Monday, 6 August 2012

Transgender Olympics

I was watching the 10,000m final on Sunday night and thought this is like a metaphor for me a person who is transgender.
For most of the race all the runners stay in a tight group, not drawing attention to themselves. Sound familiar? Every so often one runner will break free and then retreat into the pack to blend in again. This goes on for most of the race. Then bang with 2 laps to go, a few break free of the group and run to their goal of a medal and a life changing moment in history.
I have seen and read that some of us, are like sprinters, we decide and transition as fast as possible. For others, it is like a hurdles race with barriers in the way or even a steeplechase, with possible falls along the way. But the final outcome is the same, a medal of becoming who we are.
I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics, it really is inspiring to us all.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Edinburgh is Sunny, It's a Miracle!

Since last Tuesday Edinburgh has been basking in glorious sunshine and temps around 25c. After weeks of cold and rain it is so nice to see everyone feeling happy. And saving money by switching off the central heating.

The downside is finding out your summer clothes are now all a little tight. Must be down to comfort eating in the horrible cold winter and spring. There are two solutions, either loose weight quickly, or shopping? I know the most fun way. The problem here is good weather can either last for weeks, which can be unusual but did happen a few years ago, or tomorrow we are all back to jumpers for the rest of the summer.

I hate decisions.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Hit & Miss

Just finished watching Hit & Miss on sky atlantic, I must say its very good. The trannsexual element is there and done really well, but it has so much more. Really well written and filmed, and the music score is brilliant and sets the mood.

Don't want to spoil the plot, just watch it!

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Finishing electrolysis

Last month I stopped electrolysis, it was for a few reasons. First of all I had three and a half years of treatment. The issue of having to grow out stubble every week was becoming very annoying. I felt I wasn't moving on with things. The amount of money spent was also getting silly, I think I've spent in the region of £8000! I could have bought a new car. Things where needing done at home, so my outlays had to be cut. With the cost of living rising and being on a fixed income, things had to change. Lastly, I was finding to very painful every week. No amount of EMLA or painkillers where easing the pain. However the last four treatments I had where of Blend, and this was easier, but very slow.

At the moment my neck and sides still have hair, but I can handle this. It is much reduced though. Probably in the future I will return to treatment, but really needed a rest.

It was sad stopping and not seeing Marny and the girls, but will see them for some nice treatments soon.

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Been Rather Quiet

I got a fright when I noticed I hadn't blogged since end of February. Time flies when you're enjoying yourself, heehee. In reality life has been busy and kind of mundane.

Also since I got an iPad for christmas, I have also recently got an iPhone, and until tonight found blogging on them a real pain. Then a I had a brain rush and thought there must be a decent app, and there is. I have hardly used my laptop in months, I think I'm converting to apple, damn.

I have a few things to blog about and will do that over the next few days.

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Friday, 24 February 2012

My Week With NHS

What a few days it has been, middle of last week I was getting severe headaches. By last Saturday night they become quite unbearable. So an appointment for Dr M on Monday to find out the cause. This in was quite strange for me, as no slap, as I thought Dr M would want to see an au-natural face. My right eye, right side of face where all sore. After a couple of calls to the Eye Pavillion, it was decided I had an infection in my sinus. So strong antibiotics where prescribed, it's now Friday and they are certainly improved things. It's something I have never suffered from, the discomfort and constant headaches where something else. Pacing the flat and lack of sleep really doesn't help when you are feeling pain. I know have to get my eyes tested to check the pressure of them, as it seems unusual the eye is affected.

Tuesday this week saw me back at the GP's, yes I know I sound a nightmare, I'm not honest. This time it was blood tests, and blood pressure, and wow 132/66 the lowest it has ever been, I also got my vitimum B12 as well. Nurse D was also being very kind to me and didn't weigh me, a great result. After this I was seeing Dr G for removal of 2 growths on my left cheek, she used a blow torch of liquid nitrogen to hopefully burn them off. It seems to be working as they are now blackened, I might have to go back for another treatment. So Tuesday saw me leave the surgery with a throbbing right side of face and a stinging left side of face, ain't I lucky.

Wednesday, I took my Aunt and Uncle to Gratnavel Hospital in Glasgow, as he is having an eye operation. All seems to be well, even after last minute concerns with his general health. Today I have brought my Mum, and other Aunt and Uncle to visit him. Next week I will be back through to take him home, so another trip through to Glasgow, and no shopping!

I warned in the last post it's all hospitals, my Dad was seeing about his thyroid on Wednesday as well, he was well pleased as no decision was made about removal. A stay of execution for a couple of months, but I think poor of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but I have said that before.

It's been nice driving a new car, as I have been put on my Uncles insurance, so nice to get away from my over sized go kark called a MG. I keep thinking it has stopped not hearing the engine, but my own car is more fun to drive.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Hospitals Are My Social Life

The next few weeks I think hospitals are going to be my social life. My Uncle goes in for an eye operation in Glasgow, my Dad sees a specialist for thyroid problems all on the 22nd, I have 2 appointments on the 21st.

Yesterday I had the joy of yet more electrolysis, it was kind of sore again. But I think it was my fault this week, as I slept in for the appointment, forgot to take change for parking, and ended up a little stressed and not much time for EMLA to take effect. With electrolysis it is important to be quite calm and relaxed. I also got into trouble for not enough growth, so Marny was searching for hairs to zap. The central area is pretty much clear, so next week it is the right cheek, as I hate having to turn my head for the left.

Wednesday, saw me at the GP's to see Dr M, I had first appointment 8.20am. I hate early mornings but it gets me up and about. I even managed to beat Dr M to the surgery, heehee, her excuse was traffic in Edinburgh, I think see slept in. Things are looking good with my blood pressure, this time 132/77, I don't think I have been that low in 5 years. Dr M thought I was looking very smart, must have been my new Ugg boots, they are a cheap copy only ten pounds!! On the 21st I see Nurse D, for a B12 injection, what are the odds she will weigh me, for some reason she is the only one who does. Right after I see her I see Dr G for liquid nitrogen to try and remove a couple of growths under my eye.

At home I have been busy trying to set up network drives to centralise my data, it has been very educational. I think I'm just about there. Ipad, laptop, Apple Tv and desktop all seem to talk to each other. The project for next week, is to set up remote access, I think I will need Lorna's help for this.

Lorna comes back to Edinburgh on Tuesday, she has been in Washington DC for just over a week, getting her US Citizenship, but sadly it got cancelled. She will have to go back next month again to get it, so I have the oracle for another month.