**Note: This place used to be called Club Med**
We have a new name “OurFriendsHouse.org” 909-266-1364
8 years experience
Included: daily Laundry, healthy meals, Wi-Fi, U.S. Phone, Dish T.V. in English, fabulous ocean view, electric hospital beds, (help with shower & toilet) 2 or 4 beds per room with private bathroom in each room, and satellite TV in each room, free phone back to your home. ( add $70 per day for a guest) Trips: to & from Airport and to & from doctor and necessary medical supplies (not prescriptions) Be sure & bring $100 to $200 extra cash for emergencies. ( and shopping)
Altho we do not recommend it we would offer (you won’t get stitches and drains out by then)
3 Nights $595.
4 Nights $695
We do not offer CHEAP or inferior health care. ONLY the BEST possible.
5 Nights $775
6 Nights $875
7 nights $975
8 nights $1,075
9 nights $1,175
10 nights $1,250
11 nights $1,350
12 nights $1,450
13 nights $1,550
14 nights $1,650
Special rates for longer stays. “Just ask”
Sit back in our living room in an easy chair and watch the cruise ships, dolphins, waves (and sometimes a seal). You’ll feel more like you’re on vacation than recovering from surgery.
$350 deposit to reserve and balance in full prior to arrival. Mail a check or deposit in Bank Of America/ Wells Fargo checking account. 2 or more people arrive & depart same time 5% discount
”Make sure you stay long enough to recover and get your drains out.”
Negatives: a return border crossing time may require a 2 to 3 hour wait without a medical pass.
If you decide to leave early refunds will be at Marvin’s Discretion
Our healthy menu consists mostly of soup & salad, fresh fruit & vegetables, fish and Mexican food. If you have any questions or special needs please let us know and we will try our best…
PS: we have new boppy pillows $29.50, Kitoscel (scar removal cream) Large $105, epifoam $18.50
We do not offer CHEAP/Inferior Health care WE ONLY OFFER THE BEST available We offer all inclusive packages on our website WWW.OurFriendsHouse.org, including, healthy meals, daily laundry, all transportation, wi-fi, satellite TV, free phone to U.S.,, ocean view, fun family atmosphere. We have running filtered water with a softner BUT only serve bottled mountain spring water to drink
We understand and speak fluent English
“There are no stairs to climb after surgery” ( like the others )
If you don’t have a passport yet? ( you honestly do not need one you only need a government issue picture I.D. and birth Certificate or military I.D. )……..
This is MEXICO.. Do not expect it to be “just like U.S.A.” it’s a different culture ( a different world)
Your procedure is done at a clinic. You choose your own aftercare.
1. BEST time to have your flights arrive & leave noon to 3 PM But we WILL accommodate any time
2. Try not to schedule flights on Week-ends “Too many tourist” If your last day Is a weekday WE can go by the Doctor on the way home and get final check up
3. You can use ATM here but there’s an extra $5 international charge
4. Average recovery stay is 7 to 14 days depending on procedures. (and your body)
5. Don’t spend $6,000 to make your body beautiful then try to save $200 or $300 and not stay the necessary time to recover. For BEST results 7 to 10 days minimum
6. You can stay at hotel for $65 BUT you’ll pay extra for food, phone, taxi, laundry, internet, (No Dish TV) Remember this is Mexico and most Mexicans that do speak English do NOT speak it fluently. We are Americans and ALL our staff speak fluent ENGLISH. Come on “DO THE MATH” And what is the area like?
7. If you come a day early you will be MUCH more relaxed for the surgery and probably heal faster (that’s what recovery is about)
8. We will ONLY administer drugs prescribed by your doctor. “He knows what he’s doing”
9. Wear soft clothes that open in front Nothing over your head “Pajamas are best”
10. Susana makes the BEST Chicken soup you have ever eaten. “ Our beds are electric for your comfort.”
11. Don’t bring a huge suit case. Remember you must also take it home. We wash your clothes daily
12. We do have a large parrot IF HE BOTHERS YOU ASK AND WE WILL REMOVE HIM
13. Please tell all your callers we are on PACIFIC time.. No calls at 3 AM Ha Ha HA
Just a few comments from people that have been here:
by GrlSixx » Mon Feb 27, 2012
So ladies we safely arrived home yesterday from Mexico. Our entire experience was so pleasant we are elated to go back. Marvin, Susana, we beyond amazing and hospitable. The red carpet was rolled out and we didn't even have surgery!
Location: The location of Club Med is fabulous! Club Med is in a gated community and it's sit right off the ocean. Most rooms have a direct view and the sound of the waves were so calming I just wanted to lounge around. The ocean indeed has healing properties. There were some girls that found their comfortable spot in the living room just because it made them feel better gazing out and watching the dolphins! There was also a face lift patient and companion that would go sit on the bench and stare out into the Pacific a few times a day just to feel a bit rejuvenated. The location was picturesque...I did take advantage of taking a few snaps since I was able bodied We fell so much in love that we looked at properties while we were there. lol
Safety: I feel truly bad for my ignorance. I live a rock throw away and have friends that are from Mexico so I frequently hear the stories that we are all scared about. I am so glad that I didn't let this paralyze my thought process. I actually feel bad that it corrupted me in a manner that my imagination painted a horrible picture of Mexico! The location of the recovery house and Campos & Pantoja's offices (which are next door to another) were harmless. To go a bit further we walked the neighborhood of the surgeons while we were waiting on a Campos patient that we dropped off for her massage, we also ventured out to town to a swap meet, went on a mission to get tacos and enjoyed a night of karaoke and margaritas. I never felt that I was in harms way or a target. Im sure there are bad areas everywhere but the service of having curbside pick up from the airport by Marvin and transportation right to the recovery house eased all of our fear. I did happen to see the route for the Red trolley, cross the bridge, walk to McDonald's, take a taxi route and um THERE AINT NO WAY! That bridge is long! I was so busy cursing in my head about the fact that I remotely entertained that idea that I did not manage to take a picture of the long lines and the long bridge. Dont skimp here, its so not worth it, ESPECIALLY if you not speak Spanish, forget about it. I couldn't even pay for my stuff in 7-11 without a translator yet alone take a taxi. No MAS! Having the Club Med staff with you is like having your personal concierge service by your side, they handle thing and can speak Spanish so you are GOOD!
Care-The staff wont allow you to lift a finger. Able bodied and all. THEY WILL NOT LET YOU LIFT A FINGER!! For the over tenuous girls they check on them frequently and even supply a bell to ring so they can come promptly to your service. Ladies don’t try to be Ms. Independent, this isn’t the time while you are healing. Take advantage of this service! For the duration of our stay we saw 6 girls and i can say they accommodated everyone's needs. Susana and the team at club Med are so nurturing. You can feel the love as soon as you walk in the door. Susana and I was talking and she told me that no area in the home is sacred, when they made the commitment to go into this business they opened up everything for the sake of caring for the recovering. This statement was surly put to the test when they received an emergency call for a person that had a procedure and brought their nurse friend with the to assist in caring for them post op. Well they called from the hotel with an SOS please someone help me. They were not turned down butt this changed the dynamics of the original reservation. Well my cousin and I relocated to the host's room and they stayed elsewhere. That was very commendable.
Nutrition: The food that Susana and staff cooked was very healthy. I’m sure we lost weight and we weren't even on the post op diet restrictions. lol there was a variety of fruit juices that were freshly squeezed , of course Pineapple lol I can’t tell you how many fruit platters are made on a daily basis consisting of bananas, mango, strawberries, oranges, jimica, pears, limes, yogurt etc. There is also baskets of fresh fruit and granola bars laying around for snacks. Meals was soup for the recovering, fish, chicken, salad. They also cooked for us by request some quesadillas, yum
Cleanliness: I swear the staff never sleep. Between caring for patients they are watching linen, disinfecting, sweeping etc. We stepped out of our room for a few seconds and even our bed had the linen replaced. We felt guilty that they were working so hard for us too.
I am currently at clubmed and it is the best experience ever!!! I was extremely nervous traveling all the way across the country to see campos. Now this is my opinion but clubmed is the best recovery house ever. I flew in today to the san diego airport and Marvin was waiting for me...he was so sweet and kind. I spoke to Marvin previously on the phone and ladies let me tell you, this man is hilarious.Well he picked me up and there was another mmh sister in the car as well. We all chatted and laughed as Marvin gave us a mini tour on our way to the border. San Diego airport is so beautiful and this is my first time in california. Well the border was easy to cross but we did see the long line up of cars coming back....yikes! Marvin gave us a little history lesson and we took all kinds of pictures. The landscape here is breath taking, a far cry from the third world, poor country that I expected(Not to say Mexico isn’t poor).We drove for a little while and ended up in clubmed...all I can say is wow...wow! There is a CRA-ZAY view of the ocean from the living room as well as the bedroom. Balconies and then the beach. We met Suzana, who is so warm and accomidating that she feels like your best friend/mother/sister..lol. he immediately fed us and we all laughed and spoke for another four hours...I almost forgot to check in with my family. Suzana has the scoop on all the doctors and is a pro at helping you to recover. She attends to your every need...I feel so pampered. We all even went to a local restaurant and has authentic tacos and drinks (NO ALCOHOL). I don’t work for clubmed but I am their biggest fan. Clubmed has far exceeded my expectations and I will be back in the spring. Ladies I will include some
My flight arrived in San Diego about 30 minutes early, but when I called Marvin (ClubMed), he was already there waiting for me and it was smooth sailing into TJ. On the way there, I felt even better about my decision because ClubMed has Campos’ home phone, mobile phone, and his wife’s mobile phone number – and I felt that I was covered really well for aftercare. I was hungry when I got into ClubMed, so Suzanna whipped up a delicious quesadilla and I spoke with the other patients there (both Pantoja and Campos) and was impressed with how they were up and moving around after 3-4 days and I felt better. I fell asleep listening to the sounds of ocean waves hitting the beach…
The next morning Marvin took me to Dr. Campos’ office and the nerves kicked in again… wtf was I doing in TJ (which I’ve always thought of - right or wrong - as shady) for surgery??? Am I crazy??? When we got to Dr. Campos’ office it seemed like a modern oasis and I saw Dr. Campos come to behind the desk and he said he could see I was nervous. He asked me where I was from and told me that he had visited my city for some American society of PS conference. We both complained about how much parking costs here. Immediately I felt better. I found Dr. Campos to be charming, engaging and far more sensitive to my feelings than I expected. After I got into an exam room, Giselle gave me 2 pills… one to swallow and one to put under my tongue. Immediately I’m paranoid again… even though I’d had a conversation with Dr. Campos, I hadn’t told him what I wanted. What if he assumed I wanted a Saturn-sized DONK??? Then the anesthesiologist came in and made sure I didn’t have allergies, etc. He explained that epidural sedation was best. I had heard that he always makes a lot of jokes, but I think my nerves told him not to try that funny sh!t on me, because I was concentrating on staying alert and awake enough to tell Dr. Campos what I wanted.’
I do not remember the ride back to ClubMed at all. I was totally out of it. Thank God they were there for me. My next memory is when the night nurse was making sure I was comfortable and asked me if I wanted her to put pillows behind me to help me sleep on my side. I felt like a baby! It was awesome. Then I remember I got so excited when I saw Kmac had arrived I got out of bed on my own to show her my butt (which I hadn’t even seen yet). Those memories are kind of like the ones you have when you have a bit too much to drink and try to remember what happened the night before… but with no hangover. I’m very independent so I tried to get up and go pee myself throughout the first few nights, but my fellow patients always caught me sneaking and I was thankfully always accompanied by a nurse. I’d heard stories of people trying to go pee themselves in hotel rooms and then falling beside the toilet (you will get weak and dizzy very suddenly sometimes) and being stuck there until morning. I was very grateful to have help despite my stubbornly independent self. I napped a lot in the first few days after the surgery. I was in some pain, but it was mostly discomfort if you understand the difference. I had stopped regularly scheduled pain meds by the end of day 3. I knew it caused constipation and I wanted to be able to poop… which I finally did and without much drama. Susanna DID wipe one of my girls’ butts… but no I just couldn’t go there. I wiped my own and I was proud! Day 4 I decided that I wanted to take a shower alone. Right after I got the water on, Susanna appeared (she kind of scared me!) and just wanted to be within ear reach if I needed anything. Of course when I got out of the shower I needed a nap. That was exhausting!! Everything simple you do is exhausting.
I do have fluid build up in my back ( a seroma – common with aggressive lipo ) that I am getting drained here. A seroma isn’t serious and will resolve on it’s own if left untreated, but it does need to be drained to prevent unnecessary scar tissue that may form with it. It’s less and less each day and honestly,
I wish I had stayed in Mexico 10 days and not just for 6 days after the surgery…
Recently I posted my journey on my up coming surgery and mentioned staying at La Casa. I also spoke positively of them on another thread when someone questioned whether this place was suitable or not for post surgery aftercare. I stated that if my doctor recommended them then they can’t be that bad. Well they are the most unreputable place out there.
To start ladies always listen to your intuition your inner voice. Something in my mind kept telling me this place seems to good to be true. They were cheap and offered pretty much everything that CM and BC did. However this wasn’t enough for me. About a week ago i called and was asking more questions about the place wondering why i haven’t heard much about them. I asked to speak with one of the guess and they were more than eager and willing and put her on the phone. Just so happen she is a member here. Long story short she contacted me saying plz don’t go there. They lied about having a real doctor over the facility and no nurses just reg folk they hired. She ended up calling Clubmed to pick her up. Thanks to God she made it to CM and is doing fine.
I stayed at a hotel and I must say if I have the money next time I will use a recovery house. It was so uncomfortable to me! Another thing, if you are bringing someone to take care of you both, where will they sleep. Neither one of you will want to or really be able to share a bed. I don't know what doctor you are going to, but Dr. P leaves the drains open, so you will be leaking. The beds were very uncomfortable, had to go out and find suitable food and it's hard to eat healthily in TJ when you have to go find the food yourself. I could go on and on.... I say RH if you can afford it. However, I have heard the hotel beds are horrid! Since you are just getting lipo you may be okay. But I have heard they are very uncomfortable...the hotels charge you extra if you leak / stain sheets...the food is not cheap (no matter what folks say). Also, you are vulnerable.
Wow. All the other recovery houses were charging me for the night I spend in clinic. I am so happy that I'll be staying with you guys I can't thank you enough and I can't wait to meet you. You have been amazing I now understand why all the ladies on the forums rave about club med and your service. Penelope.
This has been a long journey I must say and I feel like I have made it somewhat... I don’t know what I would have done without Susana/Clubmed staff. Her staff was wonderful and available to us at all times. Clubmed has a great staff with nurses as well. It is important that you make preparation to at least stay until you get a massage and your drains/stitches out before you leave. I feel more relieved that I can go home comfortably and be able to take care of myself. I decided to take showers alone and put my garment on alone @5-6 days post op. Today I am 7 days post op and feel I can survive. It is difficult but you have to learn to do it. Clubmed was there on me for everything and I graciously appreciate them to fullest. It was like a home/family environment and not an uncomfortable moment at all.
I woke up Christmas to a gift from Santa:)... I just purchased a stage 2 garment from MMH so hopefully I should receive by the time I get home.
To sum it up... This was definitely more pain than I expected, please prepare to give yourself and body the full attention needed. Stay at a recovery house and let someone take care of you. There is no way I would have eaten, drank the liquids, bathe myself, took meds like I should have had I not stay at a recovery house and opted for a hotel. The doctors/nurses can only do so much--- you have to prepare for this. Hotels would cost you more at the end of the day when it comes food and you don’t get the exceptional service when taking care of your needs. You only have one body so take care of yourself Thank You Sharon Miller
I am also a huge supporter of staying at Club Med vs staying in a hotel with a companion because I had had three extensive surgeries in the US before coming for surgery in TJ. After my surgeries in the US my family and friends cared for me, but none of them had experience with plastic surgery recovery and I felt alienated from the people around me who didn't know what I was going through. But when I stayed at Club Medical Susanna knew exactly what I should expect, and taught me tricks for making the recovery more comfortable. She knew when I should eat and what, and what it would be like for me to bathe the first time and how to do it so I wouldn't become faint or nauseous. These are all things my family and friends wouldn't have known. If I didn't need to go to follow-up visits with the doc and had some way to magically transport myself instantly from the operating room to my home without having to fly back, I wouldn't do it. honestly, I would rather recover at Club Med and have the support and care they offer.
I just wanted to chime in here and give my perspective in case anyone reads this thread and is considering whether or not to stay at Club Medical. I recommend them VERY HIGHLY and I'll be there again from December 18th until Christmas Day this year. (That's right; Marvin is going to drive me across the border and to the airport on Christmas Day!!! Now who else would do that??)
We all want the best deals don’t get me wrong I’m not sitting on top of a lot of money but again it’s a choice we have to really think about and make for ourselves. If it cost more today verses 4 months ago lock in your rate before it changes again. The economy has changed and the cost of living has risen. Electricity is an expense, water, food, gas, maintenance on a vehicle; not to mention maintenance on your facility. Everything has a fee so I personally think Club Med offers a lot for the price. Can’t hire a private aid, bring them to a hotel (pay hotel fee), have the aid prepare your meals, and transport you around for that rate. Carol Winston
Dr. P is a very kind and did an awesome job on me. He staff is all so very nice and the aftercare is awesome as well. I spend the night at his surgery recovery house, and if you move or toss, you will have a nurse by your side in no time. I would also, like to be truthful with all you ladies, Have To STAY AT A RECOVERY HOUSE...You their is no if and's or butts (he he) about it. You see I didn't have a clear picture of all the limitation, pain ( and I can tolerate pain pretty well), and uncomfortablness you will have after your surgery, and for me to believe that my friend would have been able to help me thru this is not realistic. I'm at Club Med, they are the sweetest couple ever Marvin, and Susanna, and take care of me hand and foot. They have everything you can possibly need, and do everything for you. From washing your clothes, to making your meals, reminding you of your meds, helping you bathe, help you back into your garment, they try to make you as comfortable as possible. I'm not saying you have to stay there but stay at a recovery house.
You can't do this alone.