31 December 2008

End of Year

Whew! That pesky 2008 is at an end (finally!) My personal journey was wonderful and I can't complain about how the presidential race turned out but it sure was a Thrill Ride out there.
I was lucky at every turn, finally finding a buyer for the other house just in time to see real estate really go bad, then getting my new old house at a third off the asking price. No complaints there! But the run up was tense as can be, wondering if I was going to get anything at all out of it.
With that out of the way it was full speed ahead transition wise as I went to E3K in Dallas for face clearing twice and, topping it all, being rid of the nasty 'nads early this month.
I heal well- maybe too well as I healed right over one of the knots in the outer suture before I knew what was happening. Thinking at first it was just swelling I waited a few more days to pull it out than I should have. Mr Knot being securely deep under serious skin I worked around him, using a nut pick (appropriate, eh?) to get under the visible loops either side and snipping free the bulk of the suture. So make sure to keep those knots accessible through your whole three weeks of healing! At some point I'll get it cut out but being sterile stuff it shouldn't be any immediate problem.
My background check for the name change came through and I went to the local newspaper office to run the notice, hearing to be on the 26th! Less than four weeks and I'll be legal :)
Happy News-Year!

07 December 2008

Home again!

"I left my balls, in Phil-a-delphia......"
An adventurous return! Only fifteen minutes time allowed to get from gate A6 to C36 at Deetroit in the schedule of NWA so grabbing a wheelchair at the gate Amber pushed me and the luggage at breakneck speed from one extreme end of the terminal to the other. Look out! It's the mad tranny race of 2008! As a kid (and later :)) I would push a shopping cart along with one foot on the cart and the other being used like on a scooter, wheels a-wobbling. So it was with us but with me as the cargo, the wind rushing through my hair as pedestrians quickly (or not so) got out of our way. Some envious senior citizens being sedately wheeled along at a much slower pace smiled as we approached from the opposite direction, perhaps envying our rapid progress. Amber was the little engine that could and got us to the plane on time (barely).
A few notes on my 'nadectomy
1) There has been very very little pain or great discomfort since the operation Wednesday morning. I have used merely four of the ibuprofins provided and even then merely as a precaution against anticipated discomfort from yesterday's return trip. I do not consider a slight "twinge" as pain, and even these have been few. A valium was also provided in case I wasn't able to sleep well. I slept like a rock without it the first and successive nights, even with a large ice pack strategically placed. No swelling due to diligence and a good constitution. Keep it cold for the first two days and you'll be fine.
2) Oozing. Not much. Dr Kimmel gives you enough dressings to deal with far far more and some people experience enough to need the bed pad provided. In my case it was good for drippy ice but otherwise not needed.
3) The Belt. Officially the scrotal support it keeps the dressings immobile and the empty sack up. Not really uncomfortable but needs to be planned for as you will have a large bulge under your clothes. I wore a jean skirt one size too large and just looked frumpy, no obvious discontinuity with a middle aged woman traveler.
4) Stitches. Only the big blue one needs to be removed and can be done yourself when the time comes, will let you know how it goes then (op + 3 weeks). The ends are left long, be careful changing dressings not to tug, will be easy to get a hold of.
5) Mood. Oooooh!!!!!!!! This is just so cool! 'Nadless at last! :) Can you tell I'm happy? :)

03 December 2008


And then there was one survivor, his two buddies cut loose from their cozy sack and tossed aside like so much useless garbage.........

The 'nadectomy (more properly orchiectomy) went well, Dr Kimmel being a kind and gentle man and a skilled surgeon, putting one at ease throughout the operation. Iced down tonight two days of bedrest await and I will no doubt post more of my experience.

29 October 2008

Lessening the number of extra parts

Last week I got up the nerve to call the office of a certain well known surgeon to see about a phone consultation. Being asked to call back yesterday morning gave my nervousness time to dissipate over the weekend and when I finally talked to him about lunchtime I was all together. An interesting fellow! Good idea to go off on a tangent for a while to get a sense of how serious and ready the prospective patient is to reduce the number of extra parts. After a nice and thorough interview and desciption of the "hows" of the procedure I was handed over to the Office Manager to set up my appointment. December 3 the 'nads go bye-bye!
I forgot to ask if I can keep them in a jar as a souvenir :)

23 August 2008

Business or Busy-ness?

As I move on into my new life, old debts gone and new ones yet to be a burden, my old nemesis still stalks me.
I've never had much of a job to mention, seldom approaching what could be called a "career", and unemployed now in middle-middle age the options are somewhat limited. But really they are the best they've ever been since, for the first time, I have a reasonable amount of money to invest in........ well, that's the problem. I'm not exactly the Business sort and my casual efforts at eBay selling can hardly be said to be profitable, just recovering a good percentage of the money spent on various collectibles over the years. Teresa's Terrific Treasures & Terrible Trash (un-Inc., very Ltd.) has been a source of much amusement and gotten rid of a lot of excess baggage in the doing. But crunch time approacheth, though my funds are enough for basic transition expenses and living for a fair while longer without income. When I'm further along (and the legal name matches up with the appearance) a job will be possible but geography and economy will make that a tough find.
So TTT&TT needs to be fleshed out from an amusing hobby to something more "real".