- HEALTH TRACKER
Hi, everyone! Just checking in with a report from here in Mexicali. This will be a long one because I want to give everyone a good heads up of what to expect when you're here.
All is going well so far. My dad travelled here with me and we are now in the hotel room ready for a good night's sleep so we can be back in the lobby at 7 am to head to the hospital for surgery. Eeeek!!!
We arrived at the San Diego airport at 10:00am. We packed light and didn't check any luggage, but we went to the baggage claim area anyway. The driver, wearing a blue shirt with the Mexicali Bariatric logo on it, found us at exactly 11:00. He was walking around with a paper with my name printed on it. There was one other couple (patient and her companion) getting a ride at the same time. The ride took about two hours and was perfectly comfortable in the well air-conditioned mini-van. San Diego's weather was nice in the upper 60s, then in Mexicali it was 111. Hot, hot, hot! The border crossing was completely uneventful.
We drove straight to the hospital to meet with Yolanda, our patient coordinator for the day. I think Yolanda is Nina's mom or something like that. Anyway. You give a urine sample, get some blood drawn, have a chest X-ray, an EKG, and then meet with Dr. Campos who talks to you about the procedure and long term success. He himself has the sleeve. He goes over all the stuff about how the sleeve is just a tool, they operate on your stomach not your head, so it's your job to change your eating habits so you can be long term successful. It was good to meet with him and bolstered all the good advice I've read on the forums. I think meeting with the doctor was especially good for my dad to see that this isn't some hokey operation.
Oh, and since you have to be fasting, only allowed water, for 6 hours prior to the blood draw and other tests, I highly recommend you follow their advice to bring a granola bar with you to eat while you're still at the hospital because I was starting to get reallllllly hungry.
Yolanda came after Dr. Campos was done speaking with us and she gave us our packets of various paperwork and information to look over and sign back at the hotel. She also gave us one antibiotic tablet and one antianxiety medication to take tonight to help us sleep and prep for surgery. Then she took our payments (I brought a cashier's check and that was extremely convenient).
After that, we were driven to the hotel Lucerna, not within walking distance of the hospital. The rooms are nice and clean and the AC works well which is important to me right now. There is free wifi, a pool, the TV has channels in English, and two complementary bottles of water. You can purchase more water at the hotel bar. Remember to hydrate because it's so hot here and you can't drink anything after 10pm.
We ate dinner at the restaurant Los Portales and it was really good. I had the tortilla soup and the tex-mex beef tenderloin and a Coke. I had to have the Coke in Mexico since it's so much better than in the US! Our meal came to $54.00, because my dad had a couple beers and we split a dessert. And it's convenient that we could pay in US dollars.
I suggest you and your guest, if you bring one, bring some snacks like granola bars and beef jerky because you'll find yourself needing a snack here and there on this pre-op day. For example, we got to the hotel room around 3:30, too early for dinner, so the snacks could tide us over until dinner. You're allowed to eat and drink like normal between leaving the pre-op tests at the hospital until 10 pm. What I have leftover is for my father to snack on while he's hanging around during my recovery days. Also, bring a refillable water bottle. There are water dispensers at the hospital so you don't have to keep buying bottles of water.
So that's my post for Day 1. I'll tr to post again as soon as I'm feeling up to it. Can't wait to hear about your experiences in the few weeks!