Vocal Surgery Update

Humidifier, facial steam, chiropractic, allergy meds, cough suppressants, and complete voice rest. You guessed it. These all are part and parcel to vocal fold surgery.

Particularly, in my case, the removal of polyps. Until next Tuesday, I’m restricted to complete non-usage of my voice. Not a hum, a grunt, or even a whisper. Silence! Five (5) whole days of no talking. Seems almost like cruel and unusual punishment, doesn’t it? But, alas! I am not being punished. This is an essential time of healing of vocal membranes (click for pictures, before and after polyp removal, if you have the stomach for such) that I’ll use the rest of my life. I’ll use them for preaching baby dedications, weddings, funerals, revivals, baptisms, Bible teaching, seminars, retreats … you get the idea. My voice is an indispensable element of ministry as a pastor.

Thankfully, there are many caring, loving, and extremely supportive caregivers close at hand. What a blessing, especially to have a wife who simply thrives at giving utmost, sacrificial, and doting care! I love you, LaRonda. Thank you for loving me like you do.

The surgery only took about 20 minutes in the operating room. Dr. Opperman (ColoradoVoiceClinic.com) was swift, precise, and efficient. It’s times like these that make friendships with guys like Buzz Reifman totally appreciated. What a caring practitioner he is. (He does lots of back stage work with mega-venue arenas and stadiums for singers and speakers needing vocal coaching and support). Bro. Dan Hammann, thank you for coming to the hospital and joining us for prayer before the surgery! Sis. Vonda Kelly, you and Sis. Alison were so sweet to be close at hand as well. Thank you.

Foremost and above all, we give thanks to the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, for His gentle and loving hand that guides and directs every detail of such an ordeal.

So far, I’ve not spoken a word to a soul. I’ve been out and about, and it’s easier done than said (did that make sense?) You know what I mean.

Since Sunday School is carrying the load of the Friends and Family Day this Sunday, and since I’ve prepared a short, concluding video clip, you may not see much of me.

Doctors orders are “Not a sound of any kind until Tuesday morning.” (5 days post op would be Monday at 1:30) By Tuesday, they permit 6 sentences an hour in a light speaking voice. That’s the standing order until follow-up appointment on Thursday afternoon.

What a blessing that Bro. Scott Graham will be our guest both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (I’ve already prepared introductory videos for him as well! These will serve as reminders of my “polypy” voice before surgery!)

So, for now, THANK YOU, to everyone who has texted, Facebooked, Tweeted, voicemailed, or simply spoken without expecting to be replied to! God is so good to us all. We’ll get through this.

In closing, please be reminded that you can easily contact me via any of the above-listed modes of communication during this short hiatus from normal speech. Your shepherd can still hear and respond to your voice, even when his is quiet.

Looking forward to what the Lord is going to do in the next few weeks of great, Holy Ghost Revival and Reaping at CAC!

God bless you all,

Pastor Haymon

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Senior Pastor Don Haymon II began his journey as a minister when he was raised in the home of the founder of Calvary Apostolic Church—his father. In 1986 he concluded a four-year internship under his father as associate pastor. It was at that time that he received his ordination certificate as a minister of the gospel. He married LaRonda Ellard, in 1992. He earned a bachelor of arts in Communication from the University of Denver the same year. In 1997, Don became senior pastor. In 2013 he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Christian Leadership from Hope International University. Today, he is the passionate shepherd of Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver, guided by a compelling and true call of God. For those in his pastoral care, he seeks personal development and spiritual growth as a priority. His preaching and teaching has taken him around the world to at least 10 countries. Under his leadership, he has founded six churches in Burma. The challenge of communicating the Acts 2:38 gospel worldwide remains his heartbeat as well as the constant growth pattern of the local church in Denver. He and LaRonda are the parents of three grown children. They reside in Castle Rock, CO.

5 thoughts on “Vocal Surgery Update

  1. Pastor Haymon, I have been praying for your swift and complete healing. I know it so difficult for you now, but I can hardly wait for the sermons that will come out this trial! Love to you and my continued prayers for you and your family.
    Sis. Avant

  2. Lord bless you Bro Haymon – walk quietly and carry a big pen and pad of paper – let everyone spoil you – I am sure you deserve it. Love and prayers – Sis Peyton

  3. The Lord bless you with a speedy and total recovery, Pastor Haymon. You are in our
    thoughts and prayers. We love and appreciate you much. Love, Bro & Sis Ramon Cuellar

  4. Thinking of you, dear son-in-law . Praying for your speedy recovery. So thankful all went well with the surgery. Love you.

  5. Wow! Don, what a sweet note to your sheep! I can say with all sincerity that if I lived in Denver I would be honored to be one of that flock. Your kindness and love shines through even in an update about your own health! May God bless you as you recuperate from your surgery. I guess the children are enjoying silence from dad for a few days, eh? Love you all so much! Darrell and Cindy

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