Annie and James Rushden were man and wife, until James revealed he was transsexual. Annie writes about the experience of falling in love all over again with her partner Claire. Same soul, different gift wrap.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Another day down

We had a nice day at the mall and then the farmer's market. Kind of took Claire's mind off things while she and kiddo tortured and harassed me into buying a pair of jeans.

$60!!!!! They couldn't even pick a pair on sale? I never, ever buy anything at retail. To make matters worse, they are Tommy Hilfiger, a brand I *swore* I would never, ever wear. Oh, I feel I just sold my soul to Macy's.

They were merciless. And what's more, kiddo took the receipt so I can't return them!

Luckily, I was able to dodge the Sephora makeover they planned...

Looks like Monday morning Claire not only gets bloodwork done, she also gets an EKG and will meet with the anesthesiologist to discuss what can be done to medicate Claire enough to let her squash her severe anxiety enough to actually get her there.

Not sure what the plan is tomorrow, right now seems like it will be a movie day at home.

Thanks for tuning in.


Friday, June 27, 2008

Counting down...

Just a very brief update as we close in on surgery day.

Kiddo arrived home from Iraq last night. Claire's *really* starting to stress.

I'm getting into the mode of trying to get everything arranged - overseeing mom coming in, changing the car headlight for her, making sure Claire's questions are answered about stuff, getting a futon for kiddo to sleep on... which is strangely calming.

The dog has allergies bad now, so I have to work in a medicated shampoo for him this weekend too. Glad kiddo is here to help.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

July 2nd draws nigh.

Just a quick update.

Things are definitely careening at us pretty quickly now. As I write this, kiddo is in Germany, preparing to fly home. She'll be here tomorrow, for at least 6 weeks. Thanks to the Red Cross and her CO for getting her home for us.

Claire is hanging in there. She's quite calm, in a way, but I think she's drawing on years on suppressing emotions.

As for me, I'm hanging in there. My mom is coming up July 1st, and honestly, I'm glad she'll be here. Fearful thoughts keep trying to invade, but so far I'm keeping them at bay.