laryngologist

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Let me start this off by first saying how incredibly thankful I am for each and every one of you. Over the years, I’ve experienced nothing but love from all of you and that gives me an amazing confidence and comfort when playing shows or writing blogs or whatever else, because I know that I can always expect support and positivity from our incredible TC family. We’ve been through a lot as a band, and you guys have always been there to rally behind us. I really can’t thank you enough for that. With that said, I have a bit of news that I’d like to share. I believe transparency is the best approach when it comes to pretty much anything in life, so I’m going to stick with that theme in this situation and keep you guys informed as to what’s going on.

After almost five years of dealing with and doing my best to manage a vocal cord polyp, I’ve decided to undergo a procedure to have it removed. The past five years have been a challenge, yet they’ve taught me so much and I can’t really say I’d have things any other way. I like to think of it as a blessing in disguise, because it’s brought to light my mistakes and forced me to correct my approach to singing altogether. As a result, I am now a stronger and more confident singer. These past few months, however, have been especially challenging as my voice hasn’t seemed to fully recover from our most recent tour. It’s very difficult to book or plan anything as a musician when your instrument’s behavior is completely unpredictable. After having to cancel shows and postpone vocal album tracking more times than once, I’ve come to realize that my voice, at least in its current state, simply cannot keep up with the demands of this career.

This decision is something that I’ve had a lot of time to think about and it’s not one that I make lightly. I wouldn’t be moving forward with this unless it seemed to be the only realistic option left. I’ve done the speech therapy, voice lessons, vocal rest, laryngeal massages, humidifiers, teas, supplements, you name it…and they’ve done me well–quite well, actually (five years is a long time!), but like I said before, my vocal cords are finally beginning to fall behind the required pace. 

So what’s the plan? I’ll be making a trip to Texas. There I’ll visit a very good laryngologist who will be performing the procedure. After it’s done, I’ll be a mute for a couple weeks and, ideally, I should be fully recovered within a month or so. So how does this affect This Century’s plans? This doesn’t really change much. We’re still forging ahead with the new record, it’ll just be a little while until I can track vocals with my “new” voice (don’t freak out over that, I doubt it’ll sound any different :D ), but we’ve got plenty of other stuff we can track in the meantime. Also, if all goes well, then we should be able to tour more consistently and that’s a plus for everybody!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a relief this already feels like. Singing is something that brings me an immense joy like few things in this life can. I’ll be honest; without a healthy voice, it’s very hard for me. This is something that’s been my burning passion since I was 14 years old, and to have that suddenly crumble before you is difficult to say the least. Thankfully, I have God, I have loving family and friends, and I have you guys. That’s a very powerful combination and I’m certain that no matter what the future holds, everything is going to be great.

Thanks again for your continued encouragement and support! I’d like to make a request for your prayers if possible…I would REALLY appreciate that! I’ll keep you guys posted and maybe even post some pics of my throat (grooooosssss!) along the way. Stay well!

-Joel

I Can't Believe I Said That

Some time during my third year a conversation took place during our family med rotation that I’m only just now willing to confess to. 

In my defense I hadn’t slept in like 2 days and was clearly NOT paying attention. 

Doctor: So a person has swollen cervical lymph nodes for several months what type of specialist might you refer them to?

Student 1: Oncologist.

Student 2: Laryngologist. 

Me: A gynecologist.

Doctor: Why??? 

Me: Cervical cancer… 

Doctor: *Repressing a giggle*Sorry, wrong anatomical area…. 

*At this point I realized my very stupid mistake and turned bright red as my entire group laughed their little hearts out.*

Oh and a Laryngologist is the Polish version of an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist. 

La Santé: Les médecins

le médecin, le docteur - doctor

le généraliste - general practitioner (GP)

le médecin spécialiste - specialist doctor

le cardiologue - cardiologist 

le dermatologue - dermatologist 

l'oto-rhino(-laryngologiste) (l'ORL) - ear nose throat specialist (ENT)

le pédiatre - paediatrician 

le gynécologue - gynaecologist 

l'obstétricien - obstetrician 

la sage-femme - midwife

le cancérologue - cancer specialist 

le chirurgien - surgeon 

le spécialiste de chirurgie esthétique - plastic surgeon 

l'anesthésiste - anaesthesiologist 

le radiologue - radiologist 

le psychologue - psychologist 

le psychiatre - psychiatrist 

le neurologue - neurologist 

l'ophtalmologue - ophthalmologist 

le dentiste - dentist 

le chirurgien dentiste - dental surgeon 

l'orthodontiste - orthodontist 

l'infirmière, l'infirmier - nurse

l'ambulancier - paramedic

le pharmacien - pharmacist  

appeler le médecin - to call the doctor 

faire venir le médecin - to call for the doctor 

aller chez le médecin - to go to the doctor 

**All these medical professions can be made feminine (if they are written above in the masculine form) by simply substituting “la” for “le”. 

June 2014 // Waiting to see my laryngologist. This was moments before I found out that I’d need vocal surgery. It’s been an insane journey and I’m so incredibly thankful that everything went well and I can look back at this as history. NEVER take what you cherish for granted. Life is too short not to live in constant gratitude for all you have—and you really do have quite a lot!