Left Leg in Two Weeks

Hey everyone!

After many, many calls to the doctor I finally was able to pick up my testosterone from the pharmacy. It was just $19 for the month. I set up an appointment with the university health center for this past Friday for a nurse to show me how to do it. I showed up for my appointment Friday morning only to find out that the health center hadn’t been able to get the necessary info from my doctor to show me how to do it. After waiting over an hour for the doctor to fax the information my primary care physician at the health center said that he was comfortable to go ahead with the injection. More importantly, he said that he is willing to oversee my medication so I don’t have to deal with the incompetents at the doctor’s office in Atlanta any more.

So on March 25, 2016 I administered my first dose of testosterone! I feel really great about it. I’m excited to see the changes in the coming weeks and months. My right thigh is still sore from the shot. I’m going to have to use a bigger needle for the next shots so I’m not looking forward to that. I’m on a full cc every other week so all of my changes should be relatively on schedule with other trans guys.

Unfortunately I got the lab bill from my blood work. It’s over $600. I can’t tell if BCBS rejected it or if they never got it. I checked online and there was no record of it on my insurance. I’m going to have to call them and the doctor to work this out. Ugh.

Anyway, I am really excited to finally be able to start T and see the changes that deep down I’ve always wanted. I’m lucky to have the support of my mom, sister, and many friends. I’ll continue to chronicle my transition on my blog.  I might eventually post some pictures. I made a pre-T video, but my voice is twangy-horribleness so I’m keeping that just for me! HAHA  As always, feel free to share my blog with others, especially other trans guys or their families.

All the best,

Harris

Waiting

Hey everyone!

Well I still haven’t been able to start testosterone yet. I’m waiting on my blood work to come back and the doctor to call it in. It seems a little ridiculous that almost two weeks have gone by, and I haven’t been able to start. I called the office on Friday, and a nurse was supposed to call me back but didn’t. Ugh… patience has never been my virtue. I’m going to call again first thing tomorrow. I hope that I’ll be able to talk to someone to get some answers.

Overall this past week was a good one. On Tuesday I did the first part of the first round of the appellate oral argument competition. I did alright for the amount of time that I put into it, which was like none. On Thursday I got to go back to my undergrad and be on a panel about graduate school. It went well. I really enjoyed seeing some of my old friends and professors. I noticed a few confused looks when I was introduced as Harris. Everyone was really nice and respectful though. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to see my fairy godparents though! haha Oh well. Maybe I can get their Master’s badges for a day like I did last year.

Since money is pretty tight with my being in school and not being able to work, I found a way to do a little fundraiser for transition costs. If you go to http://www.legalizetrans.com/#_l_4o and purchase a shirt then I’ll get $3 of every shirt. I don’t think that you have to just buy the first items that show up. I think that you can buy any of their items. But you do have to use this link (copy and paste) for me to get $3. The shirts come in different colors and some say “All genders matter” and others say “Legalize Trans*” so I hope that you’ll buy a cool shirt for a good cause. If you have any questions just comment on this post. Thank you in advance!

All the best,

Harris

 

So Close

Hey everyone!

My doctor’s appointment on Tuesday went really well. They took some blood, and as long as that comes back alright I’ll be able to start testosterone. The doctor acted like I would be able to start ASAP. I’m hoping that it will be sometime this week. Once I pick up my prescription I’ll make an appointment with the university health center so I can learn how to do the injection. There are  YouTube videos on how to do it, but I think for the first time it would be good for someone to show me.

I got a false alarm from the pharmacist today. CVS left a message on my phone that a prescription was ready so I went to pick it up. It was just an inhaler (for exercise-induced asthma) that the doctor wanted me to have. So that was disappointing.

After my appointment I hung out with one friend for a while and then had supper with another friend. It was good to see both of them. For the rest of spring break I mostly just hung around the house. I probably should have gotten some more work done but having some time to rest was good.

All the best,

Harris

Spring Break

Hey everyone!

I’m enjoying the start of a much needed spring break! I’ve been resting, getting some school work done, and even working out! Today I went to a UGA baseball game and forgot sunscreen…good thing I’ve got aloe. Needless to say I won’t be feeling the bern, I mean burn. (Oh come on, that’s funny and you know it!)

Anyway, I picked up my HRT letter from the therapist on Friday so I’m all good to go for my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. I’m having supper with a friend afterward so I’m looking forward to that too. I’m thankful to have other trans guy friends who give me good advice.

I heard back from Atlanta Legal Aid Society on Thursday, and I got the job! I’m super stoked about it. I celebrated in grand fashion with my friends since we were already out and about celebrating turning in our brief and the start of spring break. Now I just have to figure out something about where I’m going to live for the summer. I’m about to start applying for grants to pay for housing and other expenses over the summer. I really hope that I don’t have to dip into my top surgery money because it’s not a lot at this point. So wish me luck on getting a grant!

All the best,

Harris

Huge News

Hey everyone!

So I’m a day late on my post, but it’s because I was up late working on my “appellate brief.” Now that that’s over, I’ll have about a month of breathing room before things start getting crazy with finals.

So I have some huge (like Bernie Sanders huge) news! FYI- I’m voting for Hillary tomorrow so don’t get any crazy misconceptions, haha! Anyway, I had my appointment with the university therapist, and she officially diagnosed me with gender  dysphoria. More importantly, she agreed to write me the letter that I need to start testosterone! Needless to say I’m really excited.

I told my mom and sister. Of course my little sister is 100% supportive. My mom is as supportive as she can be. She’s struggling to get 100% on board, but she’s made so much progress. I’m really proud of how far she’s come. I also told some of my close friends here at school and outside of school. They’re really happy for me so I’m glad that I have a good support system.

I still have my appointment in Atlanta next Tuesday for a doctor who prescribes testosterone for trans guys. I’m hoping to have supper with a buddy of mine who also happens to be trans. It’s really nice to have people to show me the ropes and talk to about this stuff, especially when they actually know what I’m talking about.

Side note: I didn’t get the Lambda Legal internship. They were looking for someone with more experience. They did encourage me to apply again next year, which is nice. I did however get an interview with Atlanta Legal Aid, and it went really well! Apparently they were impressed with the fact that I approached their executive director when he was giving a presentation at UGA and asked for an interview. I knew missing all that recess for talking too much would pay off some day!

Hope y’all have a good week!

All the best,

Harris