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Thank you for all the information. I am scheduled for Aug 10th and getting a little nervous but think it is more about the pre op diet and traveling. So thanks for sharing your experience.

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On 07/09/2018 at 14:13, Michellemtp said:

Thank you for all the information. I am scheduled for Aug 10th and getting a little nervous but think it is more about the pre op diet and traveling. So thanks for sharing your experience.
Me too!

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6 hours ago, Michellemtp said:

Thank you for all the information. I am scheduled for Aug 10th and getting a little nervous but think it is more about the pre op diet and traveling. So thanks for sharing your experience.

Best of luck to you!

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@bubbles I’m having my procedure on Weds and also staying at Real Inn. So good to know it’s clean and modern! Can’t wait.

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On 06/28/2018 at 09:28, BubblesCT said:



My surgery will be performed today. I arrived in Tijuana Mexico last night with no problems. I was picked up at San Diego airport by a driver(Rene) from BariatricPal, he was professional and kind. He drove me to my hotel, waited while I checked in, and showed me to my room. Since I'm traveling alone, this was much appreciated. The hotel is called the Real Inn, it's nice, clean and the beds are super cozy. I'm now just waiting for 9:30 to roll around so I can be transported to the hospital for the sleeve procedure. I will check back in to update my experience. I know when researching this it helped to hear from others experiences so hopefully, this will help someone out there.




The most challenging part was traveling from the east to west coast on the pre-op diet. I packed dried chicken stock to mix with hot Water on the plane. There was nothing much else to eat on the clear liquid diet while traveling. The sugar-free Jello goes straight through me and the sugar-free popsicles would melt while traveling. I wish I bought more sugar-free drinks at the airport to bring to the hotel room last night because I was really thirsty. Woke up starving and definitely dehydrated from my travels yesterday. I'm looking forward to an IV drip of fluids at this point.




I will post my experiences throughout my stay here in Tijuana Mexico.


Bubbles, how are you doing?

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On 8/9/2018 at 2:23 PM, CNCAnn said:
On 6/28/2018 at 10:28 AM, BubblesCT said:


My surgery will be performed today. I arrived in Tijuana Mexico last night with no problems. I was picked up at San Diego airport by a driver(Rene) from BariatricPal, he was professional and kind. He drove me to my hotel, waited while I checked in, and showed me to my room. Since I'm traveling alone, this was much appreciated. The hotel is called the Real Inn, it's nice, clean and the beds are super cozy. I'm now just waiting for 9:30 to roll around so I can be transported to the hospital for the sleeve procedure. I will check back in to update my experience. I know when researching this it helped to hear from others experiences so hopefully, this will help someone out there.


The most challenging part was traveling from the east to west coast on the pre-op diet. I packed dried chicken stock to mix with hot Water on the plane. There was nothing much else to eat on the clear liquid diet while traveling. The sugar-free Jello goes straight through me and the sugar-free popsicles would melt while traveling. I wish I bought more sugar-free drinks at the airport to bring to the hotel room last night because I was really thirsty. Woke up starving and definitely dehydrated from my travels yesterday. I'm looking forward to an IV drip of fluids at this point.


I will post my experiences throughout my stay here in Tijuana Mexico.

Bubbles, how are you doing?

Hi. I'm doing great, thanks for asking! I'm 6 weeks out and feeling great. I believe my start weight was 207 or even higher, I'm down to 185. I started using my Peleton bike last week which really seemed to jump start my weight loss after a little stall. No pain, the restriction is wonderful, feeling my clothes become looser, and my scars are fading. I forget that I had the surgery, it feels like forever ago. Best decision of my life!

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On 7/9/2018 at 9:43 PM, soph504 said:

@bubbles I’m having my procedure on Weds and also staying at Real Inn. So good to know it’s clean and modern! Can’t wait.

How did your surgery go? I hope you are healing well.

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On 7/9/2018 at 4:15 PM, CNCAnn said:
On 7/9/2018 at 3:13 PM, Michellemtp said:

Thank you for all the information. I am scheduled for Aug 10th and getting a little nervous but think it is more about the pre op diet and traveling. So thanks for sharing your experience.

Me too!

Good luck today! Keep me posted on your progress.

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Hi BubblesCT

can you give us an update? I too was sleeved on June 28th but I was at Hospital Angels with Dr Corvala. Same experience as you. The hospital was more like staying at a four star hotel. Felt very safe their. Had a huge staff of 3 different doctors and tons of nurses. Down 43 pounds so far losing about 2 pounds per week now. Tell us how things are going with you. Most of all tell me about your peloton. I want one so badly.

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On 9/1/2018 at 6:35 AM, Lily’sMom said:

Hi BubblesCT

can you give us an update? I too was sleeved on June 28th but I was at Hospital Angels with Dr Corvala. Same experience as you. The hospital was more like staying at a four star hotel. Felt very safe their. Had a huge staff of 3 different doctors and tons of nurses. Down 43 pounds so far losing about 2 pounds per week now. Tell us how things are going with you. Most of all tell me about your peloton. I want one so badly.

Hi Lily'sMom

I'm feeling good. I'm down 27 pounds since my surgery. I wish I was loosing more rapidly but at least I'm loosing. Congrats on your 43-pound weight loss. That is amazing. Do you adhere to a certain diet, or just using the restriction to limit the quantity of food you eat? I love my peloton, it's my therapy. The best investment I have made besides my sleeve!

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