For some years I worked in corporate America (for health insurance) while raising my two children. One of the side effects of that life was the exposure to chilly A/C and the ills of the dozens of coworkers in the confined offices and meetings. I was singing on the side (I prefer to say I was singing and "working" on the side...), but was constantly plagued with colds, bronchitis, laryngitis and throat infections. I have not experienced a cold of that magnitude or even laryngitis until now, as it's going around my family. A throat specialist also revealed to me that I have GERD which was wreaking havoc on my pipes. I now have that under control and left the office gig a little over 2 years ago. I had 2 shows this weekend, one on Friday at Jazziz in Hollywood, Florida and one outdoors in windy 58 degree weather in Miami Lakes, Florida last night (Saturday). I wrapped my throat up in a scarf and drank my warm tea with honey and lemon and Friday went fine, but Saturday I was concerned because I had a coughing fit and THAT is what will do a voice in. So I called several friends who are singers to see if anyone was available that could share the stage with me to save my voice. I called good friends Dana Paul, Wendy Pedersen, Greg Diaz and Jeff Taylor and none was available. Then Jeff suggested Nikki Yarling who also lives here, but it was already getting so close to showtime that she probably wouldn't be able to make it in time for the hour-and 1/2 concert even if by some miracle she was available, and at least I could still talk. Well, some of us singers find that you sing from a different place than you talk, although we should probably always use the "singing" placement 'round the clock. I gargled with salt & baking soda in warm water, took ibuprofin and Benadryl, did a mild "brrrrrrr" type warm up, afraid to do anything more, and after the first raspy sounds, began to feel my voice come through, with help from adrenaline. The band did their incredible job with some extended solos and I sang with a bit of a nasal quality that is not necessarily a negative, and all was well. Whew!! Today I am medicating that cough, resting my voice completely and eating chicken soup.