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This is half a delightful trans comedy of errors and half a genuinely scary-sounding situation, glad you're okay! This is also once again likely good research for my future self, as I have a rarely-occurring but occasionally serious heart condition in which I would end up in this EXACT scenario (I don't remember anyone fully pulling down my shirt in the ER but they do have to dig around in there to get the EKG machine hooked up)

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Fuck, I'm in AZ, I would have lent you mine! PSA to those whose attacks are rare: high mountain air is thin, it makes breathing harder generally, and yes Arizona has mountains, they're the better part where the airport tarmac and everything else don't regularly melt down in like 120 degree heat

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Oooof I know these troubles.. I'm a serious asthmatic and I gotta have an inhaler in EVERY SINGLE PURSE AND VEHICLE, just in case. Growing up without insurance meant an expensive ER trip every time my albuterol stopped working, or I ran out. I ran out in college once and there was NOWHERE to get any relief without a prescription. Then one year, visiting relatives in Spain, I learned I could get over-the-counter asthma medicine that saved my life. The US is a hellhole for not having the same thing.

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As an adult with much fewer asthma attacks after a childhood of severe asthma, this mistake is highly relatable (also the trans in healthcare part 😵‍💫)...Too many trips I've decided to forego bringing my inhaler (usually 'cause I can't remember where it last was and is lazy), and I think "it rarely happens, I'll be fine 😏" only for my body's sense of ironic humor and comedic timing to curse me with an asthma attack as soon as I'm many miles away from my inhaler.

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sooooo... always be anxious, right? that's the lesson, mhm, anxiety ALWAYS lol

...maybe I should carry around an inhaler as well even though I haven't had an attack in over a decade =_=''

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Ok as a girlie who had to go to the doc a lot last year (nothing crazy I was preggo) they really do just... pull the apron thingy down where they need...tits out? No problem. They don’t even ask.... I was also very confused LOL glad you’re ok!!

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walking with your old ID for awhile is really good call... saved my ass a few times

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Aaaaaaaaaah

Also why isn't there basic consent in, like, hospital people undressing you???

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BLEAKEST ER IN ARIZONA - I live in this state and this could literally be any ER within 100 miles of myself. Also, yeah, a 24 hour pharmacy? HAHA. D:

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Interacting with medical establishments as a trans person can be so frustrating. I tried donating blood because there's a shortage and they use sex and gender interchangeably on the entry form. So I checked 'No' on 'men who have sex with men'. I got deferred from donating blood for three months because I told them that I had sex with another trans woman.

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I literally gasped, thanks for the laughs and I'm sorry that this happened! (I'm laughing but it's respectful laughter ok)

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What a weird meet-cute

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The second to last panel made me wheeze in laughter

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I hope you're doing better now, Nate! <3

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That was a roller coaster, hopefully you're feeling better now!

Also I love the goofiness of that last hospital worker 😂

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I had the same issue with my new ID not matching my health insurance card. I’m still on my parents’ insurance, and I had to bug them for months before they changed the name on the health insurance.

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