October 2013 I had a procedure done with illegal silicone injections, in my hip area. As a result the silicone traveled into my lungs, and I ended up in the ICU at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto, Canada. We decided to do my weekly call-in blog show anyway. Even though I was on oxygen and had to continually put the oxygen mask up to my mouth, a couple of sentences at a time, we did the show anyway. the nurses in the hospital where aware this was happening, and I made it clear to them that this message had to get out there. Any procedures can be risky even with legitimate medical professionals, but Trans women out there need to know the risks regarding these underground procedures. And other than some youtube vids they are not being talked about.
This week in Monday Nov 4th 2013, Mandy Goodhandy will be recording from the intensive care ward of a Toronto hospital. On October 25, she received some silicone injections. Shortly after the procedure, she started feeling out of sorts, and thought she was coming down with a flu. By Monday, she was feeling very out of breath and weak, and Tuesday decided to go to hospital.
Black market silicone is a controversial and illegal practice performed in hotel rooms, apartments, or clinics around the world. It is very common for the trans woman community, because it is one of the easiest ways to augment and shape the hips and buttocks. There has been a lot of press about this lately, because some fairly high profile cases happened in the USA where a woman was charged with holding “pumping parties” and using substandard products (there are cases where people use rubber cement, low grade silicone, mineral oils, and other substances).
Like many trans women, Mandy Goodhandy has been getting silicone injections for many years. Not a lot of discussion goes into the risks, but she took her chances and continued to get the shots, as the results were so good. Until this last session, she had no bad reactions.
What the doctors are theorizing is that somehow particles of silicone may have gotten into the blood stream, and travelled and/or caused an infection or allergic reaction to her lungs. She is currently undergoing intense treatment to get her breathing back to normal, but she is still in the intensive care unit, as this type of reaction is uncommon in the medical community.
Mandy Goodhandy is recording this show not to demonize the practice of black market silicone, but to share her experience with the world so that other girls know that there is a real risk.
Trans woman Mandy Goodhandy and business partner Todd Klinck talk with Marc aka Valentina. About her journey into the world of T-Girl stripping, private dancing and hosting Sex Parties.
Marc/Valentina, a free-spirited person, recently finished school and did not want a full time job. He/she decided to experiment in the world of dressing-up, providing private dances and meeting straight men who appreciate the T-Girl world.
He/she has learned and experienced so much so far, and will share his/her experiences on this show. Also joined by another brand new boy (J/Ivanna), who is looking to experience the world of Stripping as a girl.
Yeah! I finally met the man of my dreams!
He messaged me on Facebook and said “hello bb yo beuty, marry me and sex”. He is from somewhere that I did not even know was located on our planet (not that it matters, I do not discriminate against people from other solar systems). I know he is the man of dreams because his profile has no photo or any information that is useful. But he has added a shitload of “friends” who are T-Girls and beautiful women, so he must be for real. I am just waiting for him to tell me what spaceship to catch, so I can fly to him and take him in my arms. I am sure that he does not send messages to anyone else on his “Friend” list, because he wants to marry me.
Is he not gorgeous?
I called in and gave my new address to CIBC bank in late April this year. They still sent my new visa card to my old address, but thank God I had the post office forward my mail. I just called them to inform them of the mistake, and make sure they had my correct address on file, after I had checked the online visa information and discovered they may have changed the new address I had given back to the old one. I was put on hold and immediately put through to the “fraud department”, once I called. The lady who answered asked the usual questions, to assure I was in deed who I was claiming to be (thank God as I was beginning to think maybe I was not who I was claiming to be). She proceeded to tell me that I was informed in 2010 that I needed to go to a downtown branch and straighten out my “gender issue”, since when originally getting this card, I was reported as male. And she could tell by my voice and by my new legal name that I was female. I told her that I was male when first given this card, that I was now transgender and in fact not Female. And I have been using this card for a few years now with no problems. She told me that I would still have to go to a local branch and straighten out “this gender issue”. I told her that I do not have a gender issue, your company seems to have the gender issue. And asked her “are you suggesting I go to a local branch to prove my Gender?”. She told me she will look into this and call me back. Of course they called back, but not right away, but when I was in the shower (isn’t that always the way?). They left a message and I have called back since, of course now I am speaking with someone else. The second lady I just spoke to has informed me that I have to go into a local branch because of the address and gender issue. I told her I have never, in all the years I have had this card, had to go in person to give a change of address, so this is obviously a Gender situation. I personally think that they should be consistent with their “company policies”. But I am warning all my local Torontonians, who may work at CIBC, when I go into the local branch I will be extremely clear on my Gender, even if this involves blatant nudity! And guess what, it is no longer about Male or Female, it is about humanity. Anyone who knows me, that crying victim is never one of my behaviors, but this thing screams discrimination to me. I asked her if being male, female or otherwise has anything to do with me spending money on this card, and giving them the interest payments that they have no trouble charging. Not sure I will not just pay the balance of this card, and then cancel this card. I understand that not all people working in the CIBC center are Canadians, but I am damned that I will tolerate being belittled by others who do not share our freedoms, that we have fought so hard for. But even then, shame on you CIBC for being a Canadian bank and not at least teaching tolerance and acceptance to anyone and everyone dealing in your customers service centers.