I’m not getting into the fight right now about whether you need gender dysphoria and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as the very basis to consider yourself transgender*. The thing is, right now, with all the clampdowns on freedom of movement, it worries me about people trying to access their medications.
I understant you can subscribe and get your medications in the mail, often predetermined like every 30, 60, 90, or even 180 days. Well…I’ve seen the hassles with credit cards, and having to schedule your life around them and their delivery. I keep my credit card locked (being the victim multiple time sof credit card and ID theft) until it’s time to make a purchase. I don’t like having my calendar remind me that my credit card is going to be charged a certain day, but then risk someone running my numbers for unauthorized purchases, only to have to call to cancel…it’s a hassle.
Which is why I don’t mind going once a month or so to my local pharmacy to pick up my meds, and every three months to my doctor, instead of my local blood lab, to get my blood work done. My clinic is the famed Callen-Lorde Community Health Clinic, and I travel two hours one way to get my blood panel updated and HRT prescription renewed. (Yes, even as a post-op, I still need hormone shots. We don’t have the capacity to make actual testicles for trans men to produce their own testosterone and androgens.)
I know that sounds like quite the trip, and there are doctors who are closer. I just don’t like driving in all that traffic. I take the local train, pay $35 for the ticket and parking, stress-free ride.
NYC is near one of the biggest outbreaks of the coronavirus pandemic going on. My parents are up in their years, and one is immunocompromised due to an autoimmune condition, further worsened by the prescriptions required to keep things in check.
So what do I do? I cancel the appointment but ask for a renewal to be sent to my local pharmacy. I’ll reschedule for sometime later in the spring, when the weather will finally be warmer, and I can make a day trip of the visit.
*As a transsexual, without any medical contraindications, it’s usually assumed you’ll take them to masculinize or feminize your body as part of sex change (or sex reassignment) therapy (SRT). A big difference between the transgender and transsexual political and social identity is that transgenders are big into debating whether it’s needed or not, but transsexual individuals want to live as members of the opposite sex, and see HRT as a medical necessity. More on that in a future post, or maybe as a dedicated page.