Health, Preaching


One of the things a preacher does NOT want is any kind of throat-related ailment in the last week before Christmas.

I’ve had what I would describe as a head cold for the past week, but today it took a sudden turn throat-ward.

As I grew hoarser through the morning, I decided to call the doctor’s office. I’ll be there tomorrow morning at 9:15.

I also decided to book a train ticket for #1 Son to come home, instead of squeezing in a round-trip to Non-Contiguous New England State day after tomorrow.

Please wish me luck with the challenge of wanting only ice cream when I feel like this. There are only so many points I can spend on that kind of thing, especially when I’m not feeling well enough to exercise.

I must also note that I now find it highly doubtful that I will complete my Advent walking pledge, and that is disappointing.

But I am called to preach, and I have to get myself back in shape to do it.

Any hints for throat care? I’m taking all advice.

19 thoughts on “Hoarse”

  1. Meds, lozenges, tea, good food, stay inside, and don’t talk. At least that worked for me the last time. The stay inside and don’t talk parts were easy — I was on a silent retreat. The food and unlimited supply of hot tea were perks.

  2. Gargle with liquid benadryl. You can do it as often as you want (at least 4 times a day) if you spit that stuff out….but only every 6 hours if you swallow it. zzzzzz

  3. Gargle with liquid benadryl. You can do it as often as you want (at least 4 times a day) if you spit that stuff out….but only every 6 hours if you swallow it. zzzzzz

  4. I just had laryngitis less than a month ago – it was short lived (relatively speaking as I have had it last a lot longer) – Have you tried Singer’s Saving Grace? it helps clear out grunge in the throat, but there is a price to pay — it tastes….well,, not so good.
    Other than that – throat lozenges, tea, and rest rest rest that voice.

  5. My voice teacher use dto say that you had to drink so much water that your pee turned clear. Which is gross, but it actually works. Of course, you do spend a lot of time running to the bathroom, but a well-hydrated throat is a functional throat.

  6. I cannot add much more than what has been suggested. I agree with all of it. Do it now- all at once-haha 😉
    Actually, would say, I always drink a lot of orange juice. I know that Vitamin C isn’t proven to fight colds, ut I say it helps me.
    I hope you’re feeling better and your voice is back soon! I hate it when I have trouble talking.

  7. sb- warm not hot or cold liquids. adding honey and lemon to tea is a good idea. and total vocal rest is the best cure- but darn near impossible a lot of the time. and yes with ppb- excessive hydration is a must (i just add the temperature matter).
    dairy is actually detrimental. dairy in any form increases phlegm and coats the throat. but… in terms of points friendly ice cream for when you’re all better- healthy choice? do you know about this?
    and… HA… rest.

  8. Mostly for the pain of the throat, I recommend IBUPROFEN (“vitamin I” a nurse friend calls it). It reduces the swelling, I was told, and that’s what’s bothering the first place. Be sure you’ve had something to eat for starters, but 2 ibu every few hours can help you forget you’re even under the weather.
    BEST of luck with this–and remember that your small interior voice really knows what you need, and that maybe a small amble around the town to check out lights will suffice for a Walk at this point. . .

  9. you’ve had so much wise advice that all I can do is offer a bushel of hugs to make up for the lack of ice-cream, and a good few prayers that your throat recovers rapidly (and the rest of us stay healthy too)xxx

  10. As a singer and a teacher before becoming a preacher, I have had some success with the gargling of warm salt water. It’s so disgusting, though, that you have to really be in need. These days I like to drink raspberry Emergen-C mixed in warm water (it fizzes better). I second (third?) the honey and lemon thing, the excessive amounts of warm water, and the Singer’s Saving Grace (some of the most disgusting stuff I’ve ever put in my mouth, but also definitely allowed me to preach through a horrendous throat issue last winter).
    stay away from the ice cream…if you’re desperate, eat an all-fruit popsicle! follow it up with some warm liquids, though… 😉
    And actually, if you can stand to walk indoors, the exercise will likely be good for you because it will help clear your lungs and sinuses…and boost your immune system.

  11. Here’s my favorite home remedy, which involves some “spirits” of Christmas–
    One cup of hot tea
    1 jigger of bourbon
    juice from 1/2 lemon
    honey to taste
    Really, it works!

  12. Here’s my favorite home remedy, which involves some “spirits” of Christmas–
    One cup of hot tea
    1 jigger of bourbon
    juice from 1/2 lemon
    honey to taste
    Really, it works!

  13. Quotidian Grace and I am Chorus have already said what I would. Seriously, there was one Easter where I would never have had a voice for the Great Vigil if I hadn’t been carefully self-medicating with hot toddies for the first two days of the Triduum.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  14. I’m going to agree with advice about hot tea. When I’m sick, I drink tons and tons of herbal tea with honey. And just a teaspoon of honey in a hot drink can satisfy a craving for sweetness and make you feel full.
    And getting outside to breath fresh air (which has a higher moisture content than inside air) is probably a good thing too.

  15. Here’s a comment Katharine has been trying to post:
    Try the hot tea of your choice with a little ground ginger sprinkled in. The
    ginger helps break up the crud and stimulates the immune system to work more
    And yes, as PPB says, do drink enough liquids (not coffee or fruit juices)
    that your pee is clear. This is something that both my physician and my
    nutritionist recommend that I do daily, not just when I’m sick. Because I’m
    at the computer all day for work, I find drinking lots of fluids easy to do.
    (My preference is unsweetened hot green or white Chinese or Japanese tea,
    but water’s fine when it’s warmer out.) This does help decrease my cravings
    for foods I shouldn’t eat.
    By the way, I get my teas (whole-leaf teas) here:
    I also have just started drinking basil-ginger tea, an herbal tea without
    caffeine, which is supposed to have lots of good-for-you phytochemicals that
    work as antioxidants, antibacterials, and immunity-boosters. Tastes great,
    even without sweeteners. I bought it here, under the brand name Tulsi Ginger
    It comes from India.

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