Well I have been back to work since Tuesday and have been trying to work without a voice.
It has been kind of liberating. The phone is ringing off the hook and rolling into voice mail. I check it every hour or so and then send e-mails to my stores in response.
My co-workers find it extremely entertaining when I try to whisper loud enough to be heard and then I start coughing. One remarkable side effect is the great attention that I am being given. Usually there is gibing going on during dept meetings and only half of what I say is heard or even acknowledged. The last couple days everyone leans in and listens intently. I feel so special. It is so nice to be heard!!! :)
Any way, I fear that I have lost my voice for good. I don't want to try talking because it is sometimes painful and other times it is just irritating.
When I am home the kids continue to ask open ended questions - which I can't answer. I just look at them an blink.
Funny - Victor had the TV on MUTE last night with captioning. I sat there thinking "You know, I'm not deaf. I can still hear. My voice just doesn't work." I think he was trying to use the remote control to fix my voice... :)
KIDS: remember, just because you saw it on TV doesn't mean it is real or that you should attempt any of the stunts. Adam Sandler is such a good actor and his fancy remote use to fast forward in life and to mute out arguments was just a story. YOUR universal remote control only works on the media equipment in your house.