It started coming on around the middle of December. We were in California visiting our daughter and my allergies started in. Going from Michigan winter to sunny LA will do that.
Well it progressed until a week ago when I got back from a live announce gig in Alabama. The cough was killing me so I went to the doc. Upper respiratory infection and bronchitis. Not exactly great news for someone that speaks for a living.
So how do you work with a condition like this? Put simply, you don’t. I was forced to take several days off. Did I lose jobs? Yep. Seven gigs that I know of. It was about a couple of thousand dollars of income. However, many clients were very gracious and said they can wait until I get better.
But sometimes your body says enough is enough and shuts you down for a few days. With the cough, I quickly tore up my throat and vocal cords. After an antibiotic regimen and plenty of cough suppressant, I’m on the mend.
Today is the first day I feel like I have a voice I can work with. I can’t go for too long without resting it. By rest, I mean absolutely no talking. Not even whispers. Whispering is worse for your voice than trying to talk.
Hot tea, hot soup, and similar potions are super comforting and I think help. I prefer Throat Coat tea. Careful clearing your throat too much though; that can cause damage to the instrument.
The best bet: get plenty of rest, eat good, and don’t talk until you have your voice back. Thats what works here. YMMV.