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Just wanted to post to let people know what has been going on with me ...

HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,465Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
I have waited to post this because I have been dealing with a lot of stupid from the medical system, and I wanted to be sure before I made public what is up. I haven't really said anything about this but I have struggled to get my singing online and have been lingering in Volume 1 for quite some time. During that time I have really had to push to get my practices in and to deal with soreness in my throat. I know the soreness that I have been experiencing is not normal and I have been struggling to find a solution. I worked very hard in the beginning thinking that I was singing incorrectly that was causing it, but as time wore on I have come to understand that this is not the case. I also thought that this was a form of muscle fatigue. Once again as time wore on I came to understand that it is not true. This February I had a what I term as an "episode". I can't really explain what it is but I get knocked flat with fatigue and am unable to really function. My sleep cycle goes to near 18 hours a day and when I am awake I feel drugged out and unable to focus or function. This has dragged on for quite some time and only now am I starting to gain some energy back. LOL now I am going back to my "normal" sleep cycle of 12 to 13 hours a day. Needless to say this bout was particularly bad for me. I have become so fed up with this condition I vowed come hell or high water I am going to get the problem fixed. So once again I entered the medical system to find a solution. Through mostly luck I have finally come to an answer. If you think of the scene in Harry Potter with the luck potion you will understand the feeling of what happened. :)

This condition has been with me from childhood, so it isn't new. There is a silver lining to my diagnosis, I will give that, but first ....... ::drum roll:: .... I have asthma. All of these years, my gawd all of these years and this was the problem the whole time. I am mostly just pissed. I know it could be worse, but this stupid stupid stupid thing has robbed me of the prime of my life and I can't get that back. Thankfully though I now know what it is and I have a path to fix it. The silver lining is this. Allergy understanding has come a long way, so it is very possible for me to rid myself of the asthma forever. The next step for me is the allergen battery of tests and then a determination of shots. I will do the shots no matter what if that option is available to me. If I can do the shots then in 6ish months my symptoms should alleviate and I will be on maintenance dosages for another 3 to 5 years. A small price to pay to gain back my life.

On my singing. My throat has gotten to the point where I can't sing without pain. The ENT that I went to has diagnosed laryngitis. He thought it was from acid reflux, it is not, it is from whatever allergic reaction I am having. So until that reaction is abated, singing is out for me :( I am moving forward as fast as I can to try to solve this problem because I desperately want to get back to my singing, but it can only go as fast as it can go. I have decided in the mean time to try to get my ear pitch to perfection and work heavily on my timing so I can at least have those when I come back. Time will tell.

So there it is, now you are guys are up to speed on my personal drama. :wink: :blush:


  • SophiaSophia Posts: 3092.0 PRO
    @HuduVudu I was reading about asthma recently and how much the effects can be underestimated. I completely empathise with the feeling of losing so much of the prime of your life to something so stupidly fixable if it had been diagnosed earlier. I hope it helps to imagine your new future, with a new prime of your life, where you will be able to achieve so much out of having a healthy life available to you and sheer determination to not lose anymore. I'm wishing you all the best that this testing stage goes quickly and smoothly.
  • VocalityVocality Posts: 6242.0 PRO
    @HuduVudu you’ve been a great help to me since joining the forum and sincerely hope you get Sorted to the point you can get back to singing. I don’t know much about the issues your having other than good luck with going forward with your treatment.

  • WigsWigs Posts: 4242.0 PRO
    Hey mate, it's great that the issue has been pinpointed, it's all going to be down hill soon! I can't believe how much time you spend in the forum's when you were so run down and needed all that sleep. Big props to you, I'm sure you are excited to finally be on a recovery track.🤗
  • SlavicbeardSlavicbeard Posts: 282.0 PRO
    Very moving story. I put all my trust in your willpower to rise again like a phoenix, only to be reborn much stronger than before. On to a splendid new life, my friend! :-)
  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,465Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Thank you all for the very kind words :blush:
  • sagemacgsagemacg Posts: 2022.0 PRO
    Hi Shane, thank you for sharing this with us! I'm sorry, health issues can be so difficult at the best of times, and having ambiguity can pile on layers of frustration and confusion. Sending you my best thoughts for quick access to the shots and any other treatment you need so you can put this chapter behind you.
  • cwcwcwcw Posts: 2752.0 PRO
    edited July 12
    Thanks for sharing, Shane. What a drag. I deal with allergies myself, but nothing like what you've been dealing with. Yikes! I'm really glad to hear that you are finally on a good path to resolve those issues.

    Thanks for all your volunteer time on the forums! Your time and comments are invaluable and in my view, are huge reason this community is successful (not taking anything away from anyone else who contributes, of course). Knowing that much or all of those contributions have come during your health issues says a lot of good about you.

    Yeah, I know you're not looking for sympathy or these types of comments, but we're giving them anyway. ;)

    Good health to you!

  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,465Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Thank you @sagemacg and @cwcw for you kind words. :blush: :smile:
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 2,284Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Dear Buddy, @HuduVudu

    from a doctor's view I would say "Thank God!" - from a patients' view I hear always "Why me?".

    I know your Odysee (I have been a small part oft it ) and really hope that a correct treatment will help you to be able to sing again. You helped me a lot on my own journey and I am very thankful to have such an careful observer with you. Shane, all my best wishes to you.

  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,465Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Thank you Doc! :)
  • DogMeatDogMeat Posts: 1102.0 PRO
    Diagnose is a good start, and hopefully you'll find the reason to your asthma. Get well soon @HuduVudu
  • SinaSina Posts: 282.0 PRO
    Hi well as many members of the forum and I am with you ... God bless you!
  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,465Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Thank you @DogMeat and @Sina I appreciate it :)
  • bentkbentk Posts: 1,116Pro, 2.0 PRO
    edited July 12
    Thanks for sharing @HuduVudu

    I may not be on the forum as much anymore, but it's good to hear from you. Of course, i hope you will be able to overcome all this. Health issues can kick you down, but you seem to keep pushing forward. There is only forward, and i am glad you are going about this with such a positive attitude. That attitude will keep you going.

    Like you said, work on other musical things such as timing, there are many ways to improve as a musician.

    Hope you find the root of the issue! I can imagine you want to get back to singing ASAP.

    All the best,

  • WendyJaneWendyJane Posts: 532.0 PRO
    Hi Shane, @HuduVudu , sorry you're having to go through these health problems, it must be so frustrating. I admire the way you're putting the enforced non-singing days to your future benefit by working on timing etc.
    As I browse the forums you are so generous with your time offering advice and guidance to us all, thank you :)
    I hope you're back enjoying painfree singing in the not too distant future. Best wishes, Wendy.
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