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Surgeon TestimonialAlberto Aceves M.D., F.A.C.S.I am so happy with the care I received for my entire stay at Hospital Almater under the careful watch of Dr. Aceves and his team. Not only did they do everything they could to calm my preop jitters, and not only did Dr. Aceves stop in personally to check on me several times a day, as did Dr. Campos, one of the other doctors on his staff, but he also took an interest in how my husband is doing... my husband is 15 months post vsg, and Dr. Aceves caught him drinking a diet coke in the hospital. Not only did he discuss this with my husband and remind him of all the reasons why he needs to be making better choices, but he also allowed hubby to get an xray of his stomach for free so that he could see how his sleeve is doing! Where in the US would anyone xray you for free?
Both Aceves and Campos have great personalities and kept me giggling the entire time I was recovering. And I have already heard from Gaby, Dr. Aceves's follow-up coordinator, twice since I got home two weeks ago. They genuinely do care about their patients over there, and I feel safer knowing I can email her any time and get a prompt response.
- Cats - My Callie Cat is the cutest kittie in the world. End of story :)
- Writing - It's how I get my deepest emotions out.
- Parenting - No kids yet, but I would love to change that in the next few years!
- Dancing - If I must exercise, dancing is usually my favorite way to do it.
- Ice Skating - Grew up doing this competitively. I miss it so much sometimes!
- Teachers - What can I say? I love my job.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - Would love to get rid of it :/
- Married - Love my husband. He had his VSG before I would even consider it!
- Harley Davidson - I don't have one of my own, but I love riding with my hubby on his V-Rod.
- Reading - Harry Potter, The Millennium Trilogy, anything Sookie Stackhouse
posted on 4/1/12 9:19 pm
We left the hotel at 7:00 am and took the short trip to the hospital, where we were welcomed and lead directly to the rooms that would be our homes for the next three nights.
After weighing in and a last meeting with Dr. Aceves, I learned that I was going to be the first surgery of the day. I was very thankful for this, because I was extremely nervous and weepy and would have needed a substantial amount of anxiety medicine to keep myself sane if I had been made to wait too much longer. I'm pretty sure that Dr. Aceves chose to operate on me first for this very reason, because there was a patient there for a lap band, and Blanca had made a comment yesterday about how generally they do the lap bands first.
As I was being rolled into the OR, I couldn't stop crying. My husband walked with my bed as far as he could, and then smiled and waved from the doorway.
Once I was in the OR, I remember moving from my bed to the OR table, with the help of the anasthaesiologist, who was very kind and comforting. I remember asking him if he had ever had someone not wake up, and he promised me that he had never ever seen that happen. Then he asked for "two minutes of my time," during which he explained that he would be "making me feel really good" before having me drift off to sleep. This went pretty much just like he said.
When I woke up in recovery, I itched all over and was bound and determined to move my legs. Then my knees. Then my feet. I must have fought for half an hour or so to wake my body up, and finally I could move my toes again. It was hot in there, and I was still itching, so the minute I could wiggle my toes I asked (in English) to be moved back to my room. Not sure if they understood me or not, but when I woke up again, I was in my room.
Soon after I woke up, Dr. Campos came by. His first words were, "good morning, Sleeping Beauty!" This made me giggle, and I couldn't help but smile after that, even though I was sore. I was immediately given something for the itching, a fan to help with the heat, and something else for pain. I was offered nausea, medicine, but since I didn't have any nausea, I declined that one.
The rest of that day is pretty much a blurr, other than a visit from Dr. Aceves, who informed me that everything went well and that I would be able to drink water tomorrow. The rest of that day, I was allowed to swish water in my mouth to keep my tongue wet, but I could not swallow it. I also had to begin using my spirometer to keep my airways strong, which was more of a challenge than I thought it would be!
Once I left recovery, almost all of the nurses understood enough English to make sure that I had what I needed when I needed it. I never once felt insecure, unsafe, or even uncomfortable, beyond pain medicines wearing off. I'm pretty sure that most of my pain, even through today, has been because of the fact that I had a drain, which is Standard for Dr. Aceves. But if my results are as great as the rest of his patients, I can deal with a little soreness to have an Aceves sleeve!
I'll be posting the rest of my journey in Mexicalli in the next day or two... I've just gotten home from the trip and can barely keep my eyes open. :)
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