It’s quiet now

With the three boys back in school and their constant background noise gone from 7:30 to 3:00, I am realizing something new in our house – absolute quiet. And I have to say, I’m not comfortable with it yet.

You see, Tim’s vocal cords and muscles no longer function. So he is almost completely silent. He can get a grunt out here and there, but for the most part he is no longer able to make his voice heard. And even when he does, his mouth muscles make it very hard to lip read anymore.

I think this really hit home last Sunday and last night when we had the Packers games on. It was very difficult to deal with when I realized that he can no longer root for his team. It actually brings tears to my eyes that in yet another way he is losing everything that is important to him. Thankfully he can still watch, but it’s really quite weird to sit in the room next to him and not hear him jeer and cheer along with the game.

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2 thoughts on “It’s quiet now

    1. He does use it, particularly when we are having a hard time understanding or lip reading, but it is excruciatingly slow and he still has a hard time choosing letters easily. He seems to prefer trying to lipread or spell out words for us.

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