Tubal reversal Mar 27, 2003
Update - Dec 2003
HSG on December 5th - my tubes are wide open, and my RE complimented
Dr. Perez's work. He said I couldn't have gotten a better result
from his own office. Tammy M
Here is my testimony:
Tracy (my best friend and I ) left Ohio on the 22nd of March for a
vacation on the way to Rio Bravo. We drove to Missouri from Ohio
that night, and camped in a cabin at a KOA there. The cabin was
right by the lake, and there were a million stars shining down on us
during our quest for the perfect marshmallow... The 23rd, we drove
to Dodge City, Kansas where we met up with a little boy and his
family who had shared a lot of my daughter's hospital time - the
little one has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and despite the
doctors warnings, has just passed his 6th birthday. They told his
mother to abort him because he would never survive his own birth!
This miracle helped us have stronger faith for the Rio Bravo section
of our trip. Even a lovely storm at the campground in Choke Canyon
Texas couldn't discourage us- but it did break our tent!
The next few days we camped and enjoyed the Texas landscape- and let
me tell you, the guy that does that song about how God Blessed
Texas, must have camped on Mustang Island. We found a place to camp
directly on the beach- and got a nice sunburn...lol.
We arrived at the hospital about 5pm on the 27th, and Levy greeted
us at the door - he had a laugh at my expense, because I hadn't seen
his picture, and asked him if he spoke English... he has a gentle
teasing sense of humor, and made things very easy for us. My little
bit of Spanish seemed to help quite a bit- the nurses were very
appreciative for every word I could remember. They took me into a
really beautiful room, which had a little room between the bed and
the bathroom with a little sofa and two chairs, and a nice bathroom.
Everything was older, but clean and well cared for. It looked very
homelike, and I felt very comfortable there.
From there, the nurse came in and got my IV in on the first try-
Isabel is wonderful! They gave me some medicine to help keep me from
getting sick, and let me know I was going into surgery on Thursday
night. We weren't able to get hold of my husband, but it was okay.
Levi asked me to let everyone know that American calling cards don't
work there at the hospital- they were able to make 800 number phone
calls for us though.
Into surgery we went- Dr. Moreno was very friendly also, and playful
like Levi. He got my epidural in relatively quickly, and my weight
didn't seem to be a problem. They let Tracy come in with me too.
They let her stand on a stool behind Levi and watch everything. She
said my tubes are pink, and Dr Perez said they looked very healthy,
and said I have 7-8 on the left, and 5-6 on the right side. Dr.
Perez was warm and gentle and much quieter than the other two men.
He was very kind to us. I felt bad- I had to bug Levi in the middle
of the night to come and take out the Foley because I hadn't asked
for more medicine in the epidural and it was really bothering me.
But I was able to get up and walk within a few hours and go to the
bathroom. They did diagnose a bladder infection while I was there,
and they sent me home on antibiotics and it has since cleared up.
I have never experienced that level of care in an American hospital-
and I hope that the way they do things in Rio Bravo will always be
the standard of care I hold myself to as a nurse and later, midwife.
The most painful moment of the whole experience was when Dr. Perez
pulled the tape from my epidural off of my sunburned back! I am
doing well, a little sore and tired after the long drive back that
included two flat tires but I feel really blessed that everything
was so wonderful.
Meeting Vesna was a real highlight of my trip - we really hit it
off! Sending all my love and prayers to all of you- I am going to go
lie down like Levi told me to.
Doc Perez and Tammy