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    Survived left vc paralysis
    Beme45 posted:
    My hope is to give others hope. In April of 2012, I had surgery for something else, but the breathing tube caused my left vc to become paralyzed and my cartilage to be out of place. I was devastated and frightened. I followed my throat doctor's do and don't list, and I was cured in less than 6 weeks. I am not a doctor, and I am only sharing what helped me. I stayed home from work and rested my voice, drank plenty of water (never went anywhere without a bottle and took a sip every time I spoke), used berry flavored cough drops when I felt discomfort, ate a lot of ices, avoided spicey foods, slept with a humidifier, took plenty of naps (sleep cures), and went to vocal therapy and did my speech h.w. more than I was supposed to because I knew I could do more. Before I went to sleep, I made sure my mind was clear so I listened to inspirational speakers and listened to comedy on You Tube. This allowed me to refocus my brain so to speak.

    I am a teacher, and I use my voice constantly so I bought a microphone that sits on my lapel and has a battery pack.

    I hope knowing that someone else in the world was able to resolve their vc problems in a such a short time will inspire you and make you feel hopeful.
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