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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #140 on: November 29, 2020, 10:04:14 am »
It's nice to have her back home.  :)
That’s wonderful!


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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #141 on: November 29, 2020, 10:45:12 am »
Second dilation got to correct depth, which was a relief. The doctors and nurses have all been clear with me that once depth is lost, it can't be recovered.

So far I've only been using the smaller NHS dilator (1"). This is smaller than the smaller of the two standard starter ones usually provided. I'm conscious of wanting to step up sooner rather than later, I may try this evening, once I've hit depth with the skinny one.

It's awesome to be back in our house, in our bed.

I can't say enough about the whole team at Parkside, they've been great. Mr Bellringer was a little cold before the op, but after seemed far more relaxed. The head GRS nurse and all the main care nurses were fabulous, and really seemed to care about their patients, and excited to know about their journey. The catering, and cleaning staff were equally friendly and helpful. The food was great, I have many pictures, but didn't want to make this thread into a food channel!

In the UK, for NHS funded GRS there are a small number of surgeons to choose from. I can't speak for or about any others, but I've been wholely satisfied with the care I've received from Mr Bellringer and the Parkside team.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #142 on: November 29, 2020, 04:21:42 pm »
Day 6 Summary - last Summary post for this thread:

* Pain - variable between 1 and 4 with occasional strong twinges.
* anti-DVT injection given.
* Ibuprofen and paracetamol for pain relief.
* 1 dilation to first dot.
* 1 dilation to fourth dot.
* 1 dilation to fifth dot.
* Attempted dilation with small SoulSource dilator - barely made first dot.
* BP, O2 and temp taken and all good.
* Stood to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* 1.5hr car journey home using a donut cushion.
* Bruising fading overall, but still widespread.
* Swelling down sightly in some areas, and same in others.
* Home in my own bed!
* Devlyn's super tasty chicken soup.
* Swapped to saline for douching.
* Shower and hair wash to feel human.




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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #143 on: November 29, 2020, 04:37:05 pm »
Dilation was interesting today.

After the early success of yesterday, my first one today was very difficult, and I didn't get to depth. Only reaching 'first dot'.

At the second session, I altered the angle of the dilator as instructed by the clinic guidance notes, and was able to get to what I thought was my max depth, 'fourth dot'.

At the evening session, after 20 mins at fourth-dot-depth, I tried to see if I could go further, and I could! I got to 'fifth dot' and kept it there for a further 5 minutes.

After this success at depth, I also tried the 1 1/8" SoulSource model to try and build 'width', but with only limited success, and didn't get it in very far. I will continue to try while using the slimmer NHS dilator to retain my good depth.

The small amount poor tissue at the entrance to the vagina does cause some discomfort while dilating, but it's bareable.

Overall I have far more depth than I expected to get, and even I think slightly more than the surgeon estimated at an earlier clinical appointment before the surgery.

For those who may be small down below, it is obviously possible to reach a fully functional depth with a scrotal graft technique.

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #144 on: November 29, 2020, 04:50:29 pm »
Have you used the bell yet???

 ;D

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 #145 on: November 29, 2020, 05:26:55 pm »
Yay - congrats on a successful recovery so far. And I’m sure that you have a helper who will pamper you during the next stage of your recovery.

@Megan. It’s so helpful to read your detailed account of all of this. I’m happy also that your recovery is going as planned for the most part. It probably helps tremendously to have such devoted support. Thank you for sharing this part of your journey with us all.

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Sept. 25, 2018:       Began HRT
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June 12, 2019:        Name/Gender Marker on all ID's/Legal Docs completed
July 2, 2020:           GRS & BA Consult - Dr. Stiller
January 5, 2021:      GRS Surgery [Stage 1]
January 15, 2021:    BA
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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #146 on: November 30, 2020, 07:59:22 am »
Have you used the bell yet???

 ;D
Haha, Devlyn has been so attentive I've not had chance or need to. I love my wife :-)

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Re: Megan's GRS Diary
« Reply #147 on: December 03, 2020, 03:47:55 pm »
A reminder for those wanting to continue following my progress to go to the thread below, there will be no more posts in this one.

https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php?topic=254847.0


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