Listeners know that I have had some voice issues the past few weeks. I completely lost my voice a few weeks ago and have never full regained it. I have been to my doctor twice and another doctor once. They all said allergies and one of them gave me a z pack. I have also had three steroid shots. This all helped but has not given me my full voice back. yesterday I went to a throat specialist.

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He examined me carefully because of my history with throat cancer. He did not find anything though to be safe he set me up with an appointment to have a scope ran down there. He also set me up for a cat scan of my throat and neck area. This is all mainly cautionary though. He felt the main problem was that I was dehydrated (a side affect of my allergies.) He told me to use a mouth spray, drink room temperature water with a squeeze of real lemon juice ... then the big one ... give up coffee and salt!

Coffee is my last remaining vice! I am Cajun and I have to have my salt. He should have just put me out of my misery! I was really sleepy on my way in this morning. I had no idea how much the coffee really helps me. I am waiting for the caffeine withdrawal headaches. I am going to the store later today to look for salt free spices. I gotta have spicy food. The good news is that this is just temporary (at least that is what he told me.) Wish me luck!