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Thread #131869   Message #2982650
Posted By: Bat Goddess
08-Sep-10 - 04:50 PM
Thread Name: BS: Curmudgeon: Starting Voice Restoration
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Starting Voice Restoration
We arrived home (via Downeaster) around 1 p.m., me with a raging headache, the skin rubbed off between two toes (from what? a previously benign orthotic?!?), and very, very tired. I think Tom's throat is still numb from this morning's scoping and pictures -- he was having problems swallowing water. Good thing he ate a good breakfast at Eat Street at the hospital. Why is two days of mostly constant waiting (just in different waiting areas) so exhausting? Besides, I'm feeling definitely over-populated -- hanging out at Mass General makes even Fox Run Mall seem like a deserted glade in an unpopulated forest. I don't want to talk to anyone or see anyone until I become one with the universe again.

Anywho, I'll be a bit brief now, cuz the headache is still a bit of a bother and fill in more later.

Tom came through the procedure and the anesthesia with flying colors. Dr. Zeitels was very pleased. The surgery itself took about an hour and a half and Dr. Z stuffed a lot of body fat into his throat. We left the hospital for Beacon House around 4 p.m. -- took a cab because, though only a 10 minute walk, it's straight up Beacon Hill. Last night Tom's major discomfort was in his navel, from where they procured the fat. He was under orders yesterday for pretty much complete voice rest for awhile.

This morning we grabbed the shuttle back to Mass General for breakfast, then over to see Dr. Z early. Besides the usual scoping and pictures through the nose, they numbed him up some more and got more photos through the mouth. Things look good, but his throat has been beat up a bit and he's feeling it today.

He needs to heal for about 6 weeks -- and he's back on the no alcohol, no carbination, no caffeine, no chocolate, no tomato sauce, onions, etcet etcet diet for awhile, too. And right now mostly soft stuff because his throat is still tender.

Some of the fat will be reabsorbed by the body -- usually 35% to 75%. We hope most of Tom's will "stick".

After Dr. Z sees how he's doing, he'll schedule another procedure either in December or January to fine tune what's there. Tom will be awake during that procedure so that Dr. Z can "tune it like a guitar string". We'll have to stay in Boston about a week for that one.

So...right now don't expect a lot more voice. There's more there, but he's not supposed to exercise it much. Plus he'll be a bit on the, uh, "grumpy" side -- remember, no Guinness, scotch, COFFEE, etcet etcet.

So this is what happens when I'm going to be brief, eh?