I went to Sparkle, the fabulous national transgender celebration in Manchester, as planned.
Sadly, I had to abandon my plans on Saturday afternoon as this eczema on my face got so bad.
I am going to have to take the final step in dealing with it, the one I had been hoping it wasn't necessary to take, which is to stop shaving and apply nothing to my face - soaps, makeup, razors, moisturisers, sunscreens, etc. - and also stop absorbing anything that heats the skin - direct sunlight, alcohol, spicy food...
I've been in this situation before, so this decision is after consultation with doctors and specialists and based on past experience.
This means that my appearances in public are ended, very likely for the rest of this year and probably more.
I have dressed as a woman every single day since I stopped purging nearly 20 years ago and I have been out and about happily in public for nearly five years so this is the worst situation that could have happened. I will still be online, of course, and I have a few things to write up, such as my holiday and what news of Sparkle I can provide.
But I am pretty devastated.