My friend Joanne has a leg in plaster following a road accident and has been housebound for a week. A while ago I'd agreed to meet another friend, Kimberley, for lunch today so we diverted our trip to Jo's so as to take her out for some fresh air and a meal that she wouldn't have to fix for herself whilst balanced on crutches.
We had a really nice long lazy lunch at the Clock House in Dulwich (http://clockhousepub.com/).
The down side is that I am still not in a position to go out in female mode and it is hard seeing all the other women around the town and feel that I am not part of it, and especially seeing these two who look so beautiful. But the point is that they still take me for who I am. "You're still the same person, whatever your outside appearance," they told me. Not all TGirls believe that, sadly, and can be real snobs about this sort of thing, but I know I have made some real friends in this trans community of ours.
I am planning a party for whenever it is that I do make it back out in girl mode.
In truth, this situation is a real struggle, but I simply have to be patient and wait for my face to heal fully.
But thanks, girls, for being real friends, and for a fun afternoon.
PS Total weight lost in January: 9 pounds (4 kilograms). I am really thrilled by this success.