This is the hexogonal afghan I'm making two of as fast as I can. I want to give one to my surgeon and one to his nurse when I go back for my post-op on the 29th. You'll see them both when they're finished. I'm using Hobby Lobby ILTY for both and an N hook. The pattern is HERE.
My vocal cords & one small granuloma (left) and one GARGANTUAN one (right, duh). (He must be the one eating all those Moon Pies.) The vocal cords are the lighter-colored things behind and above them. They close and vibrate when you speak making the sound of your voice. You can see how those two globular things might get in the way of that distorting the sound.
The doctor did not remove either of the granulomas. He didn't want to remove the small one because they have a tendency to just grow back even larger. He didn't remove the big one because the base of it covers too wide of an area. You can see where he drew on the picture showing how big of an area would have to be excised to get it out. He just gave me a steroid injection and also injected Botox into the largest muscle that controls the vocal cords. It will take 48 hours from the surgery for the full effect of the Botox on my voice & the spasms.
I woke up this morning with a kind of squeaky-high, weak voice. Tomorrow it should be even weaker. That will keep my vocal cords from slamming together and irritating those granulomas, which is making them grow. I will not know how effective any of this was for 6-8 months. Of course he'll do periodic checks to see if they are shrinking.
The freezing of that muscle will also stop the spasms, which also cause the vocal cords to slam together. I've only had two since surgery, and hopefully by tomorrow I won't have any.
I did get the leftover Botox put in my forehead and around my eyes. I can't tell any difference there yet. Supposedly I won't for several days.
Okay, enough of that. Time to make dinner.