The perceived problem, SD, is actually the symptom of a larger problem. The root is an infectious process in your brain anterior to your motor cortex and superior part of the cerebrum. If you have a quiet moment to meditate perhaps you can even find yourself aware of some pressure or sensation there. Same infectious process is the cause of your asthma -- infectious process affecting your speech center of the brain that controls your ability to speak and breathe at the same time. Let me know if you would like to discuss more.
I just read the article in Wired this morning, and was extremely interested since I too have a rare condition that affects my vocal chords. It's called Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis, and it promotes papilloma (wart) growths on my chords. I have to have them removed every few month through surgery. Once they are removed, and after some rest time (usually 1-3 weeks), my voice returns; but as soon as the warts come back, my voice quality diminishes, and I get that "froggy" voice that you deal with as well. Eventually, my voice starts to drop out, and I can get down to a whisper. I've been living with this for 4 years now, have have endured 12 surgeries. I know what it's like to have an unpredictable voice, to decline invitations to dinner because you can't have a conversation, to have this condition completely change who you are.
Reading that article gave me a lot of inspiration, as well as confirmed my own erratic feelings about my voice and what that means about who I am and what I can contribute to this life. I, like you, like to figure things out and take control of my life. That is why I started seeing a premier doctor in Boston. Not only does he use new techniques to minimize hospital surgeries, but his group is starting a drug study that was incredibly successful with the pilot subjects. I hope that this is a turning point for me and all others who suffer with this condition. By the way, here's the article about the drug findings if you're curious: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=7700000&page=1
I truly hope you've had even more success with the treatment and that your voice fully returns. These aren't just well wishes - this is from someone who knows how you feel.
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Because I know you love this stuff, from Robert J. Sawyer - "rollback" (pg. 169-170) (sorry if you've already seen this):
"In fact," she continued, "you could argue there's even some evidence that we ourselves are precisely that: digital creations."
"There's a smallest possible length in our universe. The Planck length: 1.6 X 10-35 meters, or about 10-20 times the size of a proton, you can't measure a length any smaller than that, supposedly because of quantum effects."
"And," she said, "there must be a smallest unit of time, too, if you think about it: since a particle of light has to be either here, at Planck length unit A, or next to it, at Planck length unit B, then the time it takes to move from one unit to the next - the time it takes a photon to click over from being in this Planck space-unit to that Planck space-unit - is the smallest possible bit of time. And that unit, the Planck time, is 10-53 seconds."
"The Clock of the Short Now," said Don, pleased with himself.
"Exactly! But think about what that means! We live in a universe made up of discrete little bits of space that's aging in discrete little chunks of time - a universe that has pixels of distance and duration. We are digital at the most fundamental level."
I've just posted the article to my Facebook profile. Your journey has been an inspiration to us as readers of your blog, and it's been a privilege to get to know you through this medium. If you ever make a trip to Australia as part of your lecture circuit, I look forward to being there to see - and most importantly HEAR - Scott Adams in person. Heartfelt congratulations to you.
A very uplifting article. In a way, it's like, "the mind giveth, and the mind taketh away." It would be interesting to see if you have actually re-wired your brain - perhaps your finger problem was overcome by using a different portion of your brain to perform the drawing functions. In any case, it took a lot of will power and drive to come back from what other doctors had told you was an incurable condition. Well done.
Good article. Glad to hear you are thinking about the lecture circuit, perhaps I will hear you in person someday.
On a side note, I have been watching Better Off Ted since it came on the air. I think it is funny, maybe because of its obvious Dilbert influence. Just last week they totally ripped off one of your strips. They mention how their accounting department had to invent a new number to balance the books. I was just wondering what you thought of the show, and if you noticed their cartoon piracy.
exquisitely written, wonderful article. congratulations on your perseverence and healing -great testimony for anyone suffering with the same condition(s) -and deeply interesting from neuroscience perspective..
"to the sound of your voice" a toast.