25) Doctor visits?
ugh. i feel a lot of ways. firstly, i am very lucky. in the cities where i’ve lived, there have been low cost or free trans clinics for people without healthcare or much income, like me. this means that i had to invest minimal money in therapy to get my letter, and i’ve been able to start hormones pretty easily. i’m really glad that this is the case and that i don’t have to buy my hormones off the internt. also, for the most part i really like callen lorde where i go now - and i always run into the most wonderful trans women there which just makes my day.
however, that being said i often feel like i’m getting a really low standard of care. i have yet to see the same doctor more than once - there’s a new person every time i go. some of the doctors don’t know what my prescription is, some have given me contradictory information, and although some have been very kind some are surprisingly rude. the other day i got a test, and had to ask the nurse for a bandaid - they didn’t even put one on the site where i’d had blood, and i was bleeding. she didn’t even notice. overall, i don’t feel like doctors tend to understand trans issues or health very well, even when they’re working in a trans clinic.
i haven’t even started thinking about srs or my orchiectomy yet, but i expect it will be an ordeal.