Radio. Silence. Day 5 check in. For those of you who are new in this space, I had surgery on my vocal cords. Nothing major and I'll be fine but I can't speak for at least a week -- at all. I wanted to share some of my thoughts along the way. Here's #1
Communication, an obvious one!! When I woke up in the hospital, the nurses were telling me the surgery went well and advising me not to speak. They handed me a pad of paper as they explained to me what the next hour would look like. The first thing I wrote down -- "How do I say thank you in sign language?" I think fully conscious I probably could've remembered this, but in my post-anesthesia brain, I had no clue. ⠀
When I was first diagnosed with this weird vocal thing, I remember looking at my mom in the doctor's office, and saying "Deaf people need therapy too, right? I could learn sign language.." as tears streamed down my face at the thought of not being able to use my voice (LOL, just picture it). ⠀
Don't get me wrong.. I am grateful, so dang grateful. This vocal cord hiccup turned out to be very minor. Nothing serious. This surgery plus the tools I learned in voice therapy (yes, that is in fact, a real thing), should leave me good as new. ⠀
But I guess I've learned that I hold a lot of my worth in my work. I genuinely love connecting with other people. I crave communication and it's something I'm pretty good at -- talking, reflecting, and listening, but truly listening. Listening to what people say, and what they don't say -- hearing what they mean even when sometimes they can't find the words. ⠀
Since leaving the hospital, I've learned to communicate in many other ways with the people around me - by writing, with actions, & in body language. Communicate with your people in whatever way you can express what you feel. There are SO many ways we communicate. Communicate with your people with love. We're all doing the best we can in this little world of ours, to understand each other & to be there for each other.