Beneath the Cone of Silence

Yesterday I had this little thing done called a direct microlayngoscopy with micro flap excision… or vocal fold polyp removal. It results in 168 hours of no voicing…no talking, no outloud laughing, no coughing or throat clearing. Currently I am 20 hours in so only 148 remaining. A friend reminded me I shouldn’t count 8 hours of sleep; technically 100 hours with that positive mindset.

Those who know me as a Speech Pathologist said, “She must know sign language.” True I know how to sign beer and a few other words, but most others don’t, so it’s only showing off. I signed ‘toilet’ in the recovery room receiving ‘whaaat?’ head shakes. However, the universal sign for pee is, well…universal.

The ASL version of toilet (letter T with a handshake)

ASL Sign for Beer (we all should know that; bars are noisy) ⤵️

BEERB letter hand and rotate hand.

I downloaded TEXT, an aptly name text-to-speech app. I will definitely let them know work is needed on the womens’ voices. Currently, I sound annoyingly like Lilith from Fraser. Now, Bebe Neuwirth is a great actress which is why she was able to sound so Lilith-like and thrive. Beyond that voice flaw, it’s a stellar app.

My biggest accomplishment of the day was an ingenious repurposing of a mask into a magic marker holder! I only have about 75 black masks left to re-use. Ideas?

168 hours sounds so much better than 7 days doesn’t it?

Check back for more insights from beneath the cone of silence.

Published by Findyourvoice,findyourjoy

I am an author. I released Whispers for Terra in April 2021. Currently working on my 2nd. For decades I loved my career as a speech language pathologist. Authentic communication is paramount in my life. I am a prolific journaler and aspiring thinker, and very pet controlled. I am on a journey to find my voice and help others find theirs.

4 thoughts on “Beneath the Cone of Silence

  1. I haven’t heard you refer to yourself as a “social introvert” before yet that totally makes sense to me. But, I identify as an introvert and a forced silence would be very challenging for me. I have a cast of inner characters who communicate with me and I with them, sub vocalizing which causes the vocal cords to move!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this challenge!

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