It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a voice sample so I thought I would post one today. Take a listen to the sample below:
As you can hear in the voice sample, my voice is still doing pretty good. If I had to estimate what percentage my voice is, I would say around 65-70%. I can still project my voice and raise my voice, albeit at a lower level than my pre-SD voice but still enough to across what I need to say. I did have a little trouble ordering a meal at an especially loud restaurant on Valentine’s Day but when I say “little”, that’s what I mean. It didn’t prevent me from ordering, I just had to repeat a portion of it which wasn’t a big deal.
As I have mentioned on previous (recent) blog posts, the experience I had for the first month to two months after the October 15 Botox shot was very different from the first shot I had. The side effects were different, the actual reaction of my voice was different, but so far the length of time (benefit period) seems to be similar. This time around, I probably only had what I would call a “good voice” (95% +) for less than a month. But I have had a “usable voice” for most of the past 4 months.
I am signed up to have my next shot done in March but I am hoping I can postpone it to April or even beyond. I would really like to try to stretch it out farther and farther if I can and maybe even overcome the SD completely some day. I’d like to try it at least…before going down the surgery route. I’ve always considered the Botox to be a temporary solution, as I do not wish to have this done for the rest of my life. But it is buying me some time to figure other things out.
One really great thing that happened recently is something that I used to take for granted. I went to a family get-together and NOBODY asked me how my voice was doing, or told me how good/bad my voice sounded. It was a normal, non-eventful day and I LOVED it. I know people mean well when they ask about it but the constant reminders can get a bit aggravating. For me, the best days are the days when I don’t think about my voice problem at all.
If there are any changes I’ll be sure to post them but for now, no news is good news.