Heading to the Summit
In a couple of hours (after my fraternity's annual Alumni vs. Actives softball game), I'll be heading up to Keystone to attend the Colorado Software Summit. I'm pretty excited about going; it's at one of my favorite places to ski, and it's the first time I'll be attending. I've heard great things about this conference, and I'm sure it'll live up to its reputation.
On the other hand, I have a good case of the "it figures". I caught a nasty cold from the kids a couple of days ago and it's sure to be in full force by tomorrow. With any luck, I'll lose my voice sometime before a talk this week - or perhaps cough my way through one of them. Do you have a good story about speaking when you're sick? If so, please share.
oh my gosh,Matt, just think of it as Project Gunk Melt Off. Salt hot water gargling every chance you get, hot showers, constant hot minty teas. Sugary stuff is bad - will make the gunk stickier, which coats your vocal chords and keeps them from vibrating and then you will not create much sound. Carbonated Club Soda is really good for me, the carbonation seems to agitate stuff off. DO NOT SPEAK LOUDER OR CLEAR YOUR THROAT, which is a natural instinct. It creates swelling which creates more gunk.
When you get back: Allen and I have been hooked on using the Hydro Pulse machine, invented by a Denver nose and throat doctor to clear out sinuses. We are longer hooked on allergy medicine and no more gunk problems and haven't caught a cold since. (but don't have kids so hopefully you'd just get less colds.) But hard to transport the machine for seminars, though not impossible. We got ours online.
Posted by Christina on October 23, 2005 at 01:04 PM MDT #