One more box ticked

Starting to house-keep and tidy up loose ends and…can’t for the life of me imagine why THIS post didn’t go up about three weeks back.

Apologies, but there may be a few of these now…stuff that seems to have crept into draft by mistake.

Here goes (from three weeks back):

Along to the GP’s to pick up my anti-androgen stuff (triptorelin) and have my four-week testosterone blocker.

Yay!

After all the rush last week… the hospital recommended the wrong stuff…then they wouldn’t change it without a note from the specialist …and he wouldn;t issue a note without a letter from me…and he sent his note to the wrong doctor … and the GP wrote up the wrong dose (three months rather than one!)… and then the practice mis-placed the prescription…

Phew!

You wouldn’t think such a simple request would lead to so much chaos – and next to none of it of my making.

But we’re done. I went along this morning, collected the box from the pharmacy fridge, and over to the nursing station for my jab. There, the nurse consulted a colleague, cause this is the funny gadget-y injection (with a connector to mix up the powder and solute) and one small prick later (yeah, yeah…but maybe this is almost the last time i’ll make that joke).

Although the nurse made me smile.

After fluffing for a bit trying to work out how the gadget functioned, she opined cheerfully: “well. at least next time i’ll know what to do”.

Er, no. “I think”, i suggested gently, “that if there is a next time for this drug i’ll be demanding my money back from the clinic!”

But yay! When this runs out, one more week of unrestrained testosterone. Ever!

And then the only T is going to be surplus converted from oestrogen, or supplements if my endocrinologist thinks i need it.

That is splendid news.

Except for the fact that now, without the hormone cushion, i understand i am much more likely to suffer side effects.

PMT and mini-menopause here we go. And i am supposed to be being sweet, reasonably and in best negotiating mood for a meeting on Thursday?

Nah! Think maybe i’ll just tear them limb from limb instead.

jane
xx

2 Responses so far »

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    oatc said,

    > And then the only T is going to be surplus converted from oestrogen

    That never, ever happens. There is no way for it to happen. There is nothing in the body to do it. Where did you get that misinformation, and how did you not learn it is wrong? Someone put the frighteners on you when you asked for more estrogen?

    • 2

      janefae said,

      Huh?

      why the hostile tone to the questioning? i gather information and if i am writing it up professionally, i check it against professional sources. This particular nugget comes not from an endocrinologist – but it does come from someone who has gone this way before and who i generally trust.

      If i’m wrong, no doubt i’ll find out following my first endo conversation: what i’m pretty sure of is that post-op, one needs to be much more alert to hormonal changes and to bear in mind where one’s body is at.

      jane
      x


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