Texgirl ...I know exactly how you feel and what you are going through.
I had my op on 28th June and still have not regained my normal voice. My surgeon failed to tell me at the time that one of my nerves were damaged which has resulted in a
I know how worried you feel, I actually did have a nervous break down and was in hospital for two weeks because of it.
As you have some movement in both cords, that confirms that the laryngl nerves are not cut or sethered, which is irreversible, they may be nicked or pulled, if they were damaged paralyzed vocal cord. I have had a temporary injection to move the paralyzed cord to the middle so that the working cord has something to vibrate against, this has resulted in me having a voice, although I can not raise it and it very high pitched compared to normal.beyond repair you would have no movement at all, the fact they are moving is a really positive sign, please take some comfort in that.
Nerves can heal themselves but they take a very long time, if at least one of your nerves heals you will speak again, there are procedures that can be done, including the injections I had and an operation to move the cord to the midline. I am working with a speech therapist now and training my working vocal cord to compensate for the paraliyzed one. It takes a long time, maybe a year, but its possible.
I know the isolation you must be feeling and the sheer terror, loosing your voice is like loosing your personal power... its part of your identity, its so important, people have no idea until its gone how much we use and need it.
I have spent the last three months researching this and finding the best people here in the UK to help me, I now don't feel so hopeless and belive I will regain most of my voice in time.
I feel for you and will pray for you tonight.
There is help out there for you and with time most peoples nerves do recover as long as they are not cut.... if they are cut they do not move at all.. so have faith.