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Friday, February 27, 2015

Having High Hemo

We all know the importance of having a high hemoglobin level before surgery.

Here is what I have researched and found to be ways to raise and/or keep your hemo level high.

My hemo level was....9.3 and that was very upsetting.But I am moving forward to get my levels up.

Here is a chart of the multivitamins and minerals I have started taking to get my hemo levels up. I am possibly going to switch of the Iron tabs for a prescription form my PP.


Throughout this journey I have a ton of questions. Questions for my doctor, my recovery house, and of my fellow surgery dolls. So I will use this page to post the questions I have and the answers I received from

Dr. Fernandez-Goico

Feb. 20
How many surgeries do you do in a day?  You only one that day. I only do one surgery if it a combined surgery.
Can I send you or Karel my list of what to pack to make sure that I have everything that I need? Send it to Karel as I have no idea if you would be missing something. Lots of things in the girl department that I don;t know much about.

Feb. 17
Do you provide compression socks? Yes we do. Open toes.
Should I get a back up pair?
Do you think my belly button will move with my tummy tuck or will you make me a new one?
Can I be heart shaped.  I'm sorry but whoever performs that cannot be a board certified plastic surgeon.

Feb. 14
How many weeks do I have to wait before I can drive? 4 weeks before driving
Workout--like walking or elliptical? 4-6 weeks for the elliptical, let's see how you recover.

Feb. 10
What are "dog ears'? How common are they? Can I do anything to prevent them? Dog ears should not happen ever. They are excess skin left in the border of the incisions and they can be corrected immediately during the surgery.  I have have 'dog ears'.

Feb. 3
How could/would my cycle effect my cycle/ What and how far ahead should I take additional iron? Start now, 300mg daily. You hemo goes down a little with your period.  Have Vitamin C separate 1000mg as well and stop 2 weeks before surgery. 

Feb. 2
How long does botox last? About 4-6 months.

Feb. 1
What tummy tuck procedure do you usually use? I use several different techniques to prevent seromas. For example suturing the inner fat layer to the muscle to close the dissection among other techniques. I use a special drainage system which theoretically cannot get clogged.

Also do you/can you severe my eye brow frown lines while I am getting other procedures?   It is temporary and I stopped doing them because//long term effect is not good.

Jan. 25
Can I instead take the lipo on my thighs(instead of my flanks and lower back)? Don't worry I'll do your thighs as well.

Jan. 21
how strict the 14 day rule? I would recommend 10-14 days. But let's say your a slow healer...You'll go home without being completely recovered.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

mid-February Check in

My oh my... I have made great progress in my journey. My deposit has been sent to my doctor and my recovery house. I also went to my primary care physician(PCP) and had an EKG and a complete blood work up. My PCP is not fully supportive of my trip to the Dominican Republic(DR) for surgery(sx). However, she is not refusing to help me prepare for the journey.

I got my blood work back and it is not where I want it to be. I need to be above 13 and it is currently at 9.3.

My Dr. has suggested an iron supplementation and I am open to taking it. I am also going to take my multi-vitamin, folic acid, and b12.

This diagnosis has opened my eyes to why I feel the way I do.  I read an article from Women's Health magazine.

The symptoms they listed in the 

10 Signs You Have an Iron Deficiency

article include:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Apathy
  • Breathlessness
  • Pale skin
  • TRouble doing your workout
  • Crazy sore muscles
  • Brittle nails
  • Frequent infections
  • Pink or red urine

I can easily identify with 8 of 10 of these. The most surprising symptom was apathy. It has to do with the nuerotransmitters... Crazy right.

My weight loss isn't happening and it is my own fault. I have to be so much more diligent when it comes to what and how i eat. I also need to amp up my physical fitness.

Monday, February 16, 2015

What to pack

I have been thinking a lot lately about what all I need to purchase and pack for my DREAM Trip.  I am using the email from the quotes from the doctors as well as what I read on and advice from the SX gal pals.

Update... 2/16/2015
I have removed a few items from my list as Serenity RH has them for me. :-)
I am also going to resort this list into categories.


  • Robe
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Loose clothing: maxi dresses((PM)), sweats, pajamas
  • Towel & wash cloths
  • Under garments ((PM))
  • Wife Beaters preferably t-shirts(6 minimum)- fajas dig into your skin.

Hygienic Items

  • Alcohol pads
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Baby wipes/Feminine Wipes (4 packs0f 60) unscented ((PM))
  • Bandaids **
  • Blanket ((PM)) 
  • Compression socks (Dr. FG to provide...?)
  • GoGirl or P E-z *
  • Hand sanitizer **
  • Heating pad *
  • Hibiclens *
  • Mederma *
  • Mouthwash **
  • Neosporin **
  • Pads
  • Thick maxi pads**
  • Tooth paste and tooth brush **


  • Arnica gel...? *
  • Benadryl pills**
  • Diurex **
  • Ducolax **
  • Iron Pills **
  • Multivitamin **
  • Stool softener **
  • Tylenol ES and PM **


  • Extension Cords/Surge Protector
  • iPad
  • Lanyard **
  • MasterLock *
  • Neck Pillow   *
  • Passport
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle with filter

Provided by the RH

((PM))- PLASTIMEDIC surgery bag item
* added to wish list
** gonna get locally
Links from Real Self

Pre-op Guidelines

Yay for me.

I have sent my deposit and it has been received. My surgery is scheduled with Dr. Fernandez-Goico on June 12th. I am beyond excited. I am now going to secure a recovery house and shop for my tickets. So excited.

I got my email confirmation of my surgery date, my account summery, and  a medical history form. I love how professional his office is.

Update on 2/08/2015
I have sent my deposit to Serenity RH. I am excited to have the behind me. I feel great about choosing them They have been very easy to reach and the reviews I have read on RS and FB have been very promising. They also come recommended by Dr. FG.

Next update: I took a trip out of town for work. They overbooked the flight so I volunteered to take a later flight in exchange for a flight voucher. So now I have $500 flight cash. That makes my roundtrip ticket range from $50-80. How cool is that...?

I am currently taking a daily vitamin, Vitamin C, an Iron pill, with a stool softener. I go to my PCP on Thursday and I plan on getting blood work to get a baseline on my numbers.
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