As I mentioned in my last post I had a follow up appointment with my anal specialist. The specialist wound up moving to another practice in Chicago so at first I was going to go with another specialist in the same practice. But when I called to confirm if the new specialist was going to do an anal pap smear, the nurse suggested I go to my original specialist in Chicago. Anal pap smears aren't being done in a lot of places and I really didn't want to have another high resolution anoscopy to check for abnormalities as that would require being put under and several days of recovery. So I wound up going to my original specialist at his new practice.
The anal pap smear went well and I got the best news possible. There were no more abnormalities found and that I just have to follow up again in a year. I was definitely relieved at the news.
Around that same time I had a quick email chat with a new guy. Actually Dom wasn't all that new. I tried chatting with him two years back but he didn't follow up with me. So in early September he sent me a couple compliments on my pics but recalling how it went back then, I didn't respond right away. When I did get back to him, I kept it short and simple.
So Dom is the organist for a local GLBTQ church in Gary, IN. So yeah he lives an hour and some change from me currently. He invited me to his church to check it out and to meet him afterwards. That went well. We seemed to have an instant connection. He lives not too far from the lakefront so after service we walked there. He took several opportunities to kiss me along the lakefront. He stated his particular area was considered gay friendly and while he's not a full on PDA type of person, he does like sneaking in kisses here and there. And I really did enjoy our kisses. We went back to his place (against his rules) and spent a nice afternoon there before I took off.
Later that week his church was having its first movie night so he invited me to that. I wound up spending the night with him. Subsequently we've been seeing each other several more times and even most of the congregation at his church seemed to take a liking to me. It's going on a month and a half since our first meeting.
So Dom and I agreed that we should take our time getting to know each other before committing. One thing he has going for him is that we've met more times than I've had with any other guy since ending things with Rock in 2008. That's actually kind of sad but my luck with guys have been really shitty.
I've had to adjust to the concept of going to church regularly again, something I haven't done in years. It's not that I don't believe in God but I've of course been used to not going regularly. Also it's a small church and he goes an hour and a half early so I've had to go early too (since we're not at that stage yet where he's comfortable leaving me alone at his place). It's a little awkward at times interacting with the congregation cause some of course keep inquiring on where Dom and I stand, which is really none of their business but in a way since Dom includes me in his church activities, it is. He's bought past dates to meet him at his service as well. It's a bit atypical but since he's a school teacher and goes to bed early, he really has limited time to interact with dates so he tells them up front that church is a big part of his life and anyone who wants to be with him, will have to understand that.
Also Dom is coming into my life on the tail end of my health issues. I've told him about my HPV and how thankfully everything is clear now (even though it's likely dormant in my system). But he hasn't been there through my surgeries and recovery. I hope I don't have any recurrences or another abnormal pap smear but if I do, will he be there or will he freak out and run away?
So many questions which is why I'm glad we're taking our time and getting to know each other, even though we've hit home base a couple times already. I know it's bad but it was so good...*LOL*.