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  • 02 Apr 2018
    8 weeks post op. Seems like forever Well all the stitches have now dissolved out, that’s a relief because they were causing some discomfort So until yesterday I was generally pain free , then I decided to wear skinny jeans, big mistake. I moved to quickly and rubbed myself the wrong way so to speak. Now in pain , particularly in the toilet department. Hopefully that will naturally sort itself out over the next few days. If not a phone call to Brighton will be necessary Dilation has now gone from 3 to 2 times a day , which means I get an hour a day of my life back. I want to start running get again but that’s going to be at least a month away , but I am going to go swimming for the first time in 30 years. I am getting out the house for a couple of hours at a time , both driving and on the buses, although yesterday I was exhausted after clothes shopping and a beer at lunchtime. So much so , I am just going to relax around the house for the next few days to recover But the good news is I am now the owner of my first posh frock.  I will be there for the Stout and Porter pub crawl , although it might be shorter for me than originally hoped for.  I got a return trip to Brighton in a couple of weeks to get my first foo foo MOT. Hopefully that will give me the all clear to step up the exercise. Thanks to everyone I have bumped into in the last few weeks, you all help me to keep sane .   Simone x
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  • 8 weeks post op. Seems like forever Well all the stitches have now dissolved out, that’s a relief because they were causing some discomfort So until yesterday I was generally pain free , then I decided to wear skinny jeans, big mistake. I moved to quickly and rubbed myself the wrong way so to speak. Now in pain , particularly in the toilet department. Hopefully that will naturally sort itself out over the next few days. If not a phone call to Brighton will be necessary Dilation has now gone from 3 to 2 times a day , which means I get an hour a day of my life back. I want to start running get again but that’s going to be at least a month away , but I am going to go swimming for the first time in 30 years. I am getting out the house for a couple of hours at a time , both driving and on the buses, although yesterday I was exhausted after clothes shopping and a beer at lunchtime. So much so , I am just going to relax around the house for the next few days to recover But the good news is I am now the owner of my first posh frock.  I will be there for the Stout and Porter pub crawl , although it might be shorter for me than originally hoped for.  I got a return trip to Brighton in a couple of weeks to get my first foo foo MOT. Hopefully that will give me the all clear to step up the exercise. Thanks to everyone I have bumped into in the last few weeks, you all help me to keep sane .   Simone x
    Apr 02, 2018 527
  • 02 Mar 2018
    Ok .. This is a 3 week post op report. Today is a good day as I am allowed back on the HRT.Hopefully they will help me get my mojo back. Tomorrow will be a better day as house arrest finishes. I may only be walking to the end of the road and back,it's a big step for me as I haven’t been outside for over 3 weeks. The surgical site is giving me a few problems with stitches splitting and some pain . Nothing to be alarmed about as this is a common problem. Overall that area is looking good and I am really pleased with the results. Going for a wee is still a cause for concern as I lack direction and pressure☔ I am still living life in the slow lane, that’s only to be expected. Roll on the end of March where I will have my first beer in the pub. Simone x
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  • Ok .. This is a 3 week post op report. Today is a good day as I am allowed back on the HRT.Hopefully they will help me get my mojo back. Tomorrow will be a better day as house arrest finishes. I may only be walking to the end of the road and back,it's a big step for me as I haven’t been outside for over 3 weeks. The surgical site is giving me a few problems with stitches splitting and some pain . Nothing to be alarmed about as this is a common problem. Overall that area is looking good and I am really pleased with the results. Going for a wee is still a cause for concern as I lack direction and pressure☔ I am still living life in the slow lane, that’s only to be expected. Roll on the end of March where I will have my first beer in the pub. Simone x
    Mar 02, 2018 307
  • 10 Feb 2018
    Yesterday was a big day. In Brighton for my GRS. It's been very emotional and even with the strongest of painkillers, a painful day. Now I start the road to recovery. Simone x
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  • Yesterday was a big day. In Brighton for my GRS. It's been very emotional and even with the strongest of painkillers, a painful day. Now I start the road to recovery. Simone x
    Feb 10, 2018 373
  • 23 Dec 2017
      I think that says it all. From the first GIC appointment to surgery is going to be 21 months , plus the 1 year wait for the initial referral. So all those out there on their journeys , you will get there   Simone x  
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  •   I think that says it all. From the first GIC appointment to surgery is going to be 21 months , plus the 1 year wait for the initial referral. So all those out there on their journeys , you will get there   Simone x  
    Dec 23, 2017 477
  • 17 Nov 2017
    Well, the last visit to the GIC was successful,they did refer me for surgery. Yesterday the surgeon's secretary rang me up to sort out a pre op assessment meeting, It just happens to be in 2 weeks time, so a few days down in Brighton coming up. All this has take a while to sort out, I was referred to the GIC in beginning of 2015,had my first appointment mid 2016, plan on having surgery mid 2018, so 3 and a half years, so all those out there at the beginning of their journeys, don't give up, your time will come   Simone x
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  • Well, the last visit to the GIC was successful,they did refer me for surgery. Yesterday the surgeon's secretary rang me up to sort out a pre op assessment meeting, It just happens to be in 2 weeks time, so a few days down in Brighton coming up. All this has take a while to sort out, I was referred to the GIC in beginning of 2015,had my first appointment mid 2016, plan on having surgery mid 2018, so 3 and a half years, so all those out there at the beginning of their journeys, don't give up, your time will come   Simone x
    Nov 17, 2017 354
  • 03 Sep 2017
    Well its been a year since the last update, so I had better fill in some of the gaps. Next month I will be getting my second opinion for refferal surgery.Should be a given, but you never know. The hormones are doing their job, I cry at the drop of a hat !!! I have had the NHS funded speach coaching, wothwhile if you have the chance, also NHS funded , facial electrolysis, 24hrs worth, painfull but well worthwhile, this has been supplemented with laser hair removal that  I have funded myself. Work is going well, I am spending alot of time there and outside championing LGBT rights,and I help run a Transgender Support Group that has really taken off this year.I helped make a film for work that shows the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce, that has now been shown to 50,000+ employee's And I have just had breast augmentation, so all in all, things are going pretty damm well   Love Simone x      
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  • Well its been a year since the last update, so I had better fill in some of the gaps. Next month I will be getting my second opinion for refferal surgery.Should be a given, but you never know. The hormones are doing their job, I cry at the drop of a hat !!! I have had the NHS funded speach coaching, wothwhile if you have the chance, also NHS funded , facial electrolysis, 24hrs worth, painfull but well worthwhile, this has been supplemented with laser hair removal that  I have funded myself. Work is going well, I am spending alot of time there and outside championing LGBT rights,and I help run a Transgender Support Group that has really taken off this year.I helped make a film for work that shows the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce, that has now been shown to 50,000+ employee's And I have just had breast augmentation, so all in all, things are going pretty damm well   Love Simone x      
    Sep 03, 2017 526
  • 15 Aug 2016
    Well I finally got the letter from the GIC tell my GP what is expected of them , regarding prescriptions and blood tests.They bought into it and seem to be very helpful, although I am their first Trans patient they have had the pleasure of looking after. So 2 pills a day ,blood test in 6 weeks,next appointment with the GIC in 8 weeks. Life is good and its getting better Simone x
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  • Well I finally got the letter from the GIC tell my GP what is expected of them , regarding prescriptions and blood tests.They bought into it and seem to be very helpful, although I am their first Trans patient they have had the pleasure of looking after. So 2 pills a day ,blood test in 6 weeks,next appointment with the GIC in 8 weeks. Life is good and its getting better Simone x
    Aug 15, 2016 542
  • 12 Jul 2016
    Well, 3 appointments in just over a month.Thats got to be a record. Well the good news is they believe me,I do have dysphoria. So now I start hormone treatment in the next week or so,once they mail my GP to tell him to give me the prescription. After about 6 weeks they require another blood test,just to see where my levels are at,the amend the drugs accordingly . Also been offered the NHS voice training,that will start in a months time,and the NHS hair removal will start in about 6 months time as it works better once the testosterone levels have been reduced. So all in all,another good day at the office Simone x  
    522 Posted by Simone Jo
  • Well, 3 appointments in just over a month.Thats got to be a record. Well the good news is they believe me,I do have dysphoria. So now I start hormone treatment in the next week or so,once they mail my GP to tell him to give me the prescription. After about 6 weeks they require another blood test,just to see where my levels are at,the amend the drugs accordingly . Also been offered the NHS voice training,that will start in a months time,and the NHS hair removal will start in about 6 months time as it works better once the testosterone levels have been reduced. So all in all,another good day at the office Simone x  
    Jul 12, 2016 522
  • 22 Jun 2016
    Ok,today was my second appointment with the GIC,pretty similar to the first,but with a different Dr.I brought in the results of my baseline blood tests that was taken last week. They are really pleased with my progress,all boxes were ticked before they were asked,next appointment in 3 weeks time.With the results of the blood tests,hormone treatment should start after the next appointment. Work is still good,as is my home life and social life Simone x
    492 Posted by Simone Jo
  • Ok,today was my second appointment with the GIC,pretty similar to the first,but with a different Dr.I brought in the results of my baseline blood tests that was taken last week. They are really pleased with my progress,all boxes were ticked before they were asked,next appointment in 3 weeks time.With the results of the blood tests,hormone treatment should start after the next appointment. Work is still good,as is my home life and social life Simone x
    Jun 22, 2016 492
  • 24 May 2016
    Well I had my first appointment with the GIC today,after a sleepless night I went to the clinic full of fear and trepidation.The assessment went real well,lots of personal questions were spoken in a very blunt language,somethings said I haven't said to many people before,yet I was talking for England. The upshot is I have my 2nd appointment in 4 weeks time!!!! Probably because all my legal documents are in place,so it seems they are trying to pick up the pace a bit. Hopefully I will get the go a head by autumn Love Simone x
    561 Posted by Simone Jo
  • Well I had my first appointment with the GIC today,after a sleepless night I went to the clinic full of fear and trepidation.The assessment went real well,lots of personal questions were spoken in a very blunt language,somethings said I haven't said to many people before,yet I was talking for England. The upshot is I have my 2nd appointment in 4 weeks time!!!! Probably because all my legal documents are in place,so it seems they are trying to pick up the pace a bit. Hopefully I will get the go a head by autumn Love Simone x
    May 24, 2016 561