Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lunch

It's been a week of appointments for the man, with me alongside. Cardiac rehab began; he had the intake and assessment on Tuesday and Friday. The ENT doctor on Wednesday said his vocal chords are about sixty percent back to full functioning, and should recover completely. The nerve was traumatized by the surgery; she explained that it actually wraps around the aortic valve (which I knew from consulting Dr. Google, which is why I was so worried). But after looking through a skinny black scope at the chords in action, she pronounced the nerve to be healing well. I'm happy to report my man's voice is indeed back, and while it's not yet as deep and resonant as before, it is getting stronger all the time. And now, in contrast to the previous prescription of vocal rest, doctor's orders are for him to speak as much he wants, so as to exercise the muscle. We also went out for lunch a couple of times this week, and enjoyed that, although my husband confessed that these outings show him that he still tires easily. Coming up: more appointments, and possibly the end of IV infusions in time for his birthday. He's in good spirits and doing well overall.



8 comments:

  1. Really wonderful news that he's healing well. It's great to see a photo of him out and enjoying lunch. Such pleasures tip the scales to happiness.

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  2. Y'all must be feeling so much joy and relief! I am so, so happy for you.

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  3. So good to hear. The word "resonant" makes me smile and tear at the same time. Love the photo too. <3

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  4. I'm so glad he's doing well! I had NO IDEA the nerve for the vocal chords wraps around the aortic valve. That's an interesting bit of information.

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  5. Interesting, and scary, that the nerve is so entwined with the aortic valve. That photo, in black and white, is entrancing! I think some photos really shine with lack of colour, and this is one. I'm so glad your husband is continuing to make good progress. He will get his stamina back with rehab and time and patience.

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