DJ's wife relishes chance at air time
Wife of More FM's Mike West relishes air timeCHRIS HYDE
A stray ball in the rough has temporarily turned the most recognisable voice in Manawatu into a hoarse version of a golf commentator.
More FM's Mike West had to undergo laser surgery on his vocal chords in Gillies Hospital in Epsom on Wednesday, after months of struggling with his voice on air.
He is not allowed to talk for the next three days and will have to speak softly for three more days after that.
Using email to communicate with the Manawatu Standard, Mr West said his wife was enjoying the opportunity to do the talking for him.
Time would tell how the operation to remove a small vocal cyst rubbing against his vocal chords had gone, but Mr West's surgeon had said it was positive.
The long-time radio DJ discovered he needed the surgery at a visit to local throat specialist Dr Hans Stegehuis on October 2.
"Hans stuck a camera down my throat and immediately saw a lump on my left vocal cord that he correctly identified as a vocal cyst.
"Prior to that I'd been seeing my GP who'd tried all sorts of pills and potions to correct my hoarseness for a couple of months but nothing was working.
"I was relieved because not being able to talk properly was causing me a bit of stress."
Mr West said he was nervous before the surgery and he was "trying to think of what else I could do for a job if this didn't work".
Dr Jacqui Allen, who used a laser to remove the cyst, restored his confidence, he said.
He had been told the ailment was "fairly common" with people who talk a lot.
Mr West was hoping to be back on air by Monday, October 21 but in the meantime was resting up at home in Palmerston North.
"It's very strange not being able to talk. I also really miss singing in the shower."
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