Still catching my breath after yesterday but one thing is clear, there is a lot I need to process more I need to prepare for moving forward. There is also the simple fact there is nothing to be gained from decrying what cannot be changed.
As for the future, one area of concern is my memory centers have atrophied, which explains why I forget things far too easily. Also why I fall into a very narrow focus when doing various activities such as working on the computer. There is also the issue of how a slight change to my daily plans can throw me completely off the rails, so I really need to work on a plan which will give me path forward as well as take into consideration any likely deterioration. Of course this is something I am going to have to discuss with the neurologist. The obvious starting point is making daily, weekly, even monthly lists, and using reminders both electronically and physically.
There are some changes to be made with my medications and possibly even my diet. It’s going to depend on a number of factors, many of which are going to be out of my control. All I can do is take things one day at a time, one appointment at a time. and one change at a time.
The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago apologized to those harmed by medically unnecessary genital surgeries.
A prominent children’s hospital publicly apologized Thursday for performing cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex infants and pledged to end the practice.
“We recognize the painful history and complex emotions associated with intersex surgery and how, for many years, the medical field has failed these children,” the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said in a statement. “We empathize with intersex individuals who were harmed by the treatment that they received according to the historic standard of care, and we apologize and are truly sorry.”
The apology, signed by the hospital’s CEO and three head physicians, comes after activists, over a yearslong campaign, called on the institution to ban cosmetic genital surgery on intersex infants, which is irreversible. The signatories also committed to “evolving” their policies going forward and stated that the hospital would not perform such surgeries unless medically necessary or with willful consent from fully informed patients.
Groundbreaking study reveals how transgender hormone therapy affects medical test results
Groundbreaking research presented at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo has revealed how transgender hormone therapy affects the results of common laboratory tests in the long term. This first-of-its-kind study could enable the development of transgender-specific reference intervals, which are crucial to ensuring that transgender patients get accurate diagnoses and equitable healthcare.
Bioengineered ovaries found to be more effective than HRT:
“New research in rats suggests the possibility of bioengineering artificial ovaries in the lab to provide a safer, more natural hormone replacement therapy for women…”
(Via. European Pharmaceutical Review)
Back to the hospital. Second time in 48 hours.
I think it’s time to find some answers. Hopefully the doctors will agree.
PrEP Studies To Focus on Trans Bodies | HIVPlusMag.com:
“The use of PrEP is growing but how well it protects is still being observed, especially in transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. The simple fact that transgender people have been excluded from past testing makes collecting important data extremely difficult. Only recently, have studies started changing how trans people, especially trans women are viewed and identified. In the past, transgender women were once placed in the MSM category (men that have sex with men) which didn’t settle well with them. Due to this, many were left untreated and refused to be a part of research because of how they were classified. However, studies and categories are changing and now transgender people and the use of PrEP is being recognized more often. How and if hormones affect the drug is the primary focus and placing trans people within their own category is important because of the percentage of people on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).”
Highlights of the 6th Annual Transgender Medical Symposium | Health | Lifestyle | SFGN Articles:
“The 6th Annual Transgender Medical Symposium occurred in May in Fort Lauderdale. This free event drew 140 people. The two-day symposium discussed many medical and mental health issues that the transgender community faces.
(Via. South Florida Gay News)
Transsexual study reveals genetic link › News in Science (ABC Science):
“The discovery of a genetic variation in male to female transsexuals adds weight to the view that transsexualism has a biological basis, the Australian researchers behind the find say.
Their study shows male to female transsexuals are more likely than non-transsexual males to have a longer version of a receptor gene for the sex hormone androgen or testosterone.
The findings from the largest-yet genetic study of male to female transsexualism are published online today in Biological Psychiatry.”
Transgender Care: Awkward for Endocrinologists? | Medpage Today:
“Small survey reveals lack of knowledge about these patients”
Sex Hormones Administered During Sex Reassignment Change Brain Chemistry, Physical Characteristics:
“Hormonal treatments taken as part of the sex-reassignment process have obvious and well-known effects on the physical, secondary sexual characteristics of the human body.But a new study that examined the effect of these hormone treatments beyond appearance found that they also alter brain chemistry.”
(Via. Medical Daily)