Where do I start?
The appointment was great, better than I had hoped.
There was no blood drawn, only a test to check my hemoglobin. Easy enough.
The first person I got to talk to was a Trans woman.
I associate the name Dana with a powerful figure in a fictional world. She’s smart. She’s strong. I felt safe with Dana.
We talked about my life a bit.
When did I realize I was transgender? Who knows about my transition? How am I handling myself out in society?
I answered honestly and even though I still had anxiety, I felt I could be truly myself in that situation.
She even talked about herself and her own experiences, making me feel even better, knowing this woman has shared similar experiences, and could empathize with my dilemmas.
Throughout the session, she referenced several resources for trans people in my area.
A whole packet of papers which I will compile for you all. I know the info will help someone out there.
After my interview with Dana, I saw a nurse who took my vitals. Weight, height, blood pressure, etc. She’s also the lady who checked my hemoglobin. I was asked several questions about my health and medical history, nothing out of the ordinary. There were also the questions of my sexual history and that of my partners. Again, nothing I wasn’t expecting.
Once the nurse was finished bombarding me with questions I waited in the room for a short amount of time and finally saw the doctor.
She was a very kind, almost bubbly person. She talked to me about the risks and side effects, which I will go into another time, and even the expected onset and maximization of the results I will have.
She asked if there was anything I wasn’t aware of, even though I did plenty of research I did not know that some of those results are irreversible. She did a great job of explaining anything I needed explained and then she talked with me about my options.
Shots, pills, creams, patches. She explained the difference between them all and I decided to go with the shot. I even had the option of taking it biweekly or weekly, to which I opted for weekly. She filled the prescription that same day and we made an appointment for a week later for her to show me how to properly give myself my dose.
She also explained that quite often insurances will deny the prescription, so they have social workers who can send out preauthorization letters so that the insurance will cover it. She also said if it doesn’t go through before my appointment that there would be no problem rescheduling.
Overall, the experience was amazing. I was respected and not misgendered and I felt safe the whole time. I would definitely recommend PP for my trans siblings. Hopefully it’ll yield just as good results for you all. I can’t wait to let you all know how the first dose goes!