The hospital is old, not like modern
American facilities, like something out of the sixties. The beds
have to be hand cranked, no big rack of electronic equipment to
monitor you in your room, maybe it exists on other floors. The
surgery room seemed to be about the same as the outpatient center
where my brow lift was just done.
But the doctor's
and hospital staff is what makes it unique. Anywhere from 1-3
nurses are constantly checking to see if you need anything, as
well as your vital signs. They hold your hand and rub your arms
or shoulders to re-assure you. They are always pleasant and smiling.
I felt safe
and never experienced any fear of what might happen during surgery.
on the first day took 2 hours to do the waist reduction liposuction
and take the hair graft from the back of my head. A spinal block
was used. I awoke in my room with one of the Doctor's staff holding
The second day
was rough. The surgery lasted 3.5 hours (I watched the clock tick
ever so slowly), under local anesthesia, while 3 people inserted
2000 single hairs. If I was to do this again I would pay extra
to have it done under general anesthesia. That night, one of the
Doctors staff members was assign to spend the night in the room
with me. It seems the first night I got out of bed several times,
would walk around the room for a while and then get back into
bed. I have no remembrance of this.The hospital had called the
Doctor during the night to let him know what I was doing. So someone
was assigned to watch over me to insure I did not hurt myself.
I did wake up about 2am in pain and sat up. Within a couple of
minutes Ying was up and asking me if I hurt and had the night
nurse in to give me a shot of pain medicine.
from the hospital was delayed until mid afternoon. During the
early morning I had registered a slight fever and until they where
positive I was not getting an infection I was held there.
a staff member picks me up at the motel and takes me to the clinic
to clean my scalp. We are all encouraged to come to the clinic
to rest or use the computer. The idea is to help us not feel alone
or fell stuck in our rooms.
a day staff members go to the other girl's room to clean and dilate
them. I have read were some doctors do the bottom surgery, teach
the person how to clean and dilate, and then pretty much leave
them on their own. These girls will not be allowed to do it themselves
until they have healed sufficiently. I think I like this approach
are 3 other girls here from the US that have just had their bottom
surgery. A Russian immigrant from Chicago, one from Salt Lake
City and one from West Virginia. So now Jacquin, Dominique and
myself get together every morning for breakfast and dinner and
talk for hours. They are both very pleased with their surgery,
how they are treated and the results. Tomorrow we hope that all
three of us will be permitted to go to the mall and try a little
shopping. Unfortunately the Russian girl stays by herself, but
she did have breakfast with us this morning.
motel rooms are small, but clean and modern. Food is cheap and
very good. A full dinner buffet is only $5 US. The room rate includes
the breakfast buffet.
is not the prettiest place I have ever been but the people are
the best: friendly, polite and caring. We are treated with dignity
by everyone. The motel staff always treat each of us as ladies,
and right now I pretty much look like a Cro-Magnon man that has
been in a fight and lost (I also had 19 hours of blend electrolysis
over a 2 week time span before leaving Dayton).
to the Doctor and his staff, they are just wonderful. It is like
you have been adopted into a big caring, gentle and loving family.
They are constantly checking on you and seeing if there is anything
you need. Even when you think you don't need anything they bring
you water or something to eat to keep your strength up while you
are at the clinic. I was told not to worry about anything, and
everything is always taken care of or arranged. It is nice not
to have to worry. They are available at all hours if we need anything.
trip has served its purpose, I have completed 2 more small surgeries
on my transition journey, I am comfortable with coming to Thailand
for my SRS. With first hand knowledge my uncertainty about SRS
and which SRS surgeon has ended. I have made two new girlfriends
who are elated with their new bodies and we all are healing nicely.
In less then 9 months I plan to come back to Bangkok (assuming
a couple of other doctor's concurrence) for a longer stay and
again put my trust in the hands of Dr Pichet and his staff.
Joanne from USA