At this point, I feel like I've really covered everything there is to say about my experiences with E3000. They're top-notch. It's really painful. The swelling lasts a few days. All of this is getting to be routine.
This time around, I had Jani with me again, which was nice. I also had to dilate 6x per day while in Dallas, since I'm still in the initial recovery period from my gender confirmation surgery. Dilating that often is hard to do when you're travelling. To make a long story short, I dilated whenever and wherever I could, like in the airport bathroom on the way back (I found one of those unisex ones that's private and locks. I sat on the floor, on a sterile pad).
The trip was nice. I visited with my friends in Dallas and had fun with Jani, who still won't leave the hotel with what she thinks is stubble, even though nobody else can see it. Jani's one full clearing in Dallas ahead of me, plus she says she had something like 100 hours of electrolysis before coming to E3000 (a good argument for doing it this way, with full clearings, in my opinion). So Jani's facial hair is pretty much invisible. Mine's visible, but you gotta look close. The guy who was hitting on me all the way on the flight to Dallas didn't seem to notice mine, even though he was putting his face about 10 inches from my stubble when he leaned over to talk to me. Based on the mildly homophobic comments he was making about the gentleman sitting next to us on the aisle, I feel certain he never saw my beard shadow. Anyway, at this point I feel pretty comfortable going out with 3 days' growth, but Jani's just paranoid. Nothing new there.
It took 6.5 hours for Sabrina to clear me this time. I was doped up pretty good the whole time, and mostly in a haze. I took a bunch of stuff (valium, vicodin, motrin). Except for the lidocaine shots, it was fine. Not fun, but given that my face took about 20 hours to clear that first time, we're making great progress. I'm scheduled again in June, and once this gets down to only a few hours, I'll definitely have to reevaluate the travel expenses and whether it's worth it to fly down to Dallas. Still, I can't argue with the results so far.
Another clearing done. We're definitely getting there.
3 weeks ago