Silence May Be Golden But….
They say silence is golden, right? And a lot of the time I would tell you what I give for just a little bit of peace and quiet in my house. Three boys are loud y’all. Very, very, very, loud. All.the.time. And it’s summer right now, so there aren’t exactly many quiet breaks happening around here. Well, except for right this minute. The three loud boys are spending night number two with their Aunt while mommy recovers from the surgery that I had today. I mentioned my problem briefly in this post, but now I am much more informed and you know, personally experienced in the joys of vocal chord polyps and the removal thereof (can you tell I work for lawyers, using dumb words like thereof!) So long-term hoarseness – it isn’t considered normal. And apparently soccer coaching can cause long-term hoarseness if you yell in a less than correct manner. Whatever the correct way is, I don’t know. I am going to buy a megaphone or use my whistle more this season or something. Because, yes, despite what my husband might wish, I am still coaching two soccer teams this coming indoor season!! So anyway, at the end of June my specialist called with an appointment opening for surgery for the removal of my vocal chord polyp. And since it was conveniently in between soccer seasons I happily grabbed the slot. It was also much easier to manage with the boys not in school. I had to quickly get into my regular doc for a physical, then I was all set to go for a July 29 surgery (as in today). Other than fasting after midnight and making sure to have a good book ready to go, there wasn’t much prep work necessary. My amazing BFF dropped me off at the hospital at 7 this morning, I got a “room”, a pretty gown and slippers and an iv on a pole. Who could ask for more on a sunny summer day?
Things were moving smoothly at the hospital and I was in for surgery just after 9 and awake again from the anesthesia before 10. Super fast! Apparently putting me under and waking me up took longer than the actual procedure. A little bit of a wait in recovery and then back to my curtained in room for a four hour wait to make sure my throat didn’t bleed or do anything else bad after the procedure. Pretty easy, peasy all things considered. Much simpler than my arm surgery, and much less pain at the end of the day! My throat aches from the tubes (I think it was the tubes anyway – not on the same side as the polyp was coming off of). I’m really tired after working late to finish up for the week (yay, vacation – no matter the reason for taking it) and then getting up early, with NO coffee, to get to the hospital. This surgery was definitely not the worst experience – I even got a pink popsicle form the nurses. And for what it’s worth, I felt like the nurses and the experience generally (unrelated to the actual procedure, but just the staff and system) were surprisingly MUCH better at the Royal Alex than they were at the Sturgeon. The Sturgeon has a great maternity area, but I’d definitely recommend the Alex for day surgery!
So, crazy day, not so horrible surgery but now comes the really, super, incredibly HARD part. I can’t talk for two full days. After that I have to spend one week on voice restriction, where basically I’m supposed to only talk for around 5 minutes maximum within any one hour period. And then an additional two weeks of “prudent voice use” where I can talk normally but I must not “abuse” my voice, lol. That means no yelling, cheering, screaming, throat clearing, coughing, loud/prolonged crying and laughing. That doesn’t seem very long – especially the first and hardest part. But oh my goodness just alone with adults it is so awkward not to be able to talk. And tomorrow my boys come home – my husband too thankfully, but there is like a 10 hour gap where I am alone with the boys with no voice!!! I thought notes and texting would get me through. And they will I guess, but it is not what I was expecting. I thought it would just be calmer. I thought my boys would just get to enjoy a few weeks of mommy not yelling even when she wants to. So naive! I’m trying to look at it as an experience though, where I really have to listen to what people are saying. That is something that is not easy for me – I like to express my opinion a little too much. So here’s to slowing down, listening and only sharing when I really need to. Because I just can’t write notes as fast as I can talk – so I don’t bother making so many comments!Featured image © pab_map – Fotolia.com Slipper Image and Popsicle Image © Laurie Mapp – LaurieRunsLife.com