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I just went to get my card yesterday and I should get it within 2-3 weeks. It was MUCH more than $30 though! Of course I expedited it, but the total cost was $135 for the card. If I got the pass book it would have been about $210. Some kind of processing fee jacked up the cost.
(Mini vent) I don't understand processing fee's! The cost of the freaking thing should be a processing fee.... I mean you can't get the darn thing without processing it... so why even have a "fee". That should only be a "fee" if you have the option to do something else! Ok, vent over.
yay! that is awesome!! Keep us posted on your journey!
I am going alone too! Let us know how everything goes! I hope you have a great recovery and have the chance to enjoy your trip. I am nervous about going alone but it has been FOREVER since I have been able to travel by myself. I am a bit excited. My husband was going to go with me originally but with his schedule he probably couldn't make it. I came to terms with it and then he offered to try to get out of things again to come with me, but I declined. Scary to go alone, yes. But important for me and my journey. I don't want him as a crutch. Some of my best memories were adventures done completely on my own. I don't think this will be any different.
Keep us posted! I look forward to seeing your results!
I am so glad you are preposting your experiences with Dr Kelly and the Mexico thing. People seem so worried. Im going in 2 weeks so I will just miss you. Please keep posting. It does us all good.
I was wondering how much GasX to bring. I have one small box. Let me now if thats enough
I asked my coordinator if Dr. Kelly would supply my information and she didn't think he would have a problem with it. I think it's important to be up front before you get the surgery and let them know that that is something you want to take home with you. I imagine it could be kinda frustrating trying to get out it after you come home (with all of the hoops you might have to jump through with HIPAA regs).
I'm from Houston, Texas had the sleeve done May 23, almost a month ago and have lost 32.6 pounds, I used Dr. Lopez with A Lighter Me and they were wonderful! I would recommend their whole staff! The drivers, the patient coordinators, the hopital, the Dr. everything was great!
I can only speak for Dr. Joya. The day Ivan was discharged we were given an info/instruction package - included in it was a copy of the actual OR procedure report - which I felt was great. They also gave us copies of his pre-op blood work.
Ivan is 5 weeks post op today. Has lost 26lbs. He is not finding his energy level to be what he would like. But - it will come back. He has an ER nurse for a wife - me. I told him before we went to Mexico that he probably was not going to like me for the next few months as I would be in nurse mode - and possibly *****y nurse mode if need be. He has no choice but the follow the plan. He is getting tired of the mashed/mushy food. I don't blame him. I did make a big casserole of cod au gratin - mashed the fish REALLY well first. And he also has had Sheppards Pie a fair bit. He is not a smoothie kind of guy - and has not found any protein drinks he really likes. He will have an occasional low sugar Carnation Instant Breakfast. He likes skim milk and non fat yogurt. I have allowed him to havelow fat string cheese the last week or so. He is learning to eat in a new way. He always used to have water or juice with a meal and ate rather fast.
I did not find the meals at the hotel restaurant to be overly priced - just average. There is no gift shop or sundry shop or even a vending machine in the Hotel. I found that a bit odd. As I said I walked out to the pharmacy on the corner a few times - and after surgery I went on my own. And to the liquor store as well - just across from the pharmacy. I didn't feel unsafe at all. Of course I went in the day time - strolling around after dark on ones own is probably not a good idea wherever you are. If you are going on your own - I would suggest you get your prescription filled at the pharmacy in the lobby of the hospital before you go back to the hotel. Just to make things easier. My best friends daughter went down on her own = she was 22 at the time - no problems. We also met a lady from Saskatchewan who was down on her own as well.
I was just looking at my bank statement yesterday - I think I had around $5 in charges from using my credit/debit card while we were gone. But I expect it all depends what bank you deal with - so it would'nt hurt to check with your bank before you go. The hotel/resort is very quiet and peaceful and lovely. If any one has any more questions - feel free to ask!
I am having my surgery on Wed and have requested my info. I will let you know if I have any difficulties getting my results.
Hey there I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I am currently down here in TJ and will be sleeved by Dr Kelly on wed the 19th. I came down by myself for the first few days (I have someone coming down today) and so far I have not felt unsafe at all. The whole team down here does their best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. I know that for me I was very nervous about coming down here as you don't really know what to think about going to Mexico for surgery, and it seems like nearly everyone has a opinion regarding the whole Mexico thing.
When I first got off the plane and picked up I was a little worried about my decision and a little scared. When I picked up my bags it hit me that there were actually a bunch of people being picked up for some form of WLS by different companies and such. Not sure why but I found that very relaxing. When I got into the van there was also a couple that had had surgeries done and I was able to see them up and walking around with no issues and that helped a lot to. I am a nurse and was impressed with the team so far from the hospital staff to the Dr's involved. You do receive proper care as you would back home. If you are wanting all your pre/post op information for your Dr's back home don't forget to ask for that right away.
The one thing that I did not bring that I should have was a pillow. Its funny the things you miss when you are stuck in the hospital lol. The hospital does have internet so that helps pass the time, but I would also bring a book or something to keep your mind busy. I spent one night in the hotel and totally loved it !!! I can not wait till I am out of the hospital and able to sit pool side and soak up some beautiful sun rays.
If you have any questions please ask
Can anyone tell me about their experiences with Mexican surgeons post-op? How easy was the surgeon/staff to get hold of to answer questions? Did they cooperate with your PCP in providing records, x-rays, etc. once you were back stateside?
The only negative thing I've read about Dr. Kelly is that patients were not able to attain their surgical records and this makes me very nervous. If there were post-op complications, having surgical records and other information could be a matter of life or death. Any of Dr. Kelly's patients who would be willing to share their post-op experiences?
Just got back from TJ yesterday and know Dr. Kelly quite well. I have been to TJ half a dozen times. If you want me to have Doc. Kelly and Lara call you directly I can make that arrangement for you. Just pm me and I can make it happen.
On another note... fyi... booking direct and booking through a company that subcontracts to a surgeon are two different packages. Be aware of this. There are DIFFERENCES!!! KNOW THE DIFFERENCES!
Having surgery myself and escorting a few others I have seen it all.
Not going to post it here but if you want info I will be more than happy to call you.
And in closing... you have decided on a great Dr. and team. Now to get the right hospital and coordinator. And no... I am not a coordinator, just a patient with alot of research behind him.
Good luck and hope I hear from you.