TMI… post-surgical stuff…
Had my second scheduled check-in with the clinic today and was able to resolve several things that had been problematic.
Finally clarified that I had stopped taking my anti-depressant medication a month ago, so that they could give me the strongest pain killer after all (they hadn’t because they were worried potential drug interactions). Hopefully that’ll take the edge off the pain, and make it easier to rest, not to mention dilate.
Also got a stronger sleeping, so hopefully, I’ll finally be able to sleep through the night — living on 3-5 hours of sleep has not been good for my recovery.
Plus, I also got a stronger laxative. I’d already been having some issues with constipation, plus the new pain killer is supposed to worsen constipation — and just trust me, dilating is hard enough without other things taking up room inside.
Dr. Suporn took a look inside me, and said the internal healing was good enough that I can progress to the “dynamic” dilation, and scheduled to take a “how to” class tomorrow morning. I’ve heard mixed things about it. OTOH, you’re actively pushing against the scar tissue at the end of the neo-vagina (to preserve depth) which obviously can be a bit ouchy, plus you’re now stretching the vaginal opening — including with a second round with the larger dilator — to increase width. So that part may not be fun.
OTOH, the total amount of time dilating is a bit shorter, and because you’re having to focus on push for 10 seconds, relax for a few seconds, then stir for 10 seconds, then relax for a few seconds, you’re mind is distracted much more than in static dilation. So I’m told people actually find it easier.
OTOH, I’ll now have to do this three times a day for another 2-1/2 months (rather than twice a day with static dilation). At 4-6 months, ideally, I’ll be able to go down to just twice a day, and then once a day for months 6-12. But the process still takes about an hour, so it’s a definite time commitment.
Also got the (extra cost) certified paperwork from Dr. Suporn’s office documenting my surgery, just in case our government tries to retroactively revoke my passport, or engage in other fuckery intended to make it difficult to trans people to get IDs that reflect who they are.
Hopefully, not as much as an issue for me, because thankfully I was born and live in California (which means I live in a more tolerant area), but the Talibaptists assholes are doing some truly scary stuff to try to eradicate trans people from public life. (And no, I don’t mean that figuratively.)