Dear Dr. Levin,
I have been meaning to write up a story on my little girl since I had her a year ago and send to you, but I just haven't found the time. I apologize for it taking so long to say "Thank you" to you and your staff. I know you hear it all the time, but I really do thank you for giving us our daughter. Here's my story in a nutshell if you would like to use it.
I had my tubes tied in October, 1999, when I was 22 years old after having only 1 child. My son, Austin, was born October 15, 1998. I had a difficult pregnancy near the end getting very sick and actually flat-lining in the hospital. I was quite a bit overweight and the doctors told me that I should not have any more children in my current state of health. I had signed the form to have the tubal ligation done at birth with Austin, but it had to be signed for 30 days prior to delivery. We wound up inducing early due to my health, so I didn't make it the required 30 days. It was a year before I ever went back and had the procedure done. The doctor cut and cauterized my tubes - the worst possible scenario for a reversal which I had told him was a possibility in the future - but that's how he chose to do it.
I had gastric bypass surgery in April 2002. I went in weighing 283 pounds at 5'7". The surgery went really well, and I lost about 120 pounds. I have kept the weight off for over six years now. I re-married in September 2004 to a childhood sweetheart. We immediately began talking about the possibility of having the reversal done. I had found Dr. Levin through an internet search a couple years prior during my first marriage when I was considering the reversal, but never went through with it. Considering that marriage ended badly, that was a good thing. I went back to Dr. Levin's website probably 100 times before we finally decided to just bite the bullet. I scheduled my surgery for September 11, 2006, the day after my 29th birthday. My husband, Andy, and I drove to Louisville the day before and stayed at the Hampton near the hospital. My surgery went well and both tubes were reattached. Dr. Levin advised us to wait six weeks before having intercourse to allow full healing. I had a difficult time recovering, mostly because I'm stubborn and don't listen as I should. Dr. Levin told me not to drive for 2 weeks, but I did anyway and hurt myself. I wound up with a bad hematoma and my incision repeatedly burst open. It did not heal on the outside completely for over 2 months. Word to the wise - if you have this procedure done - listen to the doctor! He tells you those things for good reason!
Andy works offshore, so he is gone for 2 weeks at a time. We decided we would try to conceive when he came home from his rotation in November. He came in on Thanksgiving Day. I was watching my calendar to figure the best days to try to conceive and we did the very next Thursday. First time was the charm for us. The pregnancy went very well. I started the pregnancy at 168 pounds and only gained 21 pounds. I was concerned about that due to the gastric bypass surgery, but it presented no problems for me. Hayden Abigayle Bozeman was born at 5:57 am, Monday, August 20, 2007 at Baptist East in Montgomery, Alabama. She was 7 lbs, 10 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. She was perfect.
I can't thank Dr. Levin and his staff enough for helping us have our darling baby girl.
I'm calendar watching again. We're working on getting our schedules together and trying to have another one. Andy would love to have a little boy, also, so hopefully I will be able to send another testimonial within the next year.
God Bless you and the work you do so well.
Andy, Austin and Hayden