I met with an otolaryngologist at Group Health in Bellevue, Dr. S. And his operating team was able to fit me into his operating schedule for Monday at 6:00 am. So hat's off to them!! For me, this is terribly exciting news because it means I stand a good chance of getting my voice back. At least in part.
He will inject the paralyzed vocal cord with a substance other than collagen. I think it is Radiesse or calcium hydroxylapatite, which will expand the paralyzed vocal cord out, so that my functioning vocal cord can close the gap and I can speak normally, rather than in the raspy whisper that I have been communicating with since late August of this year. And, as long as I don't hold my standards too high, I may also be able to sing again. This substance, if properly done, will last two years, which is longer than the collagen would last. And should not cause adverse reactions, which teflon, which they used to use for these type of injections, did.
There's another article about this procedure here. It has a picture of what true left cord vocal paralysis looks like, which I won't reproduce on these pages, just in case there are some who are faint of heart.
Fingers crossed for Monday.