constantly reading reviews on what I should or shouldn't take with me to the Dominican Republic! The goal is to save $1500 a month and wrap 80% of my income tax refund into a CD. I feel really blessed to be in this position to have surgery that I once thought was out of my range! Continue to adore your families over this joyous holiday season!
Miami FL or Dominican Republic?
Recently I was on real self and discovered Dr.Robles had a death occur during surgery. I was saddened for the family, shocked that there isn't any form of a public statement acknowledging it, & rethinking if the DR should be my place for plastic surgery. So, I went straight to the source aka Laura. Laura confirmed it was true and that Dr. Robles did everything humanly possible to keep this young woman alive. I don't know the circumstances; however I'm doing more research than ever before and may decide to drop a deposit to Dr. Mel Ortega in the next 30 days. He has a special going on if you drop a $500 deposit by the 31st of January. His coordinator now works with a recovery house in Miami. Can you believe that there are now recovery houses for out of state patients in Miami!! Look at public forums like this make people do! I was quoted $6,700 for a mm in the USA! Sounds good right?? The only con is I really love Robles work. To me plastic surgery is an art form, either you have it or you don't! I know I have secured my slot in the Dominican Republic; however the language barrier is already starting to be an issue for me. I'm not fully ready to say yes to Miami, but it feels really good to know that I have a domestic option within range! I am going to continue going to my primary care physician and see a cardiologist before surgery and a nephrologist before surgery as well! Ladies.... Please don't go get surgery on a whim because you got a large sum of money. I watched a review on youtube on how this lady went over to the DR on a whim and had major complications after surgery. I'm still keeping my positive outlook on this experience; however I'm planning as many trips to the doctor as possible to make sure I'm at 100% before surgery!
Looking for a surgery buddy!
Counting down the days!
After seeing new pics posted by Alamonte's Greatest Creation, I'm literally like, I can't wait to see Dr. Robles on June 1, 2015 for sx! I saw my Nurse Practioner yesterday and she recommended that I see her again on May 18th before I leave to make sure i'm at 100%. Right now my weight is at 182 lbs and my BMI is 33.9... Can you say borderline!! Robles has tightened up on her operating procedures and will not operate on anyone who has a BMI over 35. I know the holidays and good loving at home will do this to you but, I'm going to get my stuff together. I have to lose at least 20 lbs and i'm really going to put in more effort into doing so over Feb, March, and April. I was told for the month of May just to maintain what ever size I am. I was 187 lbs in my previous pictures posted before the holidays.. She also told me that she couldn't clear me for this surgery, which was expected. I finally told my oldest sister who is the medical field about my trip to the DR! This was huge for me because this is the most critical sister of the clan and I was in the state of shock when she approved! My sister who works in a hospital setting was in the state of disbelief when I told her the price and what it included! She gave me her blessings as long as i'm doing my homework on who I have chosen to operate on me. I gave her Dr. Robles name and information and asked her to look her up as well. My sister also stated that I was doing a good thing for the people of the Dominican Republic by taking my American Dollars over to Country that doesn't really have a lot. I told her that I am going to box up old clothing in good condition at my house and ship it to the recovery home prior to my arrival as a form of gratitude to the workers that will be taking care of me post op. Normally I do a big purge before the holidays to Goodwill, but in 2015, I'm doing something different. I would love to give it to people that I know would really appreciate it. She agreed. Until, it gets real, I'm going to continue to stay optimistic and pray!
Flight booked going
Today i'm completely frustrated with the communication between me and Laura, aka Dr. Robles assistant in the USA. I know it's tax season and they are probably operating non stop over there in the DR; however respond to incorrect emails that you send out! I sent her my itnerary for 5/30/15 and she responded that they will be picking me up from the airport on 5/31/15????? I'm like that's a day late and a dollar short.... I immediately replied that the dates were incorrect and still no response...Got me seriously thinking about other options... I love Dr Robles work and i'm trying to be patient but i need them to respond to people who have at least dropped a deposit more frequently then they do. I'm even considering not getting as much work done at this point.. Really disturbed at this point.. I hope my outlook changes soon!
Reaching back out to Dr. Fernandez Goico immediately!
Ok....So, I finally found out that another tragedy has happened with Dr. Robles. Aftering reading a massive amount of post on her IG page from disgrunted stranded Americans due to have surgery with her this week, I have decided to reach back out to Dr. FG for his services. I know that he hasn't had as many surgeries as Robles; however his patients have nothing but nice things to say about him pre and post op. I love Robles work, but i also love my life! To have two death less than two months apart just speaks volumes to me! Either you arent doing proper assessments or someone is over working themselves and making fatal mistakes.. I can't play with my life like that! If he has my date available, I will be wiring another deposit and switching Dr's at this point. The communication with the Robles team is not up to par and i'm not even on Dominican soil yet! They have confussed my arrival date and time to pick me up from the airport and no one is responding to my emails. Any suggestions on other Dr's for a mommy makeover in Santo Domingo??
New Deposit Dropped
71 days til I arrive in the DR! A must read if you haven't dropped a deposit yet to a surgeon!!
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Eating right, Exercising & Waist Training
I've been having some what of a challenging week; all though i've been experiencing what I like to call "life", I'm always thankful for my blessings from GOD! Real talk! My only male supporter and boo decided we needed some space. I'm cool with that thought; however it hurts! Unfortunately, I don't have the time nor energy to be depressed or down about us calling our relationship a quits!! My surgery is less than 34 days away and I have to be rejoiceful for that! I've looked back to my first blog in awe of all the trials and tribulations and smile! Yes, I said smile. I feel extremely blessed to be having these procedures done period! I'm a middle class Black woman who lives in an expensive Urban area with two children that I soley provide for. (Two snaps & a neck roll) lol.. Putting up coins for this isn't easy, even when it's in a less expensive place like the Dominican Republic! Had I not been put on to Doctor's in the DR and found this blog, the surgery wouldn't be taking place! I thank GOD for you trainned doctors over there! I don't mind sharing my wealth with you at all! I'm trying really hard to lose these last 10lbs and it is turning me into the grinch who stole Xmas.( lol) I want all my procedures done at once and i'm going to get them done at once by the grace of GOD! It is amazing how i'm be creative in sneaking in mini walks & workouts while working.. I've found a Dr. Fernadez Goico chat group on FB and it's been relieving to have another outlet. I also found out that he is a third generation Doctor! So, it's in his blood to be great!!
When it rains it pours!
Today I was hit with a mandatory $1200 home improvement charge. I'm supper duper pissed because my condo association left us out in the cold on an extremely urgent matter that they knew about 12 months ago. Can you say lawsuit???? Unfortunately I will not be having all the procedures done at once. I'm still leaving on the 30th of May; however I decided to just get the breast lift & augmentation first, due to my asymmetry issues and less down time. I will most definitely be doing a round 2 in February 2016 to address my tummy. Until then, my waist shaper will do. I still have a deposit with Robles, so I intend on stopping by her place of business to see how she conducts business myself while I'm in the DR. She has been emailing me a lot, so will hear her out in person. I have already told her to push my surgery date to February 17, 2016. I doubt that I will use her services; however I won't say never since she still has coins from me. Despite all these financial setbacks, I'm still happy to be leaving in 19 days!
15 more days!
Has anyone ever did air bnb to Santo Domingo
Pushing my date back!
I just came to the realization that I'm not ready! Trying to bounce back in the short amount of time after taking a nice chunk of change is nearly impossible! GOD also showed me a sign and when He speaks, I listen! I've literally been depriving my self of sleep and everything else just to pay for 1 procedure... I'm not feeling that, so now I'm pushing my date back to any available time between July 20, 2015 through August 5, 2015. I want my mommy makeover at 1 time.. I don't intend on a round 2.. I also just looked into another Dr. If I select this Dr., I would have dropped $900 on deposits.. Sounds crazy, right!!! The plus out of this whole situation is I now have found a surgery and travel buddy. Dr. FG just informed me that he has no dates in July only early August, I even reached back out to Robles; however I still doubt I will be using her services.. #IJS.. Now I have to see about rearranging flight tickets... Smdh and canceling the leave I already submitted at my job. My boss is willing to work with me, which makes me feel a lot better!
Counting down the days!
I just had to make a post because GOD has been working in my favor tremendously! My FMLA paper work has been approved, my new passport is in route, and my bilingual high school classmate just informed me that he will be in Santo Domingo, DR when I arrive! I'm really happy to know that I know have a translator to assist me with communication while in the Dominican Republic. I have thought and prayed on my decision and I have decided to stick with Dr. Robles. I feel that she will give me the results I am in search of. I have been watching what I eat and trying to exercise to reduce my chances of any complications that can arise during and post surgery! I'm so excited about my upcoming travels. I elected the package with no transportation or recovery house because I chose Serenity's Recovery house. I've been paying on my stay at the recovery house and buying my airline ticket within two weeks of leaving! I look forward to sharing my journey soon!
Ready for Santo Domingo
Passport came back in less than 2 weeks, so im feeling really secure and good about everything. I talked to my friend that will be picking me up from the airport on Sunday, February 14, 2016. My plane tickets will be purchased last! I lost out on a lot of money last year by purchasing them first, this time I focused on paying for my recovery house first. I'm staying at Serenity Recovery house. As of right now, I have surgery scheduled with both Doctors on the same day. I have appointments scheduled on February 15th with the both of them. I'm leaning towards one; however I'm strictly going with my gut feeling once I get down there. My friend speaks fluent Spanish so he has agreed to be at both appointments to translate for me and be a second pair of eyes and ears. I feel really blessed to be in this position. I'm going ing to continue to stay pray on my trip and stay humbled.
24 Days before I have my 1st experience of plastic surgery:)
OMG! This feels so sureal!
BWI to SDQ
I just finished my lab work, X-ray, & cardiologist! My surgery will be in the morning with neither of the doctors I initially chosen! Say what? Lol! I let you guys no tomorrow who I chose after my successful surgery! Thank you dolls for all your love and support!
I made it!
3 days post op
Things people don't tell you after surgery
I'm now 1 month post op and still trying to take this healing after surgery 1 day at a time. I'm still swelling in my abdominal area. Had a situation where I thought I could possibly have an infection, it wasn't thank GOD! However, I had to stop wearing my compression garmet for a NY minute.. I finally put them back on today because I got tired of feeling like a bag of bricks. On this website you see the beautiful post op pictures, but rarely do people go into detail of after the surgery.. Ladies & Gents if you are having a tummy tuck please plan to be off work for at least 6 weeks! I've been off 4 & I'm like OMG I have to go back in 2 weeks! How will I manage???? After you get over the pain and draining fluid, then it's swelling, stiffness, & small after shocks that occur while sitting, standing, etc. Massages are a necessity! Budget for them! I had 5 in the Dominican Republic and 2 since I've been home. I will be getting one this week because it helps to reduce swelling and you feel so much better after having one. Try to eat like you did in the Dominican Republic. Breakfast at 7:30 am, lunch by 1:30 pm, & dinner by 5:30 pm. With lunch being your biggest meal of the day! Oh how I miss the fresh fruits and vegetables over there in the DR. My Benadryl is starting to kick in. I will update you guys later on why I chose Dr. Baez and blew $600 down the drain on Dr. Robles and Dr. Goico on the next update. For now, more post op swollen post op pictures.
How to reach my gorgeous doctor
May be doing this thing again..lol
11 Months post op
I know it's that time of year again where everyone has made plans, or impulse decisions to have sx. I see so many offers and specials being listed on IG! If the doctor had good reputation and is offering something additional, look into it! I lost $600 in deposits which could have helped tremendously with post op care! Don't do what I did! Know who you are going to and plan well in advance for massages and more massages when you arrive back to your destination! I wanted a round 2, but I'm honestly happy with my body! In other words, I don't need it! However; I am looking for a bomb dentist to help fix a few slight imperfections with my smile!
Dr. Baez is a humble doctor with rock star results! Her professionalism and post op care surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend her for any plastic surgery procedures.