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Megan's GRS Diary
« on: November 11, 2020, 10:36:41 am »
This thread will be a follow on from my GRS Observations thread

https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php?topic=234607.0

I will try to document the immediate few days before, time in hospital and following recovery period from my scrotal graft vaginoplasty with Mr Bellringer at Parkside Hospital in London on 23rd November 2020.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2020, 10:29:37 am »
One week to go!

A week from now I'll be driving down to London to check-in (?) to Parkside Hospital for my GRS the following day.

Nerves are starting to creep in, and I've started packing the bag I'll take with me.

I've been lucky in knowing a couple of other local girls who've had their GRS at the same hospital, so they've been a handy source of info.

At home, we've been wrapping up a couple of small DIY projects that I won't want to face after I get back!

I've also (as of yesterday) started adding powdered collagen to my daily diet. This along with the other daily supplements of vitamins, minerals, and fish oil I take should give my body the building blocks it needs to heal properly.

I have a pre-surgical check on Thursday, so I'll post about that afterward.

Due to COVID, it certainly seems no one will be allowed to visit me while in hospital, which is not ideal, video-calling will have to suffice.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2020, 11:01:46 am »
@Megan.
Dear Megan:
I am wishing you well next week as you go to the hospital for your planned surgery.
Even though the hospitals are locked down and you cannot have visitors there, video calling and
Facetime will be quite nice to have the ability to do.   
****Be certain to bring along your cell phone charger when you go to the hospital.

I will be looking for your updates as you feel comfortable posting them.


HUGS and best wishes to you.
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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2020, 11:35:48 am »
@Megan.
Dear Megan:
I am wishing you well next week as you go to the hospital for your planned surgery.
Even though the hospitals are locked down and you cannot have visitors there, video calling and
Facetime will be quite nice to have the ability to do.   
****Be certain to bring along your cell phone charger when you go to the hospital.

I will be looking for your updates as you feel comfortable posting them.


HUGS and best wishes to you.
Danielle

Thnx hon. :-)

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2020, 11:53:21 am »
Thnx hon. :-)

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Wishing you all the best - I can currently only dream of being so close to bottom surgery but one day!
You must be soooooo excited! Hugs, xx


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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2020, 04:13:30 pm »
In addition to this diary, for anyone wanting more detailed/visual information on my GRS, I'm running a private Twitter thread where I'll be posting content not suitable for the family friendly nature of Susans.

PM me for the Twitter Handle, and you can send me a follow request.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2020, 06:14:43 am »
Currently sat in the pre-assessment waiting area at Parkside hospital waiting for my appointment.

It was around a 2-hour drive, which will also be the journey home after my GRS. I've seen many here in Susans flying back from Thailand or other locations after their surgeries, but I'm glad mine will be relatively close to home.

I had to complete an extensive online questionnaire before this appointment, so I'm not sure how much more there is to cover aside an MRSA swab and a COVID test, but I'll post here again after.



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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2020, 10:43:49 am »
The assessment was a two-part affair:

Part 1 - with a nurse
Medical checks:
- Questionnaire Review from my online form, reviewing any questions.
- ECG
- BLOODS
- MRSA Swab
- COVID Swab
- Temperature check
- Urine (PSA)

Overall, the nurse seemed fine with all my readings. As long as my blood, urine and swabs don't show anything bad, then it's go for launch!

Part 2 - with the GRS support nurse
This was an informal chat. They had a good PowerPoint deck that covered the procedure, what to expect during the week, risks and likelyhoods, recovery, dilation etc... I had very few questions after that. No one is able to come with me or visit at the hospital (due to COVID). And it seems they do now provide the SoulSource brand dilator pack (4-piece set), I'll confirm on this next week. I left with a full hard-copy of the information which was useful.


All in all, it made things VERY real for me!

All going well, I'll be in for 7 nights in total, from this Sunday.

I'll do my best to post as much factual info as I can here over the next few weeks.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2020, 11:43:29 am »
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All in all, it made things VERY real for me!

All going well, I'll be in for 7 nights in total, from this Sunday.

I'll do my best to post as much factual info as I can here over the next few weeks.
X.
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Dear Megan:
Thank you for posting all of this important and useful information that many of our members will find helpful.

Please, only post and only share the stuff that you feel comfortable doing.... 
...after all, you will be in recovery mode and taking pain meds !!!!

Wishing you well, and trusting for a quick healing and for your success and happiness.
HUGS,
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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2020, 04:20:41 pm »
One addition to my earlier post..

I was told to stop taking my daily Omega Fish Oil supplement, as this acts as a blood thinner and can lead to excessive bleeding after the operation.

I'll restart this supplement a few weeks after I'm home.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2020, 05:33:06 pm »
Thank you for your update and pre-op details.  I wish you the best.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2020, 07:25:08 pm »
OMGSH! Megan! Best of luck!! I hope everything goes great with your surgery, and the recovery is fast and not so painful!

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2020, 12:31:57 pm »
Awwww, she got me a bell!

To beckon her for any of my needs, night or day, 24x7, rain or shine.

I love my wife! X



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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2020, 02:13:04 pm »
Hello again Megan

Thank you for all the information concerning your preparation and yesterday's Pre-Op.

I shall be thinking of you Sunday night and Monday when it really happens!

I truly hope all goes really well on Monday and that you have a manageable and reasonably painfree recovery thereafter

Hugs

Pamela xx






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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2020, 02:21:53 pm »
Well ding dong !!!Will be thinking of you XXXX
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« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2020, 02:29:15 pm »
Thnx all for the best wishes! X

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2020, 12:37:49 pm »
Arrived at the hospital and checked in.

They offered me sandwiches, pasta or salad from the kitchen, but I brought my own (turkey, stuffing and cranberry), as I wasn't sure if there would be food given my evening arrival.

I can eat until midnight, and take fluids until 0600 tomorrow.

The last couple of days I've been having a little internal panic, but I've reached my calm zone now (seems to be my way at these kind of times). I look on these times as an exploration, and that's a positive, exciting thing.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2020, 12:44:05 pm »
So far since arrival:

* Measured for compression stockings.
* Injection (tummy) for ant-DVT medication.
* Blood pressure, temperature and blood oxygen readings taken - all norminal.
* Given my gown, and overgown and some comfy socks to wear during my stay.

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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2020, 01:05:46 pm »
I wish that everything goes very, very well for you Megan.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2020, 01:30:09 pm »
Tnx. X

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