Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Good News and lots of acronyms

I saw the ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist today. He kindly put the scope thing down my nose to view my larynx and told me that I don't have any nodules on my vocal chords. He thinks I'm having trouble with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) again and that's why I'm still hoarse, although I'm much better than I have been. He's referred me to a SLP (speech language pathologist). The really good news is that I get to go off all of the medications I'm on. He's put me back on Nexium for the GERD (for at least three months, he says), but I've been on it before and I don't have side effects with it, so I'm ok with that. I'm already feeling better since I've missed my latest dose of prednesone.

He also informed me that I may never get my total vocal range back again. (I'm hopeful that the SLP will help with that).

Anyways, I'm happy about the whole thing. I don't have to go back to see him unless I lose my voice again, and hopefully I won't.

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