October 27, 2013

Achievement Unlocked: HRT Appointment

Gratuitous selfie is gratuitous.
Gratuitous selfie is gratuitous.

Last week was so crazy busy that I had no time for personal blogging, which means I haven’t updated you all on the status of my HRT appointment. Let me remedy that now.

When last we left our intrepid heroine, she had finally defeated the Gatekeeper obtained the +5 Letter of Reference. Unfortunately, a long weekend stood between her and her destiny …

So on Monday I was finally able to call the HRT clinic. Even though I knew that this was the preferred clinic that the gender program and that they work with trans patients all the time, it was still a little nerve-wracking to say out loud, “Hi, I’m calling to set up a New Patient Hormone Initiation with Dr. K*******.”

The woman on the other end of the line didn’t bat an eyelash (I assume; it was on the phone). “No problem. She is currently scheduling out to February. Do you want the first available appointment?”

February?! Not the timeframe I wanted to hear, but I knew there was nothing I could do about it. I took the first available appointment — February 10, 2014 — and asked her if there was some sort of waiting list for Dr. K. There wasn’t, but the woman said I could call back occasionally to see if an earlier date had opened up.

Oh, the elation of having an established date! Oh, the torture of knowing it was four months away! The only thing that let the good mood win out over the bad was that Nancy had told me previously that the appointment would possibly be a couple of months away, but that “We can usually work with them to get you moved up.”

And she was good to her word. On Tuesday I told Nancy about my appointment, and on Wednesday I got a call from the clinic confirming that I now had an appointment on November 18th, 2013. It may have been even sooner, but I teach mornings and absolutely couldn’t have gotten out to the clinic before 1pm.

Ultimately, a one month wait is better than a four month wait. Still, it’s going to be a long damn month. I think, however, that I can call this a successful achievement!


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