A couple of years ago I decided to have a septo-rhinoplasty, upper eyelid surgery and a chin implant. I paid around $5000 for the surgeries that would have cost me 2 or 3 times as much in the states. It was my first time traveling internationally and it was quite an experience. Be careful when your itinerary shows that you have a connecting flight because we thought we had 40 minutes to get to the flight but we almost missed it. Everyone was seated already and they were about the taxi out to the runway, as it turns out we only had 20 minutes to make the flight. Thank God we try to be early for everything. Once we landed and went through customs there was supposed to be someone waiting for us with a sign with my name on it but no one was there. We were in Mexico and we did not speak a lick of Spanish. I was trying to communicate with the airport workers and no one understood me at all. The part of Mexico that I traveled to did not readily accept the USD so I tried to exchange the currency and had the hardest time doing so. It just so happened that before my mom and I left home that I looked at the name of the hotel that we were staying at, which had a spanish name. I was able to tell the airport workers the name and they had a taxi carry us there.
I was counting on the man being at the airport to pick us up, so it had not been that important to me to go over everything. We surely would have been stranded without it. I tried to call the doctor’s office to see what happened but my cell phone did not work in Mexico. Before I left I called nextel and asked them to enable calling internationally but somehow that was not done. I was only able to used direct connect which did me no good in Mexico.
Rule Number 1
Make sure you know your hotel location and name. Get the phone number to where you will be staying and any other contacts you need. Make sure your cell phone provider has enabled international calling and make an inbound and outbound test call before you go.
Once we arrived at the hotel we decided to do some sightseeing before we called it a night. We thought we were hailing a taxi but as it turned out we got in the car with a local man who was posing as a taxi by sitting in the line of car with the other green cars.
Rule Number 2
Try to take the hotel shuttle when you venture out from your hotel. Be sure to schedule ahead of time as they sometimes have other guests to pick up at certain times.
The next day I went into the surgeon’s office to prepare for surgery and get my blood work done. Everything was pretty uneventful. The following day was surgery and it went off without a hitch. When you wake up from anesthesia you will be cold and shaking. My mind woke up before my body did. I remember trying to tell my body to move and my mouth to talk. I could not talk nor could I move even though I knew I wanted to. This is part of the disconnection that anesthesia causes. It seemingly separates your brain from your body. Once I was able to speak, I noticed that I was not in any pain. I went back to the hotel to get rest. The food in Mexico was much different than I expected, though still tasty nonetheless. I made a mistake of ordering a sandwich that I would have to open my mouth wide for and chew.
Rule Number 3
Try to buy pudding, jello or other snacks that do not require chewing if you are having facial work done. This will also save money for you as room service gets very expensive.
There is not much you can do when you are incapacitated from surgery in a foreign land and your tv is not speaking back to you in the language that it used to. So I found myself desperate for entertainment.
Rule Number 4
Try to bring books, music or other forms of entertainment that you like. You will be off your feet for several days and spending much time lying in bed and that gets very boring. Bringing entertainment will keep you from being in the mirror so much.
After my post-op visit I decided I wanted to leave a couple of days early. The doctor advised against it. He took my stitches out of my nose too early and this is the part that I regret.
Rule Number 5
Stay the duration of the time the doctor recommends you to stay. Because of my stitches being taken out too early I was left with somewhat visible scars under my nose. Every day matters when you have just had surgery and they body is trying its best to heal, and it is best that you allow that process to take place undisturbed.
We traveled back home with no problems and in spite of the scars, I love my results even still. If I could give one last word of advise, it would be do not get to your doctor and add surgeries. Stick with your game plan, which is your first mind and that is always right.