Although at that time I was bursting with speech and all that, here I am today, completely unable to speak. Struck dumb, you can say. Something has occurred inside the throat. Feels like a lump. I have some -itis as far as I can tell from google search - Tonsilitis, Laryngitis or some such. I have put off meeting with the doctor out of general lethargy. He is going to give antibiotics, multi-vitamins, ask me to drink warm fluids, stay off oily and spicy things, gargle in luke-warm salt water, and take rest. So, there, without even a proper diagnosis, I know the treatment. And its not as if doctors diagnose any more. They sit on the fence, it could be this, it could be that. Just in case here is a course of broad spectrum medications that will kill whatever it is, with stomach lining being the collateral damage.
Anyhow its nice to not talk for a few days. Although I had hell explaining to the auto driver (car having chosen this particular day to be at the service center, of its own volition and free will), and am about this close to losing it with the child who insists that I not only read her a few hundred books but read it loudly and not in a hoarse whisper, its all good. Gives me a legitimate excuse to drink lots of tea and update blog instead of working. So I am not complaining.
For the record, here are the various remedies recommended by all that I meet:
1. Hot milk with turmeric, pepper powder and sugar (winner with max. points)
2. Warm salt water gargle
3. Honey in grape juice
4. Sage infusion gargle
Sage is a silvery-green plant with leaves that offer a memorable fragrant.(from here. Blame them for the weird English)
5. Vicks drops - ten per day
I hate the idea of milk because in my opinion it increases phlegm. Likewise grape juice which is citrus and generally not on when colds and so on are around. I am trying the other three also with limited success. Sage only because its mum's reco on it.
So till later,
The Hoarse Whisperer
Update: Dragged myself to doc after a quick call to husband to assure him that I was dying. Doctor said to:
(a) Sip Warm Liquids such as Clear Soups, Rasam, Tea, Coffee, Protinex
(b) Gargle with some shady petrol-like fluid in a bottle
(c) Eat Antibiotics starting with the letter Z
(d) Take Multivitamins
(e) Do steam inhalation
He said it was a pleasure to meet me, and wished it was in circumstances when I felt better. Was he coming on to me? Tough to say. Nevertheless he did not make a diagnosis, except to mention in passing that my blood pressure was low.