Making Space

Out of the clear blue (and hot) sky today came a call from my endocrinologist’s office. As you may, or may not remember, last week I had my blood labs taken which included my testosterone and estradiol levels. The nurse said my levels had came back this time showing my testosterone was still at a very low level and surprisingly, my “E” levels were just up slightly after increasing the dosage the last time it was checked. So, she suggested we add a third dosage twice a week. Since I am on patches, it means I am going to have to figure out where to add another sizable patch to my abdomen area. I am sure though I will figure it out!

After seeing and hearing from a few others who are not satisfied with how the patches are sticking to their skin, I have found somehow I don’t have or never have a problem with the patches sticking. I hope I am not jinxing myself since I am excited about being able to increase my dosage slightly. 

We also went back to the mechanic’s today to finish our oil change procedure. I say procedure because they couldn’t finish the job because of a lack of two filters.

Interestingly, Sara Michelle wrote in with this comment:
” Hello Cyrsti! Darling I think you might be taken advantage of? As a former mechanic, the filter is always changed with the oil! Leaving a dirty filter on with fresh oil is a waste of money! They should have made sure they had everything in stock before doing the job! My guess is they will rock you for another oil change when you go back for the filter. Good luck with that bar mitzvah, hope you have fun!”

I always have thought I could be taken advantage of at a mechanic’s as a man or a woman! I never had known much about cars. This time though, the two filters were an air filter and a cabin filter recommended by Toyota. Thanks for the heads up and yes I plan on having a good time at the bar mitzfah! 


  1. Charlie says:

    I’m FtM and currently take T via injections. My endocrinologist doesn’t me to use patches because of she’s afraid I’d get skin irritations, more so than the increased costs associated with it. I want it to better steady my hormone levels; next time I can reschedule an appointment after lockdown is over, I’ll try again.

    1. cyrsti says:

      Hi Charlie and thanks for the comment! Best of wishes for your journey! 🙂

  2. The air filter not being changed can be a problem, but if it was changed last time, practicality says it wouldn’t be – unless you put a huge number of miles on the car driving on dusty roads. The cabin air filter…same deal. Mechanics don’t want to miss a chance to extract any money they can from everyone’s (males and females) wallets.

    I suspect you’ll do a fine job figuring out where to put the patch!!!


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