Today started out promising, where I was able to make a few phone calls this morning and get some busy-work done over the phone. However, things deteriorated quickly for me. I experienced a sudden, drastic drop in voice quality around noon today and it hasn’t gotten any better.
To make matters worse, I had to take several important phone calls today at work. Up until now, I have been getting by with only needing to handle 1 or 2 phone calls per day. The rest, I’ve been relying on email (and occasionally, other co-workers). However today, I was forced to make and/or take about 10 calls and my voice was bad from call 1 to call 10.
On the last few calls, my voice was so bad I could tell the caller on the other end of the line could barely understand me. I got some “awkward silence” on the other end of the line on call #9. For my last call of the day, #10, I just told the person up front that I was having trouble with my voice and she thought I had a cold. But it was much worse than how I used to sound with a cold, this sounded like I had a very bad case of laryngitis. The person on the other end of the call understood me – barely – but I had to speak in much shorter bursts than I normally would, or I literally would have had no voice. She seemed to sense that I was struggling to talk and (mercifully) ended the call without going into any further detail. She got what she needed so that’s the positive. The negatives were, of course, my voice quality and also the knowledge that if she had asked for clarification on another issue/matter, I doubt I would have been able to get through it.
Thinking back on what may have triggered this sudden loss of voice quality, I cannot pinpoint anything different that I did this morning as compared to my normal routine. I ate the same things for breakfast as I usually have, I had a cup of tea which is normal, I had plenty of water. I had a rather average weekend, nothing abnormal to report…and started off my morning today with my typical “ok” voice that’s usable on the phone. Then, suddenly, and more swiftly than I’ve ever experienced, my voice was gone and I couldn’t get it back.
So…..we’ll see if there’s anything to this…maybe it’s just a Monday thing. I’ll try to keep track if possible but it’s been a frustrating day.
One other thing I noticed today is that my neck muscles are way more tight than usual. I can physically feel it. Normally, I can lightly move my larynx around, and my doctor even encouraged me to do this sometimes to try to loosen up my neck muscles. This is sort of like giving myself the laryngeal massage that some of the doctors perform at the Cleveland Clinic. But it’s not the same of course…since I’m not a trained professional and they do a much more in-depth massage.
When I tried it today, I could barely “find” or “grip’ my own larynx because the muscles around it were so tight. I’ve never experienced that before either. So today is a bit of a departure from the norm for me.