My daughter and I just returned from PN and Dr. Alvarez. My daughter had the sleeve surgery. It went very well. I stayed in her room with her on a fold-out couch. The hospital supplied me with linens. The people there could not have been more helpful and kind. There is also a cordless phone outside the room in the lounge area for any and all calls you want to make to friends and family. Free of charge, as the cell phone rates there would have been very high esp. the roaming charges. We were met at the Holiday Inn Express by Rosy our van driver. She took us across the border to the hospital Dau was checked in, met with Dr. Alvarez and his staff, weighed, x-rayed, prepped for surgery, IV, then some happy juice and she was off to surgery. Within 1-2 hours she was back in her room with all the equipment, monitoring and IV drip/ After about 3 hours she asked for and received some pain medication. Seems the only discomfort she had was a burning sensation at the incision. So this is Thursday AM. She was discharged Saturday AM and we were taken back across the border to my truck. We loaded up and drove back to Florida. 900 miles.
In the hospital they try to have a Bi-Lingual person on duty. Jessica was our main POC. At night it was Jesus, a nice young man.
I managed to keep busy with the local restaurant around the corner. I also jumped on the local bus to the market. That cost $6.50 peso. (13 Peso to the dollar) I was a bit hesitant on doing so, but I had no problems and if with the kind folks on the bus, we all managed to get across to the bus driver where I wanted to go. The small eatery accross from the hospital is La Casita. Seems their speciality is empananas. #1. is the "Buffalo", chicken, goat cheese, etc. #2. Is the "Popeye", has spinach and cheese in it. They cost about $40 peso each. ($3). If you are worried about venturing out Jessica will escort you there when she is not busy with patients.
The Vonage phone service was out one morning, as was the internet. They got it back on around noon. There are computers in the room, in the lounge area. But no password was provided us, and one computer had no mouse. Jessica signed on to one for me, but then no internet access. But--I had my own laptop PLUS, Dr. Alvarez loans you a MAC Tablet for your stay.
My main complaint was there was no hot water for the shower in the room. 3 days and we were ready for a shower. But, all in all, it was a successful venture.
If anyone has any questions just ask.