Tuesday, May 31, 2016

T+7 Weeks (w/ Voice Sample)

It has now been 7 weeks since my SLAD-R surgery at UCLA. 

I finally returned home to Hawaii on 5/15. I took roughly 1 month to recuperate in San Francisco with friends. It feels great to be back at home. 

My voice seems to be gaining some volume in the lower registers. It's definitely stronger in the morning and usually reverts back to a whisper towards the evening. It's still very difficult to speak at restaurants and there's no way I can use a drive-thru yet for my morning coffee. However it's very easy to have regular conversations indoors. I am so thankful there are no spasms. My voice right now feels and sounds like I received a very strong botox shot. 

I continue to apply mederma to my scar 3x a day + mederma PM at night. I don't notice any considerable difference in the lightening of the scar. I hope it gets better over time. All of my friends noted the scar is barely noticeable. 

My energy level is back to where it was pre-surgery. I finally returned back to the gym last week. I made it 4x and it feels great despite losing a lot of strength after being away for more than a month. 

The numbness under my chin is slowly going away. The left side feels a little more numb than the right but there's no pain at all. It still feels a little weird to shave with the area slightly numb. 

I'm pretty happy with the progress and hope I have a much louder and functional voice at the 3-month mark.