Saturday, May 24, 2008

"How often misused words generate misleading thoughts." -Herbert Spencer

I came down with a weird infection this last week. It mainly attacked my sinuses and throat, but kind of dripped into my lungs a bit. I'll spare you the icky details.

The worst thing about this is that I have lost my voice. I've never experienced this before. I can whisper, but when I try to talk, the pitch of my voice jumps all over and cracks, and at times stops altogether. This presents a problem when answering the phone. It has added 70 years to my phone voice, and I really creeped out my sister-in-law when she called earlier. I could tell she was somewhat mortified. I managed to creek out "this is Kathryn" and the trauma ended.

There are some benefits:

1. I can do a great mischievous laugh.
2. I have more empathy for pubescent boys (the whole voice cracking thing).
3. I have to choose my words wisely. It's a great life lesson.
4. I'm sure there are more benefits, but I can't think of them at the moment.

I just read some information about laryngitis from the Mayo clinic's website. It says don't whisper and don't clear your throat. Of course, upon learning this, I had an incredible urge to do both. And it can apparently last for weeks. It should be an interesting next few weeks. I just hope they don't call on me to read in church tomorrow.


Ron & Jessica said...

My step-mom told me that when you clear your throat it's basically like getting a piece of sandpaper and rubbing it on the inside of your throat. Her doctor told her it's better to cough instead. Hope you get it back soon if you haven't already!

Alyssa said...

Btw, this post was hilarious. I love your sense of humor!

Your post about Moab made me remember how fun camp songs are. Looks like it was a cool trip. :)

We must get together some time!