Wednesday, 12 December 2012
And so to bed........Er,no, Belgium
Progress is marked by small advances. I am sleeping a little more easily and yesterday was the day that I managed to wear underwear all day without the fire between my thighs making me head off to somewhere private for some ‘commando’ relief. Just as well, really, as rather than catching up on my much neede sleep, yesterday I travelled to Belgium for the second part of my autumn surgery, tweaking the facial cosmetic feminisation surgery I had in the summer of 2012.
I am becoming acutely aware of the design of seating and the effect it has on my post-operation sedentary comfort. Hard (unpadded wood or metal) is excruciating in any form. As are seats that are significantly higher at the front than the back. My South West trains seat from Dorset to London Waterloo was so raked and so by the second half of my two-hour journey I was in considerable discomfort, doughnut cushion notwithstanding. By contrast, the Eurostar seat from St Pancras to Brussels was virtually horizontal and so was fine, as was the SNCB local train to Ghent.
Today I had my pre-surgery consultation with Dr Bart van de Ven, who I have to say I like very much. When we met up in London last February he reviewed my surgery and expressed himself not satisfied. So I am here without charge from him (just hospital and anaesthetist costs to pay) for some revisions. Tomorrow he will be taking another small slice off the bridge of my nose, increasing the upper lip lift a fraction, doing some lipofilling of the vertical lines on my forehead above my nose and tightening the facelift I had to allow for the slackness which has developed since the jaw reduction and re-shaping I had done last time round. After some thought, I am also having my earlobes reduced in size as they are, on reflection, rather masculine.
I am staying in a pleasant apartment in the centre of Ghent within walking distance of Dr B’s clinic. The hospital is some way outside the city and I have to be there at 7.30am tomorrow, so the taxi is booked to collect me at 7. Fortunately this time I am only scheduled for 4 hours surgery, not the 12 hours I had before, so I should be awake by the afternoon. I stay in hospital one night and should be back to the apartment on Friday.
I’ll keep you posted.
Robin Moira White