GIC initial assessment

I’ve got my first GIC appointment I said to twitter. Many congratulations later … the question: “What will you wear?”.  This is not trivial; do I go as a man, showing honest acceptance of where I am now or do I go as a woman, showing the strength of feeling I have for my true identity? As I ponder this, a twitter argument develops over trust of GIC methods and, essentially, the best way of ‘playing the system’ – an approach I’m not happy with (I am, at heart, a rule-follower!)  As such, I don’t intend to include “the answers” in this post and I would urge you to be open and honest should you be in the same situation.  It will be interesting to see if my viewpoint survives…

After much agonising over the best thing to do, work got in the way and I more or less *had* to go dressed as a man, albeit with my usual earring/female watch etc. Getting to the Sheffield GIC is an easy 20 minute drive for me and I was only 20 minutes early :-)

The appointment started dead on time with Dr Nayak, a psychiatrist. The first thing he says is that we dont have much time – about 50 minutes – due to the funding cuts and the number of patients to be seen.  If we don’t finish in time, we can carry on at another appointment, probably in April!

Thus inspired, we talk fast.  Dr Nayak asked me my preferred name & pronoun (I stuck with my male identity “for now”) and then started to go through the report sent by the local Mental Health Team; we ended up reading through it together, with me correcting the few mistakes therein and confirming where things were the same now or different (it being from several months earlier). Then he asked me about when I first started dressing as a girl and what my school life was like. In particular about why I did what I did and about significant events in my childhood and teens.  There was quite a lot of talk about penises and erections … which made the sausage & chips I did for tea that night fairly comical :-)

What I think saved me from an April appointment was that I’d written “my story” for this blog.  Dr Nayak was able to read quickly and ended up trying to cut & paste it into my notes. I say trying because the NHS software didn’t seem to like it, but I assume he’s since managed.  As such, I’d recommend writing your own story.

The only negatives expressed were disapproval for my use of “illicit” dutasteride, in an attempt to preserve as much of my own head hair as i can, and my alcohol intake. I cannot disagree on the latter but I’m not sure what he expects on the former as a GP is not allowed to prescribe dutasteride for anything other than prostate problems and I had to do something to stem the loss whilst waiting for the GIC.  [Para. added 09-01-13]

During the final few minutes, Dr Nayak dictated the letter that will be going to me and my GP.  That I was there to listen to that was beneficial as it answered a number of questions without my having to wait for the actual letter.

The main thing being that I have been accepted for treatment within the GIC, starting with blood tests and then counseling with other members of the team, with an expected time of 6 months before any hormone prescription can start.

And that, is exactly what I wanted :-D

 

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One Response to GIC initial assessment

  1. Kati Davies says:

    Well done, Lisa. I really empathise with what you are going through. You’re braver than I am; opting for the less confrontational route of staying mostly male myself makes me very proud and jealous of you for being able to go this route. Good luck, and I look forward to reading how you are progressing

    Hugs & kisses

    Kati xxx