All posts for the month May, 2012

Letters From The Edge Of Blogspace: Bits and Pieces…

Published May 24, 2012 by Christine

Thought it might be a good idea to update the blog a little. I’ve started several entries over the last month but none have come to fruition. It’s a bit like starting a diary and then leaving it and never going back. So, what’s been going on?

First off, some sad news. Whiskey, Tracey’s youngest dog, (a cocker spaniel), had to be put down. It turned out that he had colonic cancer. He was having difficulty going to the loo, despite eating well, and the tumour was pressing on his bladder making him, to all intents and purposes, incontinent. We took him to the vet several times but all they could do was give him pain-killers to help him go to the loo and that was it. One day we noticed large spots of blood wherever he walked and took him straight to the vets. Upon examination it turned out that he was massively dehydrated, despite drinking several bowls of water a day, the cancer had spread through his body and there was nothing that the vet could do for him. So we opted for what seemed the kindest thing. Tracey was devastated as she’d had Whiskey from a pup and he was just about to turn 11. She still has Sophie, her other cocker spaniel, who has just turned 13 and is still acting like a puppy!

Another piece of sad news is that my father-in-law passed away two weeks ago. He had been very ill. I don’t know the details, I haven’t spoken to him in over a year, (he stopped talking to me when I started transition), but I knew he wasn’t well. May God rest his soul.

I’ve been for my second session of laser. It didn’t hurt as much as the first but it was still bad. On the good side, I’ve reduced my makeup to just a covering of  tinted moisturiser, (BB cream), and a little blusher. Ideal in this summer heat. I no longer have to load the foundation on which, in these temperatures, would just slide off and look like a horror mask.

I have now also started voice therapy up at Frimley Park Hospital. This is good. After a few sessions and plenty of practice I should start to sound like a Christine not a Mark. Especially on the phone. (I get called ‘sir’ a lot). I’ve only had one session so far. It’s difficult to practice what I’m taught because I’m usually in the company of people who know me, so I tend to talk normally. Tracey keeps reminding me every time I drop my voice down. I’ll do another entry on my voice later.

Well, that’s the more significant events over the last month. There have been more little bits but I’m not going to bore people with the minutia of everyday life. That’s what Facebook is for. (Not that I post much there either).

Oh well, onwards and upwards.


EDIT: Looks like I won’t be posting regarding voice therapy as my appointment for today has been cancelled. The therapist is off sick. Probably the weather.

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