Three Recent Patient Testimonials

(1) November 15-21, 2009   My Detox at Las Vegas Rapid Detox Medical Clinic by Dr. Thomas Yee

 It is 7:35 in the morning at the beginning of a beautiful day and day ten free of addiction.

This is an experience I went thru on the dates above.  I am writing this on the day after Thanksgiving, November 27, 2009.  I am also writing this so that but by the grace of God, I never forget this experience.

The trip began on Sunday, November 15th two days after my dad's 90th birthday.  My friend Kurt was accompanying me to Las Vegas.  We left SB in the early afternoon headed for his daughter's house in the San Fernando Valley.  She would then take us to Burbank Airport for a short flight to Vegas.

A new day dawns as I head down to the hotel lobby to meet Dr. Yee at his clinic.  One of his tech's, Ben will pick me up for the short drive over to the clinic.  I finally meet Dr. Yee in the afternoon at his clinic.  He looks to be a man in his late forties early fifties and is very friendly as well as professional.  We chat, I pay him, he answers all my questions and more as he has done over the past two months.  The big question I had was how does this procedure work?  Dr. Yee explained that the opiates bond to the receptors in our brain so during the procedure he was going to administer 5 bottles of an antagonist named Naloxne and this drug actually pushes the opiates right out of those receptors.  Technology in the 21st century.  Boy, I am glad I was born when I was.

.  Why did I wait two months?  A year ago I thought I would start taking methadone instead of pain pills and he quickly informed back in early September that he cannot do his procedure until I am off the methadone for two months as it remains in the fatty tissue of the body and if you went through the procedure you would still suffer withdrawals.  I abruptly stopped taking my daily dose of 30mg of methadone.  Withdrawls did begin a day later so I filled my prescription of Oxycontin.  My Oxycontin use escalated drastically up to 450mgs per day.  I would crush the oxycontin and then snort them.

As we end our conversation he hands me a giant bottle of Glyco and asked me to fill it up to the line, quite a substantial amount of liquid and drink it that evening.  It would clean out my system for the next day's procedure and it did.

Tuesday, Nov. 17:

Dr. Yee picked me up at 7 AM and we headed for his clinic.  He spoke with me for the 10-15 minute ride to his clinic.  Arrived and went up stairs.  Ben, his tech was also there.  I stripped down and put on some large diapers for any accidents that may happen during the 8 hour procedure.  I then lay down on the hospital bed as Dr. Yee carefully placed an IV into my arm.  Moments later I felt myself drifting off and then the next thing you know you are waking up.  I believe it was now 4-5 PM.  Dr. Yee sat close by for the next 5 hours as I came out of the anesthesia.  There was a male nurse also there at this time and his name was Mike.  The guys helped me to the restroom and back to bed.  I was now very cold so Dr. Yee had a small portable heater and placed it under my sheet and boy did that feel good.  Thanks for that one Dr. Yee.  At 9 PM we left for a recovery home that was not occupied.  Recovery Solutions I believe was there name and they operated a series of homes for alcoholics/addicts to spend 2-4 weeks there.  Dr. Yee, Ben as well as Mike accompanied me in and introduced me to the owner.  All were considerate and kind.  I soon feel back to sleep for the night.

Wednesday, Nov 18:

My day begins very slowly.  I look thru the curtains and see it is day light.  Soon I get up and walk to the bathroom and I make it.  I do feel okay however I am very tired.  Ben and Mike hear that I am up and are soon by my side.  Go through the usual procedure of checking my blood pressure and take two pills.  One is Imodium and the other is Colnodine.  We go down stairs and there is a bagel a gal name Dani brought for me.  I take two bites and it does go down.  That's it for food.  We hang out and watch tv and Mike in particular talks to me a lot about what to expect over the next few days.  Around 10am I finally take a hot shower and it really is pure ecstasy.  At 11am Dani arrives and I soon find out she is the PR person for Recovery Solutions.  Young and attractive it is a pleasure to spend time with her.  She takes Mike and I out to lunch while Ben leaves for the hospital to work.  We go to a Mexican restaurant and I ate a few chips as well as three bites of Albondiga Soup.  Dani soon goes to work on me asking about insurance and if I would like to stay for a longer period of time.  I thank her and let her know that I was clean and sober for over ten years in my town and that I had a great support group back there of AA etc.  I asked if she could take me to an AA meeting and she did and it was great on day one.  The rest of the day consisted of rest and a bit of walking around.  An important note, NO WITHDRAWLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, Nov 19:

This day consisted of much like the day before however I was up most of the day and into the evening.  Mike and I took a walk out into the desert and it was good.  Exertion is difficult however it does not kill me and my body is slowly coming back to life.  I decide with Mike that I would like to go back to my hotel.  I would be more comfortable there.  We leave by 2 pm for the Palace Station Hotel.  My friend is there and we decide to walk down and take a Jacuzzi.  I am so tired I feel like a dead man walking however I make it and the water feels awesome.  Ate ½ of a taco for dinner and watch tv for the rest of the evening.  Dr. Yee has me take a sleeping aid for the first week and it helps me rest peacefully.

Friday, Nov 20:

I wake up at 5 am and head down to Starbucks for a cup of tea and a muffin.  It is hard to get the food down but it does go down and it stays down.  Yeah!!!!!!  The simple pleasures of life.  Dr. Yee arrives early and checks me out.  Brings me a blood pressure machine, vitamins and a box of 5 hour energy drinks.  Again answers any and all questions.  My buddy and I take walks and I rest in between.  We walk to a hamburger stand and I actually eat half of it.  Another yeah!!!!!!!!!!  It is a good day.

Saturday, Nov 21:

Flying home tonight and I can hardly wait.  Dr. Yee visits again and promises me I will feel better on a daily basis.  Remember:  There were no withdrawls for me.  Tired, yes, pain, vomiting, abdominal cramps and sweats NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We check out of the hotel and head for the airport.  Boy, when at the airport it seemed liked we walked for ever but I did it.  While waiting for our plane we split a turkey sandwich and it tasted good.  Again the simple pleasures of life.  A short flight to Burbank and a two hour drive to Santa Barbara arriving home at 11 pm. I say hi to my wife and my son Ryan and eat again.

That was my experience for those six days.  Today it is November 30, 2009 and the beginning of day 13 with no drugs or alcohol.  Today I am alive and it feels great.  I thank God for another beautiful day.  I am sleeping 6 hours each night un aided for a week now.  I have to push myself to walk but I am walking further each day.  Food is the best.  It tastes so good.  By the way this past Thanksgiving we had quite a few family members over and I had a good day.  We walked and talked on the beach, rode dirt motorcycles and had 13 family members over for dinner.  Also played games into the evening.  By nine pm I was in bed and asleep.  I made it through the day and was fine.

I believe Dr. Yee's procedure was a success for me.  I can only imagine what kicking 450mg of oxycontin cold turkey would feel like.  It would be excrutiating.  Yes, the procedure is expensive but still in the mid range compared with other places.  I placed my life in the hands of this man and in a professional and compassionate manner he brought me back to life.  I am free from addiction. 

Thank you Dr. Yee and thank you God.

My name is Bill living in Santa Barbara, Ca.  If you would like to speak with me about my experience please feel free to e-mail to wbreish@cox.net.

Oh, by the way, today is the beginning of day 14 and I feel great.  There is nothing like living life clean and sober.

Bye.

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(2) Recent testimonial from a female patient                             January 2010

Testimonial:

If you’re reading my testimonial; you probably have been doing a lot of searching on the internet looking for a way to get off of your narcotic of choice.  I went from website to chat rooms to this or that…I’ve ended up at Dr. Yee’s sight for a variety of reasons.  I am a “middle-age” woman (did I say that); having had surgeries and really any and all excuses to take RX drugs for most of my adult life.  Of course, I have also had a multitude of detox experiences as well.  Did you get as scared as I did when you read….don’t do rapid detox…it’s a nightmare…NOT with Dr. Yee!!!

Seven years ago I went to the W******* institute; my first and only other supposed “rapid detox” no withdrawal, experience.  I arrived to get hooked up to a mobile morphine unit; was taken to a gym for physical testing; then the next morning I was taken up to a surgery type of center on a hospital cart for my “rapid detox” which lasted 1 ½ to 2 hours.  I woke up in a fog; I had IV’s connected to my arms; a diaper with a severe case of the runs; I was literally “out of it”.  To get off of this negative experience; I’ll end it by saying my human dignity was compromised; and my friend saw my condition; took me to her home outside of LA to help me convalesce after the “kind of” detox from W*******.

I also tried Subutex twice; you see, I really wanted off of the pills…but didn’t want to withdraw.  Sound familiar?  The first Subutex/Suboxone (don’t remember) was in a 4 day “mental hospital” that my insurance covered; it was “literally crazy”.  When I weaned off of the Subutex I ended up in a treatment center because I became emotionally unstable.  Subutex 2nd round was a place out of LA (found on the internet); they weaned me off of the Subutex as well; when I got down to ½ of a pill; I freaked out again…back to treatment center for R&R.

It is now time to end my RX Opiate Journey. My grandson picked up a 5mg oxycodone and handed it to my significant other.  Luckily, he didn’t swallow it.  That was the end for me!   I found Dr. Yee on the internet, and like you, I was skeptical.  I thought, oh no…he’s going to take my $, put me to sleep and I’ll still be addicted.  I called Bill on the other testimonial; he was great!  I said, do you work for Dr. Yee…is this a “set up internet scam”?  I had to “trust” (hard for a lying addict).

I checked all of Dr. Yee’s credentials, asked him many personal and probably offensive questions; he was so kind and compassionate.  I found him to be totally non-judgmental, explaining things to me in his calm manner.  He also made sure that my dignity stayed in tact through out the whole procedure.

They picked me up in a limo; took me to a nice room where I would go after my detox 8-9 hour treatment.  Dr. Yee picked me up and brought me to the clinic and explained the procedure from beginning to end.  He set me up with Danny and Cathy (a woman for me, how sweet); so she could help me take a shower at the room after the procedure.

Honestly, I felt no withdrawal after the procedure.  It is now day 17 and I’ve been able to work again with a very clear head; I have no regrets and have much gratitude to Dr. Yee and his staff for getting me off of the opiates without withdrawing. .

There is a lot more I can say, but you’ll get bored….I would be more than happy to speak with you about Dr. Yee and his process;  his compassionate nature and how this was a true gift for me.  I am very grateful.

You can email me at R1888@aol.com  and I’ll get back with you with any questions you might have.

It’s hard to trust; but believe in the possible.  I did and I’ll be more than happy to share my experiences with you.

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(3) From a female patient's father

 
Thank you Dr. Yee for all you did for my daughter. She is doing fine and attending her meetings daily rain or shine. Your professional caring and concern was a great part in A.M.'s recovery before and after her proceedure.
 
Thank you,