Saturday, March 17, 2018
Hiya Dermatologist, Yup They're Boobs
That morning I had to giggle as I was getting ready. I was taking a half day at work so that I could visit the dermatologist. What had me giggling was thinking back to a day, oh so long ago, that I was worried about wearing women's underwear to the doctor's office. I mean, what if they found out? What if they were to somehow find out that I was wearing women's underwear! Oh the horror, the horror!! At one point in my life I actually felt that way, and yet on this day, I had to laugh. Pretty much everything I chose to wear was purchased in the women's department.
Oh and let's not forget that I am growing breasts. Yeah, that is kind of a difficult thing to hide when one is going to the dermatologist for a full-body mole check! Ha! Err, there is also the little thing of my dermatologist having updated information about which medications I am taking, which happens automatically! So, uh, yeah, there's that.
Okay then..... onward!
I made it to the dermatologist that afternoon and after being led into the room, and being asked to disrobe for the doctor, I found myself pondering what sort of lovely paper garment the nurse had set out for me. Would she give me the standard paper blanket, or now that I am obviously showing my transgender status, will I have been promoted to the breast covering, backwards opening, lovely paper robe?
Alas, I received the paper blanket. I briefly pondered wrapping myself up in the blanket and then thought, no, that would be a bit too over the top. Besides, I really don't have a problem with nudity, even with my newly forming friends. Though I did sit there, with my boobs out, getting a bit irritated at the growing thought that they surely would not have a cisgender woman sitting there with her breasts out. I've spoken to my wife about these things and she has assured me that this sort of thing has never happened to her.
The doctor came in and we chatted for a bit about the little things in life. She performed her exam and I asked her about a spot on my breast. It was a red spot that appeared to be a bit like an ingrown hair. It was something that I spoke to her about a couple of years prior and she kind of dismissed it. Well, now that I happen to posses an actual thinking brain, I was determined to stand up for myself and not allow her to blow me off. I calmly, but insistently, explained my concern for this spot.
Okay, brief interlude - if you do not already know, back about 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with a level 2 melanoma on my right breast. I had plastic surgery to remove it and to make sure my nipples stayed aligned, ha! Thanks Kaiser! I did everything I was supposed to do, and have continued since as well. I have had more moles removed than I can count, and most of the scars have faded away, and thankfully, I have never had any signs of cancer since.
All that to say, yeah, no, the spot on my left breast was not of the cancerous, scary kind, it was of the hey this stupid red spot is really annoying and bugging me, can't we please do something about it kind. Which the dermatologist heard and quickly said, "okay then, let's do a small punch and remove it." Which, if you don't know, is where she uses a device to cut a small circle in and down a bit.
She explained the procedure to me and why she thought it was appropriate. I immediately asked her about scarring. She sort of blew me off and said, "oh well it won't be anywhere near as bad as that scar." I know that she had no idea of how badly she made me just feel as she motioned to the scar above my right breast. The scar from the cancer removal, the scar that I will have to live with for the rest of my life, directly above my right nipple. Thanks doc!
With my mind spinning while contemplating this, I calmly said to her, "I want you to know that I am transgender. As well, I have been taking estrogen since last July. I am telling you this, as I want you to know that this area," I motioned to my breasts, "is very important to me."
Anywho..... After giving my doctor the "official transgender speech," I watched as she slowed down and began absentmindedly repeating her previous examination of the area she was contemplating cutting into. Then it all clicked for her. She wasn't talking to a man about his manly chest, and his manly scars, she was talking to a woman about her breasts. Not just that, but talking with a woman, about cutting into her newly forming breasts and leaving her with stitches and a potential for a scar.
It was then that her entire demeanor changed. She took many more looks at the area she was examining. She looked at it from more angles. And she told me that she was sure that I would be happier with the outcome than I was in trying to live with it. Now that I knew she understood the gravity of the situation for me, and she reassured me that the scar would be very minimal, and look far better than the slow growing red blemish did now, I agreed to do the it.
She began taking things out and prepping for the procedure. I knew exactly what she was going to do. I have already had it done numerous times to remove those pesky little moles I mentioned earlier. She was pulling things out and seemed to be checking a mental list of needed items. I didn't want to disturb her while she trying to get ready, but I knew I had to speak to her about the stupid little blanket they gave to me.
As she wrote a few notes down, I tried to come up with exactly when and what I should say, but she beat me to it and asked "Being as you are transgender, is there anything that we could be doing to make you more comfortable?"
I like my dermatologist. She's a keeper! I asked her if it was standard policy to give everyone the little paper blanket. And she said yes. Which kind of surprised me actually. I was really thinking they had a shelf with folded up paper clothing items and one was labeled MALE and the other FEMALE. Okay, so maybe not, but I still kind of assumed that they would give a robe version to women.
Apparently not! My dermatologist explained that was the standard item given, but that anybody could request a robe if they prefer that. She went on to say that there are many women who will only disrobe down to their underwear and bra, but that makes it a bit difficult to do a proper full body check. Furthermore she explained that there are some men who refuse to undress, and will sit in the family member chair, fully clothed. She then asked if there was something that I would prefer. I explained that no, I am quite comfortable with my body, I would simply like to be offered the same thing as any other human. Ultimately, both she and I think of humans as just that, humans.
She did understand though that I am a human who cares about the overall appearance of her breasts! Taking that into consideration she deftly performed the procedure, removing the offender, and neatly places two tiny stitches into the incision. She then said, "let's see what's in there....... yup, it's what I suspected, a sebaceous cyst."
This was the second removal of this nature, though the previous one was on my back, which my wife used to loving refer to as my volcano. Lovely, huh? Oh boy, the joys of being human! These are things we don't really mention to kids. Who wants to know this stuff??? Not I!
So.... there ya go! I told her I am transgender, she understood the gravity of the situation, asked if she could be doing better, removed a cyst, and now it's healing. Badda bing, badda boom, there ya go! And I used to be afraid about wearing women's underwear! Ha! Silly little human!