At small group tonight, I was chastised by one of our group members who is a speech therapist. She interrupted the Bible study to give what she called “unsolicited advice.” I have continued to croak & squeak with laryngitis for almost 10 days and am VERY frustrated. (Although, I seem to be a world of entertainment for those around me).
Sally’s advice—”Quit vocalizing”. Not…quit talking, but “Quit vocalizing.” Speak EVERYTHING in a whisper without using your vocal cords. She said…they are surely swollen and you are not giving them a chance to rest. The advice…”Don’t talk!” is neither helpful nor practical. But she said, “If you whisper everything, your voice will come back a lot sooner.”
And so, I am trying “Dr.” Sally’s advice. The real test was not the rest of Bible study tonight with the whole group watching for the least use of my vocal cords, but tomorrow. I have a series of meetings. We’ll see how it works.
What has worked for you? Have you had a bad case of laryngitis before? What helped? I have already told one of our elders to be prepared to preach this Sunday if this is no better. I don’t like missing preaching, when I am on schedule to preach. It was OK that we had to do something different last Sunday. But when God gives a message, I want the physical capability to declare it.