Dear fellow asthmatics(especially to the guys out there), Does this ever happened to you? Happens to me all the time.
The phone rings, I answer hello. The person on the line says..Hello…Mrs Gaudet ?… may I speak with Stephen please?.
Or here’s another; The other day I get a call from the NIH regarding some clinical trials that they were doing. The first thing out of the lady’s mouth was ..Is this your normal voice ? I can tell you’re the person I want to talk to, just by your voice ….. You have what we call… “inhaler voice” . Geeze…. I didn’t know there was a scientific name for it!
One of my favorites though, is this comment that a Youtube viewer left after watching a clip of me and my cat Winston…
“Holy? shit. I saw the 3rd and then the 2nd Winston videos. When I saw the first, I saw that you were a man. I never saw that one coming…btw nice cat!“
And it’s not just during telephone conversations or comments that people leave on my videos, this happens to me CONSTANTLY!, especially when I meet people for the very first time. It’s always the same response. Either they will look at me kinda funny or they’ll just flat-out ask….”Is this your regular voice?” Every single one of my doctors asked me the very same question when I first met them, and every time I have to go to the ER for treatment and meet a new set of doctors, guess what?………
Yes, and even Dr Wenzel, bless her heart, asked me the voice question.
OK….so for the record, YES…this is my normal voice! I know it’s sounds kinda raspy and hi pitched, but I promise you that I’m really a guy and this is my real voice. I’m pretty sure it’s due from 50 years of sucking on inhalers. My vocal cords have probably remodeled…just like my lungs.
Hmmmm. I think I’m gonna add this to my “Silly Asthma Questions” list.