Hey everyone,

I’m back at school for more fun in the sun. It has been a surprising adjustment to be back at school. In retrospect, I don’t think I got much of a break with my recovery taking up my break. I did get my grades back last week, and I knocked last semester out of the park. I was not expecting it at all. It feels good to have my hard work pay off, but I’m quite frankly terrified of replicating the results in the semesters to come. I’m not exactly sure what I did differently. A friend of mine said that I seemed to be more focused… maybe so. I obviously had my top surgery on my mind last semester, but I think I was more at home in my body than I’ve been in past semesters. The testosterone settled in around mid-semester. The proscribing doctor said it would take about six months to adjust to the effects on my mood, and I guess that’s about right.

I had the pleasure of chatting with my favorite professor last week, and I’m extraordinarily thankful for her taking the time to listen to me. I told her deeply personal stuff about my winter break and received compassion and thoughtful input. I realize that I’m very blessed to have such a relationship–friendship–with this professor.

So I’m still in love with my chest. It’s a weird thing to say, but I am. I’m still in pain around my incisions, and it’s been an adjustment to stand up straight, but I love the way it looks. I have been healing a little slower than expected, and I do have a little spot on one on my incisions that’s a little concerning. Maybe I’ve been healing slower because I’ve been dealing with some allergy issues, but I’m not sure. I do long for the days where I can sleep on my stomach, but that’s probably a couple of weeks away.

I did receive a few medical bills that I wasn’t expecting for my chest totaling about $600 dollars. I have no idea how I’m going to pay them, so hopefully I can get something worked out. I really need to get on that.

I originally planned to spend all of inauguration day in bed, but I think I’m going to be more productive. I plan to go to the social security office to change my gender marker and apply for a passport designated “male.” I hope that I don’t run into any problems. I might even try and change my driver’s license. The way I read the regulation, I should be able to change the gender marker with just the doctor’s note. The problem is that the change is up to the discretion of the DMV. Athens seems to be a pretty progressive town, but we shall see.

All the best,




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