Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I have laryngitis. I have never had it before and let me tell you it is weird. I had been having bad allergies all last week. The pollen count was high so of course there were the sneezes, itchy eyes and nose, plus that lovely sinus drainage. Ah, North Central Texas in the fall. Now the weather has been more pleasant temperature-wise but that is jut to trick you into forgetting that with that wonderful weather comes the dredded allegry season. Friday we went to the State Fair of Texas. I was fine until about mid-afternoon when I started sounding "throatish" for lack of a better word. By the end of the day I could not talk very well at all. I was hoping that by the next day after some rest that it would be better. It wasn't. I was watching the grandboys on Saturday so that their mom & dad could go and watch the Texas Tech/Baylor game at the Cotton Bowl. Do you know how hard it is to talk to 2 1/2 yr old twins and a 10 month old baby and you have basically about 1/4th of your normal voice? By the end of the evening I had barely a whisper of a voice. Sunday morning there was nothing. I looked up laryngitis on the Mayo Clinic website. So it is most probably caused by allergies and voice strain. Ya think? The best thing I can do is not talk and drink a lot. No do not think they meant rum. What I have found out is that if you have no voice you can't do anything. You can't talk on the phone, order from Sonic, go through the drive thru at the bank or even go to the grocery store unless they have self checkout. I did go to Kroger yesterday because I needed some Diet 7-up, my choice of liquid. I have been very lucky that I have not had a sore throat so I am able to swallow fine. Even the stupid dry cough that I have that comes from the sinus issue has not given me a sore throat. Hopefully I will be able to talk by the end of the week but having no voice has given me a new and interesting perspective on communication with others. No matter that we can text or email we still need that good old fashioned ability to be able to physically talk to other people. Once I am better I have some phone time to make up.