There are sooo many sides of Tara Sanborn wife of Bills LS Garrison Sanborn. If you remember last year on The Better Half Of The Bills she announced she was pregnant and now their baby girl is 7 months old! We also had no idea that Tara is a Speech Pathologist (maybe she can help Rob out!) Check out the interview
If you follow me on Twitter, @roblucas2, you saw a pretty excited tweet from me about waking up with MY REAL VOICE on Monday. Absolutely true, and so happy for it to happen. But keep in mind, the big progress will be when my voice stays intact for at least a few hours, and then all day. And from there we can work on getting it broadcast ready. It's one thing to talk normally for a short period of time. But to get it to project and last for 4 hours on-air, is another matter. That's what we're striving for.
I've done a pretty good job staying quiet…which is very tough now that I'm seeing progress. It's only natural to see how far you can push it, but you don't want to undo anything that the vocal rest has helped. So laying low for a few more days is job #1. Big medical appt on Thursday…wanna make sure that I'm as good as I can be for the specialists. Thanks for your thoughts and support.
Great quote relayed from one of my wife's friends:
"Everyone wants a magic bullet, but not everyone believes in magic."
I really didn't have a lot to report in this latest Rob Lucas No Voice Social Media Tour update…until Sunday morning. The past few days have been nothing special for voice recovery…two steps forward, one step back. Glimmers of progress between long periods of silence, and a voice that sounded only slightly better than a week ago.
But on Sunday morning, I spoke a clear sentence, actually a few sentences, with very little rasp, and total clarity. It wasn't close to my voice, but it was a communicable voice, that wasn't breathy or forced. It had bottom and more depth. Pretty incredible! I was so excited to have some bottom end and not get out of breath while saying things, that I started to blurt out the bass line of Marky Mark's "Good Vibrations". You know…bumb bumb BUMB bumb, bumb bumb BUMB BUMB! Did it about 3x till my wife correctly told me to shut up and let my larynx heal more! And then it was back to silence, with a few blurbs here and there. And yes, I know doing the Marky Mark thing is something Phil on Modern Family would do. Most days seems like I'm either pulling a "Phil" or a "Sheldon" (Big Bang Theory). So that was the highlight of the weekend…along with discovering that I like receiving Reflexology, which I think has really helped with my weekend improvement.
My wife is working towards her Reflexology certification, along with continuing her studies for massage therapy, and practicing and teaching Reiki (she is a Reiki Master).
While she was performing reflexology on my feet, which I found TOTALLY relaxing (which is odd for me, I can't lay still for more than 10 minutes), everything was great 'til she got to the gap between my first toe and big toe. Incredibly painful…sensitive to the touch around the base and inside of my big toe, which in reflexology is officially called the "GREAT TOE." "Interesting," she said regarding my pain in that area. "That's where your throat/neck area is on your feet. All connected to where you are in pain."
Pretty amazing…she didn't say anything beforehand about how she would be working on my feet or why. So she continued to really work on the bad areas leading to my throat/larynx.
About an hour after the reflexology session, I spoke an incredibly clear and unforced response to something she asked. I don't think it was a coincidence, especially because since then she has been performing min-reflexology sessions on my pain areas, and each time there has been noticeable improvement, even if just for a short period. Pretty cool!
More thoughts since the last time I checked in:
Being able to project…to be heard in another room, or downstairs to upstairs. Not doing it much, but it's nice when it happens without force.
Knowing that after such a long period of no change, things are getting better. My sneezes are even starting to sound more normal…more human like, not like they are taxing my throat, or a cat sneeze, which they were.
Not being able to leave the house without a pile of post it notes and a pen. Try doing research on cellphones and data plans without speaking…only writing short notes to the salesperson. It can be done…but very clunky.
Not having CONSISTANT vocal recovery. Sounding better in the morning in no way means you will sound as good in the afternoon…even after not speaking all day. I still just wanna hope that someone will throw a switch while I'm sleeping, and I'll wake up all good to go. But it just doesn't happen that way.
If you care at all about what you do for a living, every day you're away from work makes you feel a little less like a part of the team. I've heard so many athletes say the exact same thing…being injured and just standing around watching is the worst. I can identify. You feel awful not being able to contribute. But I do feel better about it after getting some much support from everyone last week.
Even though we've had some progress, and I know there is a whole lot worse that I could be going through, it's still very disconcerting to not know just when my voice will be radio-quality, and how close to my "real voice" it will be.
On tap this week, more silence and vocal rest, with a major follow-up with the Ear Nose and Throat specialists on Thursday, which will probably show if there is a need for a further look at my larynx through a Videostroboscopy. Sounds appetizing. Let's hope we make progress BIG TIME between now and then.
Talk soon. Get it????
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