Sometimes things don’t happen as quickly or as easily as you hope. Over the past 6 months I keep re-learning the lesson that things don’t always go the way you plan.
I went to Wake Forest University to their Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders several weeks ago to get a second opinion on what has been causing my voice to have to many problems.
The doctors were very nice and confirmed my diagnoses of Muscle Tension Dysphonia. They felt, like my ENT in Asheville, that my allergies and asthma are contributing factors to triggering the voice problems. They suggested that in addition to working with my allergist, I meet with some of their speech pathologists to work on ways to cope. Unfortunately, my experience with their speech pathologists wasn’t as great as my experience with their doctors. Their approach to therapy was not one that was going to get me back to work with a stronger voice. I needed another option.
My doctor in Asheville (who is awesome!) did some digging and found a wonderful speech pathologist who works with cancer patients at the new beautiful Mission Cancer Center. Before she took the role at the cancer center, she got experience re-cooping professional singing voices and professional speaking voices. Jackpot- Really? There is no place like Asheville! Luckily she was willing to take on the project of “fixing” me and I have been meeting with her several times a week to bring my voice back. She may be my angel.
Meanwhile, remember those allergies and asthma I mentioned? I am also working with more doctors (they are also awesome) to get them under control including some new medications. I promise you—I have tried it all! I just seem to have a pretty severe case that keeps spiraling out of control. (Has anyone else never had asthma trouble before moving to WNC?) Unfortunately, I had a pretty big set back the week before last, with a brand new sinus infection (yay-me!) which put my voice back in bad shape. That definitely wasn’t on my agenda and has delayed my return to work.
I am finally getting to the bottom of this and when I do come back I will be a healthier version of me! I am a fighter. I will be thrilled if I never take another sick day again. Something tells me it will not be that easy. If I’ve learned anything, I know I’ll continue to blow through my “PLAN-A, PLAN-B & PLAN-C.” But even if it takes to “PLAN Z” to find some answers, I’ll make it work.