Jun. 10th, 2016

dglenn: Female (Venus) symbol, with a transistor symbol inside the circle part (TransSister)
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Okay, weird symmetry here with my last post to this community (three years ago) being about spironalactone, and today's entry being about wanting to get off of spironalactone ... But yeah, I'd like to stop taking it, and my primary physician has said he'll write me a referral for an orchiectomy, so now I have to figure out logistics, find a surgeon (urologist?) who takes my insurance, etc.

Reading aftercare instructions on the web, I see (a) advice to walk a little, then each day a little more, and (b) not do anything strenuous for a while. My bedroom is at the top of a three-storey rowhouse, and even if I put an air mattress in the living room to be on the same floor as the kitchen, I'll have to go up a long flight to the second floor to get to the bathroom. So what I want to know is: does this count as "walking a little" (thus okay immediately post-surgery), or as a risky amount of exervion at first, so I should try to arrange to stay with a friend who lives in a one-storey house for at least a few days after the surgery?

A secondary question, that I figure I'm less likely to get answered but may as well ask anyhow as long as I'm here: since Maryland removed trans exclusions from Medicaid coverage at the end of last year, have folks gotten things like this covered by it, or are the insurance companies handling Medicaid for the state still dragging their feet? (Specifically, I'm with United Healthcare.) If I'm going to have to argue or fight to get this covered, I'm gonna need to psyche myself up for that.

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