T Update: 102 Weeks

I know it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these, but I want to get back to it.  My two years on T anniversary is coming up very soon (two weeks away).   I always enjoyed that my birthday and my T birthday were so close together.

I have had a few gaps in my treatment, because of my health issues and some changes in how I administer the T, but as of today I’ve been on T for 102 weeks.  Nearly two years.  I really can’t believe it.

Here’s my voice clip: 130111 102 Weeks

To my ear, it doesn’t sound different than my last clip, which was at 43 weeks, but I’d be interested to hear what you all think.  Maybe that’s because of some of the gaps in my treatment, or maybe my voice is as low as it’s going to get.  I obviously will love it if it drops more, but I’m still very happy with where it is.  Last night, a close family member, one of my dad’s cousins, called while I was hanging out with my parents, and I picked up the phone.  He asked who he was speaking to, and when he heard it was me, told me how much I sounded like my father.  It was a real treat to hear that, especially after years of being mistaken for my mother on the phone.

I switched from T injections to the subdermal pellets.  I only did one round of the pellets, as, according to my endo, there is currently a national shortage of them.  So, I think I’m going to be trying out the gel at least until the pellets are back in stock.  I’ll let you all know how that goes.

The process of getting the pellets was much more painful than I expected, but I still prefer it to the injections.  I handled the injections just fine for a long time, and then I just lost my nerve or something.  I couldn’t do them any more.  The pellets are more painful at the time, but just once every four or five months, instead of every week or every two weeks.  They also have a steadier release, without the weekly ups and downs.

I also feel like I noticed more changes on the pellets, but it may have been my imagination.

The big obstacle for me right now is losing weight so I can get my top surgery.  Obviously, plenty of people get the surgery even while overweight, but I would like to wait until I have lost some.  Unfortunately, the dysphoria does present a lot of challenges when it comes to working out.  There’s really no way I can go to a gym the way I am now without the dysphoria overwhelming me.  I sometimes think I should just get the surgery, lose the weight, and get revisions for the surgery, but I really would like to minimize the likelihood that I might need revisions.

Anyway, that’s all for now.  Going to go back and listen to my voice clips again now.  Have a good day, everyone!

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4 Responses to T Update: 102 Weeks

  1. Erica says:

    Hey, don’t let the gym issues get you down. I don’t have any particular reason to feel uncomfortable going to a gym and I still hate it. There are plenty of more pleasant ways to work out on your own. Get out and take more walks (You’re moving into the city, right? You’re probably going to step up your exercise level without even trying!), get some small hand weights to use at home (they’re not very expensive), find a buddy you’re comfortable with to do some cheesy workout videos with you. Bonus: It’s harder to justify not working out because you can’t make the “I don’t have time to go to the gym” excuse, and you won’t get discouraged looking at all the ridiculously athletic people who are always at the gym.

    • Isaac K. says:

      Thanks so much for the suggestions! They’re really great. I have some hand weights, and I’m starting to take walks. Right now, have a great trail right by where I live, and once we move, I’ll have the whole city to walk through. And the bonus is a good point. I guess everyone has a reason not to go to the gym ;).

  2. Janet Cox says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Isaac! It was very interesting. Btw, Erica makes some great points. I haven’t belonged to a gym in a couple of years, but I find between outdoor exercise (walking, running, biking when the weather permits) and indoor DVDs, YouTube videos, and stuff I make up on my own with weights and even dancing around the room on occasion (I didn’t say it was pretty!), I’m able to be consistent. Also it helps to be held accountable — tell someone (or preferably a lot of people) your exercise plans; studies show you’re more likely to stick with it rather than be embarrassed from not following through.

    Can’t wait to see you next month! XOXO

    • Isaac K. says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for the suggestions, as well. I’m using myfitnesspal.com to keep accountable. And my roommate.

      Can’t wait to see you either!

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