Sick with dulcimers:)

Mary Z. Cox
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
8 years ago
56 posts
Lol :)
Mandy
Mandy
@mandy
8 years ago
143 posts

I usually have no problem playing while sick with a cold. I've even tried singing when sick because that's the only time my voice even gets slightly interesting. LOL I've gotta be pretty sick not to want to be playing something. Get better soon!

Mary Z. Cox
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
8 years ago
56 posts
LOL :) actually we were both feeling better on Tuesday-- Bob went back to work-- I went to yoga, walked the bassets, went to the post office and mailed out orders -- then they sent Bob home from work because he looked too sick--and I got feverish and weak again-- although my spirits were high because I had just ordered that new Clemmer dulcimer :) bob called the doctor and he prescribed heavy antibiotics this time in case we had picked up west nile virus or something. Our family doctor is very nice-- he is old -- but really tries to get us good care-- gives us as much meds as possible & refers us to good young specialists when he feels the job is too big. He delivered my twins 31 years ago and will still see them and charge them reasonable fees when they don't have insurance :):) mzc
cindi perron
cindi perron
@cindi-perron
8 years ago
4 posts

i'll definitely have to keep this in mind next time i get sick! good prescription for getting better!

Dana R. McCall
Dana R. McCall
@dana-r-mccall
8 years ago
183 posts

Thanks Mary for all the good tips, I am doing the honey and lemon and it does ease it up. Doctor just said my throat was really irritated. Not talking was the best thing. But that is easier said than done.

Mary Z. Cox
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
8 years ago
56 posts
Dana,My teacher says that you should sip warm water (room temp) instead of clearing your throat or coughing. Easier said than done :). I don't know what you have, so can't give medical advice, but I think she recommends some kind of warm honey/lemon water to ease your throat. I really like that Singer's Ease spray-- but it wasn't recommended by my vocal teacher.Here is the thing-- there are some vocalists with powerful natural voices who get away with abusing their voices for years -- but regular folks need to do all they can not to damage themselves & strip their voices. :)Best wishes,Mary Z Cox
Dana R. McCall
Dana R. McCall
@dana-r-mccall
8 years ago
183 posts

Mary Thanks for the advice, sounds like I have been doing a lot of stuff i shouldn't. Clearing my throat is a big thing, and has prob set me back. This morning I can talk pretty good but singing is out of the question. I try a little everynow and then and it scares me that it will never come back. I love to sing, I'm not that good at it but it is such a enjoyment to me. Just like loosing my eyesite would kill me because I love to draw. I can't think of loosing my voice. I'll try and stop the throat clearing and coughing, and I stop yelling so dad can hear me, that really strains my voice. I was wondering if there is anything I can gargle or spray in my throat that will help it to heal faster. If you know of anything PLEASE let me know. Thanks again Dana

Mary Z. Cox
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
8 years ago
56 posts
Dana,Please rest your voice when you are sick. I have been taking private vocal lessons from a music therapist this last year and it is a real eye opener. Vocals are so much more finicky & difficult to be reliable because it puts you at the mercy of every little cold, sneeze & sniffle. My teacher has a whole list of things not to do so you won't Injure yourself-- no singing while sick, no coughing, no drinking cold liquids,no clearing your throat. Playing string instruments is a breeze next to all you have to do to keep your voice in shape :) We work a lot on breathing too-- it took me several months to get where I was not breathing backwards :) we had just started working on taking tremolo out of my voice (which by the way, I'm having trouble hearing) when I got sick.Anyway, have all these cool dulcimers andhavebeen pulling them out and strumming them-- which makes me feel a lot better. Also playing my Bowlin fretless banjo seems to be therapeutic--it was made especially for me by John Bowlin who made the neck from a tracing of my left hand :) for some reason, I think custom instruments are more soothing to play when you don't feel good :)Best wishes,Mary Z Cox
Dana R. McCall
Dana R. McCall
@dana-r-mccall
8 years ago
183 posts

Oh I meant to say GET WELL SOON!Grin.gif

Dana R. McCall
Dana R. McCall
@dana-r-mccall
8 years ago
183 posts

I've had some kind of crud going on 3 weeks now that I can't kick, Have been to doctor got a shot and now on antibiotics. I was just getting to where I can sing a little while playing and was enjoying it. I have had no voice for almost 3 weeks and it is very frustrating, because I have been playing a little bit when I feel up to it, but I want to sing along and all I can do is squeek. Doctor says not to talk or strain my voice.LOL That is darn near impossible around here with a husband that can't hear and a dad that I have to scream at to get to hear me and says huh everytime i cough or clear my throat. But I do enjoy just sitting and playing a little something weather it is slow and soothing or I bang the heck out of a song to get rid of frustration.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 years ago
1,744 posts

Maybe I'm weird but I find it too hard to play anything when I'm sick. I think most of the time I get sick it's a cold or flu and it gives me that awful 'balloon head' feeling and I can't enjoy playing music becuase my head is too spaced out feeling.

Hope you feel better soon Mary!




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Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
8 years ago
447 posts

Mary, I agree with Wayne, it's a better stress reliever than any of my other instruments. If I'm at all able I play something, even if it's just some improvisational finger picking. Get well soon

Mary Z. Cox
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
8 years ago
56 posts
Some of you may be wondering why I am posting so much lately. My husband and I caught a cold about a week ago-- we are definitely on the mend-- but still a little weak.What I have found is that when sick, I don't have the energy to play much music and can't sing when my throat is sore, BUt-- it is kind of soothing to play slow tunes on the mountain dulcimer. :)Also, it does not take a lot of energy to sit and post with my iPad as I can do that from a reclining position on the couch :)Just wondering if anyone else likes to play dulcimer when they are sick and if it makes them feel any better?Mzc
updated by @mary-z-cox: 02/19/19 12:44:57PM