But couple all those speaking engagements with a mild cold and allergies and my voice disappeared completely by the end of the day on Saturday.
I’ve been nursing my vocal chords back slowly with the aid of lozenges, lots of warm tea, and mostly by staying quiet. My favorite remedy, however, came from my mother. She instructed me to treat it “with a mixture of honey, lemon and brandy. Be sure to gargle a bit before swallowing the brew.” And if you add hot water, you’ve got yourself a hot toddy—good for coughs, too.
I knew there was a silver lining.