BACK ON AIR WITH CP24 BREAKFAST TOMORROW!!! (I’ll be waiting patiently on this street corner until then). In all seriousness, FINALLY recovered from a severe bout of laryngitis. Had a large swelling - benign, thankfully - on my right vocal chord that basically made me sound like the exorcist. One day turned into a week turned into a month. While the initial treatments and mandated voice rest were unsuccessful, the latest round did the trick. Have learned a lot in the past weeks (probably more than I ever wanted to know) about vocal chords, breathing and listening to your body when it’s beat. Really tough and humbling being grounded when your voice is your currency.
BUT it was also nice to step back from everything for a minute and take a spectator’s view of my life. It’s insanely paced, and this time has allowed me to assess the areas I’m giving too much, and where I’ve been neglecting. In other words, I was able to rebalance, prioritize and hit the ‘reset’ button.
Had to use the notepad on my iPhone the first couple of weeks to communicate, which was really frustrating - but have now finally learned to listen more than speak. Sidenote: you don’t realize how many small, mini-conversations you have every day until you have to explain why you can’t have them (your concierge, your neighbours, your Uber driver, familiar faces in the elevator, all the colleagues you see in your workplace etc...) 🤐
Anyways, thanks to all the friends, family (my amazing parents, especially) and loyal viewers that took the time to send me a message of concern, home remedy, anecdote, or just to say they missed me. ❤️ Also, a huge thanks to the wonderful ENTs that treated me (Dr. Hacker, Dr. Hands), Dr. Freeman at Mt Sinai for telling me I don’t need vocal chord surgery (would have meant another 2-3 months on the shelf, so👏) and the amazing speech pathologists (Pauly Brar) that worked with me and continue to work with me to hopefully mitigate the chances of this happening again.
Vocal warmups, breathing exercises and minimizing how much I have to speak are now part of my NEW routine.
Can’t wait to get back to waking up the best city in the world every morning! 📺