The Beginning of My Journey. Miami, FL
Ok, so here goes nothing. I have never been a...
Finally making progress!!
Yesterday, I met with Dr. Sosa for my first appointment and he corroborated what I was able to research about correcting my diabetes with gastric bypass. I will be meeting with the nutritionist and psychiatrist later this week and then everything will be submitted to my insurance company for approval. Stay tuned for a surgery date and pre-op photos.
Just got out of my operation
When I got to the Palmetto general hospital, I was very calm until they told me that my husband could not wait with me in the holding area because our son was with him and they do not allow children under 12 years old in the holding area. They did let my husband come in by himself five minutes before I was rolled into the OR while someone at the same day surgery front desk watched our 11 month old son. That was very nice of them and I appreciated it. The last thing I remember was counting backwards from 10 and then I woke up in the recovery room with my throat sore from the breathing tube they removed earlier, dizzy, nauseous and so incredibly PAINFUL. I was banging on my bed rails and muttering as loud as I could "Help! Pain! Pain!" It was THAT BAD and mind you, I have had liposuction in the past and I gave birth naturally 11 months ago and I would rather have a baby again any day. Once they got me into the room I was given Demerol which STILL didn't help getting up and walking was the only thing that helped the pain. I am feeling much better now.
Day 2 postoperative meal
Sorry For the Hiatus-- Almost DIED because of Dr. Sosa!!!
1. Fluid collected in my pelvis and became infected requiring an additional surgery to place a drain through my right buttock into my pelvis to get the fluid out.
2. Urinary catheter had to be placed which caused UTI
3. Abscess cavity formed behind the 3" open incision in my abdomen that required constant manual draining and packing it iodoform strip.
4. No veins and painful IVs that had me in tears which lead to me needing a PICC line in my right arm.
5. Multiple infections that required an infectious disease specialist to come in on the case as I became septic twice.
6. Having to use a walker to get around as my abdomen and right buttock could give me no support (you don't realize how much your abdominal muscles support you to walk until they are weakened by three surgeries in the space of 30 days)
7. Crazy crazy electrolyte levels that caused heart palpitations (I had hypokalemia).
That is all I can remember off the top of my head. All I can remember throughout the entire ordeal was crying and praying and praying and crying. When I became septic the first time, I remember telling my husband while he was sitting by my bedside instructions on what to do for our 12 month old son (who turned one while I was in the hospital and I missed my first and only child's first birthday) and telling him that it was OK to move on and to make sure that our son has a mother figure in his life. I remember my dad having to carry me to the bathroom and how helpless he looked when he had to yell to get the nurse because I started falling down and my dead weight was too much to carry. I remember my mom telling me it was going to be OK but the look of uncertainty on her face was heartbreaking. I am brought to tears merely recalling those events. On October 3rd I was discharged home, drains and all, with a nurse to come visit me everyday but I was so very greatful-- I cannot put into words how greatful I am to Dr. Eckstein, Dr. Melendez, Dr. Cohen and the entire team at Memorial Regional Hospital. It is still an uphill battle for me right now, but things are, thankfully moving in a generally positive direction and, for that, I could not be happier. Had it been up to Dr. Sosa, I would be laying in the ground 6 feet under. The man doesn't have a compassionate bone in his body.
Horrible, uncompassionate, jaded, total disregard for a human life. Believe me when I tell you, this man will mess you up, put the blame on you, send you home to die and then tell you family, "Sorry, there was nothing I can do." This man should not be licensed! PLEASE DO NOT BE FOOLED OR LET HIS DECIETFUL STAFF FOOL YOU! They will have you to believe that he is the only doctor in South Florida to accept Medicaid-- this could not be FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!!! Dr. Elias Chousleb, Dr. Eckstein, Dr. Melendez, Dr. Cohen-- they all accept Medicaid. Medicaid has changed the rules-- YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO GO TO A CENTER OF BARIATRIC EXCELLENCE!! Who cares if it's a center of bariatric excellence anyway? The standards that make a Hospital a center of bariatric excellence are not based on the service track record of the surgeons, it's based on which hospital has fancy machines and folds towels into the shape of swans in your hospital room. Look at me-- I went to a center of bariatric excellence with Dr. Sosa and this man almost killed me!! Had it not been for Memorial Regional Hospital's bariatric surgeons I likely would not be here today. There are many others with stories like mine that have never been told. Believe me, I will make sure that they soon will be heard. Do yourself a favor-- avoid this murderer!!!