Monday, November 14, 2011

I Speak

So it's been five days of steady speaking and I'm starting to get used to feel of it. The Wife says the voice sounds just a shade deeper than the one I used to have. I kinda like that. The hoarseness, I'm fairly certain, is here to stay. To be expected, as certain tissues and muscles will remain paralysed.

All in all, I've been receiving rave reviews, and some wide-eyed expressions, from those I've spoken to, so it's kinda exciting for me while I also try to temper my urge to speak too much.
Today I made a business call that requires voice prompts. And it worked. Hooyah!
It did require a more conscious effort to vocalise properly, but I imagine time and practice will make speaking easier, and flow more naturally.

Another benefit: the closing of the airway greatly reduces choking on everything I try to swallow. This has reopened the doors to exciting new foods like soup, corn flakes, and any thing else floating in liquid that's difficult to control.

I don't want to jump too hard into extensive conversation just yet.
These muscles need a chance to rebuild themselves and I'm afraid that too much too soon may create some regression.
In the meantime, I'll continue to run through my phone list a couple a day, re-introducing myself to everybody, keeping it short and sweet.
Life is better when you talk to people, and I'm liking it.

7 comments:

W.B. Picklesworth said...

That sounds great. I'm happy for you, Gino.

Brian said...

It was awesome to hear you the other night.

Vanesa Littlecrow W. said...

I am so happy to hear that you are gradually getting better. Keep it up. :)

Mr. D said...

You sounded great, Gino. Strong.

lumberjack said...

Outstanding.

And it could just be my imagination, but I think your typing got better too.

kr said...

Yay again!

plus, lumberjack wins the string ;).

John said...

Congrats. Speak softly, but carry a big stick.