Update on the “Silent Crooner” Situation:
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Earlier this week, I’d written about how a case of laryngitis had left me speechless–literally! (Mahalo for your kind comments and emails!)
Well, I met with a great otolaryngologist (aka ENT) yesterday who gave me an extremely thorough exam. I even had the chance to watch the procedure on a screen while he did the laryngoscopy! It was so cool to see what my vocal cords look like. I mean, I feel like we’re old buddies, these folds that allow me to do what I do, but I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing them. (However, it wasn’t cool to see the inside of my nose as the camera made its way into my body–when did I become an old man with long nose hairs?!)
Sadly, I didn’t have my camera with me to take photos during the procedure. But a quick search on Youtube yielded this video of a singer singing while the camera is in place, if you’re interested. (Click HERE.)
I’m pleased to announce that I don’t have nodules or polyps! Hooray! He thinks this bout of laryngitis is the result of a virus. And I’ve been doing the right things (resting the voice, staying hydrated, etc.) so I’m on the road to recovery.
He even gave me some advice about how to help prevent this from happening in the future: I need more regular exposure to germs. (What?!)
Allow me to explain: When I’m in writing mode, I have a tendency to live like a hermit, holing up in my apartment for days at a time. He suggested that I get out and about more often. My immune system doesn’t have the chance to build up its strength if I only see James and Thomas the Cat. So look for me and my notebook in a coffee shop near you sometime, soon. Bring on the germs! (In small, manageable doses, please.)
More good news: The residency at the school has been postponed. I’ll be starting up with the kids next week, instead. I’m so happy that it was possible to do that! And the delayed start has given me extra time to come up with fun ideas–and maybe a new keiki hula!–to share with them.)
So that’s the latest from the Silent Crooner here in NYC.
But I won’t need to be silent for much longer!
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