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Date: 2011-05-22 02:20
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Mood:okay okay
xposthttp://soph.livejournal.com/219895.html
Tags:charing cross, dr andrew davies, gender identity, gender identity clinic, transgender issues
Subject: GIC report

Okay, now I feel up to describing how my GIC appointment went!

So, as you all know, I had an appointment at the Charing Cross GIC (which is not, in fact, in Charing Cross, but in Hammersmith). I went along with Fated ([livejournal.com profile] snowfields), a friend of mine who has been with other people to various GICs.

The first appointment was scheduled to last 75 minutes. I don't remember how long it took in reality, but it was probably closer to 60 minutes. I didn't want to be on my own so I asked if Fated could also be in the room. (I knew full well that there would be some frank discussion, but I'm fairly open about these things. I did make sure Fated was okay with it before asking if he could come in, though.)

It was basically an interview; I was asked about what I wanted from the GIC, how things were for me in my life, and such. Most of what I told Dr. Davies is in locked posts on my LiveJournal, under the gender identity tag; I keep meaning to import my posts over here to Dreamwidth at some point but I haven't yet done so. (LJ users, never fear - I'll keep them on LJ too.) In the meantime, if anybody on my DW access list would like access to my LJ and has an account over there, let me know and I can add you there. (There's also some filter polls you'll want to fill out; take a look at the notice on the journal main page on my LJ and you'll see a link to them.) As a bonus, you'll get to see the comments people leave on my LJ - I still get a lot of comments on my LJ and on DW you only get to see half of the story, because of the access differences on my journals.

So, yeah, that took a bit of time, and there wasn't much more to the appointment than that. My next appointment is in exactly half a year from my first, November 10th, and will be much the same thing except with a different person; kind of a 'second opinion' as it were. After this they'll then decide what to do with me, and I'm really hoping that they'll prescribe hormones and anti-androgens at that point. I'm also looking for voice therapy, but I guess that might take longer.

(At some point, I'm sure some people have calculated that there are 184 days between May 10th and November 10th, and will therefore correctly say that it is not, in fact, a difference of exactly half a year - after all, 184 * 2 = 368, which is a full 3 days away from the real number of days in a year, at least in non-leap years. And yes, you are correct, but you know...)

(...or was it only me that did that? Oh well, never mind.)

Anyway, I asked (with trepidation) about the moving thing. I think they'll accept it for now, but they'd want me to move back when I can, if I'm remembering correctly. I do remember that I didn't need to worry about anything for now, though. I hope they're right.

So yeah, next appointment is in November. I wish it wasn't that far away.

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In other news, I'm preparing to return my laptop for a bit of repair (it's under warranty), so I may have limited Internet access for a while; most of my activities are done using this laptop. On the plus side, it may encourage me to actually get out a little!

...meh, who am I kidding?

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Drew M.C.: Ragabash
User: [personal profile] dreamatdrew
Date: 2011-05-22 04:05 (UTC)
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(...or was it only me that did that? Oh well, never mind.)


GEEK!!
Love ya, Soph.

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Katie
User: [personal profile] tajasel
Date: 2011-05-22 13:44 (UTC)
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I'd be interested in reading the LJ stuff. My brother has recent come out as trans and will be dealing with Charing X in the next few years, I'd like to read about others' experiences getting to that stage and what happens once you get there, etc.

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Sophie
User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2011-05-22 13:55 (UTC)
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Sure thing - if you let me know your LJ username (or PM me if you don't want it to be public), I'll add you :)

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Katie
User: [personal profile] tajasel
Date: 2011-05-22 13:58 (UTC)
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Oh, public is fine - I'm [livejournal.com profile] xugglybug :)

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Sophie
User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2011-05-22 14:28 (UTC)
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Added! I put you on the Transgender Issues filter straight off because I knew you'd want to see it, but please do answer the polls so I know that you're on it. :)

Edited 2011-05-22 02:29 pm (UTC)

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pixel-stained technopeasant wench
User: [personal profile] vampwillow
Date: 2011-05-22 21:50 (UTC)
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Sounds positive!

btw, yes, there is a whole debate to be had on the six months -v- 26 weeks -v- half year thing. Calendrical math can be most amusing indeed.

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