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April 16, 2008

World Voice Day

Filed under: At home,Spasmodic Dysphonia — Janice @ 11:53 pm

I understand that today is World Voice Day. I learned that from Trisha, who discovered my blog this week and commented. She has a blog HERE. Like me, Trisha has Spasmodic Dysphonia. Unlike me, she is suffering from it a lot more right now than I am. I wish her well.  I got a lucky break concerning my voice today, and it is funny that it happened on World Voice Day.

Since I got laid off, I’ve thought about having a Botox treatment on my vocal cords again. I was always super conservative while I was on the air because I didn’t want the breathy voice result and have to be off the air for two or three weeks waiting for the voice to come back. Since I no longer HAVE to talk daily, I thought I would let Dr. Simpson just give a normal, full dose and see what it does to me and if it makes talking easier for a good long while. So I made an appointment. In the past, the co-pay was about $35 for the visit to this doctor. Things have changed on my the insurance now, though, and I discovered, just days before the appointment that I now have a deductible of $1000 or so. So, basically, none of the treatment would have been paid for this time, but it would all go toward the deductible. But finding $1000 during unemployment would be difficult and I didn’t see that it would be worth it either. I can talk, I don’t have to have the Botox, so I canceled the appointment. But the good folks in that office are so kind. When Veronica discovered why I was canceling, she offered me the opportunity to be a guinea pig for Dr. Simpson to show his technique to other doctors (I am quite sure she didn’t use the words “guinea pig”). I said I would love to do that, could I please make a speech beforehand and answer questions, too? I didn’t know if we were confirmed or not, but she called today, on World Voice Day, and confirmed that Friday afternoon I will get a big ol’ shot of poison in my vocal cords.

I will make a recording of my voice tomorrow so I will know what it sounds like pre-poison. It sounds fine to listeners, I know. Everyone tells me that it sounds fine. I have a lot more voice than I did a few years ago. But I know it doesn’t sound like it did in 2003 and before. It is more strained and has the “catches” that identify SD. And, very often, it is still a struggle to talk. Using the phone is a huge pain and I avoid it most of the time. I get the breath and make the effort and say something and then get a response of “What?” from a friend or loved one (yes, mostly dear-and deaf- Mark) and have to work through it all again to get it out. I hope the Botox can ease some of that for a while.

If you are in the dark about Spasmodic Dysphonia and my struggles with it on the radio since 2004, that story is still to come. I can feel it coming on, maybe this weekend. Who knows, it may even have audio examples to delight and amaze you.

2 Comments »

  1. Wow! It sounds like World Voice Day was good to you this year! I am glad you are giving Botox another shot – I will be interested to hear how it works for you this time. I didn’t realize you worked on the radio. I am looking forward to your story coming up.

    Do you have AB or AD? I can’t remember is you told me that or not. It is one of those days!

    You should check into a phone that amplifies the outgoing voice. Since you live in Texas, you can get one free – yes, free – through the STAP program. I can’t recall right now what that stands for but it is a state program to help the hearing impaired and we slide in by being people with “weak voices.” I applied to the program, got a voucher and then got a phone. It isn’t the most modern of phones and isn’t cordless but just knowing that people can hear me helps me reduce my phone anxiety. I am not afraid to talk on the phone any more. The fact that I don’t have to “push” to be heard also makes my voice much better when I am on the phone. I think if you do a search for STAP you should find it.

    Good luck with your Botox!

    Comment by Trisha — April 17, 2008 @ 9:29 am

  2. I had no idea about this! I hope Friday helps. Hugs.

    Comment by Kyle Marie Stock — April 17, 2008 @ 11:16 am

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