Follow up to HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

If you read the other piece about my show being iminent, I thought it only appropriate to fill you in on what happened.

I wish that I could say I went ahead and had a great show with a great turn out. Unfortunately, that was NOT the case.

I went to rehearsal and tried out my new, (very sexy little) cordless headset mic. It’s amazing! Unfortunately, try as I may, I hit a wall, HARD! Mid-song I sounded like I might hack up a lung. After 2 hours of trying to make it work I gave up.

I had to cancel, something I’ve never fine before. I was in bad shape.

Ever see the film, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Cissy Spacek? Remember when she collapses? I always wondered about that. It’s singing! What is better than that? How can you be exhausted? (I sing for hours every day. It’s my thing . I live alone so I get away with it.)

I couldn’t possibly conceive of being physically exhausted when it comes to singing…until about 4 weeks ago. Half way through rehearsal I understood that scene in a way I never had before. It reminds me of when my son was born by emergency c-section. I wasn’t totally under and I felt like I was screaming trying to get the Dr’s attention, but my throat was so dry no one could hear me.

No matter how hard I tried, there was no connection between my body and voice. It SUCKED!!

To add insult to injury, I had to cancel 2 appearances in a presentation given by someone else. So now my credibility has been called intimate question by the producers. You can sing with a sore throat, but not with a chronic cough. I had the latter, big time! After 3 courses of antibiotics and steroids, I’m finally coming out of it. But I still have to be very careful because evidently the cough can last up to 3 weeks and if I push it, I can damage my chords.

So why am I bothering you with my little health drama? I learned something from this experience, take it or leave it.

Sometimes you just have to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! I foolishly thought I was somewhat invincible when it came to matters of health. How arrogant!!!! I’d only been sick now, twice in about six years. I don’t even get headaches. But I messed up big time!

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