Hi guys! I’m back and the procedure was a success! Allow me to share with you our experience in India.
After the long flight my wife & I finally arrived in New Delhi around 10am. The airport is very nice, I admire the modern design it’s huge! We immediately went to the online visa counter. It was a breeze the immigration officer is really nice. What a way to start our journey
I remember Dr Bhatti advised us to buy sim card in the airport. While we’re in queue we notice two groups of foreigner back out from buying the sim card, and then when it was our turn, we find the price of the sim card package expensive, and we thought we can buy it much cheaper somewhere in the city, so we also backed out. Well that’s what we thought. If we bought the sim card we can use an Uber taxi from the airport, and I don’t think that uber taxi will be more expensive compare to Meru airport taxi that we took going to our hotel.
When we arrived in our hotel, we rested a few minutes and decided to have our lunch in the mall. We took a tuktuk going to Ambience Mall, I think we paid INR 100.00 for that ride, it was an experienced! I read many reviews about the drivers in India. I thought they were exaggerating about the horrendous driving in India. I’ve been in Vietnam and Philippines. I thought I had experienced dangerous streets. I’m also a driver by the way, and most of my passenger would say that I drive fast. Well going back to our tuktuk ride. Wow! My right foot constantly stiffens. It’s like I’m constantly trying to step on a break of a car. I hope you get the idea. The tuk tuk has no window or door that we could close, so we need to be extra careful and more vigilant with the surroundings, we also passed a street that was not yet paved cement, it is kind a dusty or should I say very dusty.
When we arrived at the mall I think it was around 3pm Indian time that is 5:30pm Honk Kong time, it means we are famished, so we decided to have our late lunch first. Like many of us we would like to know the culture and the food of the foreign country that we visit so we decided to choose an Indian restaurant. I forgot the name of the restaurant, but we ordered biryani rice with mutton, curry chicken with pita bread. I tell you it was a delight! I didn’t expect that I would like Indian food. At first I thought Indian food would taste weird for me, just out of curiosity and being adventurous we’ve tried it and liked it!
We were stuffed! And next stop was to buy a sim card. We went to Airtel one of the leading network company in India, I took the advice of the person seated beside me, before we landed in Delhi and he recommended me to get sim card from Airtel. Unfortunately we were not allowed to purchase a sim card; we needed a person that is a residence of India that they can confirm where we are staying. Even though we already presented our passport, picture and show them which hotel we are staying. So my advice is if you plan to get a sim card in India, get it in the airport. So it would be activated and can be used as soon as possible, the price in the market or mall are not be that much of a difference compared in the airport. To make the story short I didn’t get my sim card that day, I got my sim card on the next day when we’re on our way to Taj Mahal and it is hard to find airtel in that area, so I got it from Vodafone. By the way the mobile internet service in India was very poor. I have not consumed even ? of the data service that I bought.
Via online we booked a private package tour which includes Taj Mahal and Agra fort. Sorry I forgot the name of the travel company. A driver would pick you up early in the morning and drive you to Agra, there we met our tour guide. Taj Mahal is truly a wonder; you need to see it for yourself! We enjoyed it so much not just the beauty and structure of the building, but also the story and history of many people exerted so much effort and sacrifice to build the building.
We went back early to catch Kingdom of Dreams. Our schedule didn’t allow us to see any show, so we just had our dinner there. When we were about to go home, the place is like a ghost town. There’s no public transportation available and its peach black in the area considering it’s a tourist attraction. We were a little scared.
Next day we had an early morning flight to Chandigarh. We were picked up by Dr. Bhatti’s driver, Mr Sachin. He is very nice and helpful to us, and he brought us to our hotel and helped us with our things. Later that afternoon we went to Dr. Bhatti for initial check-up. He assesses the area & hair strands required to be transplanted.
The following day we went to the clinic early in the morning. It’s the day of my procedure. I was the first patient that day. Dr Bhatti usually does two procedures a day. Big procedure goes 1st then 2nd is the small procedure. So it means I have more graft compared to the other patient.
First he put ice on my head, and then he injected anaesthesia. He repeats it until he covers the back part of my head where he will extract hair. The he waited for a while and checked if the anaesthesia is already working before he started the extraction process. In some part of my head I felt pain and the sound of the extraction made it worst so I told them which part are hurting so they can put more anaesthesia. Dr Bhatti himself did this procedure. During the extraction I was facing down on the operating table it took a while before he got all the graft that he needed. I was having back pain and stiff neck; it was really uncomfortable not to mention some pain caused by the extraction. I guess I really need a lot of hair. I wish I could have a break and stretch my back but the extraction should be done in one go without break.
Then after that incision would start right away, this time I would be in a sitting position, now I’m in a better and more comfortable position Dr Bhatti also did this procedure. We had a little break and ate our lunch, and then I went back in the operating table then planting started, this is done by the nurses you just need to sit back and relax while waiting for the planting to be completed because this would take a while.
After the procedure Dr Bhatti and his staff cleaned my head and explained to me the after care, they also gave me a medicine and when to take it. You can also check youtube if you forget any part of the instructions.
Then the next morning we went back to the clinic for final check-up before we went back home. I also bought minoxidil and finasteride. I guess this will hasten the growth of my hair.
Thanks everyone! I hope you enjoyed reading as I enjoyed writing this