It’s On The Road

Monday, 7 February 2011


Just a few quick updates here:

My trip to the doctors was one of success. I’ve been referred to a nearby clinic and booked an appointment in for May. There is a two month waiting list even for this part, so it doesn’t exactly bode well for the rest of it, but I did anticipate this sort of thing. Sure going to be a whole lot of waiting around. All the same though, there’s not a lot I can do about that now, unless of course I get a nice little sum of money to do it all privately, but I’m not holding out for that.

In case any of you out there are looking to go through the same thing, the actual appointment with the doctor was easy enough. As I’d only just registered at the practice the doctor didn’t have my medical history files, so I basically had to tell him straight again. It now feels odd that at one point several years ago, telling the doctor how I felt was the scariest thing I’d thought I’d ever done! But this time it felt so much easier. I just came out and said it, and he didn’t even flinch. Not sure if it’s because I’m older, because I’m more confident, or just because I knew that doctors are just plainly not allowed to demean patient’s life choices and just give professional advice. I wasn’t even the first person he’d seen with this exact same problem. The only thing I did get a little worried about is that one of my friends mums works at that practice and I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to see my file or not, but I assume patient/doctor confidentiality does not extend to receptionists, so it should be fine.

Another good thing I’m doing at the moment is having some driving lessons, and they’re going well! I’ve had two lessons, and I feel a lot more confident already, learning all aspects in the art of the clutch. There’s not a whole lot I can say about it really. All the good driving lesson jokes have been done already. I genuinely couldn’t think of any new ones on the way to the hospital in the back of the ambulance.

I kid of course. That never happened, besides, the kind of speeds I go at mean I’m probably more likely to run someone over whilst walking anyway.

Ok, well that is pretty much all I had to say. I don’t have any new pictures this time I’m afraid. It is difficult to find the time to get glammed up so much recently. Too much work and sleep I guess.

Night! X


8 Responses to “It’s On The Road”

  1. rheapdx1 Says:

    Hi Ella,

    Good going on the doctor’s! YAY Keep in mind that any info You do give, it is not going to go beyond you and the physician in question. So that should not be a worry.

    As has been mentioned before through other means….make sure that as you go through this that all of the levels are maintained and that if there is a family history of some conditions that may interfere with the HRT that those be checked as well. You probably know of those who have gone on with the HRT without mentioning, let’s say that there was a predisposition to hypertension in the family and the HRT did exasperate said condition, etc. [This is also the curse of being read the ‘riot acts’ by my docs after the CHF happened here]

    Congrats also that the driving lessons are coming along as well. And no jokes from here either, seeing Yours Truly is on a first name basis with the Urgent Care and other docs in this burg [so much so to the point where it is a matter of ‘Oh hi…you’re back again????And how are the cats?’]

    Before going here, remember that the waiting period is just that. It will go by quickly.And if the clinic is a good one….they will not steer You in a direction that You do not want to go. Sadly there are more than enough examples of those who were rushed through this and then….well You get the idea. [Besides bet us friends, if one were to try to send You down the wrong road, gee that may require someone taking a little trip across the pond to ‘discuss’ that fact like oh let’s say some were talked to in the movie ‘GoodFellas’ *S* Just kidding, of course]

    Again good going and keep in mind, in spite of what others say…this is like a long distance journey, not a 100 metre sprint….hence there is time to do this in a positive manner.

    Til Later On and Love Always,


  2. Cami B Says:

    So glad you got your dr’s visit done. It gets easier and easier in time. You are working on being yourself, and that’s all that matters!

  3. A Hua Li Says:

    Heya Elle. Grats on going to the doctors. I am going for the first time next week and reading your positive experience has really eased my fears. I’ve even taken a leaf out of your book and decided to try and blog my transition.

    Look forward to more 🙂

  4. spacial Says:

    Don’t worry for a moment about your friend’s mum working there. She will be under the same confidentiality ethics as the Dr.

    Good news about the appointment.

    Thanks for the update.

    Take care.

  5. pinky Says:

    i am so happy for you. i am a fan of yours from flickr. do you chat?

  6. Missy Wonders Says:

    I’m slightly confused. Didn’t you come out to your parents? Is the secrecy just due to the fact that your mom doesn’t seem to approve of your choice?
    Either way congrats on getting to the doctor’s. Wishing you good luck.

  7. Says:

    I hope everything works out for you Ella <333

  8. Kayla Lambert Says:

    Hey Ella,
    Congrats on the doctor visit. I remember the first time, I went to a therapist after my decision to make the transition to womanhood. It was a little rough for me as well but, more I talk about it with professionals the more it gets easier. I still haven’t gotten where I think I need to be with my transition but, it will come in time.
    Also, congrats on the driving lessons. I had a couple of crash course in driving “stick”. I’m just glad they weren’t literally but, eventually you’ll get better. Let me know if you ever decide to drive anything bigger 18 wheel trucks or buses. Been there done that and got the t-shirt.


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