For your viewing pleasure, from Stanford Medicine, here's a picture of what I am hoping to avoid, although it may be too late.
If you would like to read all the posts on this topic, you can click here:
On Vocal Cords and My Vow of Silence - read from the bottom up
What I have learned:
Not Speaking Makes Me Even Bitchier Than I Normally Am
Not Speaking is Liberating
My Children Like Me
A Lot of People Think That I am an Idiot
A Lot of People Think That I am Awesome!
My Throat Feels Less Like Sandpaper and More Like Butta
Some Individuals Enjoyed the Challenge of Trying to "Make" The Silent One Speak
A Lot of What Comes Out of my Mouth is Unnecessary:
Your Vocal Cords Have Feelings Too
Children are Smarter Than You Think
Yelling Gets You
Thank you to those of you who offered kind words of support and encouragement.
This goes out to my children: Yakety Yak by the Coasters