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March 15th, 2012


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07:35 am - Cough cough
I have been feeling so sick this week. These are the last few days in my teaching job, so I don't want to call in sick, but I am really struggling. If I project my voice it brings on a coughing fit, which is annoying and embarrassing. It's like a stick in my throat.

I think there's a psychological element making me cough. Because I gave the same lecture to two different classes, and when I came to the place where I had coughed before, it started again. So, I think partly it's my throat tensing up with worry. But once it starts tensing up it's very difficult not to break into coughing. I am sipping water to try to control it, but I think for the rest of this week I am just going to avoid lecturing. I've more or less cleared the teaching content for the term anyway.

This seems to come on for me every February, and this year it's lasted into March. So annoying.

I am then going to take two weeks off between jobs, because I just need a rest.

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From:tehomet
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
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Ick, I hate having coughs. So I sympathise. Get well soon - and enjoy the time off.
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From:communicator
Date:March 15th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I was hoping to go walking in Northumbria next week but I think I will stay home and keep warm.
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From:katlinel
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
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Two weeks off is a very good idea. Hope the cough goes away soon.
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From:communicator
Date:March 15th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I think teaching has put a strain on my voice. Perhaps a good thing that I am giving it up.
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From:happytune
Date:March 15th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Might it be hayfever? There's a school of thought in the singing community that coughing that has links with stress or worry can be helped if you swallow just before you cough. Stops the cough (i.e. reduces strain on the physical singing apparatus) but whether it makes any other difference who knows...
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From:communicator
Date:March 15th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
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i do think that swallowing helps but sometimes i get into such a state that a cough just busts out
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From:happytune
Date:March 15th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
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If you really don't want to call in sick (though I think you should since you've covered the material) then I recommend Vocalzone. Aka 'the singer's friend'. They're utterly revolting, and very effective. Lozenges. Get 'em from Boots.
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From:communicator
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Seems like I have to decide whether to suck on a fisherman's friend or a singer's friend. Where is Kenneth Williams when I need him to give me advice?
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From:happytune
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
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:-) Oo Matron.
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From:teadog1425
Date:March 15th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear that you're feeling poorly - fwiw, I have asthmatic tendencies, and I've found that the best thing that works for stopping a persistent tickly cough are the fishermans friends lozenges - they don't taste great, but they do seem to stop the cough! Good luck, and yay, for two weeks rest and recuperation! :))
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From:communicator
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
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I do have some kind of disgusting lozenges, possibly a bit less overpowering than the famous fisherman's friend. I can't wait for some time off, I've been teaching 26 hours a week which is far too much really.

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