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Welcome to my blog, which I started way back in December 2002 - long before social media was a thing! With the advent of Facebook, Twitter etc. I don't write that often here now, but you never know when I might feel the urge to do so.

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New hormones, please!

Saturday, July 31, 2004

After over a year on Yasmin, I've finally switched to a safer (and more easily measurable) alternative. Although Yasmin has done wonders for my body (as anyone who's seen my figure will be able to confirm! ), it does its magic through a synthetic oestrogen called ethinylestradiol. By comparison with other oestrogens, it's very effective, but also places a much greater strain on the liver and carries an elevated risk of DVT. It's certainly not recommended for long-term use.

I've been on Yasmin since September 2002 (prior to that I was on Ovran - another combined pill containing ethinylestradiol), but with me now being 9 months post-op, it really is time for a change. Today I start a course of the much safer Progynova (6mg per day), and in a couple of weeks or so I'll also start taking a progestin called Duphaston (10mg per day).

Hopefully in a month or so I'll know whether this combination suits my body. Everything I've learnt suggests it should be just fine.

Posted by Anna at 13:07 | Get Link

When I'm this quiet, it's because I'm kinda busy...

Friday, July 30, 2004's 9 days since I've written anything! I guess that's an indication of how busy my life is at the moment!

So what have I been up to? Mostly, I've been working, or driving between here and the my 50 miles away from your beloved is one sure way to push up your fuel bills...

Last Thursday Beth and I went to see Spiderman 2, and if you like action movies with an emotional touch I can definitely recommend it. One scene sticks on my mind - the one where Spiderman is unmasked and trying to stop a runaway subway train. The compassionate way he was treated by the other passengers when he's given everything he could brought a real lump to my throat.

Forget all the macho-shit Batman style crap - Spiderman 2 is definitely one for the girls....

Finally, last night I visited my friends Mark and Debs in their new home (well done guys!) and this weekend Beth and I are going to visit my friend Susie in Kent. By Monday, I'm sure I'll be knackered again...

Posted by Anna at 23:25 | Get Link

FFS 6 months on

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

It's hard to believe, but six months ago this morning I was lying on a table in Operating Room 2 at Aikchol Hospital undergoing Facial Feminisation Surgery. So much has happened since then, and now seems like a good time to look back at what I had done, and how it's worked out so far.

Wannee and I outside Aikchol Hospital the day before my FFS. Going gothic that day seemed oddly appropriate...

Fai, myself and Aey shortly before I left Chonburi to fly home. I was struggling to hold back the tears.

Aoi and I, again just before I left Chonburi.

To recap, I underwent the following procedures:

Although everything is still settling down I'm pretty happy with the results:

Despite these minor issues, I'm still very satisfied with the results of my FFS. If I had to make the same choices again I'm sure I'd still go to Dr. Suporn. I hope to post some updated pictures soon so you can see my progress.

I'm actually hoping to return to Thailand early next year to have the tracheal shave I should have had done last time, and while I'm there I expect I'll be able to have my nose tidied up. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Posted by Anna at 22:07 | Get Link

Meet the Parents

Monday, July 19, 2004

I've been a very busy bunny...tonight is the first night I've spent in Basingstoke since Wednesday!

Once again I spent the weekend with Beth but this time there was a surprise - her parents were visiting the area, and on Saturday afternoon they came to see us. They were quite simply wonderful to me, and I felt completely at ease. They're both very interesting and friendly people, and her Dad in particular is quite a character...he's an incredibly fit person, and regularly takes part in demanding sports events such as triathlons. That's certainly something I've never come across directly before!

In the evening we all went out to an Italian restaurant called Sale E Pepe. The meal was gorgeous and the company wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and feel like I've found a new family.

Life is feeling rather amazing at the moment, and that's all down to my love Beth. I'm so looking forward to our future together.

Posted by Anna at 22:42 | Get Link