So I don't plan on being online much during this beach trip, but Friday-Saturday merits a lot of posting. Bear with me for more tales from battlesword. GENTS! I HAD SEX SATURDAY! LIKE NORMAL! LIKE THE BEFORE TIMES! I'VE HAD MULTIPLE ERECTIONS ALL SUNDAY AS A RESULT OF THINKING ABOUT THE SEX! Re point 6 in my last post: M broke up with the guy. She told me that on Thursday evening. On Friday we had a group hang out, and the two of us held a sidebar conversation for about 2 hours. It was a very constructive conversation. She asked me why the two of us hadn't become a thing, and I told her a little about the PIED issue. I was VERY nervous about talking to her about this. I had no idea how she would respond. I just wanted her to know it wasn't her fault. She was compassionate, genuine, and thoughtful in her response and it really alleviated a lot of emotional burden for me. The kind of trust we've developed is really important to me and to be able to have shared this with her was something I'd debated for a while. She asked if I enjoyed what we had done back in March (making out, getting naked together and trying to have sex, oral sex exchange, etc). The answer from me is obviously yes, and I just wanted to be able to try again when I felt I was physiologically ready. That night the group crashed at her place, and she offered to let me sleep in her bed with her. Nothing intimate was going to happen since others were around on air mattresses and such, but we spooned the whole night and it was very natural and comfortable. So Saturday rolls around and we've got a birthday party for a mutual friend. She comes over, we go to the party (fun times!), and come back. I return the sleeping arrangement favor (again, group of people) and she comes to crash in my bedroom. We end up talking for about an hour, which turned into making out. Which turned into sex. Sex worked! With M no less! It took only a little bit of effort, but not any manual stimulation. Just her grinding a bit on my hips and hearing her respond to me fingering her was what did it and as soon as she whispered that she wanted me, I was hard. I was able to maintain a pleasurable erection for about ten minutes, 5 of which was sex. She appeared to enjoy herself, which just took all the remaining pressure off my shoulders. We both had the post-sex glow the next morning. Lots of post-sex cuddling and she confessed she had wanted to try with me again after the previous issue (and I had held her at bay due to the embarrassment of PIED and trying to "solve" it, as y'all know). Point is, the erection came back when needed, worked for sex, and the confidence that comes with that... i've been riding that high all day. I sadly had to kick M and my friends out this morning to drive to the beach to see my folks. I think the week off from M will be good as it will allow me to recover and monitor flatlines and not overdo anything. I had a number of erections on the drive down when I would envision her, so I think that will help with future performance, which I suspect will happen again after I get back. I don't know if this will turn a corner with M and if we'll be in some sort of relationship or not. I kind of imagine we will just fall into being together and not realize were "dating". I explained to her that rebooting will continue for life, but rewiring is something I can do with her right now. For me, having a partner who is aware of the issues and patient to let me get what I need to get done is a potentially invaluable and rewarding experience and partnership. But sex. It's been ages. I'm so glad it worked like I remembered. I very much look forward to doing it again and continuing the rewiring. you know. for science technically I should change the counter....?