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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Stomach bug and have to sing?

Oh my, there's nothing like the stomach bug to destroy your breath support/control for singing. Hard to be stuck on the 'throne', not to mention it's really disconcerting to have to throw up all over your bandmates/ audience!

This just happened to my poor fellow background singer for a live show we were doing last night. Here's what worked for her:
  • Checked in with bandmates who connected her to her employer who called in a hotel doc.
  • Got some prescription meds (never take a prescription drug without asking your doc- it could kill you and it's hard to sing dead) phenergan worked for her.
  • Finally got some liquid down (soup worked for her).
  • Skipped sound check and slept.
  • Made the gig. Didn't dance a lot.
Oh well, it could have been laryngitis. This ever happen to you?

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6 Comments :

  • At November 8, 2010 at 2:14 PM , Anonymous Leigh Ann said...

    "Made the gig. Didn't dance a lot." Ha! I can't believe she went on, being that sick. Bravo for her!

     
  • At November 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM , Anonymous Dr. Dwaine Allison said...

    Judy:

    Your pal needed some help from CHIROMAN. I had two patients yesterday with bad bugs; one had pneumonia, the other had the flu. I put them both in front of the Beam Ray for 25 minutes, and knocked the stuff out over 80% better within hours. Not bad. A couple of good adjustments can ramp the resistance way up as well.

    Glad the show went on. Keep up the good work.

    Dwaine

     
  • At November 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Leigh Ann.. I KNOW that YOU KNOW the show must go on:)hehe- yep, this is a true test of that old adage!

     
  • At November 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Dr. Allison, you being my chiroman I know that if I had such a malady (may it never happen to me!) I would definitely be getting myself in for your treatment! Thx for the heads up!

    In fact, I'm coming in this week... just because it's been a month:)

     
  • At November 8, 2010 at 5:29 PM , Anonymous PJ Steelman said...

    Judy, the answer to that one is unfortunately, yes. A few things that help me when I am really in trouble is a plain piece of bread or an unbuttered piece of toast...sipping on cool (not cold) Coke Cola helps sometimes, too.

    I guess my best piece of advice is to eat or drink just what you absolutely need and no more before a concert, whether I am feeling good or not.

    PJ

     
  • At November 8, 2010 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    PJ... yes, I've done that, too, and also ginger ale. I didn't mention this, but I also gave her my little bottle of ALC (Advantage Liquid Concentrate) It has grapefruit seed extract, jasmine tea, green tea.

    I don't know how, but this helped me conquer a stomach bug quickly in the past. It's an alt med remedy you can find here http://cutcat.com/item/Advantage_Liquid_Concentrate/943/c245

     

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