Background: I'm 26 and I've been employed on a Neuro Med Surg floor since passing boards in July 12, but in December I had a thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer and unfortunately since then have been SOB with any type of exertion or speaking more than a sentence (my voice is no louder than a whisper) and I'm also dysphagic on thin liquids.
Today, I finally saw an ENT and they did a scope to see how my vocal chords are moving and they are paralyzed in an almost closed position. The ENT was surprised that I'm even functioning at all without a trach. Ive been referred to the best of the best (supposedly) and I was advised to take it easy to avoid respiratory distress.
So my question is does anyone have any ideas on types of nursing jobs
(or really any type of job) that I could do that requires very little speaking (and that I'd be understood at a whisper) and doesn't require much movement, as I'm SOB with any exertion. I have my appointment this Friday with the Big Shot ENT, but I'm so worried about employment. I have bills to pay and 30K in student loans. I don't see myself being able to return to a traditional nursing roll unless this is reversed.
Any ideas/advise is appreciated! (sorry it's so long)