Day 10 post-surgery for round 1 (eye lift, cheek , jaw reshaping, under neck lipo, cheek lipo, neck and face lift — required when one does jaw work).
Tomorrow I undergo round 2: lowering the hairline, brow reduction (which includes “opening” eyes by reducing the orbital bones — my surgeon’s signature), brow lift, nose job, and probably a lip lift (I’d like to do it, but my surgeon said it may be dependent on the nose job, since the incisions are close to each other.)
Tomorrow also marks the half-way point as far as time. It’s hard to believe I’ve already been down here two weeks, and the mad scramble before I left feels like a life-time ago.
While I’ve been bored at times, the enforced downtime has been beneficial in other ways. For the past year, I was not only burning the candle at both ends, but also the middle, and the spaces in-between. Even though you promise yourself that you won’t let transition take over your life I think that there’s no way to avoid it. Add to that a demanding job, trying to have a performing career on the side, and other commitments… well, I’m not even sure how I did it.
So needless to say, I’ve been dealing with massive burnout. When I get back, one of the challenges will not only be navigating life full-time in a new gender, but figuring how to rebalance my life in general.
Need to get up at 5:30 a.m., so I probably should head off to bed and time to get some sleep.
Not looking forward to this one as much, because it includes rhinoplasty and the recovery from that is supposed to be fairly uncomfortable, since you can’t breathe out of your nose for 5-7 days until they remove the packing.