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,