Sorry all I have been crazy busy since my 1st post so have a lot to tell.
I started writing up my review yesterday when I was about to go in for Surgery but didn't press enter and was carted into surgery before I knew which way was up. So I'm going to go backwards in time. so you don't miss out on all the good stuff. I apologise for it being a bit all over the place in advance :)
After this post, I basically got into planning mode.
I spent hours, days even, trolling the net, looking up information about what to bring to Bangkok, what restrictions there were with customs, the processes for surgery and which surgeries would be best for me, which medications to take over, what bindings I should get, a massive to do list, and shopping lsit. ANd I tell ya know. A lot of it wasn't really necessary.
BASICALLY you don't need to worry. Pack some loose clothes, your personals and some Thai Baht for the Taxi Fare. Everything else you can get from MBK or a local drug store anywhere.
I bought antibiotics, anti-anxiety, and sleeping pills which wasn't really necessary. When you go to the Green Pharmacies in Bangkok they have everything here for SOOOO cheap!
Maternity belts, gauze, they even sell Valium over the counter if you are so inclined. But consult with your doctor first of course. I bought over a Thai power adapter for $25 from Dick Smiths and could have got one for 80Baht = 25c.. So save your money. THey have everything you need here. I additionally bought Milk of Magnesia, Eye Cream, Face Cream (for $5 normally $80) AntiBacterial Soap for before surgery (remember to wash before going in for surgery and this soap is the best to get Anti-bacterial Soap Extra. I can't remember what mine is but as long as it is a strong one then you'll be good) I also bought Cough lozenges, extra pain killers and antibiotics all for less than $30AUD.
Same goes with at the airport. (I got off at Suvarnabhumi Airport) When you get past customs, you'll be on level 4. You will see a lot of drivers calling out asking if you want a taxi. Do not go with them. Go downstairs to Level 2 and you will see the sign showing Public Taxis. Go out to the booths with ladies sitting there and tell them where you want to go. The first taxi driver in the line will take you to his car and will have his meter running. My hotel offered an airport shuttle for $1400 Baht. My taxi only cost me $285Baht including tolls. So go for a taxi. NB: they do add an extra 50Baht for the airport pickup fee. This is normal and barely anything so don't be upset with it added on. A good note as well. Try and speak Thai as much as possible. I've been using the phrase book from Triposo Bangkok. App (on iOS & Android) It works without Wifi/3G and has all the phrases you need to get the message across, as well as maps, guides etc.
I use Hello, How are you, Excuse Me, Thank you and Goodbye, yes and no all the time. Memorise them cos those little words go a long way. When talking (well trying to talk) Thai they are so friendly and give you great discounts on things.They will walk thru fire for you if you try to talk to them in Thai.
In regards to Exchanging Money. Do it in Thailand. You will get so much more over here than from within your own Country. The best place to go is on Level 1 of the Airport the Exchange across from subway and on the ramp from the airport train line. If going to one within Bangkok, Superrich will normally beat any other bank for money exchanges so if you have a lot to change, then you will make a huge savings. There is a super rich at Asok BTS Station. Or you can check out the following website to compare rates. www.daytodaydata.net
For Mobiles and Data. Get True Move Sims from any Seven 11 Store which are everywhere and make sure they give you the right size. They cost about 299Baht and you need to get onto free Wifi to add extra packages for Data and Calling. Or you can buy a True Move Money card to topup so you can add on the relevant wifi/data/call packages. There is a 7/11 on Level 1 of the airport which I belive you can get sims from there. Otherwise, I would suggest going into a TrueMove shop which are in Terminal 21, MBK and other areas, but you would have to google them. At truemove you can top up with the machine using cash, and ask the staff to help you activate the appropriate package. It took me forever but in the end you just ring a certain no for example #*19455# which will setup your plan. The no is diff for each plan so don't copy this example.
I didn't know this tho so got someone to help me. It is really simple but I had to be shown as the instructions for English were limited.
Another rule, is always smile. IT is disrepectful to show your negative emotions so even if you feel like crying. Smile. IT makes a huge difference. Never do or say anything bad about their King. It is definitely frowned upon. so things like stepping on coins which has the kings image on it is frowned upon and bad form.
In regards to the company I went through I went through Destination Beauty. They have been great in helping me get sorted for Surgery. Altho as I did not stay at their accommodation and went to my own with my brother, I have to get my own way to the hospital and back as well as airport. Which was actually a lot better but then again I do kinda wish I had gone with them, cos it is good to talk to other patients about their experiences and not have to worry about Taxis after I check out of hospital. My brother leaves on Monday so I'm going to be all alone, so I will ask the DB rep Prao if she can set me up at their hotel for me.
The bonus with being separate is I get to see the real Bangkok because we are staying in Sukhumvit Soi 15 which has a lot of cool restaurants and bars around. Soi 11 has definintely got a lot to do, we are there pretty much everyday and the mall on the corner, Terminal 21 is amazing. The other great benefit is we are only a tuk tuk ride to this mall which is attached to the BTS Asok Station (The Skytrain) which is the best way to get around Bangkok. Pay for your ticket, jump on the right train and all signs are in english and thai so you know which stop to get off at. I love catching the BTS even tho I was scared at first. Don't bother with Taxis unless it is out of the way. The taxi drivers will yell out to you on every corner asking if you want a ride, but they are polite about it. Just smile and say Mai Chai (meaning no). NB: If you are going to catch a taxi make sure it is one that is moving and isn't parked on the side of the street,. Also always make sure they have the meter running. If not, ask to get out and don;t bother with them. It might sound cheaper to get the ticket at 100Baht but I guarantee you if you use the meter it would only cost you 50Baht. Another great alternative is to use the Motorbike taxis. Pay them 20Baht once you reach your destination and you will have some fun on the way. The roads in Bangkok are crazy but they are actually pretty polite with pedestrians, even tho it may seem not to be so.
I'm a smoker but only with Nicotine refillable E-Cig Vaporizers. I know with surgery you have to cut nicotine completely, which I haven't managed to do, but at least I'm not ingesting tar, carbon monoxide etc (Excuses excuses I know) Anyway I read up that it was okay to bring them into Bangkok Customs. SO I have a few of them on me. However the markets sell them in abundance for next to nothing, so if you are a smoker going to Bangkok for surgery there is always the option of a vaporizer if like me the habit is to hard for you to shake. ALTHO... I'm not a doctor so you;re best bet is to cut nicotine completely cos you need to be able to heal quickly and nicotine reduces the amount of blood to your outer skin.
I went for my assessment on Tuesday, and was supposed to go in for surgery on Tues, however I lost my eftpos card near an ATM in Bangkok. What a drama that became! I quickly ordered an emergency master card, but it would not arrive until the Tues afternoon. So I had the assessment Tues, got back to the hotel, waited for the Card to arrive, then spent 6 hours trying to sort payment with Destination Beauty, only to find that I could only use it for Eftpos. ATM and Online payments did not work. As well as some dramas between Commbank and Mastercard, blocking my new card and other things. But in keeping positive I got it sorted and I was able to pay for the surgery the next day via Eftpos.
I went with Dr Bhumsak and he was great. He told me exactly what I should do and when I asked for other things, he suggested against it, because it would not be safe, or look right. So I fully trust in him. Originallly I wanted to get 550cc breasts but in the end, measuring my breasts he recommended 355c moderate plus silicone subglandular. Mostly because my upper chest is quite thick and my skin is thick to so I would be better off with subglandular over submuscular. I've also had a mini tummy tuck and 5 areas of VASER lipo as well as under my eyes done. I In total all my work cost me 551000Baht which worked out to $19k AUD. It would have been less if I had not been so lazy leading up to my departure date. If I had remained under 80kg it would have been about $500AUD cheaper but ah well. C'est la vie! I got there in the end.
I got wheeled into the OR, had a few tests done, and then given the anaesthesia thinking this isn't going to work and laughin in my head. The room was very cold which is always the case apparently, and when I started to get nervous, I just said a few prayers in my head, to calm me down and saying thank you for getting me to where I wanted to be for so long. My surgery was over 6 hours with 2 surgeons working on me plus Dr Bhumsaks medical team. There were no complications. I came to in the Recovery Room not realising that nearly 7 hours had passed. I was disorientated and sore and finally clicked that the surgery had been done. I was amazed. Going from having a mask over my face to waking in a bed with a nurse asking me if I'm okay. It kind of felt like a dream. I felt like I couldnt breath at one point and started to cry softly but only because of coming off the drugs I think not from anything else.
So right now I'm lying in the luxury hospital room. I came out of surgery 26 hours ago and altho I'm feeling painful, I did expect to feel much worse. My breasts feel like rock melons, and I'm bruised everywhere and can barely move, because I got Vaser Lipo there is more fluid to leak out cos it's all melted fat so there's been a fair bit of leakages onto my bed. It hurts to roll over so when the nurses come to clean me it can feel like a bit of a task. They give me sponge baths morning and night and check on me every hour to give me my meds, check my blood pressure and help me with anything I'm needing. I can't wash until Sat (today is Thu) to allow the wounds to heal over. So sponge baths for me til then. Then I should be able to check out. My package covers me for 3 nights (poss 4 if needed as I did have quite a bit done)
The hospital room is so comfortable here at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital I cannot complain at all. I have my own massive room, with kitchenette, dining area, leather lounger, flat screen wall mounted TV which has internet, tv, and radio running on it with compatible keyboard and remote. .They give you an ipod which controls the lights, air con and curtains, the toilet seats are heated, and is a bidet. It's just so flash and comfy I honestly don't want to leave :P
The staff at the hospital are lovely, and very caring. I've been relying on them a lot to get better and they always help with a smile. There was one lady whom seemed pretty rude at first, but after talking to her in Thai and smiling my new tits off she is so warm towards me hehe so remember Smile no matter what and talk Thai and they will provide the best service for you.
I think I've covered most things. Now I'm stuck in bed I'll keep you updated on my progress. It's only been Day 1 Post Op so wish me luck! I hear Day 3 or 4 tend to be the worst. Lets hope not but if so I'm ready :) Once I'm able to stand I will add my photos on here for you :)
Ciao for now ;D