Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Transgender Blog Challenge Day 12: Health and Wellness

Today's question is:
What are you doing to stay healthy for transitioning mentally and physically?

One of the things about testosterone is can have some not-very-good side effects.  In my case, it has pretty much strengthened things that already were problems before T... I gained weight, my blood pressure went up, my blood sugar got wonky, I also got secondary polycythemia which means my red blood cell counts get too high, which can put me at serious risk.  On that latter note, it's easily manageable with regular blood letting (yup, there's a disease that is actually treated with blood letting!).  So my blood counts are fine now.

I haven't been doing well enough to deal with the blood pressure and blood sugar, though.  Right now I'm in the middle of a very strict paleo diet.  It's making me lose weight very rapidly (likely from water loss and not fat, but as far as I know that's actually good for lowering blood pressure so that's good).  My blood pressure is lowering slowly.  I don't know what my blood sugar is doing, but it's probably at least improving just due to the relative decrease in carbs and elimination of the really nasty carbs (refined flour, for instance).

Mentally I mostly try to give myself space, take time for myself, an so forth.  My home life has been very tense, which is a bane to my emotional health and something I need to pay attention to or I'll explode on people (this is, by the way, not a testosterone side-effect; I've always been that way and I am actually less likely to explode).