Voice Rest Day 6

posted March 12, 2005

So I spoke again today. Patty drove up through the snow to play with Amelia. Since I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t tell Amelia. She was giddy when Patty’s car pulled up into the driveway. We were watching Mary Martin’s Peter Pan and playing with blocks and puzzles. Patty arrived with a Unicorn paint kit, a book about Sue Bird and a gummy candy making kit. She’s a travelling amusement park.

Well after an hour or so of playing inside, Patty managed to convince Amelia to go out and play in the snow. I attempted to get Amelia dressed. This was a challenge because Amelia wanted to wear a dress. It’s a bit chilly out today. The silent fighting was a sight to behold. Patty was most amused.
Eventually they went out intent on returning to steaming cups of hot cocoa and marshmallows.

There is an impressive snowman in our driveway (who might get plowed away…) and there were some thuds on the walls and roof from Amelia and Patty throwing snowballs at the house. Lots of giggling and delight ensued outside. When they came in, as they were delayering, I got two cups of hot water and put them on the counter. One of them was Amelia’s Peter Rabbit cup. Well I was holding a crying William and Amelia came up behind me and grabbed the cup off the counter. Patty saw the whole thing and had Amelia under the sink in the cold water practically before she had even started to cry. Needless to say, I spoke again. Amelia is fine. She had a few pink areas on her wrists, but I think those are even gone now. Still, it’s see
ms like we have had more than the usual trauma this week. We have certainly had more nightmares, but that seems like it might be connected. I would think that having your mother go from a chatterbox to a mute could be unsettling.
Last night she told me that she had had a dream about William falling out of the car in his carseat. Dave said that means that even her subconscious actually loves William.
Well, it is my last day. I am so excited about talking again. I am even excited about not having to take those pills all day. Today I only had one. Yet, as I write, I can hear, emanating from the living room, the sounds of a spring training game. It reminds me of the dream.. the unfulfilled dream, that will remain unfulfilled all because I chose to get juiced.
I can’t wait for tomorrow.
Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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  1. Murphy’s law hard at work! I’m glad everyone has made it the the end of your silent week realitivly unscathed. Please keep blogging once you re-join the vocal world!

  2. Unfulfilled dream? Juiced? You lost me at the end of the post!

    There’s a fabulous speech/voice therapist at Weldon Rehab, Mercy Hospital (in Springfield) named Claudia (sorry I don’t know her last name–she’s in the outpatient department). She specializes in working with public speakers and singers who have vocal cord injuries. A singer I’m friends with worked with her, and went from constant hoarseness due to a partially paralyzed cord to COMPLETE vocal health. No hoarseness, even though the cord’s still injured. As long as my friend does the voice exercises daily, she is able to sing concerts, etc. Claudia’s amazing!

    Best wishes, Katryna–and keep blogging. It’s great to read your posts–it’s a refreshing change!

  3. Hi Katryna,

    I thought of you last night when I was at church. The communion hymn was “You Are Mine,” a favorite hymn of mine that has provided me with hope during times of stress. The first verse is:

    I will come to you in the silence,
    I will lift you from all your fear
    You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice
    Be still and know I am here.

    I am praying that your “silence” will enable you to be healed and nurtured. Be still and know that I am praying for you!


  4. Sorry to hear that your without voice. I know that not talking is the hardest when your kids are pulling at you. I hope that sunday has brought relief and your back to your old self. It is good to see you writing though.

  5. K~~Welcome back to the vocal world. I hope your voice is feeling better. I am sure that a week from now, Amelia will only remember that Patty came over with fun things to do and that they made a snowman and threw snowballs at the house…and the hot water will be a faded memory!

    Don’t stop writing just because you can talk…it’s been nice to hear from you!

  6. Katryna,

    I hope you are happily chatting away right now! I also hope that you’ve endured your last traumatic event for awhile. Glad Amelia’s alright.

    I second what others have said – please don’t stop blogging.


    PS Becky, thanks for mentioning that song – it’s one of my favorites!

  7. Hi Katryna – it is delightful to hear your writing-voice, even if the world must be briefly deprived of your singing-voice. I look forward to more of both in the Spring!

  8. A book about Sue Bird? Now that’s bringing a child up right.
    🙂 Stephen
    who remembers when Sue was just another basketball player

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