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They must have all prayed very hard -- family, coworkers, friends, and people who don't like me much -- because I haven't had a case of laryngitis like this in a while! At least the coughing has settled down, and I actually don't feel very sick any more. But seriously, for someone whose life runs pretty much by talking, the past week of squeaks and whispers has been a frustrating one. (Of course, for people who may be less than enthused or inspired by every word that proceeds from my mouth, my predicament may be a welcome respite.)

By far the most frustrating aspect of losing my voice has been the inability of others to hear what I'm trying to say regardless of their effort, or mine. I try calling one of the kids from the top of the stairs, but they don't hear me, (or maybe they just know they can get away with it?) I attempt to answer a question my mom is asking me over the phone, but no matter how hard I try or how many times I repeat what I'm trying to say, she can't hear the answer. I manage to get one question out, hoping whoever-it-is will just tell me the whole story about whatever-it-is I want or need to hear about. But I end up getting a shortened version that raises a whole host of questions I just can't force out of my throat, not even with a crowbar.

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