Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bit of an anti-climax, sorry

I went to the ENT clinic, and came out still on voice rest. They did the scope (not so bad: stuff sprayed in my throat - it is probably good that I can't taste, then a camera shoved in there recording cord movement while I tried to say 'eeeee'), and found some blisters on the cords. They surmise the blisters are from a virus, and all I need is more time for the voice to come back. If I am still like this in a week, I will go back to them for further follow-up. The only thing different about the blisters (and you KNEW I would have something different): they aren't right across from each other, like they are usually found - they are kind of catty corner from each other.
The take-aways from all this - the hoarseness is NOT from nerve palsy caused by radiation therapy; the hoarseness is NOT from cancer coming back; and my coworkers and family are still going to have to deal with a silent Cheeky for a while. We met this morning and divied up the upcoming teaching events so other librarians will be taking them. I am heading out for that Harpo Marx outfit now, very happy that I don't have any further medical inspections on my chassis...
Thank you so much for your support, your funny jokes, your reading of this blog during my waiting time. I will try to find something more entertaining for you to read on your next visit.

6 comments:

Dee said...

Woo hoo! Great news! Especially that it isn't cancer and isn't a side effect from radiation. An anti-climax? I don't think so! I think it's wonderful news and you should celebrate with a tour around in your Cheeky Mobile!

Let me know if a hand-held thingy works while you're still recovering, okay?

I'll say it again. Woo hoo!

Teresa Hartman said...

Thanks, Dee - I don't consider this great news an anti-climax, either, but somehow the title fit. It is great news that all I have to do is remain silent for another couple of days/weeks, and things should sort themselves out. Whoopee! I will join you in a digital shout, since I don't have any other options.

penelope said...

Could you post pictures of yourself in that Harpo Marx outfit? :-)

Mary said...

What a relief! It's always great when the doctor says it's something that will get better pretty much on its own, even if waiting for that to happen tries your patience. :)

Jeanne said...

Teri--How's the voice now? Were you able to rest it over the holiday weekend?

Teresa Hartman said...

Hey Jeanne - had my first lecture to deliver since June 3rd. My voice was gravelly, and I didn't cough too much while talking, but you know me - I want things to be back to normal NOW. I was 95% silent over the weekend, since Rick was working all days, so I expected a lot more progress. Who do those vocal cords think they are, anyway??

 
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