Just want to start off by saying a HUGE THANK YOU for all your kind messages and prayers for me for my ENT appointment. I'll talk about this more during my next livestream, but since you all put so much into my music, I wanted to make sure you all got the first update on everything!
IT WAS GOOD NEWS!!!! I'll tell you all about the process and then give you the low down on how we are going to about fixing my issues from here on out.
So, first of all this place is SO COOL! It's the Vanderbilt Voice Center and they have helped so many other singers here in Nashville. In the waiting room and down every hallway there were gold records and signed photos with thank you messages attached from so many well known singer, my personal favorite being the thank you message written from Johnny Cash when you first walk through the door :) It was comforting knowing they had helped so many people who truly relied on their voice every single day.
So the appointment started with me going into the first room where they asked me a ton of questions about all the issues I've been dealing with lately. They looked at my ears, nose, and throat a little bit. Then after all that they decided they needed to look further so I went to another room. In this room they first had me read a paragraph and sing some vowel sounds at the same pitch that I was speaking out. They determined the exact pitch that I typically speak at when I'm just talking daily. THEN they stuck this little tube with a camera on the end up through my nose and down through my throat to look at my vocal chords (yes this was the weirdest experience of my life). While the camera was on my vocal chords they had me talk some more, clear my throat, and sing low notes up to high notes.
SO there is still a lot to figure out, but here's what we know:
1) I speak VERY LOW compared to my actual range of voice. I speak right at the bottom of my range. which turns out...is NOT GOOD! It's kinda funny because I always have said I have a man voice, but people usually say "well you don't sound like that when you sing" and that's exactly what the doctor said! So, in about a month I'll have to begin physical therapy for my speaking voice (lol). I'll be learning how to train myself to speak higher. Don't worry I'm not going to be high pitched all the sudden! I'm just going to learn to speak slightly higher. Right now where I'm speaking is causing me damage.This is good though because it means I probably won't have to learn how to sing differently or anything. I'm singing correctly, just not speaking correctly (so weird right?). The bad thing about not speaking correctly though, is you do it all day every day so over time it can seriously cause damage if you don't take the right precautions. So that's issue number one!
2) They still think I also have some weird allergy related type issues that have been causing me to get sick more often (which always leads to me getting hoarse more often as well since I don't speak correctly haha). So! I'm basically going to an allergist, but this place is also gonna check me for other things as well that I can't remember off the top of my head...one was asthma...but yea. Anyways! So I have to go for around four hours while they check to see what all I'm allergic to and see if we can get it all fixed so I won't be quite so sick so much!
That's basically it! (oh and they said I need to probably start drinking more water ughhhhh)
All this is GREAT NEWS! We know where the problems are, and they are all so easy to fix. The doctor ALSO said that I can go back to singing if I want as long as I don't feel like I'm in pain. She recommended not to be singing three or four times a week like I was until I have had a couple of my voice physical therapy sessions.
I'm so so so happy it went so well, and I am so thankful for these doctors that helped me out. They really checked everything and I feel like it won't be long before I'm back at it!!
Thank you all so much for being concerned about me and I'm SO GLAD I DONT NEED SURGERY!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOO
Megan Golden <3