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Friday, May 29, 2015

Obese Issue

Ok... here is where I am. I need to lose at least 6 pounds to be under 30BMI. I only have 8 days to do it. I am disappointed in myself but I am not going to quit. I am off for summer break. So I plan on eating all protein shakes and yogurt for the next week. I am going to enlist the help of my husband and get this done. I have worked to hard to get so close. I do not want to not have the doctor of my choice. He knows me and I feel very comfortable using him.
So... That is what I am dealing with right now. On the upside I have been packing and only have few items left to get.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Things to remember

As we read reviews and talk to others things I have to remember are....

  • freeze gym member ship
  • inform bank and CC of my trip
  • purchase travel card in advance to save time when i get to the DR
  • wear the faja for at least 3 months for the prescribed # of hours
  • have adequate time to regain great circulation to avoid embolisms
  • Request wheelchair assistance for the trip home preferably in advance when I check in online. 
  • Get gifts for Dr. and RH staff

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy -done 4/25
  • Register with STEP-done 4/2015

Interesting websites

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Lymphatic Massages

Local Places I want to possibly check out post op. - This is the current front runner as she has an instagram showing her work with post op patients.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hemo Update

I can't believe that my surgery is less than 3 weeks away. I couldn't get my doctor to order another blood test  so I went to on of the sites. I got my results  in under 24 hours for only $50. 

My hemoglobin level is now 13. I am so excited. Now I can shop and finish packing. the prescription iron my dr. Gave me really did the trick.. I did add some beet root for good measure also. 

Things personally have Been super busy and I just need to get through this weekend and I can focus on's overdue and I am feeling the effects of all of the ripping and running I have been doing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


What I spent so far (updated 4/25/2015)
175 Passport
  10 Vitamins
325 Surgery Deposit
100 Recovery House Deposit
  25 Visit with PCP and bloodwork & EKG (2/20)
 20 Snacks & more vitamins (2/27)
 40 clothes for post op and beyond (2/28)
 25 Visit with PCP and bloodwork (3/26)
135 R/T Plane Ticket (I had a $500 voucher-4/22)
  50 CBC @ anylabtest

Total:  $905

What I left to spend/buy
  • PCP visit and blood work-had 2 visit and need some follow up visits (estimated $50-$75)
  • Recovery House (Balance $800)
  • Surgery (Balance $4650)
  • Surgery Supplies -Faja ($150-$200)
  • Massages Post-op ($250)
  • Transportation (estimated $100)
  • Post-op Gifts (estimated $75)

Outstanding Total: $6150

Disclaimer: I like numbers that end in either 5 or 0. So I will round up.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

S.T.E.P. Enrollment

I made a move in the direction of my dream. LOL. I registered with the US Embassy and the STEP. 

So they know that I am traveling to Santo Domingo for medical tourism. I also made my last 2 doctors appointments before my surgery. Super excited. Praying for good news in terms of my hemo as it was only 11.7. I have been diligent in taking my Integra (prescription). So I am hopeful. 
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