Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana - Mexico
Hello all, I have scheduled my gastric sleeve...
I have scheduled my gastric sleeve with Dr. Marcelo Hernandez who works out of the HMN Hospital in Tijuana, MX. I have researched this doctor and he is an experienced surgeon in Gastric Sleeve Surgery. My recovery will be at the Hotel Hacienda Del Rio and I leave Mexico on the 14th. I am extremely nervous and excited at the same time but I'm ready to put this roller coaster behind me. I'm 5'8 and my CW is 269 lbs. About a size 20/22. I have yo yo'd between that weight and 160 lbs where I was a size 9. SMH! This is my highest weight ever and I am so unhappy. I turn 30 next month and I swore I would be in the best shape of my life by 30 and that is NOT the case.So far my experience has been a pleasant one and I'm praying it remains that way. I like the patient portal that makes communication easy and also payment very east. All my documents are uploaded to this portal including my pre-op 3 day diet. On the portal are pictures of the meeting point to ensure I don't get lost. They also have pics of the hospital and hotel. I booked my flight last week to San Diego and that is where a driver will pick me up at 1pm on 10/09 to drive me across the border into Mexico. I am traveling alone which adds to the nerves but this needs to get done. I can't put it off any longer.I originally was thinking of get surgery in DR but why get lipo or things like that and risk the chance of gaining all the weight back and wasting thousands of dollars. Now I know there have been cases where patients gained weight after being sleeved but not as much weight as they lost. I'm sure this is the right option for me. This is the kick start I need to get on the healthy track. I want to try to lose at least 20 lbs before surgery on my own and try to start getting in the gym at least twice a week. I promise to update this blog every step of the way and to be as detailed as possible.
Two more weeks!!
Gas X Strips (not the pills).
A heating pad: Pack your heating pad where it can be easily accessed after surgery.
An extra long extension cord for your heating pad just in case you need it.
An app of your preference on your phone for when you are on wifi, to freely communicate with your friends and family (and make sure they have the app as well).
Lip balm or chap-stick.
Slippers to wear around the hospital.
Loose fitting clothing (shorts, t-shirt and comfortable pants).
Rolling luggage to help facilitate "no heavy lifting". Pack light.
Hibiclens: This is a popular skin cleanser to bathe with before surgery and for the first week after. Your local drugstore may have it or something similar, if not, search for a small bottle of it at eBay.com
Alcohol swabs or lotion: to use to take the adhesive off your skin.
Steri-strips (butterfly stitches) - keep them at home for when your stitches are removed, apply them for a few extra days.
Pill crusher to assist with taking your medicines on your journey home and/or after you get home.
Perhaps a couple of flavors of bouillon cubes in case you might want them for the day you are traveling home and after you get home.
I didn't buy the bouillon cubes because I didn't think I needed it. I need to purchase my laxative and protein shakes for my three day pre op cleanse and after surgery.
Two more days
1 day post op
Leaving in the A.M.
6 days post op
My stitches are irritating the shit out of me. The big incision has a little crust around it but I don't believe its an infection. The doctor said remove the bandage after 5 days to let the wounds breathe but I think I'm going to cover them for a few more days. I take the stitches out in 6 more days. I had a little bit of a headache yesterday so I need to increase my protein headache. No fever and not abnormal redness around the wound. I don't understand how I am expected to consume 60 grams of protein a day and 62oz of water when my tummy is only 4 oz and still healing. I'm bummed that the doctor advised me not to be in the gym for 6 wks. I need to get in there and do some strength training to fight any loose or sagging skin that may develop. My energy levels are up surprisingly. I will start my b12 shots tomorrow. I had to wait a week from surgery and 4 weeks for any oral vitamins. I am so excited. Since i'm menstruating (sorry trying to give you all a reason for slow weight loss) i'm very bloated so that may be the reason I haven't lost as much as normal patients by this time. Shit, some weight loss is better than none so i'm happy and blessed.
1 wk post op
So today I start my protein shakes. They don't taste too bad. I'm taking my chewable multivitamins and iron pills. My stitches still itch but I guess that's part of the healing process.
2 wk po
Hi all. So far so good. I'm going to take my stitches out today. I can't wait. I'm currently figuring out what my new tummy can handle as far as food and what my signs are that I'm full. I don't get the normal full feeling but I start getting gas in my chest and that's when I know it's time to stop eating. That's usually after 3 or 4 spoons. I'm going good with my protein intake. My shake is 25 grams and Isopure drink has 40 grams. My activia yogurt had 4g and if I eat egg whites that's like 2g so I'm doing good. The 62 oz of water on the other hand is a little difficult seeing as I have to drink it slow. I think I'm doing about 40 oz right now. I'm going to try to do 50 oz today. Work my way up. Other than that everything is good. I get B12 injections once a week, I take my multi vitamins, Biotin 10,000 mg, iron and in two weeks i'll start my calcium citrate. I don't know if I can totally stop the hair loss but let's see if I can minimize it.
Approaching first goal
Entering week 4
So 18 lb loss is not bad. I received my very first "are you losing weight". Lol. Haven't told ppl I had the surgery. I'm trying to stop stepping on the scale every day but it's so addicting. Trying to drink more water but it's hard. Still can't keep small solids down so on soup. Excited for the future. Oh I hope my scared heal better
The dreaded 3 wk stall :(
1 Month PO
Thanking God that the stall didn't last too long and I'm hoping I don't get another one. It's so depressing. What I changed was I increased my water and protein intake as much as possible and did more workouts. I feel like I'm eating less than when I got the surgery. I can't keep solids down yet so I'm still on creamy soups and soft noodle soups, hummus, apple sauce, everything soft.
Always in my checkout cart$
Happy with the amount of weight I've lost so far. Can't wait to hit my next goal of 50 lb loss.
New Jean Size!!
40 lbs down!! Ok so I went from a size 22 jean to a 16. I'm extremely happy. The holidays are making it hard to move from 235 because of the fatty foods which I know I have to watch. I am trying my hardest. I drink tons of water and walk every where in an attempt to get my cardio in. I have yet to get in the gym. I'm hoping at the top of the new year I will be able to actually get in the gym. I'm excited for the future.
Weight loss chart
CW: 224 lbs
I hit my second milestone and I'm overwhelmed with joy. I have yet to get in the gym but now I will and focus more on weight training. I have 50 more lbs to lose and hoping to lose it by April. SPRING BREAK BABY!!!!
Please let it be water weight!!
2 bite K
Here's my updated stats and pic. Currently shirt size L if it's long sleeves because my arms are still kind of big. M if it's short sleeve or sleeveless. Pants are a sz 16.
SW 275 lbs
CW 212.8 lbs
GW 170 lbs (Well I think I will be happy at 180 lbs)
Happy Again :)
SW 275 lbs
CW 200.4 lbs
GW 170 lbs (Well I think I will be happy at 180 lbs)
I still haven't gotten into the gym but I do light exercises at home. I want to start the gym this week. We'll see.
Dr. Hernandez didn't speak English so you have to rely on his nurse to translate and you know things often get lost in translation. One of the other patients couldn't get questions answered about her diabetes medicine. I only met with him twice. The day of the surgery briefly where he spoke for 15 min and his nurse translated and then took a pic with all his patients. The second time was the next day before release from the hospital. To check the drainage. That was it. The nurses were good and the facility was clean. I arrived at the hospital at 9am and filled out paper work, had blood work done and ekg. I was in the operating room by 10:30am. The wait wasn't long.