“I knew it! I knew it! I always knew I wasn’t a girl!” Charley felt like a prisoner freed from jail. Now at least I don’t have to pretend. Can you fix me?”
” We have to go in and explore your belly to free up that testicle and check the other side, but can’t change what’s on the the outside.” Just want to make sure you understand before surgery. If the testicle is healthy, do you want to save it? The hormones are beneficial to men, and you’ll need it if you want to father a child. Who knows what’s down the road for you.” Dr. Farmer asked.
“Yes, I need it. I want to be a man.”
“Do you need a little time to think about this?” asked Charles. “It’s a big decision.”
“Dad, it’s not a decision. I’ve had sixteen years to live with this. I have always known I’m a boy in a girl’s body. Think of how had it would be for you to have to be a woman. Now I don’t have to pretend. It’s over.” Charley looked relieved.
Charles felt awful for his part in Charley’s troubles, knowing his decision had and would cntinue to effect his child forever. “Well Dr. Farmer, I guess Charley is ready to go to surgery. I’ll be here when you get back, Charley.”
“Dad, you’ve always been here for me.”
“Okay, Charley, while I am in there, I’ll look for the other testicle. We don’t want to have to put you to go through this again,” Dr. Farmer’s positive attitude encouraged them both.
The two hours of Charley’s surgery were the longest of Charles’s life as he mourned the troubles he and nature were putting Charley through. He prayed for guidance to be able to support Charley down this difficult road. He’d never known anyone who went from female to male and knew it would be rough.
Charley was back in two hours, groggy but fine. Dr. Farmer gave her a few minutes to rouse before visiting. “Good news, folks. Charley has two healthy testicles. There’s also an undersized uterus, which I didn’t disturb. I wasn’t able to examine the ovaries without making a much larger incision, so I left that alone. If you ever have gynecological issues, we can take care of those as the need arises.
“So I can expect to become more male?” Charley asked.
“I’d expect so. You already have a lean, muscular body type, much like your father. I do see signs of a sparse beard sprouting. The testicles are now resting in what was your labia. Your vagina appears normal. Your urinary tract in normal position for a female, so that here’s no change there. Intervention would be a painful and the outcome uncertain, and I don’t have the expertise to do that. I recommend you continue as you are. To sum it up, you are a healthy male with a few female parts thrown into in. It is possible you could father children, given what I see.” This is a lot to think about, so feel free to ask questions as you think of them. ” Dr. Farmer shook hands with them both before leaving.
Charles turned to Charley, “That was a good feeling,” Charley mused. “MY first time to shake hands, man to man.”