I have had a sore throat for a few weeks now and have just seen a consultant for it. He thinks that it is a swollen windpipe and suggested a steroid injection would ease it. The thought of having an injection into my neck gave me a small meltdown so I asked if there was anything we could try first. He said that I should not speak at all for at least 2 days and we would see how that went.
I am determined to give this the best shot I can so I can avoid anything invasive. The thing is, like most of us, how on earth am I going to do the 101 things that I normally do…..without speaking!
The kids, my business, talking to everyone I work with to get things done, other mums on the way in and out of school….oh goodness this is going to be tough.
It starts sooner than expected as my other half and the kids – ‘M’ and ‘G’ come and pick me up from my appointment and come bounding into the clinic. I thought I’d put the initial thoughts and the plan we came up with into a poem. I hope you enjoy it.
Mum mum what did they do
Mum mum, please tell us
Mum mum what’s wrong with you
Mum mum we won’t make a fuss
Oh my loves if only I could
I shake my head and mime
I point to my mouth like I should
And am careful to take my time
Oh boys please understand me
Oh boys when I try and say
Please little ones try and see
I can’t speak – at all – for today
We get in the car and I have a plan
It’s simple and to the point
Boys video yourselves, like I know you can
Shout your name – on your own – not joint
Thats right my clever boys
You know what to do
say it loud, make some noise
shoot the clip on my phone, right through
Then, if I need you I’ll press play
You’ll hear it wherever you are
and to me you’ll come without delay
To me, if near or far
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