Friday, August 03, 2007

Post 300 - Scott's Voice

It's been a rough week, hence no posts. The big issue is my 15 year old son Scott's voice. Over a month ago he got laryngitis and when it did not go away after a week I took him to see a GP. They examined him and said because of his other symptoms, runny nose, raspy throat that it could be caused by a virus and we had to wait 10 days to make sure. So, we waited, and then called back and we had to get a referral to an Ear, Eye, Nose, and Throat specialist which we did. And of course, the quickest appointment was in three weeks.

So, finally, Tuesday, Scott went and got to have the fun filled experience of having a camera shoved up his nose and down his throat, where it was discovered half his vocal chords are paralyzed. The Doctor stated that this could either have been caused by a virus or by a nerve problem.

AND he made the mistake, In My Humble Opinion, of saying in front of Scott, that he might never get his voice back. Scott, was devastated. Scott is a caring sensitive individual, who is very talented. He makes all sorts of comical voices and vocal effects, and had enjoyed singing in the school choir with his excellent voice.

Scott had to go for an MRI yesterday and was injected with a contrasting solution which pretty much took the wind out of him for the whole day. Later on today or Monday we might get the results back from the MRI and find out what can be done. If they say nothing, it will be second opinion time.

The X and I have both talked with Scott and told him not to worry about this until all the tests are in, and I have also broached the worst case scenario, that, he might just have to live with it as others do with whatever their health issues may be, but, he is just 15, and I really think the Doctor should have omitted the information of this being permanent from Scott until we were sure. He is said and depressed about this and it may all just be that he is suffering this needlessly depending on the results of the tests.

So, please say a prayer to whatever deities you believe in or worship that Scott gets his voice back with a minimum of difficulty.


David Louis Harter said...


I have prayed for healing of Scott's vocal cords. I shall continue to keep him and you and your family in my prayers.

- David

Chris said...

David - Thank you my friend!