Well I'm back. The intake appointment has been had and medium term future a little more visible.
I got there a little early, the hospital is a bit of a walk from the train station, and it's thorugh a new office landscape. Kind of feels a little Manhattenish (at least in my head). All high rise office blocks in glass and steel, very nicely done, even with a little brownstone office in the middle. But with the lack of sun caused by the buildings it's damn cold :)
They started early when I got there. Two questionaires to fill out, first a medical history, the second was a more intimate psycological questionaire, that went to varying levels. And brought up a number of memories that I would rather keep locked away.
My Dutch failed me a number of times, but I managed to work out what most of the questions were asking, and I have to say that having to keep working at the language actually helped keep me a little calm.
After that a little wait before sitting with the psycologist and answering questions about life so far, and why I was at the VU. I explained that I didn't know where I needed to go for the future - that in a perfect world I would transition tomorrow. But this world is far from perfect, and there is so much to think about.
We talked for an hour, I answered the questions I could. It was difficult and a little emotional - she did explain that given the subject matter it was difficult to explain your feelings and not to worry as I was doing well. It didn't feel it at times :)
At the end she said that she thought I should definately go forward to the disagnistics phase, for multiple reasons. I have to call back later in the month (after they have had the monthly group discussion) to see if I am on the waiting list (I am not sure what happens if thy do not put me on the waiting list... The questions you think off when it's too late).
She also gave me the number of a therapist that works with the gender team (though not part of the team) to help get my head in order before starting the diagnistic phase. She explained that the phase is relatively short, and it's not a bad idea to start to get your head in order.
They took my picture (ug) for the files and I was on my way again. I feel better for knowling a little more about what the future should bring (in the short term at least). Now I'm home I'm tired, drained and need sleep.