After discussing the purchase of a binder on now three separate occasions, she has finally agreed... ...to discuss it with my doctor at my well child visit. Which isn't for another month and a half. Now, I know it seems like a good idea, and in normal circumstances, not that there are any anymore, I would agree. However, she only wants to wait because of a story that her (blatantly transphobic) friend told her about how her cousin's friend's 'daughter' was trying the 'new trans-something-or-other fad', her words, and was binding with ace bandages. She ended up with a broken rib and a nearly punctured lung, and now my mom is worried that I'll break my ribs by using a binder made for the purpose of chest compression. In all fairness, there is still the risk, but even after explaining to her that there was much less of a risk when using a binder instead of ace bandages and that there was usually no need for a doctor consultation when purchasing a binder if there are no current health problems that may be magnified by the use of a binder (there aren't, at least in my case), she still insists that I have to go to the doctor to 'ensure' that I won't break a rib. I almost told her that there was no ensuring that I didn't harm myself while wearing a binder, but I felt like that would hurt my chances. Long story short, I now have a month and a half that, if past experience leads me to be correct, will be a period of time during which I feel mainly masculine, to wait for a yes or no from my doctor, who, by the way, I don't have any way of telling if she supports LGBTQ+ people. I can't ever just default to thinking they will anymore. I do live in a fairly conservative state, after all... I'm worried about my own sanity more than anything else. The last time I had a long period of masculinity, I ended up getting really depressed and was almost driven to self-harm. I know it won't be long, but I have a very small group of supportive people to surround myself with, and I don't know if I can make it that long. Does anyone have any advice for getting through the waiting period?