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Not sure *quite* how this will go but...

Moving to a self hosted Friendica node.

Wow, did an article in the mainstream UK press just give reasonable coverage to transgender children and their parents?
In the Guardian???

(Probably in the cellar behind a beware of the leopard sign. It popped up in our RSS feeds that pull from across the press, so catch all sorts of stuff that never makes the site or paper proper. But still...)

The long read: Trans children and their families still often face suspicion and suppression, but attitudes are changing

Rough few days again.
Back at the hospital for our eldest*.

So some kitten therapy happened this evening.
He is able to go outside, but not roam until he is neutered. So he adores his moments of play in the garden and the vast array of new sensations.

(Cat eye contact)

*(She is home and OK-ish, for the time being)

Hope everyone has a good start on this misty monday!

This #toadstool barely grew over the leafes on the forest ground and I wanted it mostly sharp, but without the leaves in the background creating visual distractions. So I used a tripod plus macro rail, to shoot multiple images while moving the camera forward a few mm after each one.
This is the resulting focus stack of ~ 15 images with wide open aperture.

#photography #macro #EyesOnNature

Was out picking earlier.
Lots of nice boletes and chanterelles.

However, the warmth and rain have brought out a huge variety of fungi.
The fly agaric is one of our favourites, especially when it is first breaking through. A little riot of colour.

(Not for eating, unless you want to mess with your sense of scale like Alice ๐Ÿ˜‰)

We have a few of these tote bags.
Cheap from Flying Tiger, so when we go to the shops there is a couple spare on the back door or in the roof of the truck.

Anyway, youngest brought these to us and said "Spot the difference".

Quite how they managed that in production, we are not quite sure. ๐Ÿ˜†
Only one of the four or five we have is out of order ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Petition to get NICE #MECFS guidelines published (anyone, anywhere, can sign!) 

Please sign this petition to NICE to publish the new #MECFS guidelines. They were cancelled at the last minute by vested interests who want to keep damaging treatments.

Anyone can sign the petition, it doesn't matter where you live as this will have a global impact on MECFS support, research and access to benefits. We need all allies to help us get this done.

More info about this on the link:

#NICEguideline #pwME #ChronicIllness #LongCovid

@MECFS @ChronicIllness

So while cleaning the kitchen this morning, we have been gifted a discarded sword ๐Ÿคฃ

Strange tip to leave.

But we guess the girls had fun when they went out last night.

(They are sleeping in, until they do the charity shop shift in a couple of hours, so the tale awaits)

Ho humm.
Why yes blender, now is a *great* time to crash ๐Ÿคฆ

Blender, enforcing it's learning curve by ensuring you rebuild a model after it keels over so as to build that memory form repetition ๐Ÿคฃ

Why the cancellation of the new NICE guidelines matters, MECFS 

To people outside the #MECFS community who might not know why this matters... The old guidelines included so-called treatments (GET - Graded Exercise Therapy & CBT) that have been proved, at the least, to do nothing, but at the worst, have caused serious damage to a lot of patients with ME. The new guidelines acknowledged & removed them.

By not publishing the new guidelines, doctors etc, can continue to push these damaging treatments. The DWP can continue to push patients to undertake these treatments and deny anyone who refuses, their benefits. And research into ME continues to be stymied, by both stopping people researching the physical causes of ME, and stopping investment in research.

We thought we were finally seeing the end of the BPS (biopsychosocial) model that GET & CBT are based on. Instead, they are continuing to maintain their control over people with ME.

This will also impact on people with #LongCovid, which has a lot of similarities to ME, and who the BPS lot, are now going after.

@MECFS @ChronicIllness

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London GIC Trans Wait Times Stats 

Here's the latest data thats come through from FOI requests to the Tavistock and Portman London Adult Gender Identity Clinic.

The wait list to be seen is now 8745 patients long.

At their best ever speed of seeing new patients, that would take them 9-10 years to offer a first appointment to a new applicant.

At their current speed it would take 19 years.

it takes takes two appointments to get an assessment for GD which allows access to hormone care and later surgery - wait times between 1st and 2nd appointment are currently 2 years.

So new trans patients have a wait time of somewhere between 11 to 21 years until they have a chance to begin hormone treatment.

Finished (near enough) breathing life into an old mud kitchen to actually get used now by primary school children.

Needs a bit of deck oil in places where we have since added wood to make it all look the same. But, we used wood from old pallets, so it is about the same age/weathering and you will never know once it's done.

Should last a while and now actually get some use rather than rotting at the back of the school garden ๐Ÿ˜€

Laurits is now jabbed enough to be outside.
Stuck on a lead until he is neutered and can be safely allowed to roam, but progress. ๐Ÿ˜ป

In other positive news.
Requested a repeat prescription for oestrogen.

Having previously moaned that the NHS dispensed only two months supply and it falls out of sync with the three monthly injections.
Got a text message (in our actual name ๐Ÿ‘) from the pharmacy to say we could collect. Dropped our wife off there as we took the kitten to the vets.
She rang to ask what we were expecting as the bag was huge.
This time they dispensed 7 bottles ๐Ÿคฃ

Random, but we prefer it this way ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

We had taken in letter from NHS in our new name, passport and driving license as supporting ID documents.

Actually only needed the home made deedpoll on nice paper and one of our existing bank cards.

Now every other organisation needs to live up to this ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

DVLA we doubt will be as prompt and helpful, and they are next. But less of a day to day issue.

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Now, we should not be surprised, as this is how it *should* be. But when you have experienced lots of friction/resistance, and so have those in similar situations, it is pleasant, but still surprising.

Anyway, just had a text message from the bank. Confirmation of our name change after taking in our home made deed poll which we based on and just tweaked the layout in Open Office.

Staff were lovely, accepted everything with no issue and we didn't need extra paperwork ๐Ÿ‘

Just a few fungi this morning.
We need a break from processing* today, so resisted picking anything that wasn't to be used today ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Penny bun, puffball, scaber and the very first of the entheogenics. (Surprised they are out this early in that spot)

*(Could easily pick several kilograms of chanterelles within a couple of miles, but picking takes way less time than cleaning and preparing ๐Ÿ˜ so sometimes it's good to remember that.)

Nice collection of penny buns on today's walk. Enough to load *all* the trays on the dehydrator and still slice some into salads.

Was a welcome relief after yesterday's trip to the city. Which although required for lots of reasons, all family members had stuff to do, wore us all out.

Did have a very smooth and pleasant interaction with the bank. Deed poll presented and names changed. Awaiting confirmation of all systems updated and new cards, but that's a major positive. ๐Ÿ˜€

Halifax did good ๐Ÿ‘

And back to A&E we go, under the advice of NHS 111.
With a family friend who has a complicated medical history.

Can we get a blue light.
Or at least a loyalty card to stamp ๐Ÿ˜

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