Thursday, 6 December 2012
The Headless Transsexual
I am now at home, gently recovering. Still rather sore, particularly from the secondary candida infection I suffered from but now able to look back on my trip to Thailand.
It wasn’t quite the trip I expected as I spent all of my month in the out-of-town district of Phuket which contained the hospital, my hotel, the supermarket and the shopping centre. I had intended to see a little of Thailand on the first weekend but surgery was brought forward so that I booked straight into the hospital on arrival. The alternative possibility at the end of my time was ruined by my secondary infection. I have to admit that this, and the pain and sleep deprivation it caused, laid me very low for the trip back and tthe first few days at home.
One of the few impressions I really formed was how much smaller the Thai people are. The title of this post records that in both the hospital and the hotel if I stood in front of the full length dressing mirror my head was not visible. I should say that I am only 6 foot tall. My hospital gowns were XXL size and they had to send out for some larger sandals for me to wear around the hospital. One of the nurses jokingly called me ‘Miss Universe’.
Is the difference in height genetic or diet based, I wonder?
I also reminded myself how much I dislike air conditioning. It is not just the noise but the sanitised nature of air-conditioned air. Of course the alternative, with temperatures in the 30’s and it being at the end of the monsoon season, was to sweat into the bedclothes unpleasantly. Hmm. I was glad to be home to temperate climes.
As for now, I am concentrating on recovery, thrice-daily dilation, and my trip trip to Belgium next Tuesday to tweak last summer’s facial surgery.
I’ll keep you posted.Robin Moira White