Andrew Guy

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

One month post surgery

I've decided to celebrate my one month / 31 days post surgery mark with cookies and cream coconut vegan ice cream (surprisingly good!) as I'm officially now off my aspirin blood thinning regime and 30 day chocolate / caffeine ban. This has been necessary to prevent blood clots or aka further potential complication to the areas of new blood flow, (truly not trying to be funny) full loss does actually occur rarely after surgery.

I'm feeling quite good and positive, my pain has lessened, walking and carrying light loads seems to fine (no marathons yet!), a few stitches here and there have a bit to be desired but I hope the surgeon is going to be able to help me out with them at an extra check up I've volunteered to have before I fly out to a more beach orientated setting in California this month. In the name of healing it's time to move on from post surgery land.

I'm happy to say that the number of people asking to see my surgery work has dropped quite significantly this week, as much as I appreciate the curiosity, please see my film next year ( 'Its Not About The Sex' the revenues hopefully will help to fund others to make their way to Dr Crane).  And if you are trans email me anytime for the private forum application link, this is important for you to know of and be part of in any case as it has a full library of surgery pics from all regions of the globe where surgery is possible.

My arm is going exceptionally well, I'm now off the 48 hour special xeroform bandaging routine, and onto daily washing in the shower and light bandaging after layering vitamin e moisturiser. My hand has been swelling a little, which we've managed with some bandaging as the arm re-learns lymph drainage from a deeper level (this can take a few months).

I'm exceptionally impressed with how real and normal my member looks, peeing is fine so at the moment I'm entirely grateful that the 30%-40% complication rate of stricture or fistula is not my reality (touch wood as this can still happen for a while yet). I've booked in to have my scrotal implants next March (the final outpatient procedure that still has to happen with the small fee of $15k I'm still to fund somehow?!). And finally I can expect full sensation in the next 5-7 months as the nerves connections grow and become stronger throughout the phallas.

My bladder seems to have minimised its complaints which I am entirely grateful for (as in living can go on now) and I'm still doing a physical body journey process daily which I think is aiding this healing process hugely as well.

I'll check in again soon with more updates as they come to hand...until then enjoy xx


Friday, July 19, 2013

My Surgery Experience Synopsis ... a few have been asking (again only read if you really want to know)

My surgery experience has been good and personally a bit rough, I had to pay out of pocket so I was a bit stressed about complications as I didn't have more money to go back to hospital if anything went awol.
Dr Crane and his teams were great, I woke up though with blood spurting from my arm & a groin build up (hematoma) from too much blood thinner so had to go in for a second surgery an hour out so was under for about 14 / 15 hrs all up. Then the morphine made me ill the next day so the nurses had a lot to do to stabilise me but they did a great job, by day three I was a-ok. A couple of nurses were a bit random calling me 'she' occasionally, not sure if they meant anything by it (learning process!) but most were awesome. 
The rest of the hospital stay was supportive, although there was a slight argument between Dr and Pharmacist over which pain meds I could leave with. They sent me home with the lesser ones however day one at home, my catheter drainage didn't want to work properly as less fluid was going through me being off IV. This sent my bladder into excruciating spasm and forced pee out my new lengthened urethra (not ideal so soon at all, but luckily the surgery was that good it happened with no problem) and I got the stronger meds pretty quick smart after that. That all settled down after a day with, as per usual, some Journey processing.
Otherwise the healing has been tracking along very well, I did have one other small 'episode'  two days ago when the final stomach cath tube came out, Dr Crane wanted to test how well I cud pee (and to film it as I was his first forearm patient) so he pumped a load of water through this pubic cath tube, and say bladder really did not like that at all. I didn't really pee it out, in fact it all sprayed back out my stomach (visualise a metre high fountain) when he removed the tube, kinda funny for a second, (I cud pee fine anyway) but I didn't really like that as I was crouched over in pain rest of the day spewing & wasn't sure what to do. Luckily that also settled after a day and night of Journey processing and pain meds, it's still a bit painful now and again but I'm just focusing on it all being good now.
I have a follow up to check my arm with Dr Safa (Dr C's side man) next week & hoping he'll say its all good now too...onwards and upwards!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My donor arm (please view with caution, this is graphic)

I've been internally debating over whether to share this or not and have decided for me personally that it's ok to do so even if it attracts more negative response than not. Normally this sort of a photograph would only be shown in a private forum. 

The main choice in phalloplasty surgery is to decide which skin you would like to use for the reassignment. The different body parts (each have merits and disadvantages) are as follows; forearm, thigh, lower abdomen, side of torso. Despite my extreme resistance to wanting a chest scar I did chose my forearm for this (right arm as I write left handed), as even though its the most exposing place it offers the most in terms of the artery and amount of nerve harvesting possible which is micro surgically connected by the two teams of surgeons over the 12 hour period (the main reason why it is such a lengthy procedure).

Surprisingly to my surgeon, I have had no pain in this area (most likely due I believe to the body's wanting and agreeance to all of this alongside some potent Journey and NLP tools that I use) and it has been healing faster than he has seen before. I have had a very successful outcome, meaning the skin graft from my upper thigh has taken to it, I have full blood flow going to and from the fingers with one less artery and there is full range of hand and finger motion. 

Currently my carer and dear friend has been re-bandaging this every second day (not for the faint hearted), and this will continue for the rest of the month. In time the scar will heal to be the same skin colour as the hand and upper arm. It will have a slight texture disfiguration, which I plan to restore in the coming years via the medical aid of 3D printing. This is growing as a vastly worthy healing tool in European medical research for a variety of ailments.

Feel free to observe the current state of my forearm below. Further images of my surgery and the healing process will be available to view via the documentary being made around this process 'It's Not About The Sex' in 2015. Thank you for your compassionate viewing here.                                                                                                                                           

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