It is great to hear from you White Beard! I have been reading your posts. It is very helpful to read the experiences others have had and to have dialogue with others “like us.” I can talk to my colleagues, friends, and family all day about
this stuff, but they really cannot relate.
My voice has me more concerned than the pain when the school year starts in August. I will still have limitations at that time, but can manage. Not having a teaching voice is a deal breaker. I have everything I need to succeed if I can talk. I can adjust the sensitivity of my microphone and sound system to the point I can speak with a soft voice, but I am not a monotone teacher. I like to project and have fun in my classroom so this does me concerned. At the first sign of trouble, I will get a voice specialist to look at me and we can go from there. I still have my CD for voice therapy so I might begin using it once I am able. My vocal cord problem was diagnosed as Laryngeal Myasthenia which is vocal fold paralysis. I struggled to catch my breath at times and could not project my voice at all. She said I likely have partial permanent loss.
I am anxious to find out what his posterior plan is. He did not explain at the initial appointment if it would be a fusion or not. I assumed that, but my wife Maria said she thought he meant he was just putting in rods and screws to keep the ACDF from failing. A fixation only would be easier to recover from for sure. I will know next Tuesday.
You can certainly relate to what I will be dealing with more than anyone I have talked to. I have not had my lower levels checked so I do not know how messed up I am below the T3 level. I do have lower back pain, but that is not my concern for now.
If there is such a thing, I am over-preparing for this surgery. I have accepted that I will not be doing my normal summer activities like having a huge garden and cutting wood, etc.. I replaced my old zero turn mower with a new one for my wife and two teenagers at home to use. My oldest is now in the Air Force so he won’t be around to help. I have had many friends tell me they will help out anytime I need them.
I agree that I have come to the right place. I have gotten more from this forum than any other.
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