& Neal Hethorne
Tubal reversal Apr 12, 2003
Well, I have so much to say. I had
a wonderful experience with my reversal. We arrived in McAllen at 11
am and I proceeded to set up DH laptop so that he had the computer
to work with while I was gone in Mexico. He stayed at the hotel with
the kids while I went to Rio Bravo. We stayed at the Super 8 in Mc
Allen, which has a Wal-Mart and several restaurants right next door.
Our room was very clean and all have refrigerators and microwaves.
There are coupons out there for $39 a night for a King, but since we
took the kids we needed two beds and it was $44. Not bad at all.
I called Joe Galvan right at noon and he was there in 10 minutes.
Ladies, let me tell you, this man is a true angel. ( I will expand
on that in a few lines). He needed to wait for Keyla P to arrive at
the airport, so we went out and waited for them so that we could all
go together. After he returned from Mexico, he called my husband at
the hotel to tell him that we had all arrived safely.
Dr. Perez had 2 surgeries planned for that evening, and they were
going to do Keyla also. They were not sure if they would have time
for me or not. I was just fine with that. Well, at 10 pm they came
and got me for surgery. Dr. Perez looked so tired when I got to the
surgery room. When they put the catheter in, they found out I had a
horrid kidney infection. I really had not noticed anything out of
the ordinary, except for a little back pain which I blamed on my
other problems. Well, they proceeded with the surgery and found that
I also had endometriosis and it was choking my kidney. They cleaned
all of that up and did my reversal also. I can only tell you that
the surgical pain is not half as bad as the pain I was in when I
went down there! I got out of the surgery room at 12:30 am on the
12th and went back to my room.
Dr. Levy came in and we chatted for quite a while and said we would
chat more about my surgery in the morning. He even took the time and
fixed the blinds in the room so that I could look out. He truly goes
the extra mile and cares so very much. My room had a window and a
very friendly woodpecker that kept me company that night.
At 6 am Dr. Levy was right there smiling and told me about
everything that went on. That my incision was quite large but they
were able to do everything that needed to be done. We chatted about
his wife and daughter and the fact that he actually is a Dr. and
working another 18 months to complete his residency - and will then
have another 2 years for his OB/GYN residency. He filled me in on
Mexico and where to go on vacation. We had a lot of fun. He is a
The nurses were great and the only challenge I had was that I could
not remember the word for "pain". I had a coughing fit and started
to hurt and the nurse kept telling me my medication was 8 hours
apart. About 2 hours later she brought my meds and told me one was
the antibiotic and the other was for hurting. Gee....now that was a
word I could remember darn it. Oh well, that was fine.
Dr. Levy released us about 6 pm to go home the day after surgery, so
I was only there 18 hours after my surgery. Everyone wanted to go
shopping for a bit so we drove down and picked up some things for
the boys and my husband and went to the hotel.
Ok, this is where Joe really shined. He would not let me lift a bag
or open a door. He showed where to go to shop and we found some
great deals. He made sure all of our paperwork was filled out
correctly. He had called my husband (volunteered) and made sure
everyone was ok at the hospital and on the way to and from. He
waited at the hospital until everyone was ready (he was there are 4
pm as to not be late). He even postponed a family reunion dinner in
order to take us shopping. Again, he volunteered. He even brought
the paper so I could be updated on the war efforts. He cared about
my every need and just seemed to be there every time something was
needed. He is far more than a cab driver. He is a true angel in a
We arrived back at the hotel around 9 pm and my husband looked so
relived. I can't say the kiddos really missed me, they had a
swimming pool and jaccuzzi. We walked over to Walmart and picked up
some things and walked back to the hotel. I went to sleep at 10 pm
last night and was wide awake at 3:30. At 4 am we decided to wake
the boys and get ready to go. We left the hotel at 5 am, and stopped
down the road for breakfast. We arrived home right about noon. And I
sat down to write this note.
It was a great experience and I would do it again in a heart wink. I
felt so very safe there in Mexico. Levy was always there, and the
nurses were always available. They tried so hard to make sure every
need was met. And even the house keepers who also served my meals
were always trying to make sure that I had everything that I needed
at hand. I wish I could explain the "comfort" that I felt with this
whole experience. My prayers were answered and I am so very
I feel wonderful!