Silent – Day 11

by Jen on January 16, 2011

The sound of my voice is starting to come back.  Well, not “my” sound – but sound.  The sound that is currently coming from my body is still low, airy, and masculine.  I’m fighting every urge not to talk, but it is hard.  One of George’s friends unexpectedly passed away this week, and his memorial is today.  So, so sad.  It will be a small challenge to stay quiet around a bunch of people we know without looking rude.  But, one thing that most certain is that today is not about me.
I’ve been taking Prilosec each morning to hopefully resolve the silent reflux theory.  My blood tests came back fine, with a small elevation in white blood cells.  My thyroid ultrasound showed no enlargement.  Thus, the silent reflux theory seems to possibly be the culprit.  I’m kind of annoyed with that diagnosis because it seems so unreal to have severe enough reflux to eat my vocal cords without me EVER having any other symptoms.  Guess that’s why it’s “silent”.  😉
If I continue to see improvement with the Prilosec, I will go back to the ENT on February 10th for the torture rope.  From there, we shall see.  Maybe I’ll be back to sounding like Carrie Underwood by then???
Until then, I’m eating up the members of my Silent Support Group.  Could there be a cuter group anywhere on Earth???  Nope.
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1 Nicole January 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hi there! I guess I need to go backwards and catch up on this. I am so sorry you are having these issues. Very interesting.. maybe with this deeper voice you can start a career in radio? LOLThanks for your sweet words of encouragement. Yeah.. just trying to work it out in my head. I will get there. So much at stake, and not sure how it all works. I am following now! (I thought I did yesterday, apparently – I forgot!)

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2 Terri January 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

So interesting that this is a reflux issue. As someone who had unreal reflux during both pregnancies and has not quite shaken it since delivering my daughter – it's AMAZING to me that it was bad enough to eat away at your vocal chords and you never felt it. WOW. I'm enjoying reading about your "silence" days. I'm impressed that you're able to be quiet…I am sure it's really hard!Hang in there. Isn't it nice to have blogs that we can get all of this out there on? What did our parents do to express their feelings? haha.

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3 Jennifer Bruno January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thanks to both of you. I have been taking Prilosec every morning and was hoping for some improvement by now. I haven't seen much, but at the same time, I've also been pretty vocal the last two days. I'm going back to totally silent tomorrow morning. It's a blast. Or not. :-)Terri, I totally know what you mean! If I'd have gotten this diagnosis without a blog, I'd be climbing the walls by now!!!

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