Yes to Testosterone
I was told about a month ago that I had been given the go ahead to start hormone replacement treatment, I couldn’t believe it. I rang Nic shouting down the phone “who’s got a yes to testosterone, I have I have”.
I couldn’t believe that I had been given the go ahead because the way it was left was I had to be seen by the Cholesterol specialist first before the Laurels would do anything and I found out that the waiting time would be another 7 months away. So I honestly thought that going on Testosterone was a long long way off.
The next step is that letters get sent out, one goes to my GP and I receive one too. Now normally this should take about 2 weeks for it to come through but my Dr at the Laurels was away for a week so it delayed it slightly. The letter explains exactly what starting dosage to be taken – I am starting on Testosterone 2% gel (Tostran) 10mg metered dose from pump applicator at a starting dose of 50mg a day, which is 5 pump actuations.
I was on a course when my letter arrived, Nic rang me and started reading it to me and it all sounded like gobble-de-goop until she got to the word testosterone and I was like “you’ve got my T letter, haven’t you?“. I couldn’t stop smiling all afternoon.
We took a chance at visiting my GP just on the off chance I could get in to see him as he only works on a Tue/Thurs, but he was fully booked. We asked if there was anyone else available to write me a prescription – but were told that it wasn’t an emergency (if she only knew how long I had been waiting for this). We were also told that my GP wasn’t going to be in next week either. Now at this point I should have been really disappointed and angry, but I was like “well we can pop back in on Monday as I am busy all this week and couldn’t get in to see anyone on the Friday“, and Nic was like “how rude, I can’t believe they won’t write the script, do they realise how long you have been waiting” it’s like our roles had been reversed, because it’s usually me that goes off at the deep end.
I honestly thought that I would have to wait until the Monday before I could get to see anyone at my GP’s practice to get the prescription done, but the surgery rang late afternoon saying that if I was to write a letter requesting that they do the prescription and also to make it a repeat prescription (something to do with being from a third party rather than my own GP authorising it). I could have the script ready to be picked up Monday afternoon.
We popped back into the surgery on the Monday afternoon and there it was ready for me to collect. It actually shouldn’t have been ready till the Tuesday but Su the receptionist sorted it on the Friday so that it would be ready for me to collect, it was well worth the cream cake I promised to get her.
So it was now time to find out if the chemist have it in stock. I kept telling myself that there’s no way they could have it in stock so as not to be disappointed if they turned round and said that they would have to order it in. I couldn’t believe it when they said yes it’s in stock. We were getting rather emotional over it all, we just can’t believe that it is finally happening after waiting so long to start the treatment.
My first day on Tostran gel will be Tue 14th July 2015, I have to apply it to my thighs first thing of a morning every morning. I will need bloods doing in 4 weeks time to make sure that everything is OK. If it is having an effect I just need to stop the gel as it dies after a couple of days and the effects will stop. If I had been given the injection instead I would have no way of stopping it as it goes straight into the blood stream. If something does happen were by I can’t use it I will still be put forward for my top surgery.