Yesterday was my time to head north to the VA blood laboratory to have my bloodwork completed. I prefer to go on Saturdays for a couple of reasons. The main reason is I can talk my partner Liz into going with me and the second is there are very few other veterans there on Saturdays.
When we arrived, per norm, Liz had to use the women’s room after the rather lengthy trip from Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio. I didn’t have to go, so I stayed behind and simply leaned against the nearest wall. Very soon, a lone figure in a wheel chair approached. Due to my past experiences at the VA, I have a tendency to not speak to others until I am spoken to. Yesterday was one of those days I was spoken to first.
The amputee in the wheel chair looked at me and said loudly “Lady take a seat.” He then pointed to a group of unused wheel chair type devices next to me. I tried to politely decline several times until he finally left me alone. What seemed like an eternity, Liz finally returned and we headed for the laboratory.
Predictably, I was second in line to be jabbed. And, jabbed I was over and over again since I had three doctors asking for blood samples. The most important one is the sample which checks my iron levels. If they are too high, I have to go to hematology for a phlebotomy which means the vampires extract a pint of blood. Second in importance is my endo hormone blood results. The levels determine if and when my HRT meds stay the same or are increased, potentially. Finally, the third test goes to my med doc to determine if my other meds blood levels are correct. Seven vials of blood later, I was done and we were heading home.
As we left the medical center, my new found acquaintance looked at me and didn’t say anything. I thought at the least, he didn’t mis-gender me.
The trip home was uneventful.
On an unrelated topic, I found this picture of one of my earliest transgender girlfriends along with a mutual friend down in Dallas: