Yesterday, the 28th of November was my first endocrinology appointment.
It was at St. Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughinstown, Dublin.
I got in just before nine and checked in. Then a nurse gave me a small physical, checking my weight, height and blood pressure.
After that it was some more waiting until I got taken through to talk to one of the doctors, sadly I am an eejit and forgot her name. She spent about twenty minutes asking me questions. Ones about my health, my families , how I want to medically transition and some about how I present myself, feel about myself and my condition etc. None of these questions, for me, were invasive so I was happy to answer them. She also gave me another small physical checking my heart, lungs, legs and stomach.
Then Professor O’ Shea met with me and the doctor and she gave him a break down of my case and he then asked me a bit more about what I wanted and told me I had a straightforward case and he was happy for me to start pretty much straight away. We discussed the benefits of taking hormone blockers before T and all the questions I had about blockers were answered so I was happy to start them. Then we talked about my referrals which included top surgery, hysterectomy and bottom surgery of I so wished. O’ Shea was careful to mention that I could have all, none or some of these and that it was completely up to me. we then talked about my prescription being sent out to me over the next two weeks and arranging my next set of blood tests.
Then O’Shea informed me about some research that was going on within the hospital where transgender individuals were getting involved in. The research involves the study of hormones and balancing them to help people, most diabetic patients, as it is run from a diabetic clinic, control weight gain and improve their immune system. O’Shea explained to me in brief what it entailed and I was genuinely interested so the doctor took me to go get the information on the research. As I waited for her I booked my appointment for my next physical/blood work. Instead of the doctor returning the man, Tomas Ahern, who is in charge of the research met we and we went to an office to discuss it. He told me all the details, and rather excitedly at that and I realised I was able to begin straight away and casually informed of this. He was super excited because I was the only female to male patient he had worked with yet involving the the research, so, he ran about the place reorganising his next appointment so he could deal with me. He got another doctor, Matt, who turned out to be a great and really funny guy, to take my bloods. Matt spent most of the time telling me about he was like his cat. Altogether they took sixteen vials of my blood in one sitting. Luckily, I’m good with needles and blood so it didn’t bother me. They did warm me that I might crash a bit later, especially with my long day ahead (I had hours of running around Dublin and two bus journeys) and boy did I crash, though it wasn’t helped by my lack of sleep, caffeine or food.
After all that Tomas wrote out my script so I didn’t need to wait two weeks which made me happy and what made me even happier was I now have my T date set as for the research he needs bloods at certain times.
So all in all I am one happy fucker! I get my first blocker shot tomorrow and I won’t need another for another six months. The blocker they have me on is called Prostap.
So, that’s pretty much it. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask, although there are some questions that I will not answer, especially to people on anon.