Maudlynne Posted April 29, 2011 Share Posted April 29, 2011 I'm a professional singer - which is to say I make my extremely meager living exclusively through singing. I'm half of a lute song duo, so the singing I do is very quiet. A month ago, I picked up a particularly nasty flu/cold thing, which had me coughing hard, day and night, for three weeks. NOTHING stopped it - I couldn't sleep; it was a nightmare. Better now, no fever for a week, getting stronger every day. Except that my voice is not recovering, and is very, very painful. I've lost about a fifth off the top of my range, and what's left is weak and unpredictable. Obviously, I've dealt with occasional colds, flus, and even strep over the course of a long career, and I have never had to stop singing for any length of time. Never turned down a gig or had an illness significantly affect the music until now. We're nearly finished with our 8th recording, and we've had to cancel several studio sessions. This thing has plowed straight through the Easter season, and the income from my church gig has been cut in half. I'm supposed to be singing a solo quartet for the service Sunday, and I'm looking for a replacement. Again. Got three more studio sessions scheduled for next week, and I honestly can't imagine being ready to sing. Apparently I've done some real damage, and I'm terrified. I've never had any trouble with my voice before. We live off the grid in a very remote little cabin in the woods - a very quiet life with no shouting, on or offstage. No trouble with acid. Whatever's going on is definitely the sole result of three weeks of hard coughing. Unfortunately, since I'm a professional musician in the US, seeing a specialist is completely out of the question. I went for a simple throat culture a few years ago when I had strep, and it took us the better part of a year to pay for that one visit. I've been gargling with hot salt water three times a day, followed by a spoonful of honey. I don't usually go for pharmaceuticals, but I'm finding that the maximum strength Mucinex seems to thin the mucus that's still in my chest, which in turn lessens the lingering hacking somewhat. But singing and speaking are still very painful. So is the state of our checkbook. Is it possible to have developed nodules or pre-nodules so quickly? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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