Happy Wednesday!  I want to thank you all for putting up with me this week.  I'm still recovering from Laryngitis and wonder if maybe I came back to work too soon.  I know I don't sound like I usually do but hopefully I'll get back to normal soon.

It was such a strange experience being silent for a week, first to have no ability to physically make any sound; then to be on doctor-ordered vocal rest. To not be able to use the thing (my voice) that I am so used to using...well, it made me realize some things:

  • It made me listen more. I wasn't planning any witty comebacks or follow up questions.  I just listened.
  • I did not have music or TV on in the background.  It's like my ears got used to the quiet and I quite liked the peacefulness!
  • It felt lonely at times. At moments when I felt alone I couldn't just pick up the phone and call someone.  That was a bummer.
  • When I was out running errands, I felt rude not making conversation with people at stores, the bank, etc.  I'm used to engaging with the people who are helping.
  • Writing messages was helpful but it takes so much more time than speaking.  To all the people I "conversed" with by using my pen and paper, thank you for your patience!
  • Video chatting was helpful so people could read my lips.
  • Facebook is a great way to get sympathy and support.
  • Facebook is also a nice way to get some quick advice. That's where I learned about the healing powers of Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Apple cider vinegar and honey added to a cup of hot water actually makes for a very soothing drink.  It's my new favorite thing.  And I never would have discovered it had I not gotten sick.

During on of YOUR leaves from work, did you make any interesting discoveries or overcome any challenges out of necessity?  Please share in the Comments section.