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I have been very sick with pneumonia since before Halloween, bedridden for the better part of 6 weeks. Could barely talk much of November from so much coughing. Anyway, I am starting to feel better thank God. What a journey and a major wake up call. Started eating healthy and have lost 25lbs while laying in bed. My voice just started coming back but it's been hit or miss whether there was gonna be anything there depending on how much I coughed the night before. Went to the ENT today and got a full check up and scope and miraculously my vocal cords are perfect, crazy. No nodes. Just still a little red from coughing. The other thing that was good news is my hearing and ear drums are good. Just a slight dip at 4-6k which he said is normal for my age. So it looks like I'm gonna live! Hell yeah. I can't wait to get back in action I really miss singing and now my band is about to unveil, so the timing is good that I got on a new life and health path.

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I gotta tell you I can feel a big difference when I eat an organic plant base diet. I can't wait to get fully healthy and my voice is totally back I think it's gonna be better then ever. Anyway, Jamie really helped me out on the phone and turned me onto some great rehab stuff that have worked for me: zinc lozengers and the products at Superior Vocal Health. Getting pneumonia was the best thing that could have happened to me, 3 hospital and an ENT visit later. Life is funny, sometimes what we think are our greatest deficits are actually our best assets. I share this story with you because I was headed down the wrong path not just vocally but in overall health and well-being and this event has really snapped me out of it. Juicing veggies everyday now. Want to lose all this extra weight and get some clothes and go out there and live my dream of singing again. 15 years of living in the studio took it's toll on me on many levels and it's time to reclaim my life. It's never to late to live.

James

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I have been very sick with pneumonia since before Halloween, bedridden for the better part of 6 weeks. Could barely talk much of November from so much coughing. Anyway, I am starting to feel better thank God. What a journey and a major wake up call. Started eating healthy and have lost 25lbs while laying in bed. My voice just started coming back but it's been hit or miss whether there was gonna be anything there depending on how much I coughed the night before. Went to the ENT today and got a full check up and scope and miraculously my vocal cords are perfect, crazy. No nodes. Just still a little red from coughing. The other thing that was good news is my hearing and ear drums are good. Just a slight dip at 4-6k which he said is normal for my age. So it looks like I'm gonna live! Hell yeah. I can't wait to get back in action I really miss singing and now my band is about to unveil, so the timing is good that I got on a new life and health path.

http://www.therebelyells.com

I gotta tell you I can feel a big difference when I eat an organic plant base diet. I can't wait to get fully healthy and my voice is totally back I think it's gonna be better then ever. Anyway, Jamie really helped me out on the phone and turned me onto some great rehab stuff that have worked for me: zinc lozengers and the products at Superior Vocal Health. Getting pneumonia was the best thing that could have happened to me, 3 hospital and an ENT visit later. Life is funny, sometimes what we think are our greatest deficits are actually our best assets. I share this story with you because I was headed down the wrong path not just vocally but in overall health and well-being and this event has really snapped me out of it. Juicing veggies everyday now. Want to lose all this extra weight and get some clothes and go out there and live my dream of singing again. 15 years of living in the studio took it's toll on me on many levels and it's time to reclaim my life. It's never to late to live.

James

I think you and I are the same age. When life starts catching up with you and you realize there less years left ahead of you than behind you.

Although I have moved out of working on construction sites to management and my hearing has recovered somewhat, it is harder for me to tune a guitar. I really have to listen carefully, when it used to be quick and easy. I should just get used to using a digital tuner.

Legs and hips hurt now and then. Prone to bouts of diverticulitis. A permanent knot in my back. I don't know what that is but I could probably claim it as a tax dependent. My hands get cold and numb in winter time with not much provocation. I don't know if that is age or the result of decades of working outside in the elements, working past the point of losing feeling. You don't work, you don't get paid.

Everything is fuzzy without reading glasses. I need a new script.

Torn intermedial cartilege in the left knee from digging in mud. Similar weakness in the right knee from favoring. There are days when I walked with the aid of a back brace, knee brace, and a handful of ibuprofen. Losing some teeth.

Worst of all, my hair is thinning on top. But at least it has not turned gray. :lol: I will probably end up looking like Rob Halford, but way taller and with a prominent square chin (thanks to german ancestry.)

On the other hand, most of my feelings have been burned out by others and I had the others surgically removed. :lol: :lol:

Seriously though, glad to hear you have a clean bill of health and are getting some work, again.

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Wow I dont know you, but I am surely glad things are looking up for you, sounds like you have been through hell. Also random question, how was it with that camera going through your nose?? Or did it go through your mouth. I am about to go get a check up myself as I am about to kick into high gear. However, I am not looking forward to that thing going up my nose lol. I know, call me a wuss, I also dont like the dentist ha ha. Still do it but just gotta complain a bit ha ha.

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i was at the doctor's for the yearly checkup and he bombarded me with the need to get that numacocal (guessing on the spelling) pneumonia vaccine.

It has been incredible out here in my area. Everyone is sick, and I mean really sick. I am just starting to feel better, it's been almost 7 weeks. What's weird is my voice was starting to sound better but now my voice feels fine and is totally shot. Really strange. It's a process. I am just so happy it's still healthy.

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James, its been a long time since we have chatted... I am glad to hear you are feeling better... you know Superior Vocal Health is a sponsor company of The Modern Vocalist Forum... we have given away some of their product to members.

Also, its really great to see you here at this forum. Welcome back to you family here at TMV Vocal Forum... hope to see you around more and contributing. We can benefit from some new experts / coaches with your experience.

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James, its been a long time since we have chatted... I am glad to hear you are feeling better... you know Superior Vocal Health is a sponsor company of The Modern Vocalist Forum... we have given away some of their product to members.

Also, its really great to see you here at this forum. Welcome back to you family here at TMV Vocal Forum... hope to see you around more and contributing. We can benefit from some new experts / coaches with your experience.

Yes, Welcome back James. It's great to see you !!!

As for the illnesses.... It's the same here in Western N.Y. One virus after another. There's no end to this and sadly, we're only in the beginning of the winter months ! :mad:

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Thanks guys. Yeah it was a badass sucker. I'm feeling better but very worn out. And it's good to be around here. My head is back into singing like it was when I was a kid. Sat up last night singing and reading about singing.

I hear you, James. I just had a long phone convo the other night with Robert about medical issues and some other difficulties. I don't want to get into details, but, I'm sure these things will work out for me as they always have before !!!

For now, I'm just trying to get through this difficult month and move on from there. And THEN get back to my singing !!!

Wishing you all the best as ALWAYS !!!

~ADOLPH~

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James, I have training content for you... Contact me personally and I'll set you up if your interested.

Thanks Robert, started watching the videos and started working on the first few exercises. Great stuff. Thanks man. I'm Hum, Hun and Hunging my way to a healthier voice! lol

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Thanks Robert, started watching the videos and started working on the first few exercises. Great stuff. Thanks man. I'm Hum, Hun and Hunging my way to a healthier voice! lol

 

Hey thats great James... its an honor to have you working through the TVS program. I just sent you another link for some additional value... see your inbox brother.

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Way cool, James. Last time I saw you in a video, it was from a day of recording in some studio. The recording guy was making you do several takes and you would lip bubble between takes to stay warm. That was a few years ago.

 

Anyway, it's good to hear that you are healing. I expect in no time for you to be back to the ability to do, say, "Hair of the Dog."

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Way cool, James. Last time I saw you in a video, it was from a day of recording in some studio. The recording guy was making you do several takes and you would lip bubble between takes to stay warm. That was a few years ago.

 

Anyway, it's good to hear that you are healing. I expect in no time for you to be back to the ability to do, say, "Hair of the Dog."

 

Lol, yeah the old singing HOTD days were fun. 

 

It's exactly 2 months since getting sick and my voice is finally just about back. What a journey. This site and the people on it helped me bring my voice back. Thanks

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    Great to hear you and your voice are getting back on track. I remember hearing about that vibrator thing to relax the larynx.

   I tried to explain to the 16 year old check out girl "It's OK, I 'm not a perv, I'm a singer".  I don't think she believed me.

 

     At least I look like I could be in ZZTOP.

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    "It's OK, I 'm not a perv, I'm a singer".  I don't think she believed me.

 

     At least I look like I could be in ZZTOP.

That could still explain things, without the singer rehab thingy. m/

 

"Hi, I'm from ZZ Top .."

"Say no more, I understand ..."

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