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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #420 on: December 07, 2018, 03:54:55 am »
I know I matter until I multiply myself by the speed of light squared. Then I energy.


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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #421 on: December 07, 2018, 04:56:00 am »
Morning Stephanie,

Trust you are feeling good this Friday.

I assume you are back at the hotel.

Wow been reading your adventures, awesome .

Wishing I was back in sunny Marbella, here it’s cloudy, wet and miserable.

Take care and happy healing.

Hi Paula!

Feeling good? That term may not apply, but I don’t feel that bad, either, all things considered. Sleeping is still hard with that neck pillow. If I lean back too far I put pressure on the incision in the back of my head. Ouch. Plus having to spray the implants every hour. Wakey wakey, time for another spray. Sleeping in one-hour increments doesn’t allow for much rest.

But other than that, things improve little by little each day. Breathing through my nose is a little easier today. There’s no real pain from my nose, surprisingly. It just feels numb and sometimes a little itchy. Having tape and stitches on my eyelids isn’t much fun but I guess I’m getting used to it. And of course the shortened upper lip makes my mouth close differently. That’ll take some getting used to.

But I guess you know all of this!

I’m glad you enjoyed our adventures, and took part in one. It was a lot to pack into a very short time. I’ll have one more on the way home when I have a day in Paris, but until then I need to take it easy.

I wish you were back here, too. It’s kind of lonely here now that Kendra has left. I asked Isabel to give my contact information to any other girls who are staying here, and two of them are being discharged from the hospital today. Maybe I’ll be able to find them and have someone to hang out with. I’ve got another week to go.

The weather may be bad where you are, but at least it’s home. This is really nice, but I miss my home and my favorite people.

Stay warm and dry!


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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #422 on: December 07, 2018, 05:21:24 am »
My BFF just reminded me of something that I can’t believe I forgot about.

Exactly one year ago, I, along with eight dear friends and family members, was in a courtroom in front of a magistrate, and my name was officially changed to Stephanie Rhapsody Bensinger. My wonderful next door neighbor dubbed it, “Girl Harbor Day.”

I am in awe of all that’s happened since then. It’s all in this thread, but a year ago I would never have believed that on my ReBirthday I would be in a resort hotel in Spain recovering from FFS by the best in the world.

Thank you all for riding along with me on this incredible journey.

Stephanie

PS: Two days ago was the 34th anniversary of soloing my first airplane.
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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #423 on: December 07, 2018, 07:11:20 am »
Wow - that’s what I get from being away from the forums a bit.... I completely missed your trip to Spain!

Congratulations first on your one year legal name change! How amazing.

And of course congratulations on your FFS, I am glad you are doing well and I hope recovery will continue the same way.

So happy for you!!!

Hugs,

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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #424 on: December 07, 2018, 09:30:53 am »
Hi Stephanie,
        Glad you are doing well after your surgery. Take it easy and don't overdo it. Enjoy your time there and relax.
      Wishing you well. Take good care. Susan_Rose

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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #425 on: December 07, 2018, 10:02:25 am »
Wow - that’s what I get from being away from the forums a bit.... I completely missed your trip to Spain!

Congratulations first on your one year legal name change! How amazing.

And of course congratulations on your FFS, I am glad you are doing well and I hope recovery will continue the same way.

So happy for you!!!

It’s okay Sarah, you can be excused from paying too close attention to Susan’s right now. Thanks for the good wishes! Now don’t you have a special guest to get back to? (Give Jayne a hug for me!)



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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #426 on: December 07, 2018, 10:05:01 am »
Hi Stephanie,
        Glad you are doing well after your surgery. Take it easy and don't overdo it. Enjoy your time there and relax.
      Wishing you well. Take good care. Susan_Rose

Thank you Susan! Today was simple housekeeping, including laundry, and keeping in touch with friends and family. Amazing, this newfangled internet thingy! Hugs to both you and Jessica!


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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #427 on: December 07, 2018, 10:07:49 am »
I got some quarks but have taken charge of my density and keep a positron point of reference.

I know I lost an electron somewhere. I’m absolutely positive.

I’m keeping an ion you.


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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #428 on: December 07, 2018, 10:32:39 am »
I’m a new girl with a nucleus.  Avoid entropy and it all atoms up according to unified feel theory.

But unlike you I never learned quantum aircraft mechanics.  A wrenching admission, relativity speaking.
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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #429 on: December 07, 2018, 10:39:07 am »
Sorry for not keeping up on things here......I’ve been a bit preoccupied.

Glad you’re doing well Stephanie!

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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #430 on: December 07, 2018, 12:56:36 pm »
Wow! All this talk about quantum mechanics is making my head spin with uncertainty and tiny little electron Stars orbiting about.

Stephanie! You look great for just going through FFS. I'm glad everything is going well. I'm sorry Kendra had to leave so soon. The two of you and Paula have shared wonderful pictures of your journey. I hope you can hookup with some of the other girls there that had FFS so you won't be lonely.

I just shared a wonderful video on FB that really dots the I's and crosses the T's in reference to the positive words from Dr. Seuss and others that you shared here. YES WE ARE ALL WORTH IT!!! It brought tears to my eyes and a positive feeling to my life. https://www.facebook.com/dailygoalcast/videos/1590267764407350/?t=29

Big hugs Steph!
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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #431 on: December 08, 2018, 12:19:11 pm »
Yesterday afternoon I had a nice text conversation with my sister. We’ve both independently reached the conclusion that we are closer now than we ever were growing up together. She’s eleven months younger than I, and she didn’t really know the stress I was under watching her grow into a young woman, and the attention she got from my mother as she brushed out her hair and made her dresses, while I was smacked on the butt and told to go out and play. I can’t say it drove a wedge between us, but I knew there was no way I could talk with her about the things that were in my head. It just wasn’t done in the 60s and 70s. So we didn’t do a lot of interacting except during family events.

Now we can talk about anything, evidenced by the way she addressed her first message to me: “How are you feeling today, Ms. Bensinger?” It put a huge smile on my face.

I wonder what it would have been like to grow up not just with a sister, but as a sister? Ah well. The clock keeps turning, and there’s still time for the future.


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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #432 on: December 08, 2018, 12:30:19 pm »
I'm glad to hear you and your sister are close now. The past is the past but now you both get to start a new chapter together.

Be careful with those big smiles Ms. Bensinger! Doesn't that hurt a bit right now? Are you sure your ready to start stretching those muscle things yet?

Hugs!!!
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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #433 on: December 08, 2018, 12:49:08 pm »
Yesterday afternoon I had a nice text conversation with my sister. We’ve both independently reached the conclusion that we are closer now than we ever were growing up together. She’s eleven months younger than I, and she didn’t really know the stress I was under watching her grow into a young woman, and the attention she got from my mother as she brushed out her hair and made her dresses, while I was smacked on the butt and told to go out and play. I can’t say it drove a wedge between us, but I knew there was no way I could talk with her about the things that were in my head. It just wasn’t done in the 60s and 70s. So we didn’t do a lot of interacting except during family events.

Now we can talk about anything, evidenced by the way she addressed her first message to me: “How are you feeling today, Ms. Bensinger?” It put a huge smile on my face.

I wonder what it would have been like to grow up not just with a sister, but as a sister? Ah well. The clock keeps turning, and there’s still time for the future.

Stephanie


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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #434 on: December 08, 2018, 01:16:28 pm »
Well, I can’t say things are exactly boring here, but they are starting to fall into a bit of a routine.

Sleep is hard to get, considering the hourly follicle spraying. At least the pain in the back of my head is diminishing. After a spray it was easier to get back to sleep.

Today I got up, goofed around catching up on Susan’s and FaceBook, did some writing, then ordered breakfast from room service (included in the FacialTeam package). After breakfast was delivered (during which I was gendered correctly), I filled the tub and took a bath, which is the easiest way to wash the implants.

I’m supposed to spray Betadine shampoo on them then gently rinse it off without touching them, and without getting the nose bandage wet. That seems like an almost impossible task, but laying back in the tub makes it easy. Besides, it’s a jacuzzi tub. Ahhhh. I’m not thrilled by all the water it uses, but...

After that I sat on the balcony during the warm part of the day. It got up to 67F, and out of the wind it was nice. I did some texting and worked on my nails for a while. Then I decided I’d had enough of being cooped up in this room. They’re used to people running around all bandaged up, so off I went to the restaurant for lunch. It was the first time out of the room except for quick trips down the hall to check the dinner menu, and took a little personal pep talk to get my courage up. But there were zero problems other than getting the stink eye for showing up for lunch at 3:35 when they close at 4:00. Otherwise it went perfectly, with correct gendering all around. Maybe they know that anyone with bandages on their face is from FacialTeam, so feminine pronouns are appropriate. Doesn’t matter. It was nice anyhow.

Back in the hotel room I got a nap to try to catch up on lost sleep last night. And here I am. I plan to head down to the restaurant around 9:30 for dinner, then maybe take a walk down the boardwalk.

Ah, the life of the jet set resort dweller.



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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #435 on: December 08, 2018, 02:30:33 pm »
Wait! Who took that picture?
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« Reply #436 on: December 08, 2018, 03:01:34 pm »
Wait! Who took that picture?

Mwuhahahaaaaaa!!!


Actually, since I use the fruit flavored hardware, I can run my phone camera from my watch.


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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #437 on: December 08, 2018, 04:43:10 pm »
Hey Steph

Great to hear the recovery is going well...I can imagine that the novelty of being holiday will last only so long when you are recovering from FFS..

Take care

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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #438 on: December 09, 2018, 04:38:38 am »
Hey Steph

Great to hear the recovery is going well...I can imagine that the novelty of being holiday will last only so long when you are recovering from FFS..

True, Liz. But, since I’m getting better each day, I figure in a few days I can stop treating myself as “healing,” and get back to “touristing,” as long as I stay out of the sun. I took a walk last night that I’ll write about separately, and it felt so good.

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Re: The Stephanie Chronicles 2.0
« Reply #439 on: December 09, 2018, 04:43:40 am »
Be careful with those big smiles Ms. Bensinger! Doesn't that hurt a bit right now? Are you sure your ready to start stretching those muscle things yet?

Smiling isn’t too much trouble. They left everything alone from the schnozz down, dang it. I’ll have to come back for a face and neck lift after six months.

Darn. I’ll have to come back.

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