Scratchy then silent

November 5, 2008

GERD, Lauren

So, I’m not really sick, but I have a bit of a cold and the drainage is playing havoc with my voice.  Tuesday wasn’t so bad, but I woke up this morning and couldn’t speak.  I went to work prepared:

Don’t notice the dirty towel by the sink.

Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know preschoolers can’t read, but I thought it would help the parents understand why I wasn’t greeting them as enthusastically as normal.  I tried preparing the children, too, but the first little boy I explained it to covered his ears.  Apparently he didn’t appreciate his teacher sounding like she had been possessed by a demon.

The day went alright, but I was winded by the end.  It’s like shouting, even though it comes out quiet and ugly.  My favorite was when a little girl looked at me during lunch and said, “You’re not better?”  Sorry, Audrey.  Maybe tomorrow.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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12 Responses to “Scratchy then silent”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You should have Lloyd record a few standard phrases for you on a little digital recorder.

    “Hands to yourself.”
    “Please line up.”
    “Time to sit down.”
    “Don’t lick the floor.”

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  2. Deborah Said on:

    Also,
    “Get your finger out of your nose.”
    “Get your finger out of your mouth.”
    “Get your finger out of your ear.”
    “Get your finger out of your bottom.”

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    I seriously had a new parent tell me yesterday that I sounded horrible…and asked how long I had had my cold?

    (I don’t have a cold….:( )

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  4. Curt Said on:

    I think it is funny that some lost voices sound demonic (except for the real possessions…don’t like them). Whistling noses are also funny especially when there are two pitches at one time.

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