Transition experiences: I experienced some gatekeeping for the first time in a long time. While I’ll still not certain that I’ll do it, I’ve had a consult for an orchiectomy, and I’ve been seeking insurance pre-approval. Part of this process is having my counselor send a letter to the doctor, (so much for informed consent,) to say, yes, I agree this person is a candidate for the surgery. She drug her feet.
She was out for a month for her own surgery and received the request right before she went out and then latched on to something I’d said in our last session that she wanted to follow up on with me. Instead of calling me or even emailing me, she sat on it until she returned and our first session on Friday.
A brief response on my part, and she was satisfied.
The whole thing has left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth and is a reminder that even when you tons of privilege, you’re still at the mercy of the system for medical care.
Emotional: Anger and sadness, mostly driven by relationship stuff, with a few bright spots here and there thrown in around work and a personal project I’ve been plugging away at.
Physical: I’ve been feeling borderline sick for a few days now. There’s a stomach bug going around and it could be that or stress.
Weight: 179 lbs.
Dose: 5 mg/day estradiol
[Looking for detailed information about male to female hormone replacement therapy dosing and effects? Read the Brief Overview of Feminizing Hormones post. You might also be interested in The Transwoman’s Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Tracking Chart.]