I, Too, Have Lost My Voice

In a seemingly ironic twist of fate, not only is my mother without words, without speech due to her stroke, but now I have fallen prey to an upper respiratory infection (cold or what have you) and cannot speak – well at least doing so hurts my throat.

So, I lay in bed bored wishing I felt well enough to do Christmas shopping which I have put off. I’m a terrible holiday shopper. I started to shop online. While that works for much stuff, I know that I can find cheaper clothes for my son and other family members at the local Target, Walmart or TJ Maxx. So, I hope that I feel better in the next day or two to do my shopping before Christmas sneaks up on us.

Meanwhile, I feel guilty that my mother is psychiatrically hospitalized. I have not visited, for two reasons. The last time I visited her at stroke rehab she became quite agitated and refused to get out of my car. Even if seeing me didn’t upset her, I am sick and her immune system has been compromised not just by age but by three decades of fighting lymphoma. An upper respiratory infection could literally kill her.

I should nap, but find it difficult to do so. Worry that I won’t be able to fall asleep at night if I nap. But I am sick (and tired), so I should rest.

22 thoughts on “I, Too, Have Lost My Voice

  1. Pieces of Bipolar December 20, 2015 / 1:04 am

    Your mom’s health plus a time of the year that is taxing. Your body is telling you it needs a rest. I know its not easy when your mind is too busy, but try to give yourself permission to rest up, take a break, unplug from life for just one day. You deserve that at least?

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    • Kitt O'Malley December 20, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      I spent most of yesterday in bed or in front of the TV. Plan to do the same today. Perhaps tomorrow or Tuesday I can get out, shop, and visit my parents.

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      • Pieces of Bipolar December 21, 2015 / 12:11 pm

        Sounds like an excellent idea. We’ve gotta be good to ourselves before we can be good to others. Just snuggle down and enjoy the time out

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  2. bp7o9 December 19, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Kit, try a fast fix you might have in your kitchen: sage and thyme tea with honey. The sage and thyme will help fight your cold/flu/whatever and the honey will soothe your throat.

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    • Kitt O'Malley December 20, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      I’ll try that for my next cup of tea. Now drinking green tea with honey. Just sprayed mouth with homeopathic zinc spray. Took turmeric and cinnamon supplements (both have anti-bacterial & hopefully anti-viral properties).

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    • Kitt O'Malley December 20, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Just added thyme and sage to my second cup of tea with honey, also took oregano oil. Now I’m all herbed and spiced up.

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  3. maggie0019 December 19, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Please do not beat yourself up about your mom or your dad. Some things are beyond our control. You will see her when you can. Woof!

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  4. hirundine608 December 19, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Garlic, honey and citrus like lemons. Add some turmeric and it will help Cheers Jamie.

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    • Kitt O'Malley December 19, 2015 / 10:35 pm

      Turmeric is a great idea. I have turmeric supplements I can take.


  5. Tessa December 19, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    Hope things get better for both of you. Prayers for you both.

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  6. trentpmcd December 19, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    I’m sorry. I lost my voice at the beginning of my cold/flu/whatever and my wife did too. I hope you feel better soon!

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  7. tonyrobertsdelight December 19, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    Oh Kitt, I feel so bad for you. But Josh is right. You have to take care of yourself so you can care for others as you do so well.

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  8. Josh Wrenn December 19, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Get some rest and try to feel better. A crutch does not work if it is broken, so try to let go of some of that guilt.

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