Silent – Day 3

by Jen on January 8, 2011

I began my third day in silence by taking my BBT (basal body temperature) and putting a pot roast in the crock pot.  George is reffing soccer, and I was able to talk on the phone to my mom for about 30 minutes today.  I’m starting to develop a communication system that resonates like an African tribal language.  One tongue cluck means “no”, two tongue clucks means “yes”, a loud sigh means “I miss you” and a kissing sound means “I love you”.  It’s not terribly sophisticated, but works for quick phone calls.  The only problem is, I would NEVER be able to talk on the phone in public like that.  People would think I was a whack job.  Understandably so.  My mom was patient and basically conducted the entire conversation on her own.  I would text her questions, she’d pause to read them and then elaborate.  It was nice.  A lot more work than a regular conversation, but nice.  I was chopping vegetables while we were talking and I kept having to break and wash my hands to text.  Regardless, it got the job done and I feel a bit more connected today.  🙂
I’m relieved today is Saturday and I don’t have to be at work.  My staff has been extremely tolerant and understanding, and have already adapted to helping me make phone calls and are swooping in with even more gusto to answer phones and field customer questions so I don’t have to.  I am VERY fortunate.  I have always been a big e-mail communicator, so that hasn’t increased a ton.  But still, it’s nice to be home and not concerned that somebody is going to need to speak with me.  It’s awkward for people to wait for me to spell shit out on a dry erase board.  Awkward and embarrassing.
At home, George and I are learning basic signs (cause the dude CAN NOT READ LIPS FOR NUTHIN’!) and I’m using my dry erase board.  I thought the dogs would be confused at first, but it turns out, they really do respond to my energy more so than what I’m saying.  It’s fascinating.  If you’ve got a dog, try it.  Just don’t say anything to them.  Just gesture.  They’ll do it just like you are talking.  Even when I get my voice back, I may not waste it on their asses.  🙂
Above all, the most frustrating thing so far has just been the idiot factor.  I am not sick.  I don’t look sick.  I don’t feel bad.  I don’t look like I feel bad.  I just can’t talk.  I want to explain my situation to everyone in my path, so they realize I’m not being rude or I’m not a crazy person.  Buuut, to explain you have to… yep… talk. Instead, I’m over-nodding, over-gesturing, and smiling like my teeth are trying to break free from my mouth.  I’ve caught several people looking at my ears for hearing aids.  Maybe I should get one from the costume shop???  Hmmm…
I had my thyroid ultrasound yesterday.  The technician told me that while she wasn’t the final say over these things, she thought my thyroid looked perfect.  I should know for sure early this week, so you know me… I’ll blog about it.
Before I go, I wanted to tell you about the coolest e-mail I got from my mother-in-law.  She’d gone to lunch with Gram and Pa yesterday and to understand what I was going through, they were silent for the whole thing.  Really, REALLY sweet.  The photo just made my week.  Adorable.  Don’t you just want to put them in your pocket and take them with you everywhere?!?!?  Yeah.  Me too.
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1 junebug January 8, 2011 at 7:05 am

Sorry you can't speak. That picture is so adorable. I love older people. They tend to have a better sense of humor then people my age. Present company excluded of course. 🙂

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2 Amy Stotler January 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

Hey, I know it sounds silly, but what about making making a button or something that says I'm sorry, it's not you, I'm under strict orders not to speak. Preparing for being a monk is hard work. Or something lol. I love the picture. I'd frame that and put it on your desk to help you get through it.

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3 Sarah January 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

They are freakin adorable! 🙂 Im so sorry you cant talk for a month! Yikes! I hope they get things figured out and you feeling better again soon!

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