Saturday, January 7, 2017
ENT Round 3 - Really this time
So, I ventured back to the good ole ENT office for my first meeting with the ENT that specializes in voice boxes. I met with his fellow first which was super nice. He told me a guy down the hall in his college dorm had CF - pretty cool! Talked about the voice and when it all started and all those fun details that led me to that appointment.
Next came in the doctor with a student as well. So, I sure got my money's worth ;) The doctor was so great and knew about CF too! He told me a story about back in medical school (at UNC Chapel Hill), there was a CF patient and it was a huge deal that he was 22 years old. Now, seeing me at 33 isn't that miraculous since life expectancy is so much greater.
Anyway, the doc was awesome. They scoped me and took a peak to still see the nodules there. Dang! He then told me the most common 2 types of people to get nodules are singers and stay-at-home moms! LOL! He asked if I yell a lot....hehehe. I do talk to my dogs a lot and I guess I am always yelling for them or telling them to stop doing something they aren't supposed to. Just like a stay-at-home mom of 2-legged children. Kind of funny!
Since I'm not a singer, they don't want to rush into surgery. Being that I'm not a 70+ year old person that they would just let deal with them, they want to try to help me. So, ladies and gentleman, I'll be going to a speech therapist. Apparently, I need to learn how to use my voice appropriately. I have an appointment later in the month and I'll learn some exercises to practice at home. If all goes well and I train myself, my little nodes should go away over time.
I'll keep you posted once I have my therapy and we'll see how it goes! Wish me luck!
Oh, and the doctor did say something about me not being skinny like a lot of CF patients. Thanks doc - you gave me some needed motivation to get this butt back in the gym!
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