Friday, March 27, 2009

March 2009 Part 2

The problems I had at the beginning of this month are beginning to sort themselves out. The abnormal ECG which was preventing me from proceeding to surgery turned out to be a normal variant to use the cardiologist's terminology. I'll add some detail so that Ryan can look it all up on his favourite websites. My heart has partial Right Bundle Branch Blockage. The heart has two bundles, the right and the left, they are the receptors for the electrical signals which tell the heart when to beat; the hearts natural pacemakers. Because my Right Bundle is ineffective my heart is receiving most of its commands through the Left Bundle. As a result instead of positive going peaks on my ECG, negative going troughs are seen. This is rare, therefore abnormal, but it is not life threatening or life shortening. The cardiologist proceeded to check my heart using an Ecocardiogram and found no other problem which could cause the abnormal ECG. The cardiologist has given me a clean bill of health and as a result the Canadian Anaesthetist has given the go ahead for my operation and I've also passed my offshore medical.
The redundancy threat may also be lifting. New contracts may be offered in the next few days which remove this issue. I will let you know how this goes.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March 2009

Lots of ups and downs since my last update. Several of my workmates and I are under threat of redundancy despite being very busy. Our employer is using the economic downturn to target staff on contracts which they feel are less profitable to themselves rather than to remove the least useful and least experienced as would normally be the case.
I have a date for my GRS (Gender Reassignment Surgery) in Montreal, Canada. The date is 14th April 2009. I have provided all the test results, blood tests, urine tests etc that were required and all were within normal levels except my ECG (Electrocardiagram), heart rate recording which is abnormal. As a result I may not get to surgery after all. My surgeon wants a cardiologist to confirm that I am fit for surgery before I can proceed. I've only got a month left to try and get this professional opinion so I'm not sure how things will turn out at the moment.
I am comfortable in my environment now, people in general no longer take any notice of me, which is exactly what I want, when I look in a mirror I see a woman reflected there, so apart from the big issue with my operation and potential redundancy and those occasional days when Kathryn hates me my life is actually going very well.