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voiceless.

17 December 2007

i’m sick. and it stinks. it started with feeling feverish and a nasty headache. and rapidly developed into a chest cold until yesterday my throat felt like it was closing up so much that every swallow felt like i was forcing a spiked ball down my throat and i cough so much that i sound like any moment i’ll hack up a lung. i’ve been sucking on ricola cough drops like they’re going out of style. and i’ve finished off a bottle of nyquil and am approaching the bottom of my bottle of robitussin DM. last night i medicated myself, gargled some listerine (which actually seemed to help my throat), brushed my teeth and then coughed so hard i made myself throw up (TMI? maybe. but coughing so hard you throw up? that just sucks).

i hate the discomfort of being sick. but you know what i hate the most? losing my voice. i can’t laugh–all i can do is hack out strange ‘huh huh’ sounds that j(wh) compares to butthead (of ‘beavis and…’). which i’m sure sounds a bit insulting to people who don’t realize i’m sick. and, worst of all, i can’t sing. i skipped out on the messiah sing-along i was supposed to go to yesterday because even though i could have gone and enjoyed listening, it would have made me too sad to not be able to sing along. playing the piano for caroling quakers had me longing to sing as i played. so much that i actually tried, but all i could force out was a slightly cacophonous monotone version of silent night. and then i made the mistake of asking j(wh) to play regina spektor last night while i was grading and i just had to sing. i can’t not sing when i listen to regina. so i did. in a rather husky, cracking tenor punctuated with hacking. i’m sure it wasn’t pretty…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 December 2007 1:13 pm

    Oy, that really bites. And the coughing so much you throw up? Been there, many times. I feel for ya.

  2. 17 December 2007 3:07 pm

    That is lameness. Take care of yourself. Get better.

  3. 17 December 2007 5:00 pm

    Coughing till I puked was my first clear sign of whooping cough (which I’m slowly slowly emerging from). Keep an eye out for symptoms — it’s on the rise.

  4. 18 December 2007 6:51 am

    Sorry your sick. I actually think that sick hoarse voices sound pretty cool/sexy! It is usually the only bonus of being sick! Love ya and hope you feel better.

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