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Just had VFS minimally Invasive by Dr. Haben - No coughing and my anxiety :'(

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FluffLife:
Hey all!

Just had Minimally invasive voice feminization surgery by Dr. Haben 6 days ago and am in the "no coughing + no talking" phase.

I have been diligent about not the rules of not talking, whispering, or making any noises whatsoever.

Side note,
I have drank 2 boxes of tea bags and half a container of honey to try to keep from coughing yet, I am averaging 5-7 single coughs a day to evacuate mucus. Which this has been no small feat to accomplish

I notice after meals I am super flemy (which is nuts because I have been only eating chicken quesadillas, chicken noodle soup and rice) and most at risk for a single cough.

I have been reading a few older posts where others have had the surgery, coughed a lot and turned out alright but, I am drowning in anxiety over having ruined my chances of success. :'( serious losing sleep and unable to concentrate at work

I have had a 2 deep coughs (sounded deep to me in my head like deep male voice) that I seriously had no control over and now I am worried something happened?

Would any kind soul out there share a bit of their experience during this time to let me know I am probably just freaking out?

I didn't hack a lung hard but I would rate it a 5 on my scale below

Scale of 1 -10 in my mind:
1 impatient noise cough
3 ahem a bit louder
5 clearing your throat to make sure your falsetto voice doesn't start out off pitched
8 something went down the wrong pipe cough
10 hacking a lung from a cold

delani25:
I honestly didn’t cough a lot but I did cough here and there. I would suggest throat coat tea it’s good for coughing. I’m sure you’ll be fine Dr.Haben knows what he’s doing and knows that there will be slip-ups, Happy Healing 😘

Northern Star Girl:

--- Quote from: FluffLife on December 17, 2019, 10:59:14 pm ---Hey all!

Just had Minimally invasive voice feminization surgery by Dr. Haben 6 days ago and am in the "no coughing + no talking" phase.

I have been diligent about not the rules of not talking, whispering, or making any noises whatsoever.

Side note,
I have drank 2 boxes of tea bags and half a container of honey to try to keep from coughing yet, I am averaging 5-7 single coughs a day to evacuate mucus. Which this has been no small feat to accomplish

I notice after meals I am super flemy (which is nuts because I have been only eating chicken quesadillas, chicken noodle soup and rice) and most at risk for a single cough.

I have been reading a few older posts where others have had the surgery, coughed a lot and turned out alright but, I am drowning in anxiety over having ruined my chances of success. :'( serious losing sleep and unable to concentrate at work

I have had a 2 deep coughs (sounded deep to me in my head like deep male voice) that I seriously had no control over and now I am worried something happened?

Would any kind soul out there share a bit of their experience during this time to let me know I am probably just freaking out?

I didn't hack a lung hard but I would rate it a 5 on my scale below

Scale of 1 -10 in my mind:
1 impatient noise cough
3 ahem a bit louder
5 clearing your throat to make sure your falsetto voice doesn't start out off pitched
8 something went down the wrong pipe cough
10 hacking a lung from a cold

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@FluffLife 
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Northern Star Girl:
@FluffLife
Dear FluffLife:

Please feel free to stop by the Introductions Forum to tell more members about yourself!

Wishing your well as you continue to be involved in the forums.
Danielle

FluffLife:
Thanks so much!

Each day I feel better and I couldn't have asked for a better experience in surgery.

All I am trying to gather is:
*Has anyone coughed a bit and still had successful results?
*What about those that needed a re-do, what do you think caused it?

Just trying to see if what the thresholds are.

My anxiety is getting the best I still hear my old voice mentally (only 1 week out)
I keep thinking that one cough was the one that broke the sutures hold lol

Thanks so much!

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